Injection Molding R&D Projects Presented at K 2019
IKV shows efforts to use AI to simplify injection machine setup and new technology for coating interiors of small, hollow articles.
The pre-eminent plastics R&D incubator in Germany—and probably the world—will present two injection molding-related projects at the K 2019 show in Düsseldorf next month. First, the IKV (Institute for Plastics Processing) in Aachen will demonstrate a collaborative effort with 13 industry partners to shorten the increasingly complex task of setting up an injection process with the aid of artificial intelligence.
Second, IKV has developed a modular, highly scalable plasma unit for coating the interiors of small, hollow articles like medical syringes, ampoules, coffee beakers and spouts. Such a coating could enhance gas and aroma barrier, reduce friction, or improve chemical resistance. The IKV will host a live demonstration of automatic coating of plastic syringes for low friction.
Here’s news to look for in molds, mold components, hot runners and controls at the giant K fair in October.
Packaging, industrial, continuous-extrusion, accumulator-head, injection-blow, stretch-blow, EPET, foam, sandwich co-injection—the blow molding news was wide ranging at K 2019.
Themes of sustainability and the Circular Economy will be visible at the booths of many suppliers of extrusion and compounding equipment—film, in particular.