Upcoming Conference

LSR 2019

September 9-12, 2019 in Schaumburg, Illinois

LSR 2019 will cover a range of relevant, engaging topics related to advancements in all aspects of LSR - medical, automotive, electronics, consumer products, and more. Learn alongside the industry's best and join together for networking and hands-on workshops.

About the Conference

Industry leaders and silicone experts will convene at LSR 2019 to discuss technological and scientific developments in liquid silicon rubber and related materials and explore new commercial uses for LSR in various markets (medical, automotive, electronics, consumer products, and more). It is a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn about new silicone chemistry, novel processing and manufacturing techniques, emerging technologies, market dynamics, and new business directions of LSR.
  • Meet key decision-makers and industry experts representing LSR suppliers, processing equipment manufacturers, molders, fabricators, and end-users.
  • Discuss your company’s strengths, technologies, and products.
  • Network and establish new business contacts and explore future opportunities.
  • Display your products, technology, and services at the Exhibit.

Conference Topics

Material Innovations

  • Enhanced features
  • Additives
  • New chemistry

Equipment

  • Machinery
  • Metering equipment
  • Cold runner technology
  • LSR mold technology
  • Robotics

Processing

  • Micromolding
  • 2 component molding
  • Optical parts
  • Cleanroom
  • Inspection
  • 3D printing
  • Emerging technologies

Part and process design

  • Part simulation / FEA
  • Process simulation

Industries / Applications

  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • E&E
  • Consumer goods
  • Infant care

Organizing Committee

Geri Anderson, M.R. Mold & Engineering
Steven Broadbent, ACH-Solution USA
Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold & Engineering
Oliver Franssen, Momentive Performance Materials
Juergen Giesow, Arburg
Amos Golovoy, AG Research
Thomas Jenkins, R.D. Abbott Company
Markus Landl, The RICO Group
Kurt Manigatter, ELMET GmbH
Lynn Momrow-Zielinski, Extreme Molding
Victor Morando, Dymotek

NEW for LSR 2019:

The Schaumburg, Illinois location of LSR 2019 affords the unique opportunity to participate in a half-day workshop at Sigmasoft’s local facility. Limited to 25 participants, the workshop will include hands-on learning about LSR simulation.

Venue

The conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg.  

Chicago Marriott Schaumburg 
50 N Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173


 A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at a special rate of $155 per night.  You are responsible for making your hotel room reservation. The cut-off date for our block of rooms is July 31, 2019.  The hotel may not guarantee a room after that date. 

To receive the special room rate:

Reserve a room online

Attendees can reserve their rooms at the conference rate here.

Reserve a room by phone

Call 800-228-9290 and request the LSR 2019 group rate for Executive Conference Management.

 

Day 1

Monday, September 9th 2019


11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SigmaSoft Workshop

For more information on this optional workshop, please click here.

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception at Marriott Chicago Schaumburg


Day 2

Tuesday, September 10th 2019


8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:45 am

Opening remarks

Amos Golovoy, Conference Chairman
9:00 am

Liquid Silicone Rubber:  Market Trends & Opportunities

Kent Furst, Manager, Chemicals & Polymers, Fredonia Group

LSR has been the fastest growing segment of the silicones industry for over two decades, and has showed little signs of slowing or market maturity.  What will the next 5 years look like?  This presentation will discuss the findings from Freedonia’s upcoming market study on the LSR industry in the US.  Topics will include a breakdown of major end-use markets for LSR, pricing issues, international trade, and the industry structure.  Forecasts for LSR demand will be discussed, including what areas have the greatest opportunities for growth.

Kent Furst

Polymers Practice Leader, Freedonia Group

Mr. Kent Furst, Polymers Practice Leader, has written over 50 studies since joining The Freedonia Group in 2005. Mr. Furst has a BSE in Polymer Science & Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Furst has been a regular speaker at the International Silicones Conference over the last seven years, and has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and many trade publications. He has written such studies for Freedonia as Silicones, World Silicones, World Bioplastics, World Thermoplastic Elastomers and Fluoropolymers.
9:30 am

The Best of LSR – Characteristics, Market and Innovation

Craig Gross, Dow

Content:

  • Characteristics
  • Market
  • Innovation
  • Summary& Outlook

Since Liquid Silicone rubber (LSR) was introduced in the late 70`s it has made its way into many markets and applications because of continued enhancements in processing technology and final properties.

This presentation will show the LSR “Characteristics” from a new perspective. Key components defining an LSR are the process to make it, the theology, the kinetics and the mechanical properties.

The processing benefits of the new generation LSR, characterized by low viscosity and structure build up, but also fast cure and long pot life, will be outlined with examples.

A market picture and the drivers for product innovation leading to the focus of this presentation describing new LSR innovations for aautomotive electrification, heat resistance, rregulation compliance, process optimization, enhanced efficiency and new design freedom.

A summary in combination with a further outlook on LSR technology will close this presentation

 

Craig Gross

Senior TS&D Scientist, Consumer Solutions

Craig is a member of Dow’s North America Technical Service and Development (TS&D) organization which provides technical support, application and product expertise for silicone elastomers used in the Transportation, Industrial, and Consumer markets. Craig Gross joined Dow Corning in 1996 and became part of Dow through the acquisition in 2016. During his career, he then has held various roles in process engineering, development, and technical service and development within North America. Because of his previous experiences within the plastics industry and while at Dow Corning/Dow, he has knowledge and expertise in wide range of materials and fabrication processes used in both the plastics and rubber industries. In his current position, Craig leads a variety of initiatives focused on delivering Silicone Elastomer solutions to customers. He has 4 patents and has presented at numerous conferences and trade shows. Craig graduated from Ferris State University, 1993 – BS in Plastics Engineering
10:00 am

LSR: Beyond Injection Molding

Norm Riley, Technical Manager, Silicone Rubber, Wacker Chemical Corporation

LSR is the most remarkable of silicone rubber technologies possessing all the inherent advantages of silicone rubber and unparalleled for automated, precision molding yet it harbors the versatility for novel processes and applications beyond the confines of molding parts.  Discover LSR’s hidden talents and how it can be tailored to processes and applications where silicone rubber may have been previously dismissed.

  • LSR possesses the physical and mechanical properties for applications beyond those requiring the use of costly liquid injection molding equipment:

 

    • Adhesives
    • Coatings
    • Dip-casting
    • Inks
    • Liquid Injected Seals
    • Formed-in-place gaskets
    • 3D-printing

 

Norm Riley

Technical Manager, Wacker

Norm Riley is Technical Manager for the Silicone Rubber Solutions market segment at Wacker Chemical Corporation, Adrian, Michigan. His responsibilities include product and applications development for LSR and HCR. Norm has held technical roles in silicone elastomers for both entrepreneurial and corporate silicone manufacturers finding unique and novel applications for LSR since 1984. In his 35-year career, he has developed LSR technologies under the guidance of the most storied silicone elastomer experts in the industry. Norm holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California Lutheran University.
10:30 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am

Selecting the Correct LSR Cure Profile Based Upon Part Geometry

Mike Fil, Business Development Manager, Extreme Molding, LLC.

As silicone continues to become a more popular material choice for many different applications and industries, it’s important for silicone molders and part designers to consider how their designs and material selections can affect throughput and cost. Selecting the correct LSR, based upon cure profile, can greatly improve profitability and allow youto mold different geometries more effectively.

 

Mike Fil

Business Development Manager Extreme Molding, LLC.

Mike is currently Business Development Manager at Extreme Molding and has worked there for a little over 10 years in total. Mike started working at Extreme Molding as an intern in 2009 and joined full-time after graduating from RPI in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and captain of the football team. He has held a multitude of different roles in the organization and after 9 years in the operations/production management role has shifted his focus to business development and sales. In addition to business development and sales, Mike manages all engineers and assists customers in maximizing their design for manufacturability.
11:30 am

How Big Data could improve Liquid Silicone Molding process

Stefan Rönisch, Aptiv

Industry 4.0 has been established in our Silicone world as well as other industrial fields and is getting more important day by day.

Main Intention for using “Big Data” is to control Process and Process flow by sharing data & information. Analyzing, overlapping, and sharing of Big Data  can improve also your Molding Process. This presentation shows a potential value of the new liquid gold.

 

Stefan Rönisch

Global Manufacturing Engineering Manager LSR Aptiv Services Deutschland GmbH in Wuppertal

Stefan started at Kabelwerke Reinshagen as a tool maker in 1981. He holds a degree in Machinery Engineering from University Wuppertal and a Degree in Since and Economics of University Dortmund. He held various positions at Reinshagen and later at Delphi Automotive System in Tool & Process Engineering and Operations He was 7 Years Plant manager of Delphi Wuppertal Plant. Since 2013 he is responsible for Global manufacturing Engineering for LSR.
12:00 pm

Key factors for accurate non-linear simulation of silicone products with focus on usability of post processing results

Ryan Hall, Product Research & Development Starlim North America Corporation

Regardless if the end use in a laundry machine, a sealing component inside a car or even if the application is a baby pacifier: nearly no product is introduced to mass production anymore without being virtually tested and evaluated with the help of simulation.

To be able to provide accurate results a lot of aspects must be reviewed and set correct where the central questions will always be: “How accurate is my simulation result if not every parameter is set 100% correct?”

We will focus on this central question during the presentation looking at key figures like mesh size, mesh quality, mesh transitions, mesh types, material characterization accuracy, material data quality, and material modeling with focus on non-linear modeling techniques.

All these topics will be discussed with examples and results of non linear simulation with Liquid Silicone rubber compounds.  Each topic will be reviewed in depth showing good and bad setup versions indicating the impact on the post processing result which is key for the real life experience which customer/part user is experiencing.   This will be highlighted during the speech with easily visible and distinctive examples of simulation results from a matseal application (automotive application) showing the trade-off which a non 100% accurate simulation model is causing.

 

Ryan Hall

Product, Research & Development Starlim North America Corporation

Ryan Hall is a product development engineer with Starlim North America located in the London Ontario facility. He attended The University of Western Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Engineering Science specializing in Mechanical Engineering. He also has a Materials Engineering Certificate from Ryerson University. Ryan has gained 20 years of experience in new product development with various companies, in addition to Starlim North America. He has held positions with Cooper-Standard Automotive, Brose Canada, Invista and Johnson Controls. The last 8 years have been in the research and development field and specifically elastomer related.
1:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm

Defect Prevention in LSR Molding Using Autonomous Optimization and "Virtual Molding" DOE

Gabriel Geyne, Application Engineer, SIGMA Plastic Services

Attendees will learn about quality prevention technology that helps reduce the part development time while achieving high quality.

 

2:30 pm

New Ways in Support by using Mixed Reality Technology

Gerold Leeb, CEO, AVR Tech Innovations GmbH

As globalization increases and almost every company has Subsidiaries / Partners / Customers all over the world, it becomes very cost and time intensive to provide support in a decent manner.

Flexibility, Reaction time and Qualified support under all circumstances around the world has become a Key decision & success factor.

Virtual Process guidance, Visual Maintenance, and Visual Remote support are new technologies provided to ACH customers to overcome these key problems.

“ACH Solution” with their partner “AVR Tech Innovations” provide inside in the new Approach on using Mixed Reality to provide support with minimum delay.

 

Gerold Leeb

Founder, AVR Tech Innovations GmbH

- Married and father of 2 kids - Life long learner and explorer - Started 1982 as Mold maker at Bombardier ROTAX in Austria. Study of Computer Science and Software Engineering (master's degree - Virtual Reality and Collaborative Systems) at the JKU in Austria 1998. More than 20 years of experience in IT as Technical Architect / Analyst / Advisor / Software Engineer. Worked for many innovative companies like Oracle, Siebel, BMW as employee and GM, BT, Fujitsu, German Telecom, Swisscom, ELF, ING, ... as Architect and Technology Advisor. Since 2017 we support our customers in the area of Mixed / Augmented Reality, Internet Of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing and Machine Learning.
3:00 pm

LSR Injection Molding Development & Validation Utilizing IQ, OQ, PQ

Alex Haas, Automation/ Manufacturing Engineer, PTG Silicones

When specifying a silicone rubber molded component, customers usually only consider two factors when sourcing a molded component:

  1. Mold cost
  2. Piece part price.

One factor that is often overlooked and can add a substantial amount of time and cost is validation of the manufacturing process.

There are two common manufacturing validation process:

  1. PPAP which is well known in the automotive industry
  2. IQ, OQ, PQ which is preferred in the medical industry

This presentation explores the typical medical process validation (IQ/OQ/PQ) with consideration of the customer’s requirements for a silicone rubber molded component. This can be outlined as follows:

  1. Understanding part criticality/severity
  2. Outlining required confidence/reliability
  3. Installation qualification
  4. Design of experiments
  5. Operational qualification
  6. Process qualification
  7. Approval of transfer to production.

Understanding these steps will allow the customer to better evaluate the required time and cost a product may require ensuring it meets all the application’s specifications. PTG works closely with its customers to determine the optimum level of validation needed to ensure all their product’s requirements are met.

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm

LSR Cold-Deck Tooling Challenges

Jay Vang, Moldex 3D and Torsten Kruse, Kruse Analysis, Inc.

Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) has several unique properties that make it both exciting and challenging to work with. Designing a “Cold-Deck” Mold for an LSR material is particularly tricky, given the temperature differences between the cold deck and the hot tool side. In this study, critical locations in the mold are analyzed for insulation and water management, with special focus on valve pin temperature fluctuations during the molding cycle. Actual movement of the valve pin is incorporated in simulations to study temperature variations, minimize process challenges and help improve part quality.

Jay Vang

Customer Success Engineer, Moldex 3D North America

With a Bachelor Degree of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jay Vang is experienced in product design, development, manufacturing, and using CAE tools including Moldex3D, ProE/Creo, Solidworks, and Sigmasoft. As a customer success engineer at Moldex3D, Jay helps ensure customers are utilizing simulation software as intended to ensure realistic and reliable results.
4:30 pm

Developing a functional and feasible 2K/2-shot application with LSR

Philipp Begert, Engineering Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

About the thing…

  • What are we talking about – 2K/2-shot application
  • The drive behind joining two materials in to one process
  • Demonstrating some possibilities of bringing different materials together

 

Product development for 2K/2-shot application

  • Guiding and/or co-designing a part with the customer to insure best functionality and best manufacturability using DFM as a tool
  • Utilizing modern engineering tools and simulating performance and process for 2K/2-shot applications
  • Product development throughout the whole process from A-samples to B-samples to C-samples to D-samples

 

The outlook for 2K/2-shot applications

  • Future possibilities for 2K applications
  • Where we can help or where we need help
  • Looking even further

Philipp Begert

Project Engineer, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

After completing an apprenticeship in ‘plastics technology’ at a Swiss injection molder, Philipp Begert first worked two years as a Process Engineer in Switzerland. Following that he has taken on the opportunity moving to Canada and working for an LSR-molder. There he has played several roles in technical positions within processing and engineering for almost a decade. Being offered a position as Project Engineer / Project Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions lead LSR & 2K-Molding facility in Stein am Rhein, Philipp decide to move back to Switzerland. Taken on this new role he is now responsible providing technical project engineering to the customer and leading complex projects by applying the long-time experience within the LSR / 2K molding & engineering.
5:00 pm

Things I Wish I Knew About Silicone at the Beginning of my Engineering Career

Lynn Momrow-Zielinski, President, Extreme Molding

This presentation will reveal the tricks of the trade that experienced engineers use in the silicone industry.   It will include the property and processing differences between RTV, HCR, and LSR silicones, how to match your product needs to the correct LSR material, and how to determine if an existing competitive product is made of silicone.  We will also discuss LSR processing, mold design considerations and LSR post processing methods

 

Lynn Momrow-Zielinski

President, Extreme Molding

Lynn Momrow-Zielinski is a graduate of Averill Park High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS in Chemical Engineering ’86 and MS in Industrial and Management Engineering ’91). Lynn held a variety of engineering and management positions at Mobil Chemical Company, GE Silicones and Saint Gobain prior to founding and running her own business Extreme Molding since 2002. Extreme Molding is a contract injection molder and packager of high end consumer products. The business has a focus in female and infant care products made from silicone and thermoplastics. Lynn currently serves on the Albany Rural Cemetery Board of Governors, The Country Club of Troy Executive Board and the CATS Center for Automated Technology Board at RPI. She has previously held positions on the RPI School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Albany Country Club Board of Governors. Her hobbies include golf, curling, fitness and reading.
5:30 pm

Reception - Networking


Day 3

Wednesday, September 11th 2019


8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Proper Part-Design with LSR – the red line between success and failure

Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold & Engineering (speaker), Kurt Manigatter, ELMET GmbH, Steven Broadbent, ACH-Solution USA, Markus Landl, The RICO Group

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This presentation is based on the combined experience of 4 renowned mold makers in the silicone industry. We will outline design issues we have seen in silicone products. When designing products for silicone injection molding, there are rules that need to be followed. We will outline why some design issues can make a product unmanufacturable. Product designers must understand the need for strategic gate and parting line locations, the importance of tolerances, how a part will be molded and removed from the mold and why it is advantageous to get an experienced silicone mold maker involved before the product design is finalized.

 

10:00 am

Q&A - Podium Panel Discussion on LSR Molding

10:30 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am

The Advantages of Silicone Elastomers in Healthcare Device Development and Manufacturing

Chris Claussen, Momentive

Medical device designers and engineers strive to develop solutions that meet stringent performance requirements, while making devices safer and more reliable. Flexible elastomers are critical to the development of new and innovative medical devices, providing sealing , gasketing , and fluid transfer properties. This presentation will compare and contrast silicone elastomers versus thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and illustrate why medical device designers and engineers should consider silicone elastomers for design and manufacture of medical devices.

Chris Claussen

Momentive

Chris Claussen has over 20 years of elastomer expertise. Chris currently is the silicone elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare at Momentive Performance Materials. Chris has held other leadership roles within Momentive over the last 14 years, including those of Regional Marketing Manager for Consumer Goods (North America), Field Market Developer (Healthcare & Consumer) and Account Manager. Chris holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
11:30 am

Injection molding of high-precision liquid silicone micro parts

Wolfgang Roth, MSc, Manager Applications Engineering, Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH
  • Comparison between a standard LSR machine and a machine for micro parts
    • “Choosing the right machine technology for real micro parts”
    • Special features developed for small parts
  • Special mold technology
  • Choosing the right dosing unit for micro parts
  • Process technology
  • Applications

Wolfgang Roth

Head of Application Engineering & Exhibitions, Wittman Battenfeld

Wolfgang Roth studied plastics technology at the Higher Technical School for plastics engineering in Vienna (Austria) and Business Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wr. Neustadt (Austria). He started his professional career in 1990 at aircraft company “Diamond Aircraft” (Austria) as an engineer in the department for glass fibre reinforced components. Since joining Battenfeld in 1991, Mr. Roth was active in the application department, R&D and he is the product manager for LIM (Liquid Injection Moulding). Since 2006 he is the Head of the Applications Engineering and Exhibitions dept. at Wittmann Battenfeld. 2009: Graduation in Product Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.
12:00 pm

LSR Injection Molding for Clean Room and Medical Applications

Calvin Pendorf, Head of Engineering, SIMTEC Silicone Parts

Producing Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) components for the medical field requires measures to ensure an environment suitable for the requirements of the program.  In this presentation we will review the various inputs that go into a hygienically-controlled environment and the associated controls.  From procedural based cleanliness to a certified clean room it is important to identify high risk factors in the manufacturing process flow and external elements such as material loading, machine maintenance and part handling.  Once established, attention to detail and sustaining the cleaning and maintenance routine are paramount to the quality of the operation. To achieve a proper quality output, focus must be placed on the quality of all the inputs. In addition to controls optimizing procedural and manufacturing processes, the material also plays an important role. LSR’s characteristics and benefits, such as its innately pure raw material formulation, bio compatibility, and flexibility in numerous operations, make it a favorable material choice for medical applications.

Calvin Pendorf

Head of Engineering, SIMTEC

Calvin Pendorf is the Head of the Engineering at SIMTEC Silicone Parts and has been working at the company since 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Originally a project engineer at SIMTEC he is now in charge of managing the engineering team and developing customer programs in LSR and 2K molding.
12:30 pm

Novel Ultraflexible Silicone 3D Printing Compositions Based of Homocomposite Thixotropic Paste

Orlin D. Velev, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

We will discuss the formulation principles and capabilities of a new class of highly flexible and versatile silicone elastomeric materials for 3D printing. The present approaches to the formulation of 3D printing compositions involve mostly new polymer and initiator chemistries, which allow rapid polymerization during the sculpturing process. In contrast, our group has introduced an extremely simple, elegant, and efficient idea to develop principally new printing compositions: Making capillary suspension inks that use the same elastomeric material both as solid beads and binder [Adv. Mater. 29,17015542017]. The liquid-mediated particle systems are thixotropic and can be rapidly extruded and solidified. The patent-pending method has been named “3D printing with Homocomposite Thixotropic Paste(HTP 3DP)”, because the two major components that establish its rheology, liquid PDMS and PDMS beads, are of nearly identical chemical composition. The curing of these inks results in extremely flexible, soft and extensible elastomeric materials, whose extraordinary properties are based on the strong cohesion of the cured liquid and particles in porous elastomeric architectures. The HTP methods allows 3D printing of silicone and elastomer materials that combine several properties – they could be ultra-soft, porous, easily extensible, highly cohesive. They could also be composite and made to possess magnetic response and reconfigurability. As this ink is made of porous biocompatible silicone and can be 3D printed under water, it may also find applications such as direct printing of bio-scaffolds on live tissue, or magnetically actuated scaffolds for artificial organs.

1:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm

Dive into the world of silicones and find another one

Cordula Wieland, Product Manager, CX-series and thermosetting materials, KraussMaffei Technologies, Markus Landl, Head of International Business Development, RICO GROUP GmbH, Dr. Andreas Bacher, Technical Manager, Wacker Chemie AG
  • latest technologies: a comparison of LSR and HCR
  • what to choose: pro and contra
  • case study: material, process and mold solutions

As the mechanical characteristics and the performance of liquid and solid silicones are nearly identical the decision used to be easy in former times:

  • Higher part weight and low quantities: the choice fell clearly on HCR
  • Big volume and smaller part weights: LSR was the favorite

Longer curing times for solid silicones, intense processing as well as complex material handling have accelerated the trend towards low viscous liquid silicones. The advantages were obvious:

Wide range of material types, fast curing times, consistent part quality, better material yield and finally higher output has made LSR the class leader in the world of elastomers.

But things change: Driven by the diversification of elastomer products and their requirements -but also due to further development steps in material, mold, process and automation solutions, high consistency rubber starts shining in one´s old glory and allows new applications.

Against this backdrop the presentation will show the latest developments for HCR injection molded parts compared to LSR. From new material formulations, complex processing on injection machinery, to mold and automation concepts. Principal examples serve as explanations and round off the lecture.

Cordula Wieland

Product Manager, Krauss Maffei

After her high school graduation in Germany Cordula Wieland completed successfully an apprenticeship as an industrial business manager at Siemens AG in Munich and stayed for additional six years as conference manager. Subsequently she studied process engineering for plastics and synthetic materials at the university for applied sciences Munich and completed her studies with a diploma thesis on the subject of “Coextrusion foils for identification cards” in a leading technology company. Positions as development engineer, project manager and finally product manager followed. Since January 2015 Mrs. Wieland is working as product and technology manager for the KraussMaffei Group and concentrates on small injection molding machines as well as on thermoset and silicone technologies.
2:30 pm

Cost competitive short run and prototype LSR molding

Christopher Burton, Project Engineer, LIMWORKS, LLC

For short run LSR production (e.g. 50 to 500 shots) the cost-per-part can be inflated by several times that of part price achievable from higher batch production injection molding. This inflated cost is due either to the labor-intensive process of compression and transfer molding or the costly process of material changeover for an injection molding machine.

LIMWORKS, LLC has developed the PROCHANGER™ injection molding machine, a proprietary design which aims to provide a solution for high quality, cost competitive injection molded parts for small batch production runs. Savings can be found by reducing material and tool changeover time down to minutes, minimizing and moving clean up off-line. Additional machine features that aid quick tool change, automate ejection, and control part quality will be explained with part examples.

Christopher Burton

Chris has been working with LIMWORKS to develop technologies dedicated to silicone processing. He holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and has pursued coursework with a focus on controls, manufacturing, and project management. Chris has been involved in molding a silicone product from prototype to production and uses this experience to address those challenges in his current work.
3:00 pm

When Automation Makes Business Sense (and What to Do When It Doesn’t)

Dennis Rector, Director of Engineering, Flexan

This presentation discusses key tangible and intangible factors teams consider when determining whether production automation is the right path forward. Factors which can include annual volume, component design and customer requirements (i.e., attributes and variables).  Using this information as a foundation, the presenter segues to options to consider when full automation is not justified, options which may include Partial Automation,(molding only, secondary operations, and inspection/wash operations.)Rotary Molding Machine Options,(advantages and cycle time overlap); and, One Operator/Multiple Machines.

Dennis Rector

Director of Engineering, Flexan

Dennis has 19 years of experience in Medical Contract manufacturing. Throughout his career he has been responsible for simple projects such as a molded or extruded components to finish medical devices that involved capital equipment, molded components, extruded components, purchased components, assembly, and sterile intent packaging. He has been involved with Quoting, Process Engineering, Project Engineering, and Design Engineering roles supporting process improvement initiatives and new product introduction (NPI). Dennis is six sigma Black Belt trained and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.
3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm

Essential Factors for a Successful Silicone Molding Program

Mark Hammond, General Manager, GW Silicones

Liquid Silicone Rubber has become increasingly popular in manufacturing due to its design freedoms, unique flow properties, and biocompatibility. Despite the mainstream appeal of LSR, many OEMs underestimate the differences between launching a program with silicone versus another material. Silicone offers the ability to fill part geometries and employ high levels of sophisticated automation that would not be possible with a thermoplastic elastomer or a traditional rubber compound, and therefore requires unique preparations and processes in order to be successfully molded.

The most essential factor in building a successful silicone molding program includes prototyping to the exact intended production method. Incorporating production-intent tool design at the prototype stage allows you to evaluate any and all criteria required for automatic production. Customizing molds for LSR is crucial for part consistency, and prototyping for high volume production minimizes design changes and reduces time-to-market. OEMs should constantly expand their material libraries with the newest LSR grades designed specifically for flashless automatic molding and consider unique material combinations such as two-shot or multi-material molding for added design and performance options.

4:30 pm

Effect of UV-Irradiation on the Adhesion of Polypropylene/LSR-composites

Michael Hartung, University of Kassel

Liquid silicone rubber with modified adhesive properties enables multi-component thermoplast/silicone composites to be injection molded without requiring mechanical linkage. In most cases, the chemical structure of the in situ bonding agent is only capable of connecting to chemically compatible thermoplasts, such as PBT and PA. When dealing with Polypropylene a previous surface modification has to be performed in combination with the use of a special self-adhesive LSR.

Preliminary studies for this material combination showed, that a UVC-light irradiation generates a very powerful effect on the adhesion promoting if the irradiation conditions are suitable. Using a common mercury vapor arc lamp, irradiation periods around five seconds are enough to generate a strong bond after overmolding with cohesive failure within the silicone rubber.

In this study, the effects, correlations, and limits of the UVC light treatment applied to PP/LSR composites were evaluated using experimental designs. In addition, the influence of warm storage at 80°C and 120°C and moisture storage at 85°C, 85% r.h.were investigated up to a storage time of 3 month. For all tests the VDI guideline 2019 represents the test specification for adhesion strength.

Results are that surface activation works for different polypropylene types (w/wo glass fibers) and long-term warm storage tests have no influence on adhesion, but in combination with moisture still improvements are needed. Overall this new technology opens avenues to new applications and markets as so far no direct adhesive bonding between Polypropylene and LSR was possible.

 

Michael Hartung

Michael Hartung, M.Sc. studied Mechanical Engineering with focus on plastics technology at University of Kassel/Germany. Since 2015 he works as a scientific assistant in the Institute for Materials Technology, Department Polymer Technology at University of Kassel/Germany. Currently he is responsible for different scientific projects dealing with multicomponent injection molding of hard/soft composites. His main emphasis is on optimizing the adhesion between self-adhesive LSR and thermoplastics, in particular by applying different surface activation methods such as plasma activation and UV irradiation.
5:00 pm

Multi-Component Silicone molding: today needs

Juergen Giesow, Ph.D, Director of Technology, Arburg

Multi Component molding applications of today require different approaches. Thermoplastic over Silicone, Silicone over Silicone, all of this for regular machines or even Micro needs. The presentation will cover that these applications need to be approached totally different dependent on the requirement. Application examples will be reviewed in how the problems were approached. Regular screws, plungers are all solutions that can play part in these different applications. Important is to understand limitations and challenges in order to select the correct technology for the application at hand.

 

Juergen Giesow

Director of Technology & Eng., Arburg

Juergen has Plastics Degree from the Technical College in Troisdorf Germany and a PhD in General Engineering. He started in Plastics at a Packaging Company in 84 with a 3 year apprentice program to become a Plastics Technician. In 1992 Juergen went back to College to get his Engineering degree in Troisdorf. In 1996 Juergen came to the US on a temporary assignmet and in 1998 he moved permanently to the USA. 2002 Juergen moved to CA to become the regional Manager for Arburg on the West Coast of the USA. In 2015 Juergen moved back to CT and is now responsible for Engineering and Technology at Arburgs Headquarter in Rocky Hill.
5:30 pm

Reception-Networking


Day 4

Thursday, September 12th 2019


8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip to Arburg


Speakers, titles, and topics subject to change. Agenda will be updated if and when changes occur.

The following LSR professionals will be presenting at LSR 2019:

Philipp Begert

Project Engineer, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

After completing an apprenticeship in ‘plastics technology’ at a Swiss injection molder, Philipp Begert first worked two years as a Process Engineer in Switzerland. Following that he has taken on the opportunity moving to Canada and working for an LSR-molder. There he has played several roles in technical positions within processing and engineering for almost a decade. Being offered a position as Project Engineer / Project Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions lead LSR & 2K-Molding facility in Stein am Rhein, Philipp decide to move back to Switzerland. Taken on this new role he is now responsible providing technical project engineering to the customer and leading complex projects by applying the long-time experience within the LSR / 2K molding & engineering.

Christopher Burton

Chris has been working with LIMWORKS to develop technologies dedicated to silicone processing. He holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and has pursued coursework with a focus on controls, manufacturing, and project management. Chris has been involved in molding a silicone product from prototype to production and uses this experience to address those challenges in his current work.

Chris Claussen

Momentive

Chris Claussen has over 20 years of elastomer expertise. Chris currently is the silicone elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare at Momentive Performance Materials. Chris has held other leadership roles within Momentive over the last 14 years, including those of Regional Marketing Manager for Consumer Goods (North America), Field Market Developer (Healthcare & Consumer) and Account Manager. Chris holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Mike Fil

Business Development Manager Extreme Molding, LLC.

Mike is currently Business Development Manager at Extreme Molding and has worked there for a little over 10 years in total. Mike started working at Extreme Molding as an intern in 2009 and joined full-time after graduating from RPI in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and captain of the football team. He has held a multitude of different roles in the organization and after 9 years in the operations/production management role has shifted his focus to business development and sales. In addition to business development and sales, Mike manages all engineers and assists customers in maximizing their design for manufacturability.

Kent Furst

Polymers Practice Leader, Freedonia Group

Mr. Kent Furst, Polymers Practice Leader, has written over 50 studies since joining The Freedonia Group in 2005. Mr. Furst has a BSE in Polymer Science & Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Furst has been a regular speaker at the International Silicones Conference over the last seven years, and has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and many trade publications. He has written such studies for Freedonia as Silicones, World Silicones, World Bioplastics, World Thermoplastic Elastomers and Fluoropolymers.

Juergen Giesow

Director of Technology & Eng., Arburg

Juergen has Plastics Degree from the Technical College in Troisdorf Germany and a PhD in General Engineering. He started in Plastics at a Packaging Company in 84 with a 3 year apprentice program to become a Plastics Technician. In 1992 Juergen went back to College to get his Engineering degree in Troisdorf. In 1996 Juergen came to the US on a temporary assignmet and in 1998 he moved permanently to the USA. 2002 Juergen moved to CA to become the regional Manager for Arburg on the West Coast of the USA. In 2015 Juergen moved back to CT and is now responsible for Engineering and Technology at Arburgs Headquarter in Rocky Hill.

Craig Gross

Senior TS&D Scientist, Consumer Solutions

Craig is a member of Dow’s North America Technical Service and Development (TS&D) organization which provides technical support, application and product expertise for silicone elastomers used in the Transportation, Industrial, and Consumer markets. Craig Gross joined Dow Corning in 1996 and became part of Dow through the acquisition in 2016. During his career, he then has held various roles in process engineering, development, and technical service and development within North America. Because of his previous experiences within the plastics industry and while at Dow Corning/Dow, he has knowledge and expertise in wide range of materials and fabrication processes used in both the plastics and rubber industries. In his current position, Craig leads a variety of initiatives focused on delivering Silicone Elastomer solutions to customers. He has 4 patents and has presented at numerous conferences and trade shows. Craig graduated from Ferris State University, 1993 – BS in Plastics Engineering

Ryan Hall

Product, Research & Development Starlim North America Corporation

Ryan Hall is a product development engineer with Starlim North America located in the London Ontario facility. He attended The University of Western Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Engineering Science specializing in Mechanical Engineering. He also has a Materials Engineering Certificate from Ryerson University. Ryan has gained 20 years of experience in new product development with various companies, in addition to Starlim North America. He has held positions with Cooper-Standard Automotive, Brose Canada, Invista and Johnson Controls. The last 8 years have been in the research and development field and specifically elastomer related.

Michael Hartung

Michael Hartung, M.Sc. studied Mechanical Engineering with focus on plastics technology at University of Kassel/Germany. Since 2015 he works as a scientific assistant in the Institute for Materials Technology, Department Polymer Technology at University of Kassel/Germany. Currently he is responsible for different scientific projects dealing with multicomponent injection molding of hard/soft composites. His main emphasis is on optimizing the adhesion between self-adhesive LSR and thermoplastics, in particular by applying different surface activation methods such as plasma activation and UV irradiation.

Gerold Leeb

Founder, AVR Tech Innovations GmbH

- Married and father of 2 kids - Life long learner and explorer - Started 1982 as Mold maker at Bombardier ROTAX in Austria. Study of Computer Science and Software Engineering (master's degree - Virtual Reality and Collaborative Systems) at the JKU in Austria 1998. More than 20 years of experience in IT as Technical Architect / Analyst / Advisor / Software Engineer. Worked for many innovative companies like Oracle, Siebel, BMW as employee and GM, BT, Fujitsu, German Telecom, Swisscom, ELF, ING, ... as Architect and Technology Advisor. Since 2017 we support our customers in the area of Mixed / Augmented Reality, Internet Of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing and Machine Learning.

Lynn Momrow-Zielinski

President, Extreme Molding

Lynn Momrow-Zielinski is a graduate of Averill Park High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS in Chemical Engineering ’86 and MS in Industrial and Management Engineering ’91). Lynn held a variety of engineering and management positions at Mobil Chemical Company, GE Silicones and Saint Gobain prior to founding and running her own business Extreme Molding since 2002. Extreme Molding is a contract injection molder and packager of high end consumer products. The business has a focus in female and infant care products made from silicone and thermoplastics. Lynn currently serves on the Albany Rural Cemetery Board of Governors, The Country Club of Troy Executive Board and the CATS Center for Automated Technology Board at RPI. She has previously held positions on the RPI School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Albany Country Club Board of Governors. Her hobbies include golf, curling, fitness and reading.

Calvin Pendorf

Head of Engineering, SIMTEC

Calvin Pendorf is the Head of the Engineering at SIMTEC Silicone Parts and has been working at the company since 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Originally a project engineer at SIMTEC he is now in charge of managing the engineering team and developing customer programs in LSR and 2K molding.

Dennis Rector

Director of Engineering, Flexan

Dennis has 19 years of experience in Medical Contract manufacturing. Throughout his career he has been responsible for simple projects such as a molded or extruded components to finish medical devices that involved capital equipment, molded components, extruded components, purchased components, assembly, and sterile intent packaging. He has been involved with Quoting, Process Engineering, Project Engineering, and Design Engineering roles supporting process improvement initiatives and new product introduction (NPI). Dennis is six sigma Black Belt trained and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.

Norm Riley

Technical Manager, Wacker

Norm Riley is Technical Manager for the Silicone Rubber Solutions market segment at Wacker Chemical Corporation, Adrian, Michigan. His responsibilities include product and applications development for LSR and HCR. Norm has held technical roles in silicone elastomers for both entrepreneurial and corporate silicone manufacturers finding unique and novel applications for LSR since 1984. In his 35-year career, he has developed LSR technologies under the guidance of the most storied silicone elastomer experts in the industry. Norm holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California Lutheran University.

Stefan Rönisch

Global Manufacturing Engineering Manager LSR Aptiv Services Deutschland GmbH in Wuppertal

Stefan started at Kabelwerke Reinshagen as a tool maker in 1981. He holds a degree in Machinery Engineering from University Wuppertal and a Degree in Since and Economics of University Dortmund. He held various positions at Reinshagen and later at Delphi Automotive System in Tool & Process Engineering and Operations He was 7 Years Plant manager of Delphi Wuppertal Plant. Since 2013 he is responsible for Global manufacturing Engineering for LSR.

Wolfgang Roth

Head of Application Engineering & Exhibitions, Wittman Battenfeld

Wolfgang Roth studied plastics technology at the Higher Technical School for plastics engineering in Vienna (Austria) and Business Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wr. Neustadt (Austria). He started his professional career in 1990 at aircraft company “Diamond Aircraft” (Austria) as an engineer in the department for glass fibre reinforced components. Since joining Battenfeld in 1991, Mr. Roth was active in the application department, R&D and he is the product manager for LIM (Liquid Injection Moulding). Since 2006 he is the Head of the Applications Engineering and Exhibitions dept. at Wittmann Battenfeld. 2009: Graduation in Product Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.

Jake Steinbrecher

Technical Service & Development Engineer, Lighting and Elastomers Dow Performance Silicones

Jake has been a Technical Service & Development Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company, since 2010. He has been focused on silicone technologies for lighting during his career with the company; with an emphasis on application development and design for automotive and general lighting opportunities. In addition, Jake also provides direct engineering support for tooling and molding of Moldable Optical Silicones.

Jay Vang

Customer Success Engineer, Moldex 3D North America

With a Bachelor Degree of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jay Vang is experienced in product design, development, manufacturing, and using CAE tools including Moldex3D, ProE/Creo, Solidworks, and Sigmasoft. As a customer success engineer at Moldex3D, Jay helps ensure customers are utilizing simulation software as intended to ensure realistic and reliable results.

Cordula Wieland

Product Manager, Krauss Maffei

After her high school graduation in Germany Cordula Wieland completed successfully an apprenticeship as an industrial business manager at Siemens AG in Munich and stayed for additional six years as conference manager. Subsequently she studied process engineering for plastics and synthetic materials at the university for applied sciences Munich and completed her studies with a diploma thesis on the subject of “Coextrusion foils for identification cards” in a leading technology company. Positions as development engineer, project manager and finally product manager followed. Since January 2015 Mrs. Wieland is working as product and technology manager for the KraussMaffei Group and concentrates on small injection molding machines as well as on thermoset and silicone technologies.

Sponsors

Many thanks to our LSR 2019 sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring LSR 2019?

Sponsors receive 2 free admissions to the conference, one free tabletop at the Exhibit, and their logo will be will be posted on the webpage of LSR 2019, as well as on screen during the conference.

Please visit the registration page to purchase a sponsorship. If you have any questions, e-mail Heather Dib or call 586-737-7373.

Companies that Attended LSR 2018

3M
ABBOTT
ACH- SOLUTION
ADVANCED BIONICS
AG RESEARCH
ALCON RESEARCH
ALL FORM SILICONE
APPLE
APPLIED MEDICAL TECH.
ARBURG
AUTODESK
BLUESTAR SILICONES
BONIFACIO CONSULTING
CLICK BOND
COLD JET
DELPHI DEUTSCHLAND
DIAMOND TOOL & ENGINEERING
DOPAG (US) LTD.
DOW CORNING
DWYER INSTRUMENTS
EASTMAN CHECMICAL
ECM
ELMET
ELMET GMBH
ELMET NORTH AMERICA
ENGEL
EVONIK INDUSTRIES
EVONIK RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
EXTREME MOLDING
FOREST CITY TECHNOLOGIES
FRESNEL TECHNOLOGIES
FREUDENBERG MEDICAL
G&G BIOTECHNOLOGY
GLAUKOS
GSDI
HM ROYAL, INC.
HORN
HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING
INNOVA ENGINEERING
IRP MEDICAL
KDL PRECISION MOLDING
KOHLER COMPANY
KRAFT MOULDINGS
KRAUSS MAFFEI GROUP
LAUKAMO GROUP
LORD COPORATION
M.R. MOLD & ENGINEERING
MASIMO
MILACRON
MOMENTIVE
MUSCO LIGHTING
NEWAGE INDUSTRIES
NOLATO CONTOUR
NUSIL TECHNOLOGY
OCULUS RESEARCH
PARKER HANNIFIN
PHILIPS HEALTHCARE
PHILLIPS MEDSIZE
PLASAI
PLASTICS MACHINERY MAGAZINE
PLASTICS NEWS
PROMED MOLDED PRODUCTS
PTG SILICONES
R.D. ABBOTT CO.
RAS SILICONE CONSULTING
RAUMEDIC AC
RESMED TECHNOLOGIES
RICO GROUP
ROBIN INDUSTRIES
ROBIN INDUSTRIES HEALTHCARE
ROEMBKE MFG.
ROGAN
ROGERS CORPORATION
RUBBER PRODUCTS
SHIN-ETSU POLYMER AMERICA
SHIN-ETSU SILICONES
SIGMA INTERNATIONAL
SIGMA PLASTIC SERVICES
SILCOTECH NORTH AMERICA
SIMTEC SILICONE PARTS
SUMITOMO DEMAG
SUR-SEAL
TECHNIMARK
TELEFLEX MEDICAL
TRADEMARK PLASTICS, INC.
TRELLEBORG SEALING SOLUTIONS
TURCK
ULTRADENT PRODUCTS
UNIVERSITY OF KASSEL
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
VERNAY LABORATORIES
VYAIRE MEDICAL
WACKER CHEMIE
WATLOW ELECTRIC
YUDO VALUERPRO LAB CANADA
VULCANIZADOS INDUST. ALVAREZ

Attendee Comments


“Highly valuable conference. We made a lot of new contacts and refreshed existing ones. Good networking opportunities during the conference.” —Agnes Steckler, Nusil

“High value conference. Many relevant topics from industry leaders.” —Adam Cernohous, 3M

“I really enjoyed the conference and have already recommended it to several people.”—Sherry Anderson, Shin Etsu Silicones.

“High quality and great value event. It was a very targeted audience and I was able to meet most of the key global people.” —Paul Wheeler, Lord Corp.

“Good information on a broad range of topics.”—David Stuursma. Advanced Bionics

“The quality of speakers and total amount of people was excellent.” —David Gwaltney, Applied Medical.

“High value conference. It gave me more exposure to current developments in the industry, and offered opportunities to learn from leading experts.” —Candice Zhang, Nusil

“Excellent initiative and great opportunity to network. Excellent organization.” —Paul Massicotte, PlasAI inc.

“Very valuable as this is a new technology for me,” —Tom Neehan, Eastman Chemical.

“Thank you for a very informative conference,” —Lewis Fiecke, Turck Co.

“Extremely valuable conference from a networking perspective as well as learning about new technologies and market interests,” —Pradnya Parulekar, Nusil.

“Thanks for putting together a well-run conference. Highly valuable event. Congrats!” —Steve Wilsom, Cold Jet.

“A very well planned program and topics that were designed to teach, not sell.” —William Inman, Dow Corning.

“Extremely valuable conference, Regarding technical aspects and what is going on in the industry,” —Steve Erickson, Resmed

The SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding LSR Workshop will provide LSR 2019 attendees the opportunity to sign up for a unique hands-on experience with SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding and understand how it can be applied to address their molding needs. With the assistance of the SIGMA Academy staff, participants will gain an understanding of utilizing real world material data and the importance of capturing the correct manufacturing inputs from the production floor and implementing them into SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding software.  The attendees will also review the types of results that can be used to be applied to LSR parts to further aid in addressing their manufacturing needs.  Finally, an advanced approach of the software will be discussed that focuses on utilizing the ability to carry out Virtual Design of Experiments and take advantage of Autonomous Optimization, allowing SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding to find the optimal solution!

The workshop will be at SIGMA Plastic Services, 10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 620, Schaumburg, IL 60173. It is a nine minute walk from the Marriott Chicago Schaumburg Hotel, or you may take advantage of the hotel’s shuttle service to and from the SIGMA facility.

Time: Monday September 9, 2019, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Cost: $395

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