1:30 pm – 5:30 pm:
M18-Technical Marketing: Polymer Processing II
(Moderator: Joe Golba)-Room S320C


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm:
New Overmolding TPEs in Applications with Unique Requirements

Kushal Bahl, Teknor Apex Company
Increasingly, overmolding is being used to enhance the functionality of a product. This presentation outlines several case studies highlighting Teknor Apex’s unique Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) solutions for overmolding applications, where properties beyond good adhesion and haptics, are required.


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm:
New Overmolding TPEs in Applications with Unique Requirements

Kushal Bahl, Teknor Apex Company
Increasingly, overmolding is being used to enhance the functionality of a product. This presentation outlines several case studies highlighting Teknor Apex’s unique Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) solutions for overmolding applications, where properties beyond good adhesion and haptics, are required.


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm:
Two Component Micro Molding

Brian Heugh, Wittmann Battenfeld
Mid-West Injection Molding Machine Regional Sales Manager and MicroPower product manager for Wittmann Battenfeld. Thirty year industry veteran with years of hands on processing and training experiance at all levels.


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm:
Synventive’s New Synflow® Technology Allows Molders Greater Ability Than Ever Before to Manipulate the Filling of the Cavities in an Upgradable Package.

Greg Osborn, Synventive Molding Solutions
Synventive’s newly updated synflow technology is giving molder’s even greater abilities than ever before to manipulate the filling of molds. Previous versions of synflow allowed the molder to eliminate cosmetic defects caused by sudden flow front velocity changes associated with cascade molding. The latest version of synflow affords more complex pin control providing deferential filling and packing to each nozzle. The technology is upgradeable so there is no need to commit up front as is the case with other forms of advanced pin control on the market. The technology, its uses and upgrade requirements will be reviewed along with supporting data.


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm:
Cooling-Free Valve Gating

Joerg Schmidt, MHS – Mold Hotrunner Solutions Inc.
Cooling-free pneumatic valve gate hot runners offer all the advantages of air actuation without the limitations associated with water cooling, hydraulic systems or electric actuators. New products like Rheo-Pro® iVG™ internal valve gate nozzles and Rheo-Pro® Black Box™ actuators are ideal for all valve gate hot runner applications, including high-temperature and cleanroom molding. These products perform under even the most extreme operating conditions by doing away with elastomeric seals, lubricants, and cooling. This new technology represents the future of automated, high performance injection molding.


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm:
Taking Injection Mold Cooling to the Next Level

Kenneth Johnson, MoldCool USA
A Patent for the next generation process cooling technology for the plastics industry was awarded to MoldCool USA on February 14, 2012. With a dynamic process such as injection molding, the amount of heat being extracted from the mold needs to be controlled consistently. Conventional TCU’s control the temperature of the coolant but do not control the flow through the mold. The iCool® controls flow and calculates the instantaneous heat exchange rate with the mold using thermodynamic heat exchange formulas. Then using proprietary software adjusts the heat exchange rate as needed to maintain its consistency as the molding process is trending. Huge cycle reductions are available when the speed controlled gear pump delivers up to three times the coolant through the mold. In a good mold design 20-50% cycle reductions and even more are feasible. A Passive Variotherm technique called BoostMold™ is offered to put a customized repeatable timed flow of cooled or heated water through the mold. Cycle reduction of 50% and more with improved visuals are achievable.


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm:
Advancements in Fiber Laser Workstations for Plastic Welding Applications

Ben Campbell, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Robert Morris University
Fiber Lasers integrated into a fully enclosed workstation provide industry ready and easy to operate laser plastic welding systems. MECCO, a leader in laser marking, has worked with a customer to successfully convert marking workstations into laser welding systems. The systems have been designed for traditional transmissive plastic welding and also direct butt joint welding through laser heating of the seam and pressing together of the parts. The customer has found the laser welding process to be cleaner and stronger than friction welding or spin welding and can be accomplished in a comparable processing time. MECCO has now delivered over a dozen systems to this customer and they have been used to successfully laser weld over one million plastic parts for the automotive industry, proving that the technology is viable for manufacturing applications.


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm:
Innovations in Plastic Welding Technologies: Hot Gas Welding

Anthony Verdesca, Bielomatik Inc.
The plastic industry and in particular the automotive sector is starting to embrace the use of new thermoplastic materials that present a challenge to conventional welding processes. This tendency combined with more rigorous requirements makes necessary the creation of new technologies that provide the quality and reliability expected from the end user. Hot gas welding is a process which combines two important elements: the non-contact aspect providing cleanliness in the weld and the ability to face tough-to-weld materials. With promising results on the initial stages and on going investigations to optimize the process, this technology opens the possibility to a new set of ideas to customers and adds a process to the wide range of plastic welding options that Bielomatik offers.


5:00 pm – 5:30 pm:
Introducing STRIDE, a Collaborative Approach to Consulting and Contract R&D

Debora Massouda, Science Technology and Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE)
The Science, Technology and Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE) was formed in 2016 after business restructuring in the chemical industry created a significant pool of available talent in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Operations began in 2017 with the help of a Longwood Foundation Grant. STRIDE provides R&D Services, including consulting and laboratory-based R&D, and we provide advice to start-up companies. STRIDE is a member-led organization, currently with over 100 members and growing. Most of our members are experienced industrial scientists and engineers. One of our strongest areas of expertise is polymer science and engineering, including polymerization, polymer processing and polymer characterization. Most of our experts have worked in a central research organization that required application of their expertise across numerous different industries. For example, members have experience with fibers, films, nonwovens, membranes, 3D printing, coatings, medical devices, composites, batteries, fuel cells, sensors, packaging and many more applications. Today’s presentation will tell stories about the surprising translation of learnings between different industries, and show how that has led to growth. STRIDE experts can work collaboratively with your team, bringing a different perspective, to help you grow.