Dr Margreet de Kok Senior scientist Holst Centre / TNO NETHERLANDS
Bicomponent 3D spunbond non-woven material for automotive market
Simon Fremeaux Production manager CETI FRANCE
The tridimensional non-wovens market is mainly dominated by the needle-punched or air-through bonded carding processes using staple fibres. But the process of bi-component spunbond technology can offer this tridimensional aspect in only one step thanks to the right polymer combination in the right fibre configuration. This new product family can meet all kinds of specifications, such as low density and resilience.
Robotic measuring gesture control quality testing
Günther Battenberg Managing director Battenberg Robotic GmbH & Co KG GERMANY
Battenberg developed an innovative robotic hand to test gestures within a car cockpit for actions such as volume control, take-over function for capacitive steering wheels and sun roof opening. Learn how easy it is to teach natural hand gestures and measure the distance and reaction of your test objects.
3D touch surfaces: creating multi-purpose intuitive automotive interior designs
Titus Suck Director, European sales Canatu Oy BELGIUM
Canatu’s technology allows the design and realisation of 3D shaped touch surfaces with different surface materials: plastic, leather, textile. Based on a unique, patented film technology – CNB – sensors, shaped into functional 3D elements, can be integrated into surfaces that are both seamless and decorative. The CNB films and sensors are transparent, formable and conductive. PC-based films are 200% stretchable, and bendable to 1mm radius. In the presentation we will discuss sensor design, stack and processing by lamination and, specifically, film-insert moulding.
Integration of optical fibre for interior customisation
Patrice Beraud Automotive sales engineer Joubert Productions SAS FRANCE
Joubert designs and manufactures products for vehicle interiors. For over 20 years, the company has been working with the main automotive Tier 1 and OEM companies. Thanks to Joubert's know-how in knitting, weaving, plastic injection and confection, it provides customers with complete assembly solutions: nets, straps, cords, gear lever gaiters, overmoulded products, plastic injection parts, leather/TEP wrapping and semi-finished products. The company also aims to innovate and propose to customers new solutions for car interiors (customisation, functionality, etc.) according to new trends in the automotive sector. Its integrated fibre-optic strap is a good example.
The new ActiveDash unites design, information and function
Mike Böing-Messing Managing director BÖ-LA Siebdrucktechnik GmbH GERMANY
Control elements and decorative trim parts are growing together to create large-format 3D formed parts in seamless design. ActiveDash gives the answer to the upcoming challenges in the automotive interior, by combining design, function and information. Relevant passenger information will be displayed and activated directly on the dashboard. ActiveDash brings new design opportunities – different day and night designs in one single piece, completely new design options, such as illuminated carbon or wood designs like skin or stone – all thanks to high-resolution screen printing. Furthermore, new capacitive control elements are directly integrated by the screen-printed 3D sensitive touch.
Innovative new method to detect filmy contaminants
Joerg Guenther Member of the board of directors Kunststoff-Institut Luedenscheid GERMANY
Filmy contaminants on uncoated components through fingerprints, mould release agents and preservatives, etc. have been a problem for coating technology for many years. These contaminants can often not be visually detected and lead to optical errors/scrape. Identification was previously only possible through elaborate and expensive laboratory analyses. After extensive research, a powder from forensics was found, which was modified and validated with a partner. Contaminants can now be quickly and easily visualised directly on the injection moulding machine or before coating. The powder has already been validated for a variety of coating processes, e.g. painting, electroplating and vacuum metalising.
Unrivalled advantages of XtraForm Antiglare
Claudio Travi Fiat Chrysler Automobile key account manager MacDermid Performance Solutions ITALY
XtraForm Antiglare offers 3D hardcoat finishes for FIM (film insert moulding) in the range of 15 to 85GU (gloss units). It offers all the advantages of gloss XtraForm (chemical and scratch resistance, formability, compatibility with secret-until-lit and continuous surface design, and in capacitive touch plus mould electronic functions) together with an improved haptic, anti-fingerprint/easy-clean features and the ability to disperse reflections without discolouration and with minimal blur of the transmitted image. It is thus ideal for applications such as the display area of a modern unhooded cockpit dashboard. We will show how it meets your design needs.
Lightweight automotive solutions by Mondi
Silvia Hanzelova Group manager automotive Mondi Belcoat NV BELGIUM
Light weight combined with sound insulation and outstanding mechanical performance make the multifunctional thermoformable skins by Mondi the materials of choice for numerous applications in the automotive industry. We have developed a special extrusion layering technology that allows us to combine a wide range of materials, resulting in a tailor-made product co-developed with our customers to meet their specific requirements. Using multifunctional thermoformable skins in production environments is very straightforward, allowing for fast and efficient parts production.
Day 1 - Afternoon Session
Dr Antti Keränen CTO, co-founder TactoTek Inc FINLAND
Use colour and texture to design interiors that delight consumers
Matthew Defosse Automotive industry manager PolyOne GERMANY
The automobile manufacturing industry is at the crossroads of change and challenge. Change: electric and hybrid cars, car sharing, Globalisation 2.0. Challenge: manage costs without disappointing consumers; maintain safety and performance standards. This presentation will highlight recent developments in advanced colourants and additives for thermoplastics that enable OEMs to delight consumers and support tier suppliers' goals for manufacturing efficiency. It will discuss some of the greatest challenges facing the industry, and present 'toolkits' of speciality materials that can be used to overcome these challenges.
The future of mobility needs the best materials
Hans Peter Schlegelmilch Management board Imat-UVE GmbH GERMANY
Imat introduces the digital management of material, parts and surface (MPS) data under the title 'Imat-Research - The Brain of Materials' to support the development of innovative design and functional concepts from the initial idea through to release for series production. The goal is to offer customers the most comprehensive collection of MPS-specific data. In addition to the classical material properties, test results and sustainability validation, principles of the human-sensory MPS assessment (user experience, UX) are used as another dimension of multidimensional evaluation. The different dimensions of the MPS description are made accessible for business customers via a database-based organisation.
The presentation will give listeners an understanding of fog testing of auto interior trim - DIN 75201. This will include gravimetric and reflective testing of auto interior plastic components, and OEM, DIN, ISO and SAE fog test standards.
Gyrotron processing of multilayer interior structures
Dr Mike Shevelev Technology director Gyrotron Technology Inc USA
Different processing scenarios were modelled using the Gyrotron for production of auto interior parts. The conditions for selective activation of adhesives for joining two or more layers without significantly heating the adjoining material were determined. The dependence of the process on the material parameters was proved by experiment. Heating each layer of the structure (thermal board, adhesives, foams, etc.) to different temperatures is also possible. The conditions and parameters of these options were determined. The Gyrotron microwave heating allows an increase in productivity, saves energy and improves environmental conditions.
Merging form and function with Injection-Moulded Structural Electronics (IMSE)
Dr Antti Keränen CTO, co-founder TactoTek Inc FINLAND
TactoTek Injection-Moulded Structural Electronics (IMSE) is a revolutionary technology that changes the way electronic parts such as HMI surfaces are designed and built. It is a solution that integrates printed electronics (circuitry, sensors and antennas) and discrete electronic components (LEDs, ICs, etc.) inside 3D plastic structures, thus changing the 100-year-old picture of electronics as 'components in a box' into 3D smart plastic surfaces. IMSE solutions reduce space and weight and simplify assembly while creating differentiating design opportunities. The technology is suitable for plastic and natural surfaces.
Printed electronics: next generation of interior design
Dr Paul Lacharmoise Director Eurecat Technology Centre SPAIN
Sensors, optoelectronic devices and electronic components manufactured by printing and coating techniques are predicted to dramatically change the way electronics are embedded into new products in many application areas. In-mould electronics drives the technology even further by embedding printed foils in 3D plastic objects. These technologies are set to revolutionise the interiors of vehicles with increased design freedom and performance, while reducing manufacturing complexity. The presentation will discuss the recent progress of the Eurecat Technology Centre in these fields, pinpointing the technologies with greater potential impact in the automotive sector.
Please Note: This programme may be subject to change