CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, is working with sister publication Plastics Technology magazine to present a new conference, Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive 2014, to be co-located with the Amerimold trade show, June 11-12, 2014, in Novi, Mich., USA.
The program will consist of presentations from materials and equipment suppliers, and features presentations on advanced composites technologies that offer carmakers more opportunities to lightweight vehicles while maintaining (if not improving) performance.
CompositesWorld is finalizing the agenda for the conference and reports that one confirmed speaker so far includes John Ward, sales and marketing, at injection molding machine manufacturer ARBURG. His presentation is titled, "Hybrid components: Combining long-fiber direct injection molding with organic sheets." In this process, long glass fibers are added directly to the liquid melt in an injection molding machine barrel via a side feeder. The molded component is also reinforced by means of organic sheet — inserts gently heated in the gripper system of 6-axis robot using a new technique. He will discuss the manufacture of an accelerator pedal for the automotive industry that was produced with this technology to decrease weight (approximately 25 percent) while maintaining overall mechanical strength.
Other companies represented in the speaker lineup include:
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