Afrimold Exhibition Conference Draws Top International Speakers

South Africa’s second AfriMold international trade fair focused on Moldmaking, Tooling, Design and Application Development, has gathered major momentum, not the least measure of which is the three-day conference running alongside the show at which at least 42 papers will be delivered by leading representatives of the industry both locally and abroad.

The exhibition takes place from 27-29 September at the Sandton Convention Centre. The Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) will also be prominent at the show as the conference sponsors and the driving force behind initiatives to significantly increase the numbers of students and apprentices to train and become involved in the industry, a move strongly supported by government with funding through the Department of Trade and Industry.

“The response to the Tooling Technologies 2011 and Beyond conference has been way beyond our initial expectations,” said exhibition managing director Ron MacLarty. “We have received abstracts that confirm the conference will deal with important industry issues while also underlining the progress achieved by the industry both locally and overseas using the latest in manufacturing technologies.”

Speakers include senior representatives from German institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Chair of Production Engineering Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering RWTH Aachen University and the RWTH Aachen University Chair for Laser Technology. Local institutions participating in the conference include the Central University of Technology Free State, the Vaal University of Technology, the Institute for Advanced tooling within the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University and the National Laser Centre of the CSIR.
Among other topics, papers will deal with:

  • So You Think You’re Ready To Train Skills In The Tooling Industry? Think Again
  • The Automated Polishing Of Moulds Using Laser Radiation;
  • Functional Grading Of Multi-Layers By Laser Cladding For Increased Wear And Corrosion Protection;
  • South African Tooling Sector – A Way To International Competitiveness
  • Knocking On Africa’s Door – Scouting For Laser Applications In South Africa;
  • Micro- And Nano-Structuring Of Tools With Ultra-Short Pulsed Lasers;
  • New Developments In Laser Cladding For Industrial Manufacturing Processes;
  • 5 Axis Machining In The Toolroom Environment,Time And Cost Savings;
  • Delcam Computer-Aided Machining - Latest Developments: Moving Mould Design From 2D To 3D
  • Developing A Hybrid Tooling Approach For Injection Moulding;
  • Laser Applications In Tool And Mould-Making;
  • Enhancing The Appearance Of Plastic Parts/Prototypes Using Advanced Digital Texturing Technologies;
  • New technology: Laser welding and the application in the tooling industry.

“The conference presents a new dimension to the exhibition with a good mix of papers. It will provide a platform for the expression of new thinking in terms of theory and design that will lead machinery and production in new directions through the expansion and extension of existing theories and the roles played by the machinery on the shop floor,” said MacLarty.

“We have excellent overseas participation and representation to enrich the experience for the local industry which will benefit from knowledge exchange and gain a benchmark for the type of machinery they need as well as an understanding of where the industry is headed both locally & internationally.”

A design competition hosted by the Plastics Institute of South Africa has received 55 entries from students at the Tshwane University of Technology. Pre-judging has commenced and the finalists will be present with their designs at AfriMold. At next year’s show it will be expanded to draw entrants from all of South Africa’s technology Universities. The competition called for students to design water drainage screens to prevent contamination of rivers and oceans by preventing tiny plastic resin pellets being washed from the factory floor into storm drains.

MacLarty added that the conference and the design competition will create a strong platform for the industry to encourage and attract young people to train and qualify. “This is a strategic objective that will ultimately bring significant benefits that will boost numbers of skilled people participating in the industry whether they be engineers, tool & die makers or fitter & turners. South African industry needs them.”

This high level technical conference will be held in Boardroom 6 and 7 at Sandton Convention Centre on 27 – 29 September 2011.  Cost  R1500.00 per person plus VAT.  Register on line at www.afrimold.co.za to avoid disappointment.   

About AfriMold: AfriMold is the leading trade exhibition for the tooling, design, application development and mould-making industries. It is affiliated to EuroMold - one of the most respected exhibitions of its type in Germany, which was introduced to the market in 1993. In addition, successful sister exhibitions include DieMould India, RosMould Russia, AsiaMold China, AmeriMold USA and EuroMoldBrasil.

For more information: Ron MacLarty at AfriMold,: ron@afrimold.co.za; www.afrimold.co.za