Super-Moulds final dissemination seminar November 5th 2021 – 9:30-15:00

Attend this free half-day conference to obtain an in-depth understanding of demoulding in the injection moulding process, roughness and advanced surfaces.

The seminar will be held at:
Teknologisk Institut
Kongsvang Allé 29
8000 Aarhus

Adhesion and friction between plastic parts and tool surfaces is a well-known problem in plastic injection moulding and a limiting factor for productivity, part quality and mould life.

The Super-Moulds project has systematically investigated the relationship between surface coatings, textures and demoulding properties in plastic injection moulding. This has led to a deep understanding and mathematical models of the topic and the development of optimized surface treatments. These increase the efficiency and lifetime of the moulds.

The optimized surface treatments have been proven to extend the stable process window of injection moulding and changed the need for slip angles and additives.

At this dissemination seminar results from the project is presented alongside cases, lab tours and excellent opportunities for networking with industry experts.

Who should attend?
Mould makers, injection moulders, professionals working with tribology, surface roughness, mould- and plastic engineers.


Download the programme as a PDF here.

09:30 – 10:00

Registration and breakfast

10:00 – 10:05


10:05 – 10:30

Introduction to the ‘Super-Moulds’ project – how can an international long-term project benefit Danish companies?
by Kristian Rechendorff, Danish Technological Institute and Jens Peter Vittrup, Innovation Fund Denmark

10:30 – 10:45

Towards systematic lab scale testing for evaluating the potential effect of surface treatments on the productivity of plastic pieces
by Stefan Hengsberger, iRAP: Institute for Applied Plastic Research

The institute iRAP (institute of applied polymer research) in Fribourg/Switzerland centralizes in the SuperMoulds project a large part of the lab-scale injection experiments. This institute faces the overall technical challenges for analyzing and benchmarking the divers surface treatments. 

Mould filling and demoulding of complex plastic parts is complicated by sticking and high friction between the polymer and the mould surface resulting in long cooling times to avoid deformation, process interruptions due to cleaning and reduced mould service life. The task of the iRAP institute of is to perform a systematic screening of many mould surface treatments to identify the optimal treatments for an end-user application. 

This talk gives an overall introduction in the Super-Moulds project and shows a set of results of mould filling, demoulding and surface analysis tests as well as one end-user test.

10:45 – 11:15

Surface finishing for injection moulding
by Poul Erik Hansen, Danish Fundamental Meterology

11:15 – 11:25


11:25 – 11:35

Mould texturing by electrical discharge machining (EDM)
by Umang Maradia, AgieCharmilles

11:35 – 11:45

Mould texturing by laser
by Antoine Ambeza, AgieCharmilles New Technologies

11:45 – 11:55


11:55 – 12:10

Thin coatings for improved demoulding 
by Kristian Rechendorf, Danish Technological Institute

By applying a coating to the surface of an injection moulding tool, the interaction between tool and polymer can be changed. This can lead to easier demoulding, or even enable the demoulding in the first place. In addition, coatings can provide improved wear protection and thereby increase the lifetime of the mould. Both these aspects make coatings highly relevant for moulding tools.

A broad range of coatings can by produced by physical vapour deposition (PVD) techniques. The Tribology Centre at Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has extensive experience with the production and development of PVD coatings for many different applications, including demoulding of plastic.

In the Super-Moulds project, DTI has applied coatings on both test tools and tools that were used in production. In the process of finding the best solution in each moulding situation, several different coatings have been considered.

This presentation will give a brief introduction to a specific PVD technique, and the coatings produced by this technique. The usefulness of coatings in moulding applications will also be discussed. 

12:10 – 12:20

Summary and wrap-up 
by Rasmus Grusgaard, Danish Plastics Federation

12:20 – 12:50


12:50 – 14:00

Case presentations and general discussion (physical)


End of program

14:00 – 15:00


Guided tour in several DTI centers.

Marketing partners

The Danish Society of Engineers – IDA Polymer


Attending the seminar is free, however registration is needed, if you wish to participate.

The conference is primarily a physical event but virtual attendance is also possible, please check the box below if you wish to participate online.

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