Free-to-Attend Style and Technology Studio

Tuesday 21 May AM

The evolution of laser plastic marking with imaging technology

Dr Faycal Benayad-Cherif
Business manager, vision and software
FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving I Alltec GmbH
FOBA Mosaic, developed from unconventional thinking, is a disruptive technology applied to plastic marking to reduce waste, improve efficiencies and add traceability to reduce the costs of production. The patent-pending innovation uses a unique image tiling concept to simulate a down view from within the laser. The down view is critical as it eliminates perspective distortion, a major limitation of existing technologies. The industry is craving technology that reduces the costs of production and expensive tooling, improves quality and streamlines processes. That is exactly what Mosaic delivers. The benefits and the lessons learned will be shared during this session.

HMI solutions by integration of touch sensors on decorated plastic surfaces

Joerg Stierand
Head of HMI
Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG
The presentation will introduce Kurz and PolyIC before going on to discuss HMI trends in automotive, plastic decoration by Kurz and Burg Design, touch sensors by PolyIC, integration of touch sensors, use cases of decorated plastic parts with integrated sensors, and a roadmap of HMI trends.

VOC: a global view

Chantal Haarmann
Business unit manager automotive polymers
Intertek Polychemlab BV
Identification of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in automotive interiors presents significant challenges for interior suppliers and OEMs. Concerns vary from unpleasant odors to potentially severe health concerns. Successful material identification may often depend on the methods chosen for air sampling, analysis techniques, handling and preparation of test specimens and test personnel expertise. This presentation addresses some of the key challenges in developing a VOC test and mitigation strategy, as well as the strengths and weaknesses across the most common testing methods currently used.

State-of-the-art hypercar design

Steve Crijns
Senior design manager
McLaren Automotive Ltd
Steve will tell the interior design story of the Speedtail, McLaren’s new three-seater Hyper GT with central driving position. The car has a £2m price tag and is limited to 106 units, all of which were sold before the project even started. With a price tag like this, customer expectation is sky high and the pressure was on to deliver something truly special. The car is designed for maximum customization opportunities, which is where the future of ultimate luxury is going. Each customer has a designer assigned to him/her to develop colors and materials that will be unique for each car. The story of the Speedtail is unique and gives a great insight into what is happening in hypercar design.

Designing and making parts using Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE)

Dr Antti Keränen
CTO and co-founder
TactoTek Group
TactoTek Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) is a solution that combines in-mold labeling and surface decoration, printed electronics (circuitry, sensors and antennas) and discrete electronic components (LEDs, ICs, etc) inside of 3D plastic structures, thus changing the 100-year-old picture of electronics as 'components in a box' into one of thin, light and durable 3D smart plastic surfaces. Together with multiple representative use cases in different fields, we provide details on the mechanical, electrical and optical design techniques and considerations for a specific use case: a seamless and elegant IMSE automotive overhead control panel (OHCP).

Cromatipic – an environmentally friendly metalization technology

Chinmay Trivedi
Senior process engineer
IHI Hauzer Techno Coating
Interior and exterior decoration in the automotive industry is evolving at a rapid pace. Weight reduction and the environmental aspects are important, and quality standards should be maintained with current modernized design elements in automotive decoration. For weight reduction in the automotive industry, the use of plastic is continuously increasing. Several plastic materials can be used with Cromatipic technology, where plastic parts are metalized to look like chrome. Alongside this is an environmentally friendly and Cr(VI)-free technology that can achieve different surface finishes based on OEM requirements. The automotive industry has diversified interior and exterior requirements. The presentation will discuss a few specific OEMs and their standards that can be fulfilled with Cromatipic.

Future mobility, concepts and design – how to gain the users' trust in autonomous vehicles

Johannes Bock
Transportation interior designer (BA)
Reutlingen University
What would the world be without brilliant minds? When innovations arise, materials, forms and products need to be redesigned. Vehicle interiors are a prime example of this, acting as an interface between the consumer and the vehicle. This field requires intensive research, inventive approaches and customer-oriented concepts. Johannes Bock, graduate in Transportation Interior Design at Reutlingen University in cooperation with phi CAE Karlsruhe, will present his visionary thesis work about how to gain the users' trust in autonomous vehicles.

Decorative and functional printing – automotive interior solutions

Nicolas Jahr
Sales printing systems
Thieme GmbH & Co KG
Industrial printing is a 'multilayer' problem, with multiple solutions. Partial coating, precise layers from print to print and the combination of functionality and decoration are typical challenges in this part of the industry. Machine solutions from Thieme are designed using knowledge gained during four decades of close collaboration with customers. The standard machine line-up is able to be configured directly to customers’ products and, if requested, Thieme integrates its printing know-how in customers’ full automatic production lines. The presentation will show how Thieme has created solutions to these challenges.

Tuesday 21 May PM

Printed electronics for smart surfaces to enrich automotive interiors

Stephan Harkema
Senior scientist
TNO / Holst Centre
Printed electronics are intrinsically cost-effective and comprise unique qualities from which interactive surfaces can benefit. In the user interaction, optical and touch functionalities are key to an intuitive, effective way of communication. Besides the functionalities, the technology that is used for creating smart surfaces by thermoforming and injection molding is unique. Material design for printed electronics is also generating opportunities that will be discussed in this presentation.

Innovative interior surfaces with combined IMD/IML processes

Tino Theer
Head of project management
Back Stickers GmbH
IMD and IML processes are well-known technologies for creating sophisticated and multi-functional surfaces. The challenge of the future is to integrate even more features in the interface between human and machine. The combination of both technologies enables new possibilities in design and function. The main focus is on displays and functional surfaces with features like anti-glare, anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint.

A new method to determine emissions during the injection-molding process

Jörg Günther
Managing director
KIMW Pruef- und Analyse GmbH
VOC is a big issue for plastic processing and for the usage of plastic parts. The Kunststoff-Institut Luedenscheid has developed a new method to detect emissions during the injection-molding process. This new technology provides new insights for material modification, protective tool coatings and optimal process parameters. In addition, optimal prerequisites can be created to successfully pass later emission testing of the part (e.g. VDA 278).

The Siloptics Flexilight flexible, flat light guide

Bernhard Mitteregger
Silcos GmbH
How to produce a homogeneously luminous surface with a small overall depth (5mm), which is flexible in all directions, adapts to a basic form in three dimensions, can be designed in terms of surface and shape, and meets common requirements for the components of vehicle interiors? This very demanding problem has been pondered by Silcos from southern Germany and Starlim Spritzguss from Austria. In a joint development, they have succeeded with the Flexilight, which offers new possibilities to be used by designers and developers for innovative control and information surfaces.

Haptic decorative designs and non-conductive black color shades for IMD/FIM applications

Dr Hans-Peter Erfurt
Manager IMD/FIM technology
Pröll KG
The presentation will discuss new haptic decorative trim designs for automotive interiors, manufactured via the film insert molding process. The designs are realized by first- and second-surface screen printing of thermoplastic films. The first-surface decoration can be protected by chemically and abrasion-resistant dual-cure lacquers. A new carbon-free black color shade based on non-conductive Spinel pigments is available for functional IMD/FIM parts in automotive interiors now. This black color shade for screen printing applications can be used for decorating films as well as for back printing of conductive pastes within functional capacitive-touch IMD/FIM parts due to their high electric resistance.

Decorative aluminum surfaces with functional effect in the automotive interior

Rolf Goebel
Director of sales and system development
Alanod GmbH & Co KG
The presentation will discuss: decorative surfaces for deep-drawing aluminum solutions; embossed surfaces produced in rolls and tooling; bonding systems for hybrid parts in aluminum and plastics; light integration with laser-perforated surfaces; cool touch with aluminum foils.

Wednesday 22 May AM

Italian leathers: a guarantee of sustainability for the worldwide automotive industry

Dr Luca Boltri
Vice director
Sabrina Frontini
ICEC – Quality Certification Institute for the Leather Sector
Being sustainable is in the DNA of Italian tanners, as the work of a tannery is, by definition, to recycle a material that would become waste (with a high environmental impact) if not destined for leather. But being the precursor of a perfect circular economy model is not enough for Italian tanners, as they lead the way in attention to safety for consumers, health in the workplace and ethics of supplies in terms of traceability and animal welfare. It is a documented and certified model of excellence that stands as a guarantee of quality for the value chain.

Innovative, individualised interior design (IIID) through stitching and punching

Martin Hoffmann
Head of department
Studio Auriga / Mountek GmbH
Stitching and leather punching are combined in the PAX machine for greater accuracy and a drastic reduction in production time and cost. Textile and leather interior parts can easily be individualized with new ID software. ID offers end customers a web-based tool to integrate signatures, family logos, etc. on the interior parts of their new cars. The PAX machine that is integrated into the ID software receives this data automatically from the website so it is easy for the car manufacturer to integrate and individualize its automobiles.

Seamless integration of automotive interior displays using high-performance hard-coated films

Martin Herbert
Product development manager
MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
As innovation in the automotive industry reaches new levels, and interest in electric vehicles grows, the need for sleek, integrated touchscreen film technology is rising. Manufacturers must be ready to respond. Trends indicate a dashboard with a continuous matte surface, with embedded displays, often lit only on demand, and harmonized with the rest of the interior. This requires homogeneous, hardwearing, aesthetically pleasing surfaces. We will talk about our formable automotive-compatible gloss and antiglare films that allow design flexibility to meet this requirement. It is achieved by our established XtraForm process and successful XMAPP QPS service.

Development and future innovations for automotive seating with excellent ride comfort

Dr Klaus Philipp
Manager Prototype and Technology Center/manager advanced development
Toyota Boshoku Europe
The presentation will define good seating before moving on to discuss the development procedure for ride comfort, theory and validation methodology, and ride comfort for future vehicles.

Customization of automotive interiors by digital printing

Dr Nicolas Amouroux
Director automotive interior
Nakan, a Westlake Chemical company, produces the PVC slush molding compound NAKAN®DrySol. It has 30 years' experience, delivering material to more than 10 million cars every year for soft surfaces of instrument panels, door panels and other interior parts. Nakan has recently developed a specialty ink – NAKAN®PrintSol – and a robotized digital printer able to print on curved surfaces of instrument panels. This technology is so precise that it allows inkjet printing on embossed or debossed details such as fake stitches. This innovation opens the road to full customization of the automotive interior.

Making surfaces come to life

Titus Suck
Sales director, Europe
Canatu’s transparent, conductive and formable CNB films endow all kinds of 3D structures with touch-sensing capability. Sensors can be fully integrated with plastic, leather and textiles to satisfy diverse design needs and user experiences. Transparency allows backlighting, while formability enables robust 3D-shaped surfaces with finger-guiding elements. Smart surfaces can be integrated with haptic feedback or combined with curved touch displays. Design and functionality are aligned to meet functional and safety requirements. In a new development, CNB heater film applications ensure that the optical sensors enabling self-driving cars will work in humid or freezing weather.

Uniform automotive interior surface backlighting with composite light-guide

Dr James Gourlay
Technical director/chief technology officer
Design LED Products Ltd
A composite light-guide technology enables large area uniformity in automotive surface backlighting. Space constraints and complex curves make the backlighting of surfaces difficult. Furthermore, the joining or integration of surface materials, such as cloth, wood, decorative foils and metal, is challenging. The composite light-guide technology allows LEDs and light intensity distribution optical features to be embedded inside and distributed throughout transparent films. When surface materials are bonded directly onto the light-guide surface, greater control of the light distribution can be achieved and high levels of uniformity of backlighting delivered.

Weight saving without compromising performance

Bert Suffis
Innovation manager
Environmental requirements, translated in a continuous search for weight saving, can be realized without compromising styling, functionality or performance. Case studies from the automotive and transport industries will illustrate how ARPRO-EPP made this possible through a combination of creative engineering, process improvements and material developments.

Wednesday 22 May PM

Upgrade your die-cutting process for leather car interiors manufacturing

Emanuel Martonca
Product manager Thagora
Gemini CAD Systems
Although it has been used for many years, the die-cutting process is still the right solution for cutting leather car interiors in large series. Now, this process can be made more productive and efficient by implementing the latest technology. The automatic, multi-hide nesting is now based on GPU technology, offering higher leather savings. New developments in leather scanning machines accelerate the inspection and scanning process. Furthermore, the off-line workflow offers higher productivity, and the software system generates statistics and analytics tools for management decisions.

Quantifying touch for automotive haptics

Peter Botticelli
Manager of sales and production
The presentation will discuss putting numerical data behind the human sense of touch in auto interior materials.

SmartEEs – accelerating the uptake of flexible electronics

Dr Christian May
Division director
Fraunhofer FEP
Ultra-thin, lightweight, robust and economical to manufacture: these key features distinguish organic and printed electronics from traditional semiconductor technologies. Emerging markets enabled by this are a huge opportunity for the EU industry. But small and mid-size companies have had only limited access to technologies and often lack the capabilities needed to benefit from them. SmartEES is an organized European innovation network that provides access to competencies and business support for innovation adoption. SmartEES is financing 20 application experiments through an open call to explore the technology transfer into business, access finance and engage innovative new SMEs.

The lightweight solutions in the rear seatback

Dr Vittorio Cammarota
Senior manager
Imballaggi Protettivi Srl
The presentation will introduce Bubble Guard Compact: a honeycomb-structured PP sheet for light and mechanically resistant solutions for automotive interiors. IP-Tech has oriented its efforts toward the development of technical solutions based on the application of Bubble Guard, an alveolar PP-sheet material that has been successfully used in the production of rear seatbacks and is already present in 1.5 million cars. The key aspects that will be highlighted include lightness, structural stability, shock absorbance (luggage intrusion test), compressive strength (drop test), environmental sustainability (use of recycled material), product competitiveness, and investment cost reduction compared with traditional solutions in metal.

Decorative plastic metalization with additional functionalities

Julius Schmidt
Head of sales ePD
The technology of plastic metalization has attracted the attention of designers and important industrial sectors for many years. Increased environmental awareness has led scientists and engineers to develop alternative surface technologies and coatings. Oerlikon Balzers has developed ePD (embedded PVD for Design Parts), a surface technology that not only provides the glossy look of metal – the most popular being chromium – but also meets the high protective requirements that a coating needs to deliver.

Hard-coated resin film for cover lenses of 3D displays

Eiki Tsubouchi
New development
Riken Technos Corp
Repty DC100 hard-coated resin film is designed for resin cover lenses of display surfaces for decoration and hard surfaces. Cover lenses made from resin are lighter and more formable than glass cover lenses. Riken Technos aims to add good scratch resistance and optical performance to resin cover lenses by providing coating and substrate forming technology. Riken Technos offers hard-coated film for flat displays and IML 3D displays.

Horizon fog testing systems DIN 75201

Hans-Joachim Jahn
Application specialist
Thermo Fisher Scientific
The presentation will discuss fog testing of auto interior trim, gravimetric and reflective testing of auto interior plastic components, and OEM, DIN, ISO and SAE fog test standards.

Thursday 23 May

Latest environmental trends on non-woven and textile products for the automotive market

Dr George Kellie
Kellie Solutions Ltd
The world is waking up very rapidly to the need to improve environmental performance in plastic materials for a wide range of applications. Automotive components are a large part of this challenge. In this presentation we will focus on some of the latest developments and directions.

Automotive skins – protect and serve

Dr Silvia Hanzelova
Mondi Belcoat
Mondi's multifunctional thermoformable skins offer good mechanical performance at a lighter weight, improved sound insulation and simple processing for many interior and exterior car parts. The company's customers are headliner, underbody shield and carpet manufacturers from all around the world. The easy handling of its products and combined functionalities allow for faster and more efficient car part production. Mondi's unique extrusion layering technology can improve the performance of non-woven, paper, aluminum, polyamide and glass veil substrates, resulting in a tailor-made automotive skin co-developed with customers.

RENOLIT TECNOGOR: a clean glass-fiber composite for interior applications

Adriano Odino
Technical director
Renolit Gor SpA
Marco Tuninetti
Senior technical specialist
CRF - GML – company of FCA
Marco Tuninetti from FCA and Adriano Odino from Renolit will explain a new glass-fiber composite material that covers the glass fibers completely. Unlike common glass fiber mats, RENOLIT TECNOGOR does not release fibers into the production environment, and no fibers migrate out of the final part. It is a lightweight thermoplastic composite material based on polypropylene and glass fibers extruded in sheets or rolls. Marco will explain why the material was chosen for the rear shelf of the Fiat 500X.

Ready to stop painting? Manufacture great parts with Molded-In Color

Matthew Defosse
Market development manager, automotive
Many thermoplastic automotive interior parts are painted – an unnecessary secondary operation that adds more than 30% to the total cost of parts. A proven alternative exists. Parts manufactured with Molded-In Color (MIC), provided by a masterbatch, look great, support OEMs' goals for cost reduction, and also offer a more environmentally sustainable solution than paint. MIC does pose challenges, but these can be managed. This presentation will explain these challenges and offer tips on overcoming them. It will also highlight recent developments in masterbatch formulation and computer simulation that greatly increase a manufacturer's ability to successfully transition from paint to MIC.

Non-wovens: superior lightweight solutions for tomorrow's transport challenges

Seán Kerrigan
Director of communications and media relations
The presentation will discuss the advantages of non-woven materials an innovative, high-tech fabrics; how superior lightweight and high-performance non-wovens are developed to reduce weight and improve safety and comfort; automotive applications for non-wovens from fuel cells to sensor technology; non-wovens and the automotive sector in numbers and trends; and future challenges and the technology to meet these.

Integration of optical fiber for interior customization

Julien Peton-Walter
Automotive sales manager
Joubert Group
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 its know-how in knitting, weaving, plastic injection and confection, Joubert provides customers with complete assembly solutions. It supplies nets, straps, cords, gear-lever gaiters, overmolded products, plastic injection parts, leather/TEP wrapping, and semi-finished products. Joubert is also willing to innovate and propose new solutions for car interiors (customization, functionality, technicity, etc.) according to new trends in the automotive sector. Its integrated fiber-optic strap is a good example.

Challenge for the integration of IML displays

Olaf Sillmann
Key account manager
Heyco IML Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co KG
Displays are becoming increasingly important in future automotive interior designs regarding the aesthetic and functional experience. IML technology is an innovative way to integrate displays in seamless designs under this focus. There are a number of challenges to overcome and we will speak about these challenges.
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change





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