Seminars are FREE to attend, however due their popularity early registration is strongly advised.

A seminar programme will run throughout the day covering a range of topics and providing solutions to your fastening design problems and materials selections / lightweighting challenges.

Places for the seminars are allocated on a first come, first served basis as space is strictly limited.


09:30 – 10:10
Hybrid’s – the new direction for Development in Adhesive Technology
John Dubber, Senior Technology Specialist, Henkel

New developments in adhesive combination chemistry are permitting the introduction of Hybrid products. These allow ‘cherry picking’ of properties and further extend the advantages of adhesive bonding over more traditional methods of assembly.


  1. Key value drivers associated with the latest Henkel Hybrid range
  2. Benefits of using Hybrid adhesives
  3. Future possibilities

10:30 – 11:10
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.

11:30 – 12:10
Securing against vibration – A solution to the loosening of fasteners
Michael Moore, Technical Sales Manager, Staytite

At 55mph my car’s dashboard rattled. Then it stopped. Whatever was loose, did it tighten itself ? Hardly. Was it serious ? Probably not, but I will always link the rattle with the build quality of this particular car. When fasteners come loose through vibration, the quality reputation of your product is undermined. More importantly product failure is costly. Resulting accidents have led to serious injury and death. The seminar explains the causes of vibration and highlights practical design solutions, especially in Nut and Bolt jointed assemblies. You are invited to observe live demonstrations and participate by questions.


  1. Causes of loosening by vibration in fasteners
  2. Solutions that appear to work but don't.
  3. What really is effective at resisting vibration
  4. Lessons from 'Railway Solutions'.


09:30 – 10:10
Thermoplastic Compound Solutions for Healthcare - Collaborate to Innovate
Mark Tibbetts, Technical Service & Application Development Engineer, ALBIS

The multinational thermoplastic compounder and distributor ALBIS Group have an established position of leading material supplier to numerous international healthcare companies. The Workshop provides an overview of their portfolio of products in this developing area. Technical material attributes are illustrated through numerous case-studies. Different approaches to application development are discussed. Product development can be a fraught process; through close collaboration ALBIS can help realise product innovations, meeting technical briefs and price expectations.


  1. Innovative materials for the healthcare sector.
  2. Case studies incorporating healthcare materials.
  3. Albis Approach to healthcare Developments.
  4. Development capabilities for healthcare materials.
  5. Overview of current materials available to the healthcare sector.

10:30 – 11:10
Long Fiber Technology, giving light weighting solutions via the injection moulding process
Nigel Barrow, Technical Services Manager, EMS-GRIVORY

EMS Long Fiber Technology gives the designer the opportunity to push the traditional injection moulded products to new levels of performance, combining the advantage of Grivory's best in class Polyamide range.

The property profile of Grivory GVL and GCL rounded off by simple processability and constant property values under both dry and moist conditions.

Reduced water uptake leads to higher dimensional accuracy and a clearly reduced lowering of the modulus of elasticity at high temperatures and in a moist environment.


  1. Lighter weight to stiffness ratio
  2. High stiffness and strength
  3. Less influence of moisture absorption
  4. Good chemical resistance
  5. 5.High dimensional stability

11:30 – 12:10
Optimisation for Additive Manufacturing
John Lin, Senior Application Engineer, ANSYS

Additive manufacturing, has the potential to change the way in which products are conceived and designed. The additive process allows for unprecedented design freedoms. Full subassemblies can be produced in one print eliminating costly joining operations. Parts can be designed in a manner that challenges traditional manufacturing processes. Several iterations of sophisticated designs can be authored, simulated and manufactured, prior to delivery of a final solution.

However, for the promise of additive manufacturing to be fully realized, new design, simulation and optimisation approaches need to be utilised. We will cover ANSYS’ vision for generating optimal solutions for 3D printing.


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