Silicone Elastomers World Summit Programme

Conference Day 1

Wednesday 30 November

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

Market Overview and Future Trends

  1. The Future of LSR

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf | Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber of Dow Corning GmbH

    Hans Peter Wolf
    • Market Overview
    • Basics of LSR technology
    • New innovate LSR technologies – solutions for market trends
    • Future LSR technologies
    • Summary and outlook
  2. High-performance Silicones for LED Devices

    Matthias Loster | Scientist of OSRAM

    • Overview of current LED technology and recent developments
    • Discuss requirements and challenges for high-performance materials
    • Focus on silicones that are indispensable material class in modern high-power LED devices
  3. Review of Global Silicone Elastomers Market

    Patrick Ellis | Associate Consultant of Smithers Rapra

    • Exploring principal advantages and exploring continuous and increasingly important role in all aslects of both industry and everyday life
    • Review of global market and expected increase with forecast
    • Focus on markets and expectations for key industries including transportation, medical and healthcare, consumer products, building construction
    • Examining newer markets such as oil and cas and other miscellaneous markets that show positive growth
  4. Networking Refreshment Break

Exploring UV and Silicone Elastomers

  1. UV Light – The Ideal Pre-Treatment Method for LSR-Thermoplast Composites

    Ralf-Urs Giesen | Managing Director of UNIpace

    • Pre-treatment of thermplasts using intense UV light
    • Exploring irradiation technology and irradiation time 
  2. UV Curing Silicone Elastomers – The Bright Path Ahead

    Jan Geboers | Advanced Scientist of Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

    • Overview of chemical and physical background of UV curing
    • Benefits in technology created
    • Examples from the field 
  3. Networking Lunch

Examining Innovative and Novel Applications for Silicone Elastomers

  1. Comprehenisve Approach of the Viscoelastic Behaviour of Silicones for Medical Applications

    Caroline Moine | R&D Engineer – Skin Adhesives Technical Manager of Bluestar Silicones International

    • Discussing suitability of silicone elastomers for medical applications
    • Exploring applications such as tubing, catheters as well as long term implantable devices
    • Draw attention to a viscoelastic approach designing innovative skin adhesive solutions
  2. Unique Applications of Silicone Elastomers Prepared from Novel 1-part RTV Silicone Putty

    Vivian Christogianni | Formulation Chemist of Sugru Inc.

    • Focus on 1-part room temperature vulcanised (RTV) silicone elastomer in putty form advantages
    • Look at applications for 1-part RTV silicone putty
  3. Robust Bonding of Flurosilicone to Thermoplastic Substractes Using in Mold Bonding Primers

    Rick Ziebell | Vice President of Technology of R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    • Fluorosilicone (FVMQ) adhesion to amorphous thermoplastics to aid in light-weighting vehicle and aero-platforms – electrical and fuel systems
    • In mold bonding – overmolding is achieved with a new two-part primer system that provides resistance to fuel, heat, and moisture
    • Bond strength results are presented with 90 degree pull data and electron microscopy to explain covalent bond formation
  4. Silicone Elastomers: Smart/Sustainable/Surprising

    Pierre Germain | CES - Silicones Europe of CES Secretary General

    • Introduction to Silicone Benefit Campaign
    • Deep dive into the benefits campaign for silicone elastomers; energy/energy-efficiency, construction, health, transport
    • Overview of silicones industry/silicone elastomer uses
    • Conclusion
  5. Networking Refreshment Break

3D Printing and The Future

  1. 3D Printing with LSR

    Florian Pelzl with Raphael Rieffel, Sales Manager at German RepRap

    • Additive technology
    • Why LSR in 3D?
    • 3D Printer solutions
    • Examples of 3D printed LSR parts
    • Summary and outlook
  2. Introduction to ACEO® technology - 3D printing with silicones

    Bernd Pachaly | Vice President of the Innovation Silicones Service Unit of ACEO - A Wacker Brand

    • Introduction to ACEO® technology – a unique drop on demand process
    • Creation of an eco-system to pioneer all disciplines: materials, hardware, software & design
    • Outline service portfolio and roadmap
  3. Close of Day 1 of conference

Evening Networking Dinner

  1. Evening Networking Dinner

    Networking Dinner at KölnSky sponsored by Sigmasoft, Momentive and ELMET

Conference Day 2

Thursday 1 December

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

Insights from Equipment and Machinery Manufacuturers

  1. State of the Art LSR Metering and Mixing Technology

    Kurt Manigatter | CEO of ELMET Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH

    Kurt Manigatter
    • What is state of the art?
    • Basic information about LSR dosing systems
    • Main factors for exact dosing of LSR
    • Why is accuracy so important?
    • What are important specifications?
    • Different systems and solutions for LSR dosing
    • Explanation of single components for LSR dosing
    • Cost effiency of LSR dosing
  2. Innovation in LSR and HCR Injection Molding Technoloy

    Leopold Praher | Global Sales Manager Elast/LIM of ENGEL

    • Basics in LSR and HCR machine technology and HCR feeding
    • Different possibilities for machine equipment and setup
    • Samples out of the industry
  3. The Impact of High End Mold Making to Efficient Production

    Markus Landl | Head of International Business Development of Rico Group

    • Overview looking at requirements for a supplier to industry in the field of LSR and multi-shot applications
    • Shows impact of mold making to modern high tech productions 
  4. Networking Refreshment Break

  5. Intelligent Machine Functions Maximize Profits and Simplfy the Production Process for LSR Injection Molding

    Nicolina Topic | Development Engineer of Krauss Maffei

    • Adaptive process control (APC) for hydraulic and electric injection molding machines
    • Compensation of fluctuations caused by batch-based material, machine and production circumstances
    • Uniformly high component quality, lower scrap rate and therefore reduced material costs as customer benefit
  6. Synthetic Amorphous Silica for Reinforcement of Silicone Rubber

    Wojciech Pisula | Head of Applied Technology Silicone of Evonik Industries

    • Synthesis of amorphous silica
    • Physical, mechanical and/or chemical refinement of silica
    • Silica application to imporove properties of silicone elastomers
  7. Manufacture of Multifunctional Architectures and Performance under “Extreme” Conditions

    Robert Maxwell | Materials Science Division Leader of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    • Combining active in-line mixing of silicone resins and functional fillers with extrusion based Additive Manufacturing allows for the control of both architecture and composition to realize a broad range of multifunctional materials
    • Characterizing and modeling of these structures in dynamic and harsh environments is providing new insight into the origins of performance
  8. Networking Lunch

Looking to the Future and Bio-based Materials and Applications

  1. Elastomer Application: Extending the Capabilities of Tactile Interfaces for Music-Creators

    Lauren Ianni | Program Manager of ROLI Ltd.

    • Outline technical design and manufacturing challenges to achieve complex performance features
    • Looking at feature definition, form-factor design, material selection, compression molding, two-shot injection modling, automated plotting and user validation
    • Review challenges of refining the post processes of etching and coating to produce fine-textured elastomer interfaces
    • Look at ROLI’s vision for future applications of its proprietary sensor-elastomer interface
  2. Conductivity in Silicones While Retaining Elasticity – New Solution Based on Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

    Ekaterina Gorbunova | Managing Director of Product Development - Elastomers of OCSiAL

    • TUBALL based solutions and conductive applications
    • Standard Mixing Equipment for Silicones
    • Possibility to mix at clean facilities without the involvement of third party contractors
    • Coloured ESD silicone compounds
    • High conductivity can be provided at low TUBALL loadings which is beneficial in terms of alternation of mechanical properties and rheology of the uncured compound
  3. New Fillers and New Curing Mechanisms for Silicone Elastomers

    Michael Brook | Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology of McMaster University

    • Catalyst free Huisgen cyclization (3+2 cycloaddition of azides and alkynes) provides new routes to both crosslink and functionalise silicone elastomers (e.g., with polyethers to control wetting) simply by heating near ~100 °C
    • The Piers Rubinsztajn reaction (SiH + SiOR → SiOSi + RH) directly prepares foams, with alkanes acting as blowing agents
    • Very highly branched materials can be readily prepared network format (to control modulus) for use as oils in lower bleeding gels
    • New reinforcing agents that improve permeation barriers (graphene) or are green (lignin from wood) are compatible with the latter process
  4. Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Properties of Silicone Rubber

    Stephen J. Clarson | Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering SEEBME of University of Cincinnati

    Stephen Clarson
    • Describe molecular variables wth regards to mechanical properties and resulting performance
    • Aspects of sustainability, failure and risk assessment/risk management of silicone rubber systems presented
  5. Chair Closing Remarks

  6. Close of Conference