Understanding Injection Molding of Thermoplastics

– The key to optimum plastic part design

17 & 18 June 2021
Scandic Sydhavnen
Sydhavns Pl. 15
2450 Kbh SV

Taught in English by Professor Vito Leo, the BIMS-SEMINARS SRL.
The seminar has been upgraded. Many people will find it useful to attend a second time.

Seminar’s Scope
The seminar focuses on the complex phenomena behind the Injection Molding process with a strong emphasis on the understanding of parts’ problems (aspect, shrinkage, warpage, weld lines, burns, etc.) and their relationship with material properties (amorphous, semi-cystalline, filled, unfilled) and the process itself.

Seminar Content

  • basic polymer thermal and rheological behaviour
  • effect of pressure on polymer properties
  • the flow process in Injection Molding
  • part geometry and flow pattern
  • compressibility, phase change and PVT data
  • what is crystallinity and how does it affect processing
  • the packing phase: key to the dimensional quality of the part
  • effective part, mould and process design for proper cavity packing
  • understanding the shrinkage build-up
  • part warpage mechanisms: designing for minimum warpage, according to material properties and part shape
  • warpage: the special case of fibre filled materials
  • the concept of residual stresses: the compromise with warpage
  • final conclusions and wrap-up – seminar evaluation by the participants

The seminar is not specifically about Injection Molding Simulation. However, the intention is to clearly help those among the participants who are “Flow Analysis users” to gain a thorough understanding of the concepts that form the basis of the existing code. Model assumptions and corresponding limitations will be highlighted and discussed.

The seminar is highly interactive with limited attendance, allowing for questions, group discussion and an analysis of the attendants’ problems. Parts or drawings are welcome for open discussion, when possible.

The first part of the seminar will quickly describe the process cycle for the purpose of setting up a common vocabulary.

Why attend the seminar?

  • the course is highly interactive
  • attendance is limited, allowing for questions, group discussions and analysis of attendant problems
  • parts drawings are welcome for open discussion when possible
  • a thorough introduction to the aspects of the polymer injection molding process in only two days
  • the seminar provides an opportunity to expand your professional network
  • Dr. Vito Leo has more than 35 years of experience in Polymer Processing and is known as an excellent teacher

Participants’ profile could be

  • design engineers in charge of molded parts
  • mold making specialists
  • molders
  • flow analysts looking for analysis interpretation support
  • project leaders involved in developing molded parts
  • research engineers interested in injection molding
  • mechanical engineers interested in process induced weakness and strength
  • material engineers or designers wishing to improve their understanding of a given class of materials (i.e. glass fiber filled polymers)
  • students involved in the field
  • young, skilled professionals with little field experience
  • flow analysis developers
  • customer support engineers

The seminar may not fit the needs of beginners in the field.

Past particiants have said
“It was amazing”, Dana-Maria Cobzaru, R&D Engineer, Novo Nordisk A/S
“All mechanical engineers need to go through the course”, Emil Gram Spork, Mechanical Design Engineer, Demant A/S

Vito Leo’s professional background
Dr. Vito Leo is a physicist by training, and has been working for 38 years in the industry, in the field of Polymer Processing and Structure Property relations. He retires early 2021 from his Corporate position in the R&D organization of a known material supplier and is now devoting all his time to BIMS SEMINARS, with both consulting and training activities.

Vito spent also 20 years teaching a “Polymer Rheology & Processing” course at the University of Brussels. BIMS SEMINARS, founded in year 2000, has been active for 20+ years now, and Vito’s significant and broad teaching experience (more than 3000 attendants) has greatly helped buil a very solid set of courses, perfectly adapted to professionals who are typically not that interested in some of the complex mathematical aspects of Polymer Science.

The long industrial experience, including 27 years of Flow Analysis simulation as well as countless weeks in front of Molding machines, brings a very pragmatic/practical approach to Vito’s courses, with the perfect mix of theory and practice.

The Teacher’s word
As a professional in the Plastic Industry for many years, I have met a very large number of people involved in this field: part designers, mold makers, molders, technicians on the shop floor, or academic people involved in fundamental research. I have always had the impression that everyone has a limited view of the problems, a good understanding in his particular field, but usually little knowledge of the process as a whole. Even worse, people usually do not understand each other because their jobs and training background are so different. Very few part designers or project managers know about the really peculiar behavior of molten polymers in a molding process. And no University Professor or Flow Analysis developer seem to know how a molding machine really works, or how a mold is made.

During my professional life I have tried to bridge the gap between those different approaches, being involved in academic research, attending conferences or training sessions, publishing papers, using software, but also spending a lot of time on the shop floor, running the machine myself, and working days and sometime entire weeks in molding shops throughout the world optimizing the process.

Flow Analysis Codes (Moldflow®, Moldex® and the likes) are now established and respected tools, readily available on PC and with excellent user interface and very good modeling capabilities. But optimum use and proper interpretation of results still require very skilled and experienced specialists. The users I come across are often young computer minded engineers, with limited knowledge of plastics and processing technology.

I also noticed that in the Mobile Communications Business is generating extremely fast growth in leading companies, where very young professionals are now in charge of world-wide projects, involving complex plastic parts, special materials, and very demanding dimensional and mechanical requirements. These engineers would benefit from an appropriate training in Injection Molding and Polymer Physics.

Now that I have a good understanding of the molding process and the underlying physics, I want to try to share my knowledge with people in the industry.

The challenge I give myself is the following: I want to go deeply into the physics of the various thermoplastics processing behavior, thoroughly explain the mechanisms involved in this complex process from filling to final war page, and yet present this seminar material with simple words and concepts, and minimum mathematics, so that the whole interested community, with or without high level university training, will benefit from these training sessions.

Further Information
Dr. Vito Leo, Sentier de BOMAL 8, 1315 INCOURT – BELGIUM, bims.seminars@gmail.com, tel.: +32 478 449709, fax : +32 2 6125066.
http://www.bims-seminars.com.

Dates
17 June 2021: 10:00 to 17:30 (dinner from 18:00 – 20:00)
18 June 2021: 08.00 to 15.30.

Venue
Scandic Sydhavnen, Sydhavns Pl. 15, 2450 København SV, tlf.: +45 8833 3666.

Registration fee
DKK 11.650 + 25% VAT.
Includes sessions during the two days, course materials, luncheons, coffee breaks and dinner the first evening. The price does not include hotel accommodation.

Reduced fee when registering before 1 March 2021: DKK 11.150 + 25% VAT.
Members of ATV-SEMAPP get a reduction of DKK 800.

Rooms may be booked via this Booking form

Min. 12, max. 25 participants.

Binding registration
Registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time.

Understanding Injection Molding of Thermoplastics, 17 & 18 June 2021

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