Arburg will for the first time take part in the PIAE (Plastics In Automotive Engineering) Europe 2018 congress. Some 1,500 participants and more than 110 exhibitors are expected attend this prestigious event hosted by the German Association of Engineers (VDI) at the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim on 14 and 15 March 2018. During around 80 specialist presentations by automotive manufacturers and suppliers, plastics experts from the automotive industry will provide comprehensive information on many new developments and processes within the sector.
Arburg will in fact be taking part in this important VDI congress, the largest in the world for the automotive industry, in two guises: as an exhibitor, and in the context of the specialist presentations.
The ProLemo project: lightweight motors for electric vehicles
On 14 March 2018, Dr. Thomas Walther, Head of Application Technology at Arburg, will give a presentation on the topic of “ProLemo – Production technology for lightweight motor concepts”. In the ProLemo project, a number of partners work on production techniques relating to efficient lightweight motors for electric vehicles. It focuses on the mass production of parts made from metal-filled polymer materials. Rotor discs for electric drives are produced using the two-component injection moulding process. In a first step, the internal contour for connection to the shaft is produced from fibreglass-reinforced PA6. To produce the moulded-on rotor segments, a so-called Soft Magnetic Composite (SMC) was chosen, which consists of the matrix material PA6 highly filled with an Fe8Ni92 permalloy. This project has been so successful for all parties involved that patents have already been applied for.
Arburg to present extensive automotive-industry offerings
At the Arburg stand in the foyer of the congress centre, videos will show the use of special Allrounder injection moulding machines and turnkey systems as well as the Freeformer industrial additive manufacturing system. Furthermore, numerous product samples will illustrate the wide range of options offered by Arburg’s technology solutions for the automotive sector. These include multi-component injection moulding, overmoulding of inserts and lightweight construction processes such as Fibre Direct Compounding (FDC), Particle-foam Composite Injection Moulding (PCIM), the physical foaming techniques Profoam and Mucell, as well as the integration of thermoplastic composites.
The stand will be staffed by experts, who will present the Arburg portfolio to the visitors as well providing individual consulting.