March 2022 - Practical CPD Accredited Workshops

To ensure you get the most out of your visit, we offer a FREE TO ATTEND programme of CPD accredited workshops.
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9:30 AM - 10:10 AM - Materials

Plasma and Corona – What Will You Do with Plasma?

Room: Lecture Room 2

Plasma and corona systems have been used for decades – the traditional use is to ‘make things stick’, inks, glues, coatings or other liquids bonding to a solid.

But what if you’re process already works? A big area for treatment is removing solvent based processes and replacing them with water based alternatives, or replacing older expensive polymers for newer tough to bond polymers.

There’s also a big trend of using the technology to assist with cleaning and degreasing, removing manual abrading or primers and removing operator dependent processes to gain higher repeatability.


1. What are corona and plasma treatments
2. Traditional uses for corona and plasma
3. Reasons to consider using the equipment
4. How plasma and corona can help solve the problem of solvent reduction
5. Newer and future uses for plasma and corona

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9:30 AM - 10:10 AM - Fastening & Joining

Achieve Your Productivity Potential with UV Light Curing Adhesives

Room: Lecture Room 3

Manufacturing in the UK is strong, but productivity remains a concern. Adhesives, coatings and protective materials which cure with light can offer significant process as well as functional improvements to an assembly. This seminar will present an overview of the technology, including how it works and example applications. lt will then focus on advances which can help improve productivity, both in light curable chemistry and the curing equipment, backed up by case studies.

1. How light curing works
2. Typical applications
3. New capabilities of the chemistry
4. Equipment developments, including LED based curing
5. Case studies showing productivity gains

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10:30 AM - 11:10 AM - PCB

Why Thermal Simulation is a Must for Electronics Design?

Room: Lecture Room 1

Matt Evans, Principal Product Engineer, Cadence Design Systems

There are so many things to consider when designing a PCB, from signal integrity to Design for manufacture. Thermal management can often get forgotten about and left to the last minute.

In this workshop you will learn how to use thermal simulation to identify thermal issues early in the design process. You will discover how to import PCB designs from your EDA software in to a 6SigmaET thermal simulation, how to accurately model components on your board and how to use simulation results to improve a systems thermal management. Using simulation helps you eliminate thermal issues and streamline your design process. 


1.            How thermal simulation help identify and resolve thermal issues in electronics
2.            How to create thermal simulation from concept to final design
3.            How heat transfer through a PCB
4.            How to Import PCB designs from your EDA software into a 6SigmaET thermal simulation
5.            How to accurately model electronic components in a thermal simulation

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10:30 AM - 11:10 AM - Materials

Solving the Challenges of Inline Automated Surface Defect Detection

Room: Lecture Room 2

With the ever increasing demand on quality improvements, surface inspection systems can be used to identify both aesthetic defects and potential functional and integrity defects.

The challenge for inspection systems is to allow for the natural deviation in form to be inspected and still achieve the levels of resolution required to identify those localised surface defects. With high precision measurement hardware and patented artificially intelligent algorithms Micro-Epsilon have utilised their years of experience and unique know how to combat these common real life challenges faced by today’s industry.


1. Why there is an increased demand for surface inspection
2. Why conventional CAD comparison vision based systems are not suitable for surface inspection
3. How AI algorithms simulate conventional destructive testing methods without damaging parts
4. Typical defects that create problems in production environments
5. How 3D vision is replacing human auditors

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11:30 AM - 12:10 PM - Materials

Aluminium with Form - Hot Form Quench Lightweighting for New Vehicle Architectures

Room: Lecture Room 2

Impression Technologies has been instrumental in developing HFQ® Technology, which is revolutionising the exploitation of aluminium. We provide the knowledge and expertise to support HFQ® technology, empowering you to transform your project according to your engineering needs, from concept to production. HFQ® Technology is a hot forming production method for stamping complex-shaped aluminium components from high and ultra-high strength alloys. HFQ® enables extremely complex aluminium parts to be formed in a single press operation, whilst achieving high levels of strength in the finished part using standard grades of aluminium.

1. Aluminium is even more extraordinary than you thought- it can make high strength pressed parts
2. HFQ- what is it and how it provides greater freedom for designers
3. HFQ provides OEMs with what they need for the challenges ahead
4. HFQ can unlock even more recyclability for aluminium
5. HFQ is available for high volume manufacture

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12:30 PM - 1:10 PM - Fastening & Joining

Understanding and Implementing Torque Standards relating to Torque Tools

Room: Lecture Room 3

With the requirements for modern quality control and traceability through recent international torque standard, particularly with manually operated torque tools, comes the need to understand them. Recent ISO standards such as ISO6789:2017 requires more demanding calibration methods, machinery and software. This has increased costs,
particularly for accreditation laboratories, and consequently for their customers. This session attempts to highlight the major elements of the standard, some of the issues that have arisen, and solutions that are available.

1. Understanding the scope of the ISO6789:2017 standard and the definition of its 2 parts
2. Classes and differences of the types of tools
3. Explanation of the Errors and Uncertainties
4. The requirements in Calibration
5. How to read the calibration certificate

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12:30 PM - 1:10 PM - Materials

Lightweighting and metal replacement: 3D printing carbon fibre and engineering thermoplastics

Room: Meeting Room 1

Discover the benefits additive manufacturing is bringing to activities such as lightweighting, high performance part development and metal replacement projects.

During the presentation we will deep dive into a range of applications including printing real carbon fibre composite parts, 3D printing composite layup tooling, developing manufacturing aids, and producing end use production parts.

Various Case Studies will be shared to demonstrate the huge savings in both time and money, and the numerous industries taking advantage from aerospace to automotive to healthcare and consumer products.

Stratasys additive manufacturing technologies are successfully finding applications across organisations well beyond designers and prototyping.


1. How additive manufacturing is working alongside traditional processes to drive down part costs and turnaround times.
2. Typical applications for additive manufacturing for engineers.
3. Real world case studies of parts that have been made by 3D printers with the cost and time savings and other benefits.
4. The process of identifying applications: straightforward easy tips and tricks about where additive technologies will bring benefit to you.
5. Getting started with additive, from preparing CAD files to getting parts made by bureaus to investing in a machine.

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1:30 PM - 2:10 PM - Materials

Maximising the Potential of Lightweight Materials with Intelligent Design Technologies

Room: Lecture Room 2

When designing cost effective products that make use of lightweight materials, including metallics, plastics and composite structures, it’s vital that engineering teams develop optimized design that ensure a minimum amount of material is used. In this presentation, a “Simulation Driven Design” approach will be discussed where intelligent design optimization technologies are deployed to rapidly create lightweight, material efficient and manufacturable designs that meet performance criteria. The presentation ends with an outlook on future developments and possibilities related to simulation driven design.

1. How design optimisation technologies can help remove the amount of material required to meet
performance targets
2. How this applies to various material types, including composites and metallics
3. How this approach can save both time and money in the development and manufacturing process

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1:30 PM - 2:10 PM - Fastening & Joining

Savings Through Collaborative Design: Optimise Product Design Through Early Fastening Integration

Room: Lecture Room 3

Collaborative experts can reduce overall design and development as well as production and quality costs over the lifetime of the product. Involvement of fastener engineers at the design stages can increase assembly efficiencies, reduce product complexity and weight, leading to a lower cost product while reducing the risk of quality issues and the requirements for in-production modifications.

With practical examples of VAVE solutions, including licenced features, special coatings or process changes, from fastener experts active in a wide range of technologies, enabling optimised product design.


1. How less is often more in design
2. The cost of fasteners isn’t limited to the piece price
3. The advantages of considering the right fastening process
4. The impact of volume on methods and best suitable solutions
5. What to expect from a fastener supplier

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