PPE05 - High technology: all things great and small

The Polymer Society
,
1 Aug 2005

The biennial Polymer Process Engineering international meeting
captures leading international research and development. The PPE05
event held in Bradford on 5-6 July 2005 included an exciting meeting of
the ways in two keynote talks - Moldflow MD Roland Thomas covered the
forward looking philosophy of more coherent manufacturing with
technical design as an integral part of the process, whilst Sebastian
Conran (Conran Design Partnership) dealt with creative design - Poly
Value.

 

Design was picked up in leading edge 3-d fibre orientation work
(including Knowledge Based Engineering) and novel medical products.
Exciting high technology was presented by a wide international range of
speakers, including coverage of micromoulding, nanofabrication, water
and gas-assisted moulding, in-mould welding, and thin walled high speed
injection.

 

A strong presence of computer modelling of gas injection, and high end
extrusion, including coextrusion was complemented by leading edge
process measurements, including spectroscopy in film blowing, melt
temperature fields and velocity fields in extrusion and novel paint on
ultrasound sensors - all rounded off by coverage of process energy
issues.

 

All of the papers are in a published book, (given to each delegate) and
available at £75 post event (contact Prof Coates). This truly
international blend of papers, yet with a strong UK presence, included
the strategic UK research in the Enhanced Polymer Processing (EPP)
programme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council (EPSRC) and a range of industry collaborators, activities of
the In Process Measurement (a DTI programme and an EPSRC Network), and
Faraday Plastics programmes - these form key elements in strategic
research in UK polymer engineering, which has international standing.

The conference, with around 100 delegates, was again hosted at the
Polymer IRC laboratories, School of Engineering, Design &
Technology at the University of Bradford.

There was also the bonus of a commercial exhibition, student poster
displays and live demonstrations at the end of each day in the
world-class Polymer IRC laboratories, plus a Conference Dinner. We also
celebrated the opening of the Yorkshire Forward funded Micro&
NanoMoulding laboratories, with 3 new Battenfeld Microsystems, 2 new
Fanuc high precision machines and a novel Bradford/Rondol micromoulding
in line compounding line.

Overall, the event was an excellent addition to the PPE series, with
many delegates expressing great satisfaction. The event was sponsored
by EPSRC, Yorkshire Forward, Faraday Plastics and was cosponsored by
IOM3.