The mouldmaking sector visits HASCO – Open House 2017 in Lüdenscheid
The annual Open House at HASCO, the Lüdenscheid-based standard component manufacturer, has developed into a genuine meeting point for the sector over the past few years. This year too, around 250 guests came to find out about the latest developments in the course of a varied lecture and exhibition programme.
The entire plastics injection moulding sector is subject to a high level of competitive pressure. This is why new technologies and applications for generating competitive advantages are particularly important. The HASCO Open House is dedicated entirely to innovation and further development. In this way, the company, along with a large number of technology partners and eminent exhibitors, was able to highlight the latest trends and provide insight into the most recent developments.
The event got off to a start with a welcome from HASCO CEO Christoph Ehrlich, followed by Executive Vice President Sales & Business Development, Dirk Paulmann, who reported on the ongoing projects at HASCO. Then, Marco Weissenberg adopted a magical approach to guiding participants through the lecture programme. First of all, Christian Schuhmacher from the BARLOG Group introduced himself and covered the subject of plastics technology for mouldmakers in his lecture.
The other topics on the agenda for the morning were topology optimisation, taking the example of an injection mould (Stefan de Groot, PROTIQ GmbH), precision coatings for 3D mould contours in plastics processing (Dipl.-Ing. Frank Mumme, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid), employing an innovative simulation strategy for optimum mould design (Tobias Sonntag M.Sc., SIGMA Engineering GmbH), innovations in standard components permitting increased efficiency in mouldmaking (Bernd Vogel, HASCO) and HASCO Digital – the innovative portal for design and mouldmaking (Britta Holterhof and Daniel Dirksen, HASCO).
The afternoon got off to a great start with the amazing 'WunderWerke' show by Marco Weissenberg. This was followed by the topics of design, electrode design and NC programming by means of a system (Holger Wüst, MECADAT AG), achieving goals more rapidly with HASCO, Cadmould, 3D-F and VARIMOS (Thorsten Strauss, simcon GmbH). The latest from hot runner technology (Florian Larisch, Executive Vice President HASCO Hot Runner Division) and 'Fit for the Future' – ideas for initial and further training from the VDWF (Ralf Dürrwächter, VDWF).
Following the concluding address and a draw that was staged for those attending, the event was rounded off by further expert talks in the specialist exhibition as well as guided tours of the company. In addition to the technical topics, the supporting programme offered all participants sufficient time and space for networking, providing optimum opportunities to forge new contacts in the industry as well as fostering existing ones.
Visitors, exhibitors, speakers and, of course, the HASCO team were very pleased with what proved to be an intensive and rewarding day for everyone, true to the HASCO motto of Enabling with System through innovative strength, agility, simplicity and performance.