Thursday 19 September 2019 | The National Conference Centre | Solihull

Seminar Programme 2019

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9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Theatre 1

Development of British and International Standards on the welding of Thermoplastic Moulded Components, Mechanical Fasteners, Adhesives and Metal Welding
George Thirlaway, Director, Witspire Technology Ltd

The workshop is intended to give an informative overview of British Standards and International Standards on Plastic Welding/Joining, Adhesives, Mechanical Fasteners and Metal Welding.

Having spent the last 10+ years investigating safety critical failures in plastic welded joints. George Thirlaway would like to share the knowledge on British Standards and International Standards to other industry sectors.

This workshop will discuss areas relating to Engineering Drawing Symbols, DFMEA scoring, Joint design standards, Imperfection and Verification testing.

  1. BSI Group Structure and Standards Development
  2. Mechanical Performance of Polymer Systems: Welded Assembly and Components–BS 89100:2018
  3. Design standards for Moulded Components: Welded or Joining – New Standard Development
  4. Imperfection and Verification Methods for welded joints – BS 89250:2019
  5. What is happening to BS/CEN/ISO standards? Relating to Engineering Drawings and CAD Models.

Theatre 2

Metal replacement at the highest level
Nigel Barrow, Technical Customer Service Manager, EMS-GRIVORY

With the high-performance polymer Grivory GV, EMS-GRIVORY has been market leader in the field of metal replacement for many years now. The new material Grivory GVX now takes us a step further. With clearly improved mechanical properties, the range of metal replacement applications has been significantly widened. The exceptional performance provided by Grivory GVX is convincing in every detail!

Grivory GVX is characterised in particular by:
  • highest stiffness and strength values
  • very low warpage
  • simple processing

Added performance

With its exceptional property specification profile, Grivory GVX opens up a completely new chapter in the field of metal replacement.

If all property values of Grivory GV-5H are compared with those of the new material Grivory GVX 5H, the consistent increase in performance is clearly apparent. The further development of Grivory GVX is particularly visible in its low warpage values, more isotropic material properties and flowability.

  1. Higher Performance with increased precision
  2. Superior Mechanical Properties – processing guide
  3. Target Applications
  4. Tailor-made Materials
  5. Advanced Performance
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Theatre 1

Adhesive & Coating Dispensing – Meeting the Challenges of Technology Manufacturing
Peter Swanson, Managing Director, INTERTRONICS

Adhesives and protective materials can only do their job if applied in the correct quantity and location. Couple that need with the demands of production speed, the ever finer tolerances and repeatability required for quality, and the increasing miniaturisation of technology-based products, and the challenge gets tricky. Materials may have multiple parts, filler content, difficult rheology or limited working life. Deposit volumes can be fractions of a millilitre. The process needs to be robust, consistent and validatable. This seminar will address the variables to consider when specifying application equipment, and review some of the latest technologies to help meet the challenges.


1. Dispensing technology selection factors
2. Equipment choices
3. Advantages and limitations of different dispensing methods
4. Process validation & quality assurance
5. The latest positive displacement and jetting technologies

Having spent 25+ years working with adhesives and protective materials in technology manufacturing, Peter Swanson and his colleagues have shared the experiences of many customers’ application projects. By melding the engineering expertise of the team and from a range of leading edge suppliers and partners, they deliver adhesive systems which meet the needs of the sector

Theatre 2

Innovative Materials for Engineering Applications
Dr. Aphrodite Tomou, Technical Manager, Goodfellow

As researchers and industry sectors explore the fascinating world of materials, there is an ongoing requirement for continuous improvement and innovative solutions in numerous applications. Goodfellow is unique in offering a comprehensive range of Metals, Alloys, Ceramics, Glasses, Polymers, Compounds, Composites and other materials to meet the Research, Development and specialist production requirements of science and industry worldwide. Recent introductions into the range of Innovative Materials include a unique solder, 2D and Sustainable Materials. Due to the unique properties of some of these materials, innovative solutions to engineering issues an be sought with a corresponding fundamental long-term impact on industry technologies. 


  1. Goodfellow’s capabilities
  2. Innovative Materials
  3. Nanomaterials
  4. Sustainable Materials
  5. Applications for some of the above.
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Theatre 1

Plasma and Corona – What Will You Do With Plasma?
Christopher Howey, managing director, Tantec-UK Ltd

Tantec will discuss a brief overview of why you would use surface treatments in a modern factory – how it can help with ensuring quality of finish goods and even used as a non-destructive test method for inline hole and leak detection of components.

Tantec will show the latest technology brought forward over the past few months and years which builds on the successful history of the company who have been manufacturing systems sold all over the world since 1974.

  1. What plasma and corona are used for
  2. How their use is transforming from highly specific systems to solving a wider range of problems in many industries.
  3. The types of systems that can be used – discussing the different treatments available – Atmospheric Plasma, Vacuum Plasma, High Frequency Corona, Low Frequency Corona and Ozone.
  4. The considerations for inline and off line treatment and the effect of speed and throughput of parts.
  5. The most up to date systems and future systems coming to Tantec.

Theatre 2

Tips for Engineers - Polymer Selection and Laser Marking for Engineering Applications
Derek Hepburn, Technical Director, Colloids Limited
Graham Cotton, Site and Technical Manager, Colloids Limited

Colloids' talk will feature top tips for Engineers who are looking for polymer and laser marking solutions for material selection and engineering applications.
Colloids manufactures polymer concentrates and additives that can add colour and functional properties to polymers. Dr Derek Hepburn (Technical Director) and Graham Cotton (Site & Technical Manager) will talk about polymer properties and processing methods and will take a look at the world of laser marking polymer parts and how L-TEC, Colloids' new laser marking additive gives outstanding definition and how the additive works in synergy with the colourants.


  1. Types of Conductive Additives for polymers
  2. Specifications & Design of polymeric compounds for electrical conductivity
  3. Processing and Fabrication of conductive polymer compounds
  4. Laser marking parts & components for polymers
  5. Case studies of real life engineering problems and solutions
12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Theatre 1

Ultra-fast laser microwelding of dissimilar materials (metal to glass)
Dimitris Karnakis, Technical Manager - R&D Projects , Oxford Lasers

Project UltraWELD is developing photonic based processes for highly dissimilar material joining in manufacturing of complex electro optics devices for defence/aerospace applications and OLED lighting. Ultrafast (i.e. pico- or femto-second pulsed) laser welding of glass to metals is proposed as an alternative to other bonding techniques that currently fail to provide a satisfactory solution on demanding requirements for device hermetic sealing and suffer from device degradation due to outgassing of volatile components in adhesives. We will develop new ultrafast laser processes for dissimilar material joining (microwelding) and also design and build a flexible custom laser prototype machine capable of applications development to demonstrate such laser microwelding in key selected real devices at TRL level 6. The project will directly benefit all five industry partners by enabling early adoption of this technology from end users, to enhance product competitiveness by increasing reliability and in-service lifetime and reduce cost of ownership.


1. Why use ultra-fast lasers to join dissimilar materials for hermetic sealing
2. How ultra-fast laser microwelding works
3. Where to buy such a laser machine