Past Conference

LSR 2018

September 11-13, 2018 in Anaheim, California

Industry leaders and silicone experts will convene at LSR 2018 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).

About the Conference

Industry leaders and silicone experts will convene at LSR 2018 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 occasion 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
Kurt Manigatter, ELMET GmbH
Lynn Momrow-Zielinski, Extreme Molding

Important Dates

Sep 1, 2017 — Call for Speakers.
Mar 1, 2018 — Abstracts for speaker presentations due.
April 1, 2018 — Agenda posted.
Aug 1, 2018 — Registration price increases.
Sep 11-13, 2018 — LSR 2018.

 

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

 

Companies that Attended LSR 2017


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

Venue

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, in Anaheim, California.

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 South Harbor Boulevard.
Anaheim, CA 92802


Accommodations

A block of rooms at the Sheraton Park Hotel has been reserved for conference attendees at a special rate of $139 per night. The LSR 2018 group rate is available until August 9, 2018

Reserve a room online

Attendees can click here to book, modify, or cancel a reservation online. 

Reserve a room by phone

Call (866) 837-4197 or (714) 750-1811 and request the LSR 2018 group rate.

 

Day 1

Monday, September 10, 2018


7:00 - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception


Day 2

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


7:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am

Opening Remarks

Amos Golovoy, Conference Chairman

SESSION 1: LSR BUSINESS & MARKET TRENDS

8:15 am

Keynote Address: THE BUSINESS AND MARKETS OF LSR AND LIM MOLDING

Mark Bonifacio, President, BCS, LLC

A macro look at the Business of Liquid Silicone from a raw material perspective, as well as a deeper focus of end use markets for LSR and most specifically LIM. Discussing different markets, processes, applications, technologies and the future areas for growth. A special focus on healthcare and medical applications as well as the discussing the global LSR landscape and what the future holds. Lastly, we will include some recent M+A, investments and consolidation in the LSR / Silicone space.

8:45 am

Keynote Address: LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER ANSWERS MEGATREND CHALLENGES

Dr. Hans Peter Wolf, Dow Silicones

-Megatrend Introduction

-Market Trends

-LSR 3P

-LSR Answers

-Summary & Outlook

Since Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) was introduced in the late 1970’s it has made its way into many markets and applications as a result of  continued enhancements to the processing technology and  improvements to end-product quality.   More automation needs aligned with higher productivity and the ever increasing performance requirements of the final part have been the driver for this success story.

This presentation will show how this legendary liquid silicone rubber technology can answer “Megatrend” challenges for the industry.

Starting with an introduction of Megatrends, giving some overview of market trends and LSR process, properties and performance the focus will shift to LSR answers for various markets and applications. New developments of LSR technology will be presented extending the current limits. Known and new applications using LSR technology will again highlight the huge potential of this material class.

All will close with a summary and outlook featuring the future of LSR.

9:15 am

THE CURRENT MARKET SITUATION OF LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER IN CHINA

Yanmin Li, President, Shenzhen Square Silicone Co

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) has been industrial manufactured in China for over 15 years since 2002. Back then, the annual market demand for LSR was only 3,000T; Applications were limited to few such as PC keyboard and baby nipples. After 15 years of growth, applications have extended to various segment fields as high voltage insulation, automotive, electronics, laser printing, kitchenware, medical apparatus, battery, sportswear, food packaging, military, etc. Up until 2016, the annual LSR demand in Chinese market exceeded 30,000T and has become the fasted growing market in the world. This article will illustrate the current applications in various sectors and most possible new ones in near future.

9:45 am

Coffee break

SESSION 2: INNOVATIONS IN SILICONE MATERIAL

10:00 am

SELF-LUBRICATING LSRs – TAKING CONNECTOR SEAL PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Dr. Oliver Safarowski, Lead Scientist, Dipl.-Ing.
Oliver Franssen, Global Marketing Director, Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

Over the last decades, the number of electrical systems in cars did significantly increase. While electrical side-windows, airbags or air-condition were perceived as luxury in the 1980s, they are now pretty much accepted standard. At the same time, the goal of increased engine efficiency meeting tighter and tighter emission regulations calls for many secondary systems, sensors and control units. All these E/E devices require electrical connections, resistant against significant temperature changes, working at high and low temperature, survive contact to moisture and a variety of liquids present under the hood.

Silicone elastomers have the necessary set of properties more than any other elastomer material. The dedicated LSR materials for these applications are self-lubricating to enable the assembly of the electrical contacts attached to the cables. Since more than 30 years especially Liquid Silicone Rubber succeeds in this segment based on its excellent fit for high yield mass production application. But still innovation is highly desired for new challenges in ongoing development.

The ongoing focus on CO2 reduction drives downsizing and encapsulation of turbocharged engines. As a consequence the heat increases to levels beyond todays design materials’ capabilities, be it cable insulation, plastic housings or the silicone seals. Another trend is ongoing focus on electrification and autonomous driving, contributing to new needs in longterm-sealing performance.

The paper will explain basics of LSR and selflubricating technology based on an existing broad portfolio of grades. New material advancements in reaction to more demanding requirements in heat and longterm compression set are discussed in this context.

10:30 am

MOLDABLE OPTICAL SILICONES: MATERIAL ENABLED PERFORMANCE FOR LIGHTING AND OPTICAL APPLICATIONS

Jacob Steinbrecher, Applications Engineer, Dow – Electronics & Lighting

Moldable Optical Silicones are an innovative material sub-set in the Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) space.  From the start, these materials were designed to meet the unique needs of the optical and lighting markets, while at the same time preserving the properties that enable high volume production in traditional LSR equipment. This presentation will examine the “life cycle” of Moldable Optical Silicone, starting from uncured material, moving through the molding process, and final luminaire assembly.

11:00 am

SPECIALTY SILICA FOR HIGH REINFORCEMENT AND LOW RHEOLOGICAL IMPACT IN LSR FORMULATIONS

Dr. Victor Lifton, Technical Market Manager, Evonik Corporation

Synthetic amorphous silica is commonly used reinforcing filler in silicone elastomers when significant improvements in mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elongation at break, and tear resistance are needed. The degree of these improvements depends heavily on the type of silicone polymer used as well as the silica type, its concentration, and surface treatment.
Synthetic silica typically used in silicone manufacturing comes in two forms, fumed and precipitated, owing to its manufacturing method. While both types lead to improvements in mechanical properties, the impact on rheology and optical clarity of the silicone compounds can be drastically different. Fumed silica is often used when high transparency is needed due to its unique cluster-like structure and sub-micron aggregate size; precipitated silica, on the other hand, is not typically used for this function. At the same time, both fumed and precipitated silica are often associated with a significant impact on rheological properties, namely, a strong rise in viscosity, often quite undesirable as it leads to compounds which are more difficult to process.
To address the need for strongly reinforcing fillers with minimal effect on rheology, we developed a new family of hydrophobic silica. In this presentation we will demonstrate how these silica products maintain low viscosity of the silicone elastomers while providing reinforcement at acceptable levels of optical clarity. Test results will be shared to highlight how a combination of structure afforded by the production process and special hydrophobic treatment make these new products a very interesting option for LSR compounds with excellent combination of mechanical, rheological and optical properties.

11:30 am

LSR FOAMS

Michael Hartung, Ralf-Urs Giesen
Hans-Peter Heim, University of Kassel

In this study, the possibilities of foaming liquid silicone rubber (LSR) were investigated. The foam was produced by injection molding with two different fillers. One filler consisted of thermoplastic microspheres, and the other of common liquid water. Different properties were tested using the specimens we produced, e.g. weight savings, hardness, tensile strength, and the compression set compared to unfoamed liquid silicone rubber. It became clear that foaming LSR with the used fillers possesses a high level of potential.

12:00

Lunch

SESSION 3: ADVANCES IN LSR PROCESSING HARDWARE

1:30 pm

STATE OF THE ART LSR METERING AND MIXING TECHNOLOGY

Kurt Manigatter, CEO, ELMET GmbH Austria
  • What is state of the art?
  • basic information about LSR dosing systems
  • main factors for exact dosing of LSR
  • Why is accuracy so crucial?
  • What are important specifications?
  • different systems and solutions for LSR dosing
  • accurate color feeding
  • explanation of single components for LSR dosing
  • cost efficiency of LSR dosing systems
2:00 pm

BENEFITING FROM ADVANCES IN LSR EQUIPMENT FOR HIGHER PROCESS STABILITY AND OPTIMIZED PRODUCT PROPERTIES

Dietmar Waizenauer, Managing Partner, NEXUS Automation GmbH

The main focus is to show up the newest technology for LSR metering systems and the description of the technical concept to get a perfect mixture with lowest tolerances and highest process stability of the LSR molding process.

We show the new unique online-degasing Technology SPLITNEX in comparison with piston systems with offline degassing and the big benefit of guaranteed air-free material flow.

The last part of the presentation will show the possibilities to open the process window of LSR Molds with valve gate system in combination with regulation systems. Different concepts are shown and described to cover all shot sizes and cavity numbers.

2:30 pm

INNOVATIVE TOOL TECHNOLOGY FOR PROCESSING OF OPTICAL CLEAR LSR

Robert Köttner, Head of Sales and Material Development, ACH- Solution GmbH

The production of optical parts and devices e.g. light guides is requiring highly sophisticated tool technology and special processing technology.

Additionally, the demand for improved efficiency and complete documentation is a must in many industries.

The presentation is covering the aspects of innovative tool technology for complex part design in the optical industry. Based on an example for a real part it will be demonstrated how a complete manufacturing cell can look including a fully integrated automation cell with camera inspection, inline quality control and part segregation.

All together, the innovative system is supporting the efforts of companies doing high volume production to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing lines.

3:00 pm

CAVITY SENSOR TECHNOLOGY FOR LSR MOLDING

Marcel E. Fenner, President, PRIAMUS SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES

For monitoring and controlling the injection molding process in the cavity special sensors, electronics and software are needed which can fulfill the special requirements of the LSR molding process. Applications based on these capabilities are monitoring functions for short shot detection, compression differences, cavity temperatures or balance times. Additional process information can be acquired by measuring the shear rate, shear stress and viscosity directly in the cavity. All this data can be used for quality control purposes. These measurements are also the base for applying smart solutions like automatic balancing of multi cavity cold runner molds or automatic weld line control. Cavity sensors are also the first link in the chain for Smart Factory solutions for molding operations to pick up trends before bad parts are produced.

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

SESSION 4: BEST PRACTICE IN PROCESSING LSR

4:00 pm

WHAT’S WRONG WITH SILICONE DFM!

Victor J. Morando, Chief Technology Officer, Dymotek

Presentation topic points:

  • Traditional approach to designing products for advanced LSR molding has some problems.
  • Changing the paradigm for designing with multi-material yields improved results
  • Focusing on functional elements before design can lead to innovation
  • LSR knowledge is limited and ripe for opportunity.
4:30 pm

PROTOTYPING IN LSR – PROVIDING REAL FEEL PROTOTYPES, PRIOR TO HIGH PRODUCTION

Corie Yodis, Manufacturing Engineer, Extreme Molding

Different methods of molding Liquid Silicone Rubber makes it easy to provide real feel, accurate prototypes to the customer prior to investing in production tooling. From simple to complex, prototypes can be made in compression molding. In our experience this gives our customers a great advantage and can begin marketing their product prior to large investments. We also have the capability of transforming these prototype tools to lower volume injection molding production tooling while working closely with our trusted mold makers.

5:00 pm

BUILDING A TURNKEY LSR MOLDING CELL FROM PROTOTYPE TO FULL SCALE PRODUCTION

Adam Shaal, Roembke

Building a complete molding cell from the ground up can be a very large undertaking for even the most experienced custom molder. In this presentation, I will walk you through the entire process of setting up a large scale production ready turnkey molding cell. Starting with the design and prototyping for manufacturability phases all the way through integrating the mold, press, dosing system, and automation together and finally debugging the entire Turnkey Molding Cell. The intent of the presentation is to explain the wide array of options available to molders when putting together a system from the ground up.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Cheese & Wine Reception


Day 3

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO LSR PROCESS VARIATIONS

Umberto Carchia, Thermoset Key Account Manager, Engel Machinery
Leo Praher, Director of Sales Elast/LIM/Thermoset Machines, Engel Austria GmbH

This presentation will discuss the LSR molding cell more from the processing knowledge side and less about equipment and tooling technologies and advancements. The presentation breaks down the factors that cause process variations. We will address the important aspects of an LSR molding cell that we try to maintain control of and how each of these factors can contribute to variations in the process that require continuous troubleshooting and parameter changes. We will break this down further by discussing the factors that contribute to short term variations, (hours and days), factors that contribute to intermediate variations, (weeks and month), and factors that contribute to long term variations, (month and years).

9:00 am

INNOVATIVE WORK CELLS FOR LSR UTILIZING INDUSTRY 4.0

Wolfgang Roth, Wittmann Battenfeld

Industry 4.0 assumes that mass-produced products will be replaced by mass-customized products that are tailored to the needs of customers. The production environment (production cell) has to adapt to the changed requirements. Especially when using multi-component technology, where LSR is combined with thermoplastics, the production cell consists of much more than just the injection molding machine, the tool and the dosing system. The integration and networking of additional peripherals (dryers, temperature control units, etc.) will be demonstrated using striking examples and the “Wittmann 4.0” solution.

9:30 am

MULTI-SHOT MOLDING WITH LSR – FROM FICTION TO REALITY

Markus Landl, Head of international business development, THE RICO GROUP

In the early 1990’s the first demand on the combination of a hard component and

LSR (Liquid Silicone Rubber) became necessary. At this time the Automotive Industry was the key driver for this technology. One of the first steps was a system for mechanical bonding as the technology for self-bonding materials was not developed yet. A new molding-technology was born and implemented Ideas in multiple directions: the development of the materials for the hard component and as well the development of the self-bonding LSR material. At the same time the mold technology had to be developed as well in order to fulfill the high demand on these new product-applications.

Nowadays it is not essential that the decision on a Multi-Component part is made just because it is in fashion or because it more or less simply can be done but the focus on these Multi-Component parts should be placed because finally the application/the parts should be strong enough to weather the cycles of business and respond to the market developments.

This presentation provides on overview about the development of the technology with strong emphasis to the mold-technology, the concepts which are available for the production and key points which have to be considered before you decide on this technology based on a short case-study.

10:00 am

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR SILICONE SMART?

Roland Pirsic, Vice President Business Development, STARLIM Spritzguss GmbH

The presentation discusses technologies that make silicone parts much “better” = “smarter”. It covers:

  • Reduction of friction
  • Scratch resistance
  • Reduce gas permeability
  • Inkjet on silicone
  • Antimicrobial surface
  • Active ingredients in the silicone as you like
  • Coating and laser engraving
  • Diffused silicone lighting
  • . . . . . and more
10:30 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am

INNOVATIVE SYSTEM SOLUTIONS FOR LSR PROCESSING

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

The presentation will focus on System solutions and equipment integration into the molding machine to support more compliance with Quality standards, Medical standards and especially Industry 4.0. Unique features for Machines and system requirements will be covered to achieve the integration goal.

11:30 am

INNOVATIVE PRODUCT ENGINEERING UTILIZING LSR AS CORE MATERIAL (FOR LSR AND 2K APPLICATIONS)

Philipp Begert, Project Engineer, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
  • Modern Engineering capabilities employing LSR as core material
    • Applying integrated approach of project management / project engineering with a customer
    • Offering a complete toolbox as a one-stop-shop-LSR-molder
    • Shoulder to shoulder engineering – Quality by Design
  • Engineering a functional application for the customer
    • Demonstrating a ‘real world’ application on product development
    • Part design validation using computer aided systems
    • Transforming an LSR-part from paper to part
  • Future directions as a global LSR-molder
    • Increasing requirements for the applications and rising expectations from the customers
    • Trends to follow….
    • Requirement from suppliers or supporters to an LSR-molder
12:00 pm

ADVANCED LSR SIMULATION TECHNOLOGIES TO OPTIMIZE THE DESIGN AND MOLDING PROCESS

Torsten Kruse, Kruse Analysis, Inc.
Jay Vang, Moldex 3D North America

Continuous improvements in part design, mold design, and molding processes are essential for maintaining a competitive edge in the ever-expanding LSR Healthcare molding market. By using advanced CAE simulation technologies, design phases can be shortened, molding process can be predicted, and molded parts can be optimized. To achieve these results, the shear sensitive viscosity behavior of LSR materials should be simulated to accurately predict flow behavior and shear-induced heating effects. New fully automatic BLM (Boundary Layer Mesh) technology can create accurate mesh density in required areas. High shear rates in thin film or pin gates and thin wall thicknesses can cause shear-induced heat which influences viscosity, flow behavior, and flow-induced premature scorch and cure effects.

In this paper, several practical examples will demonstrate how advanced mesh technologies can be used to better predict shear-induced material flow behavior and how to optimize vent and over-flow placements. In addition, heat balance inside a high cavitation LSR mold with a narrow cavity spacing requirement will be evaluated. Lastly, optimizing heater placement and heater wattage to avoid cold spot conditions that could influence overall cycle time and part cure behavior will be examined.

12:30 pm

Lunch

SESSION 5: NOVEL APPLICATIONS OF SILICONES

2:00 pm

RISING MARKETS FOR SMALL PRECISION PARTS MADE OF LSR

Cordula Wieland, Product Manager, Krauss Maffei
  • market situation
  • technical requirements
  • solutions from material feeding to automation concepts
  • application examples

Microsystems technology is one of the key technologies of our times. Due to miniaturisation of all components and increase of the amount of cavities – all parts become smaller. The consequences are innovative applications. This trend is cross-sectoral. Electronic components for the latest smartphones, as well as precision parts for high-performance hearing aids or injection catheters for the medical industry are just a few examples. Even the automotive sector is driven towards downsizing – sealings and wire end ferrules reach shot weights far below 1 gramm. On account of these development the classic mechanical engineering had to follow this trend with two principal movements:

  • scale-down machine, mold and equipment size to boost productivity
  • increase accuracy for higher precision and efficiency

Against this backdrop the presentation will show the latest developments for injection molded parts – from dosing system to injection machinery as well as automation concepts. Principal examples serve as explanations and round off the lecture.

2:30 pm

LSR/LIM’S ROLE IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF INGRESS PROTECTION-CURRENT AND FUTURE APPLICATIONS

By Michael Kou, U.S. Market Director, Synergy Hanil

Liquid Silicone Rubber and Liquid Injection Molding have played an outsized role in the advancement of Ingress Protection for consumer electronics. This includes audio speakers, smartphones, action cameras, and smart watches where every port, button, speaker vent, and microphone must be protected.

You will find silicone co-molded o-rings around audio jacks, charging ports and sim card trays. For home buttons and side keys you will find a silicone barrier that completely separates the physical part you push from the electrical contacts inside. Speakers use gaskets and pressure vents to protect a fine mesh that keeps water out but allows air to pass.

LSR has allowed consumer electronics producers to innovative and bring new products to market and create new industries where none existed. Case in point, Action Cameras are typically water resistant up to 33ft or 10m without a housing. Without LSR there would be no Action Camera product category.

Future commercial applications and emerging technologies include wearable biosensors and skin-adhered medical devices that are completely dust and water resistant. There is also an opportunity for Cross-Industry Innovation where medical and surgical devices containing electronics can be sterilized via steam autoclave. As LSR and LIM advance so do its potential applications.

3:00 pm

INNOVATIONS IN ADDITIVE 3D PRINTING OF SILICONE RUBBER COMPONENTS

Rick Ziebell, Vice President of Technology, RDAbbott

Trends in OEM design demand “Speed to Market” via iterative rapid prototyping. EVOLV3D™ is a new material and concept for 3D printing technology that is reshaping the way silicone rubber parts are designed and prototyped. The technology uses heat-curable liquid silicone rubber through a Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) process where functional prototypes can be made in just a few hours.  The paper will cover:

  1. Trends in “Speed to Market” via iterative rapid-functional prototyping.
  2. A review of the German RepRap 3D printing platforms (present and future).
  3. EVOLV3D™ technology – a 3D printable heat-cured LSR.
  4. Physical property studies showing the comparison of EVOLVE3D™ to Silastic™ 9200 series heat cured LSR.
3:30 pm

SILICONE RESINS FOR 3D PRINTING OF STRETCHABLE SILICONE DEVICES

Dr. Thomas Wallin, Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University

The outstanding properties of silicone materials explain their widespread commercial use. However, manufacturing complex 3 dimensional silicone structures remains a significant challenge. Herein, we demonstrate a thiol-ene based photochemistry and inexpensive (<$2) hardware modification that enables high resolution (~50 micron) 3D printing of soft, stretchable silicone devices from common desktop 3D printers. We employed this new capability to print highly resilient soft robotic actuators and patient specific biomedical implants.

4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:30 pm

LSR TECHNOLOGY EXPANDING THE OPTIONS FOR TWO-SHOT MOLDING IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

Willian Inman, Technical Manager, Dow – Healthcare

True two-shot molding of silicones and plastics still have proven somewhat difficult for users to adapt and implement into medical applications because of processing conditions.  Recent technologies have been developed by silicone suppliers that now offer users more flexibility in choice of substrates and adhesion to those substrates.  New technologies have been launched into the market in which appropriate biocompatibility testing was primary to their development.  Examples of this new technology from Dow Performance Silicones will be highlighted in the presentation.

5:00 pm

INNOVATIVE SELF-BONDING LSR TECHNOLOGY FOR POLYCARBONATE AND COPOLYESTER

Vincent Colarossi, Sr. Application Development Engineer, Momentive Performance Materials

The medical market has a growing demand for innovative designs that incorporate rigid substrates with a soft, low-durometer overmold. These two-component designs offer improved quality and production efficiencies. Recent advances in polymer chemistry meet the need for devices and housings with a combination of chemical resistance and impact strength.

Momentive Performance Materials, a leader in liquid silicone rubber (LSR), recently introduced an innovative self-bonding LSR technology specifically for efficient one-step overmolding of silicone with polycarbonate and Eastman Tritan™ copolyesters. Momentive’s Silopren* LSR47x9 liquid silicone rubber series provides strong in-mold adhesion without the need for surface treatment or primers. This LSR-polymer combination is ideal for soft-hard design applications that require handling comfort, waterproofing, durability, aging stability and other properties.

Come learn about this unique technology and see how it can help you succeed with your next project.

*Silopren is a trademark of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. Eastman brands referenced herein are trademarks of Eastman Chemical Company or one of its subsidiaries or are used under license.

5:30 pm

ADVANCES IN PRIMER TECHNOLOGY FOR BONDING SILICONE TO PLASTICS AND METALS

Dr. Paul Wheeler, LORD Corp.

LORD Corporation offers new primer solutions that effectively bond platinum-cured liquid silicone rubber (LSR) to various substrates, including many plastics and metals, directly in an injection or compression molding process.  This product technology offers a number of benefits compared to existing technology, including enhanced design freedom, more robust processing, and easier application and handling.  The bonds produced are durable enough to withstand demanding requirements for applications such as under-hood automotive components, electronics, and consumer goods.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cheese & Wine Reception


Day 4

Thursday, September 13, 2018


8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Tour of ENGEL - demonstrations of LSR processing


LSR 2018 Speakers

 

Mark Bonifacio

President, Bonifacio Consulting Services

As the President and founder of Bonifacio Consulting Services, Mark Bonifacio works with medical device OEM’s and contract manufacturers to help them grow organically and through mergers and acquisitions. Mark leverages his education, decades of global manufacturing experience and extensive international network to provide unique value. In his early career, Mark worked for several major medical device OEM’s then co-founded APEC, a medical device contract manufacturer. Mark built APEC from the ground up, and sold it to Freudenberg Medical in 2007. He established Bonifacio Consulting Services soon after. Today, Mark assists organizations in business growth, strategy and tactical execution, M&A, joint ventures and licensing. He also advises on cost-reduction initiatives, operational and organizational improvements. Notable clients include TE Connectivity, MedPlast, Wendel, Onex, Medtronic and Millipore, among others. With a B.S. in plastics engineering from the University of Lowell (now UMASS-Lowell), Mark brings deep engineering and operational expertise along with an entrepreneurial drive. Mark is well-known in medical device manufacturing and is a regular speaker and contributor for industry events and publications.

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.

Umberto Carchia

Thermoset Key Account Manager, Engel Machinery

Umberto was born in Atrani, Italy and migrated to the United States at three years of age. He began his career in the rubber molding industry in late 1981 as a press operator. Since then advanced to other various manufacturing positions such as process engineering & tool design to compounding of custom silicone formulations as well as production manager for rubber molding manufacturers. The last 18 years have been dedicated to Sales and Marketing positions such as sales manager for REP Corp, Sales Director for LWB as well as working with Silicone material suppliers, Momentive, Bluestar and Wacker. As a true Italian, Umberto enjoys cooking and drinking wine, as well as being an ardent cyclist (to burn off the pasta calories).

Vincent Colarossi

Senior Application Development Engineer, Momentive Performance Materials

Biography Vincent Colarossi is a Senior Application Development Engineer with the Elastomers team at Momentive Performance Materials. Joining GE Silicones in 2006, Vincent has held various technical roles in both manufacturing and marketing. As a production engineer, and later in a process engineering role, he completed multiple design and process improvement projects to increase production capacity and reduce costs. For the past 7 years, Vincent has been a part of the commercial/ marketing team, serving customers as a technical resource and leading projects. Vincent graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002, where he obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Communication.

Marcel Fenner

Technical Manager and President PRIAMUS System Technologies, LLC

Marcel Fenner started his career as a process engineer. In that position he also set up a department for mold trials and process development for a company specializing in insert molding in Switzerland. In 2000 he was transferred to the USA to setup a production for that company supplying the automotive industry in the NAFTA region. Prior to joining PRIAMUS he had worked at EMS-Grivory, a resin manufacturer specializing in polyamides. He set up the department for Application Development and Technical Customer Service in China. In his position as Application Development Manager he was also in charge of training and developing the engineers in the Asia/Pacific region. Fenner started with PRIAMUS System Technologies in January 2013 in Switzerland as Technical Manager and joined the US subsidiary in August of that year. He was appointed President of that operation in June 2014.

Oliver Franssen

Global Marketing Director, Momentive Performance Materials

Oliver Franssen studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at the University of Technology RWTH Aachen / IKV and received his diploma in 1990. He started his professional career 1990 at Daetwyler / CH as project leader for rubber precision parts for the Automotive Industry. In 1996, Oliver joined DuPont-Dow Elastomers in Automotive Market Development. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the commercial director at Omnexus in Europe. In 2004 he joined Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Bayer Silicones) in Automotive Marketing for Elastomers. Since 2008 he is the Global Marketing Director of this segment.

Dr. Ralf-Urs Giesen

University of Kassel Institute of Material Engineering, Polymer Technology

Dr. Ralf-Urs Giesen studied Mechanical Engineering specialized in polymer process engineering at University of Paderborn/Germany, after that he made his PhD at the University of Kassel/Germany. In 2009 he took up employment as scientific assistant in the Institute for Materials Technology, Department Polymer Technology at University of Kassel/Germany. Currently Mr. Giesen is the managing director of the Polymer Application Center (called UNIpace) of the University of Kassel and also the head of the division Polymer Process Engineering in the department of Polymer Technology.

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.

William Inman

Technical Services and Development, Dow Silicones Corporation

William Inman has been employed with Dow Silicones Corporation for 25 years. He is currently in Technical Service & Development providing technical product assistance for Dow Silicone Elastomers. Inman has devoted his entire career to healthcare, working in Bio-Analytical, Applications Engineering/Technical Service, and Sales Development. He has also spent time working with electronics, food and beverage, and infant care applications, among others. He holds significant experience in both chemical and physical characterization of materials, as well as product development and manufacturing of silicone elastomers and extrusions used in medical devices.

Robert Köttner

Head of sales & material development, ACH Solution GmbH

Robert Koettner is Head of Sales & Material Development for ACH solution GmbH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tool- and processing-technology for Liquid Silicone Rubber. He has more than 25 years of experience in Marketing and Sales of silicone elastomers. After doing his business degree at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, he worked for Wacker Chemicals in Germany and in the US where he introduced LSR as a material for the production of molded parts in the 90s. Further he was working as a sales manager for Silikon-Technik Germany, a company doing molded and extruded parts for e.g medical industry and Shin-Etsu Silicones Europe as marketing manager for HCR and LSR. He is currently working on providing complete turn-key solutions for customers in the industry.

Torsten Kruse

Founder and president, Kruse Analysis and Kruse Training

Torsten Kruse, the founder and president of Kruse Analysis and Kruse Training, is a leading expert in the injection molding industry, providing innovative CAE simulation services, software applications, and state-of-the-art online training for design and process engineers. At Kruse Analysis, Kruse delivers the science of optimizing injection molding part design through simulation technology. He provides his clients with evaluations, simulations, and solutions using a streamlined approach that allows Kruse Analysis to remain competitive without sacrificing quality. Now Kruse has developed Kruse Training, a platform that delivers the knowledge and expertise obtained over two decades in the injection molding industry with the goal of developing synergistic teams of cross-trained professionals who can successfully design and mold plastic components. Before starting his own companies, Kruse had a successful ten-year career with Arburg, Inc., working on various molding applications and developing and delivering training programs. Kruse traveled extensively to obtain a wide spectrum of hands-on industry experience that he now shares with his simulation and training clients. Kruse is a graduate of the Plastic Technology Institute, Braunschweig, Germany. Kruse Analysis and Kruse Training are based in Naples, Florida.

Markus Landl

Head of International Business Development, Rico Group

Markus Landl is Head of International Business Development at the RICO GROUP, a network of professional suppliers for injection molding tools, automation and the production of parts made of elastomers and multi-shot applications. Since November 2015 he is responsible for developing global strategies and he coordinates the development of markets and innovation potentials for the RICO GROUP locations in Austria, Switzerland and the United States. Previously Mr. Landl worked for global acting companies in the areas of tool-making, automation and the development of complete production solutions. He started working as an engineer with focus on parts machining and tool-making and then he became a project manager for worldwide activities in the plastics business. From February 2004 to October 2015 he was employed as an Area Sales Manager and as a Sales Director. Through his national and international experience, he has a broad network in the industry. Mr. Landl received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Science in Steyr, Austria.

Yanmin Li

Founder and president of Shenzhen Square Silicone Co.,Ltd

Yanmin Li, the founder and president of Shenzhen Square Silicone company, graduated from South China University of Technology with a degree in polymer science and was awarded his DBA from the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. He founded Shenzhen Square Silicone Co., Ltd in 2002, which was the first company in China to start local industrial production of addition type LSR. Headed by Dr. Li , the company has finished more than 100 silicone rubber products research and development, 22 applications for invention patents and three published academic papers. Dr. Li is appointed as Chairman in June 2016 after the company became a publicly listed. As the pioneer in the Chinese LSR industry, Dr. Li has his unique views toward the Chinese market with more than twenty four years experience and connections in LSR.

Victor Lifton

Technical Manager, Evonik Corporation

Victor Lifton is a Technical Manager for silicone applications within Business Line Silica of Evonik Corporation in Piscataway, New Jersey. He has been with Evonik Corporation since 2011. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ with a degree in Materials Science.

Kurt Manigatter

CEO, ELMET GmbH

Kurt Manigatter is CEO of ELMET GmbH, a worldwide well known LSR Mold-and Molding- specialist also known as supplier for LSR dosing systems. Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Höhere Technische Lehr- u. Versuchsanstalt in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Austria. He started his carrier as designer in a shipyard and was responsible for development of automation of technical processes, to build ships as automatically as possible. After 9 years empirical knowledge he changed to the mechanical industry to develop drive concepts. After additional 5 years he changed into his passion, the mold making and automation branch. 3 years he was employed at the market leader for LSR molds. Then he quit his job and founded ELMET GmbH. He is known as an expert for LSR solutions and frequent lecturer and part of advisory boards.

Victor Morando

Chief Technology Officer, Dymotek

Victor’s 30-year career consists of working in engineering and management areas for both mold manufacturing and molding of plastics and rubber. He has been at Dymotek for 13 years. Dymotek is a contract manufacturer specializing in injection molding of thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber, serving a wide range of industries where their focus on multi material molding can be leveraged. Dymotek’s team specializes in ensuring a customer’s design fully utilizes existing and cutting-edge technology to reduce cost and complexity while maintaining the highest quality standards.

Roland Pirsic

Vice President, Business Development, STARLIM Spritzguss GmbH

I started out as mechanical engineer after receiving my degree from a college for mechanical and industrial engineering (Höhere Technische Lehranstalt für Maschinenbau und Betriebstechnik) in Linz, Austria. After realizing the importance of excellent quality in all products I completed a training course as an auditor for ISO 9000. For several years I have worked as Operations Manager for Wupperman Holding, a company in the steel-processing industry. In 1998 I decided to look for a different challenge and since then I have been working for the starlim//sterner group as vice president „Business Development“.

Leo Praher

Director of Sales Elast/LIM/Thermoset Machines, Engel Austria GmbH

Leo began his career at Engel in 1988 in spare parts sales at the company headquarters in Schwertberg Austria, in 1990 he moved the St Valentin large machine facility to take on the role as spare parts manager until 1994. In 1995 Leo moved back to the Schwertberg facility as the Regional manager and product manager for the elastomer product line. In 2000 Leo took over his current role as Director of Sales Elast, he is responsible for organizing sales worldwide for rubber, LSR and thermoset resins.

Wolfgang Roth

Manager, Application Engineering, Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH

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 Manager for Applications Engineering and Exhibitions at Wittmann Battenfeld. 2009: Graduation in Product Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.

Adam Shaal

Business Development Manager Roembke Mfg. & Design Inc.

Adam Shaal has spent the last 10 plus years in the Elastomers Industry assuming various roles. Previously he has worked for various contract manufacturers as a Product Development Engineer, Process Development Engineer, and Technical Sales Manager. He currently works at one the preeminent North American mold making companies, Roembke Mfg. & Design Inc. as their Business Development Manager. Adam Shaal has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette.

Jake Steinbrecher

Technical Service and Development, Lighting and Elastomers Dow Performance Silicones

Jake has been an application engineer at Dow Corning, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, since 2010. He has been focused on silicone technologies for lighting during his career with the company. In addition to an emphasis on application development of silicone materials for automotive and general lighting design and manufacturing, 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.

Dietmar Waizenauer

Managing Partner, NEXUS Automation GmbH

Dietmar Waizenauer received his degree ‘Bachelor of Science in Engineering’ at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He has over 16 years of experience in LSR processing and gained a lot of know-how which includes development and design of full automatic production cells for LSR, HCR and Rubber products as well as the development of the process equipment, sales and marketing.

T.J. Wallin

Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University

Thomas (T.J.) Wallin graduated in 2018 from Cornell University with a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering. His PhD work focused on developing new elastomeric materials chemistries for additive manufacturing in order to 3D print soft machines and devices. Thomas is currently an industrial Post Doctoral Researcher in the Pacific Northwest.

Paul Wheeler

Technology Leader, LORD Corporation

Paul A. Wheeler, PhD., is the technology leader for in-mold bonding products at LORD Corporation, developing primers and adhesives for bonding injected materials. Dr. Wheeler received a BS in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining LORD, Dr. Wheeler held a technology leader position at Ascend Performance Materials, where he managed Ascend’s portfolio of nylon 66 compounds for the automotive market. Before Ascend, he was a materials development manager at Hybrid Plastics where he was responsible for creating many patented nanotechnology products for thermoplastic and thermoset materials, receiving two R&D 100 Awards.

Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

R&D Manager for Silicone Rubber, Dow

Dr. Hans Peter Wolf studied Chemistry at the University Frankfurt and completed his Ph-D. in inorganic Chemistry 1988 with the dissertation work about „Gasphase reactions on Raney Nickel and with shock cooled zinc“. He started his career at Dow Corning in November 1988 and worked as research and TS&D chemist for direct process and automotive market until 1991. From 1992 -1996 he worked in the supply chain organization as Upgrade Engineer and later as Elastomer Production Leader in Wiesbaden. Between 1997- 2007 he was Manager of the application technology and technical service team for Silicone Rubber in Europe. Since 2008 he is Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber now as well at DOW having Dow Corning integrated from June 2016 on.

Corie Yodis

Manufacturing Engineer, Extreme Molding

Corie Yodis works at Extreme Molding in Watervliet, NY. This is her first full time job after graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. After working a couple internships in manufacturing, she knew that’s where she wanted to stay. Her love of manufacturing attracted her to the job at Extreme Molding. With no experience in injection molding, she had a lot to learn. After just under 3 years with the company, she has become the number one processor for all silicone and plastic injection molded parts, is responsible for all New Product Start-ups, and coordinates production scheduling.

Rick Ziebell

VP Technology, R.D. Abbott Company

Rick is the VP of Technology for R.D. Abbott Company and has more than 30 years of experience in the rubber industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering (BS) from California State Polytechnic University and has advanced training in Material Science (A.MSc). He has worked for both raw material suppliers and fabricators. He holds several patents in rubber technology and has an ongoing instructorship in rubber technology with the ACS and local rubber groups.

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