The Applied Polymer Technology Gateway at AIT hosted two industry workshops in May to facilitate the showcasing of new equipment and industry best practice and provide forums for engineers and managers in the polymer industry to get together and experience real word applications of new and emerging technologies.
The first workshop focused on the newest Injection moulding and hot runner technologies and provided event sponsors Arburg UK and GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik the opportunity to showcase their technologies utilising the 60 tonne All Electric Arburg injection moulding machine housed at the APT facility. Arburg has worked with Irish-based moulders for over thirty-five years, claiming a large and diverse customer base in many market sectors.
A multicavity hot runner tool supplied by GÜNTHER was in use on the day to showcase changes in hot runner technologies and tip designs, in addition, RJG also showcased their eDart process control and monitoring system, while JHL engineering provided drying equipment.
The event hosted over 40 company representatives and technical personnel from the Irish plastics sector with informal presentations and hands on process demonstrations proving highly popular. Dr Luke Geever, Principal Investigator at APT described the event as “a great opportunity to showcase the newest technologies in moulding while demonstrating the complementary process offerings from some of the leaders in the field of moulding and process control”.
Zeiss provided a selection of their cutting edge portfolio for the second workshop which focused on industrial metrology. Dr Sean Lyons, Centre Manager at APT remarked that the event “represented a rare opportunity for companies to bring their own materials and test drive the latest in measurement technology while getting expert advice on which metrology solutions might best fit their applications”. The event was hosted over two days and again was well attended with in excess of 50 industrial representatives listening to brief presentations on the newest technologies in the metrology field before being given hands on demonstrations of some of the technologies that Zeiss has to offer.