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Injection Moulding

Peter Kirkham, MD of Billion UK, gave an in-depth comparison of drive systems for injection moulding machines, described two innovative processes, in mould assembly and anti-counterfeit technology, and introduced a new interactive animation software tool for training.
SPRA Corporate Members, Ferromatik UK and Hardie Polymers, were among the winners of the 2014 Plastics Industry Awards.
Andy Barnard, Solutions 4 Polymers Ltd, explained how real life injection moulding problems stem from poor practices and showed how to avoid common mistakes.
The SPRA meeting sponsored by ARBURG Ltd, explored production efficiency in injection moulding and the new ARBURG Freeformer for additive manufacturing
David Raine, Sumitomo Demag, demonstrates how marginal gains in individual aspects of injection moulding technology can lead to significant improvement in production efficiency.
At last a simple, low-cost program that estimates the tooling costs for injection moulding.
The February SPRA meeting, at Rosti UK Ltd at Larkhall, entitled ‘Beyond Conventional Practices for Injection Moulding’ was delivered by Eric Henry, Autodesk
SPRA Corporate Members, Arburg and Sumitomo Demag pick up awards at the Plastics Industry Awards 2012 and the PPMA Awards 2012.
Dr Nikolaj Gadegaard, University of Glasgow describes research work to create nano-scale surface patterns using injection moulding and to use the mouldings in cell elimination or cell growth.
Graeme Herlihy, MD of Engel UK reviews recent developments in application technologies.
Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology, provided a practical guide for plastics processors on how to gain control over energy management and to reduce energy costs.
Andy Jewell (Solarsoft) explained the operation of real time monitoring systems for plastics processing and the benefits arising from their application.
Colin Hindle traces the evolution of plastics injection moulding, explains the main principles and suggests why the process has been so successful.
Andrew Russell shows how the plastics moulding process can be adapted to produce complex 3D components in metal.
The ARBURG sponsored meeting in November ended with a summary of “Innovations in Injection Moulding” by Simon Wrighton from ARBURG.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to plastics injection moulding.

Extrusion

Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology, provided a practical guide for plastics processors on how to gain control over energy management and to reduce energy costs.
Andy Jewell (Solarsoft) explained the operation of real time monitoring systems for plastics processing and the benefits arising from their application.
Dr Matt Duggan, innovation consultant, used case studies to illustrate how Pera assists companies to create better differentiated products and services; the main case study covered Ultramelt, a novel application of ultrasonic heating to improve melt flow in extrusion and injection moulding.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to plastics extrusion processes.

Thermoforming

David Russell explained the latest developments in T-Sim and B-Sim, simulation software for vacuum forming, pressure forming and blow moulding, which allow optimisation of product design and tool design before a tool is cut, thereby shortening lead times.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to thermoplastics thermoforming processes.

Ancillary Processes

SPRA Corporate Member, Summit Systems, UK market leader for plastics ancillary equipment, is expanding its engineering team.
Steve Trainor, Summit Systems, outlined the latest developments in conveying systems, dryer technology, gravimetric blending, granulation and automated factory systems for the plastics industry.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to ancillary processes.

Other Conversion Processes

DS Smith Foam Products are celebrating 40 years of expanded polystyrene (EPS) production at their Scottish site in Livingston.
A report reviews the emergence of technologies based on the principle of additive manufacturing, which have the potential to transform manufacturing in the UK.
Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology, provided a practical guide for plastics processors on how to gain control over energy management and to reduce energy costs.
Andy Jewell (Solarsoft) explained the operation of real time monitoring systems for plastics processing and the benefits arising from their application.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to other polymer conversion processes

More general information on manufacturing processes associated with plastics materials is available at Plastipedia on the British Plastics Federation website

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  • Materials Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers, Additives.
  • Processes Moulding, Extrusion, Thermoforming, Ancillaries.
  • Design Product, Mould, CAE, Testing.
  • Applications Healthcare, Packaging, Electronics, Other Markets.
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