Award: Simcon ranks among the TOP 100

In the 26th TOP 100 innovation competition, Simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH of Würselen was ranked amongst the best. On 28 June, the company will thus be receiving an award in Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle from Ranga Yogeshwar, the mentor of the competition, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of the company comparison, and compamedia. TOP 100 employs a scientific system to assess the innovation management of small and medium-sized enterprises and the successful innovations that result from this. In the independent selection process, the company with its 43 employees was able to impress the panel in the categories “Outward looking/Open innovation” and “Climate of innovation”.

Simcon kunststofftechnische Software develops software programs to simulate the injection molding process and combines these with testing assignments, engineering services and series-process optimizations – a unique offering worldwide. The challenge lies not only in producing plastic parts at a low cost, in an environmentally-friendly manner and without functional or aesthetic defects, but also in ensuring that the parts retain their dimensions when they are demolded. The industry software produced by the TOP 100-company is able to simulate this process in a precise manner, thus avoiding a situation where molds need to be elaborately corrected several times over.

When it comes to innovations, the top innovator relies on the many ideas put forward by its 43 employees as well as on development partnerships with companies like Arburg and HELLA and institutes that include the globally leading IKV Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University and a number of Fraunhofer Institutes. “Through our national and international research projects, we have a lead over our competitors with our innovations”, says managing director Dr.-Ing. Paul F. Filz. The Simcon company uses innovative in-house tools for project planning and internal communication. And, at the latest during their twice-yearly performance reviews, employees are called upon to take a look into the future. “We want to know: What would you change if you were the company manager for a day?”, explains managing director Dipl.-Psych. Ines Oud. This not infrequently produces good ideas that are then put into practice.

TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval to SMEs which have a particular innovative strength and have achieved above-average success with their innovations. Professor Dr. Nikolaus Franke has been the scientific director since 2002. Franke is the founder and a board member of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Scientific journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is the mentor of TOP 100. The project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and Germany’s BVMW association for SMEs. The media partners accompanying the comparison of entrants are manager magazin, impulse and W&V. M

More information is available at www.top100.de

Photocredit: KD Busch/compamedia

 

 

2019 Members' meeting of the 'Verein kunststoffland NRW'

 

Well-attended 2019 Members’ Meeting of the "Verein kunststoffland NRW":

 “Extending the dialogue with all interested parties and tackling current challenges responsibly”

 

Düsseldorf, July 2019 – It was in this spirit that chairman Reinhard Hoffmann, managing partner of Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH, led the 2019 Members’ Meeting of the "Verein kunststoffland NRW" – the association for the plastics State of North Rhine Westphalia. This year’s meeting was hosted by association member Greiwing logistics for you GmbH, who, together with association member Sievert Handel Transport GmbH, had invited members to Wesel. As excellent hosts, Jürgen Greiwing, managing partner of GREIWING logistics for you GmbH, and Rui Macedo, managing director of Sievert Handel Transport GmbH, provided participants with competent first-hand information.

Jürgen Greiwing: “Our customers greatly appreciate the fact that we have been able to offer them – reliably and for many years now – concepts extending far beyond transport and storage.”

Rui Macedo: “We have only recently extended our capacities especially for the plastics industry and can now not only process considerably greater volumes but also offer our customers more services over the length of the added value chain.”

The participants at the kunststoffland NRW Members' Meeting were able to see for themselves that logistics today involves far more than just transporting goods from A to B. Host Jürgen Greiwing also took the opportunity to invite participants on a guided tour of the company premises. A pellet sorting plant was installed at the company back in 2000 already. In the meantime, the range of process technologies that GREIWING provides at this location especially for its plastics-industry customers extends from drying and sorting units through to sieving and homogenization equipment. This range of services is supplemented by high-quality storage facilities, with aluminum and stainless-steel silos, as well as mobile racks with sprinkler systems for the individual positions. “We have a great deal of know-how and experience, plus a whole range of special equipment, and are optimally qualified to perform all types of jobs for the plastics industry”, Greiwing reported.

 

Joint commitment to the plastics industry as a whole

Richard Hoffmann was highly delighted at the great interest shown by members. More than a third of members came, which was both a good sign and firm proof of the association's vitality. The detailed reports by the chairman and his Board colleagues on the activities specially geared to all the relevant theme areas were very well received. These extended from the dialogue with political figures – including the industry discussion between the Board and Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs of the state of North Rhine Westphalia, right through to numerous networking activities on the TOP subjects of additive manufacturing, lightweight construction and the circular economy for plastics.

A clear course: association membership continuing to grow

kunststoffland NRW has acquired a large number of new members in the 2018/2019 association year, including Arburg, Jockey Plastik, Wessel-PKF, Daikin Chemical Europe, Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme and SVD Verpackungen. The association now has a total of 164 members, with the number still rising. In this way, the association, which is the sole association covering the entire plastics added value chain, can further consolidate its role as the mouthpiece in its location.  

Hoffmann appealed to members to make a tangible contribution, precisely at times like this: "We still require your support, ideas and questions – especially for the major topic of the EU plastics strategy. And, as a technology state, we must make a key contribution to the subject of plastics waste”. Precisely the authentic commitment of kunststoffland NRW's members and their constructive dialog highlights the successful impact of the association in a very clear manner.

 

Elections to the Board of Directors: continuity and renewal

In addition to the focal topics covered, the agenda included the election and re-election of a number of Board members.  Rolf Saß, Engel Deutschland GmbH and deputy association chairman of kunststoffland NRW is stepping down from the Board after nine years. Peter Barlog, Barlog Plastics GmbH – already a Board member to date – received the full support of members to become deputy association chairman alongside Prof. Dr. Hopmann and Dr. Bach. Ines Oud, managing director of simcon kunststofftechnische software GmbH was elected a new member of the Board.

 

The photo shows the current Board of kunststoffland NRW e.V.: from left to right:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, IKV at RWTH Aachen University,
Ines Oud, simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH,
Peter Barlog, Barlog Plastics GmbH,
Torsten Urban, Kunststoff-Institut für die mittelständische Wirtschaft NRW GmbH,
Reinhard Hoffmann, Gerhardi Kunststoff-technik GmbH,
Dr. Axel Tuchlenski, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH,
Dr. Patrick Glöckner, Evonik Industries AG.
(Missing: Dr. Jörg Ulrich Zilles, Quarzwerke GmbH HPF The Mineral Engineers,
Michael Wiener, DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co KG,
Dr. Hermann Bach, Covestro Deutschland AG).



Photo: Greiwing

 

 

Award: Simcon ranks among the TOP 100

In the 26th TOP 100 innovation competition, Simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH of Würselen was ranked amongst the best. On 28 June, the company will thus be receiving an award in Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle from Ranga Yogeshwar, the mentor of the competition, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of the company comparison, and compamedia. TOP 100 employs a scientific system to assess the innovation management of small and medium-sized enterprises and the successful innovations that result from this. In the independent selection process, the company with its 43 employees was able to impress the panel in the categories “Outward looking/Open innovation” and “Climate of innovation”.

Simcon kunststofftechnische Software develops software programs to simulate the injection molding process and combines these with testing assignments, engineering services and series-process optimizations – a unique offering worldwide. The challenge lies not only in producing plastic parts at a low cost, in an environmentally-friendly manner and without functional or aesthetic defects, but also in ensuring that the parts retain their dimensions when they are demolded. The industry software produced by the TOP 100-company is able to simulate this process in a precise manner, thus avoiding a situation where molds need to be elaborately corrected several times over.

When it comes to innovations, the top innovator relies on the many ideas put forward by its 43 employees as well as on development partnerships with companies like Arburg and HELLA and institutes that include the globally leading IKV Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University and a number of Fraunhofer Institutes. “Through our national and international research projects, we have a lead over our competitors with our innovations”, says managing director Dr.-Ing. Paul F. Filz. The Simcon company uses innovative in-house tools for project planning and internal communication. And, at the latest during their twice-yearly performance reviews, employees are called upon to take a look into the future. “We want to know: What would you change if you were the company manager for a day?”, explains managing director Dipl.-Psych. Ines Oud. This not infrequently produces good ideas that are then put into practice.

TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval to SMEs which have a particular innovative strength and have achieved above-average success with their innovations. Professor Dr. Nikolaus Franke has been the scientific director since 2002. Franke is the founder and a board member of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Scientific journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is the mentor of TOP 100. The project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and Germany’s BVMW association for SMEs. The media partners accompanying the comparison of entrants are manager magazin, impulse and W&V. M

More information is available at www.top100.de

Photocredit: KD Busch/compamedia

 

 

Injection molding simulation

Press release Simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH

March 2019

 

Now possible: Simulation of cooling with Hasco TempFlex hoses

The new simulation software, Cadmould Version 11 from Simcon with its vastly extended 3D T-Box, now also calculates mold cooling with Hasco TempFlex hoses. The conformal routing of the cooling fluid in the injection mold can now be optimized at an early stage in a cost-efficient manner.

Würselen. – Correct temperature control of the mold is decisive for cycle time and part quality in plastics injection molding. The Cadmould modular simulation software from Simcon can be used to precisely calculate the cooling of the mold at the planning stage already and configure it in the optimum manner. With the current Version 11, this can now be achieved for Hasco TempFlex hoses too. In this way, more effective and uniform temperature control can be achieved with fewer test loops, thus saving time and money.

TempFlex function added to Cadmould 11

With this extended function, Simcon is now enabling a large number of users to effectively deploy selective mold temperature control. Contrary to the case with simple cooling channels, Hasco TempFlex hoses allow conformal cooling of complex plastics geometries too. More gentle deflections of the temperature control medium reduce pressure loss and increase flow rates. Complex parts are cooled more rapidly and with less warpage – ensuring a higher production capacity and improved part quality. The hoses also eliminate the need for complex sealing of the mold planes, as is necessary with cooling holes that extend over more than one mold plate.

"When cooling water flows through a hole and is in direct contact with the mold wall, the transfer of heat naturally differs from cases where the water first comes into contact with the wall of a hose", explains Angela Kriescher, product manager at Simcon. "This temperature behavior – including the influence of the hose diameter and the flow rate, as well as the length of the cooling channel and the resulting pressure loss – is now taken into account by Cadmould 11 with just a single click." The vastly extended "T-Box" module automatically determines the coefficient of heat transfer and depicts the temperature at each individual point of the system. Users also have the option of varying all the different parameters, such as the cooling channel layout, flow direction, parting surfaces and materials, so as to configure an optimum injection mold.

More efficient workflow for mold planning

In the past, when TempFlex hoses were used, the parting surfaces in the molds were determined by trial and error and the cooling channels then milled and the hoses placed inside them. Cadmould 11 now makes the procedure considerably more efficient: to depict the temperature profile in the mold, it is sufficient to have rough sketches and drawings at the initial stage of planning. "The software calculates the flow of the cooling fluid and, from the heat exchange with the mold, works out the current temperature of the cooling medium", says Kriescher. This then ensures high-precision simulation of mold cooling.

 

 

Simcon celebrates its 30th anniversary: an interview with Dr. Paul F. Filz and Ines Filz

The simulation specialist Simcon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, an ideal opportunity to speak to its managing directors Dr.-Ing Paul F. Filz and Dipl. Psych. Ines Filz about the early days of simulation and its future.

Question: “Simcon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. What philosophy has the company pursued in over the last three successful decades?”

Dr. Paul F. Filz: “Simcon entered the market 30 years ago to provide simulation and consulting services to the injection molding industry, helping it to develop faster, develop better, and ultimately to achieve first-class part quality at the lowest possible price, although today the methods used are completely different to those that were used back then. The degree of automation and customer expectations are much higher than back then in the early years.”

Question: “How does a company where employees need to deal with current technical issues and challenges creatively and in a visionary way need to be organized?”

Ines Filz: “We are a dynamic, innovative family-run business. We have flat hierarchies with short communication and decision-making channels. This is how it works: an employee has an idea, presents it to management and then we either say yes or no. This is a relatively quick and uncomplicated process.
What is most important to us is that the team feels comfortable and that we can communicate transparently. We have worked extremely hard to achieve this, especially in recent years. We organize unusual events, ranging from team escapes and lasertag games to excursions to the Eifel hills to cut Christmas trees. We celebrate birthdays together, there’s table soccer in the breaks, and we throw summer festivals for our employees and their families. We are familiar with the personal situation of our employees, allowing us to respond flexibly to particular needs and circumstances, which generates positive feedback from our employees. As a result, we enjoy very low employee turnover, which of course has a great positive impact on the company's corporate culture.”

Question: “Dr. Filz, which specific product did you take your first step into self-employment with, back in 1988?”

Dr. Paul F. Filz: “We started out with the Cadmould, which was originally developed at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen, where I was responsible for R&D for a few years back then. After that, we collaborated to seek a commercially and technically viable solution to gain access to the market for the product in an industrial environment, as a professional supplier of the product developed at the IKV. Although it provides ideal conditions for developing innovative solutions, but an institute at a university isn’t actually able to sustainably deliver an industrially useful product together with the necessary support. Achieving both of these objectives was thus the idea behind founding Simcon.”

Question: What benefits did the original version offer its users?

Dr. Paul F. Filz: “The original version was already capable of computing mold filling, although it didn’t use such a detailed physical approach as is possible now. The results were considerably less precise by comparison, but you could see the mold filling and it was possible for the user to calculate pressure losses, melt temperatures etc. Not long after it was launched, it was already possible to calculate the influence of the holding-pressure phase in the mold as well as the alignment of the fibers in the part.”

Question: “What was the background to the development of Varimos, your second software product?”

Dr. Paul F. Filz: “I went to a conference where I attended a lecture about the systematic establishment and optimization of the process parameters for injection molding machines. There I noticed that, by setting the process parameters, it is only possible to optimize what the already existing mold permits. Everything else can only be changed subsequently by making expensive tool modifications. That got me thinking that it may be possible to perform systematic and automatic optimization in advance using simulation, giving you significantly more ways of influencing the process: in the simulation the mold geometry and technical options offered by the machine can be modified at the press of a button. In real life that would be incredibly laborious and expensive.

Back then, the engineering company Dr. Gierth Ing.-GmbH had already released the software CQC, with which it was possible to perform systematic setup and optimization of the process parameters for injection molding machines. Our software was able to simulatively perform injection molding production and measurement of sample parts as virtual machines. All we needed to do then was figure out how best we could combine the two software tools. An international research project, funded by the EU named VIM (Virtual Injection Molding), led us to a potential solution, and this research project resulted in the original version of the Varimos software package.”

Question: “You regularly release updates to improve the functionality of Simcon software. How do you go about identifying the needs that are called for in practice, before you release the updates?”

Dr. Paul F. Filz: On the one hand, we consult closely with our customers as well as getting input from our sales department, and on the other hand we talk to our application engineers, who use the software every day. Then there are the aspects that we want to implement ourselves. In addition to this, we receive requests from customers for special applications that they want to solve using simulation almost every day. Our support team can often help right away, but if not, the frequently requested solutions find their way into a subsequent update.

Question: “Does Simcon have an internal ranking of what can be implemented in the relatively near future or what is too specific for it to be a solution for the standard software?”

Ines Filz: “We have developed a very sophisticated system. An internal process is used to rank all of the requests and requirements for each update and divide them into subtasks. Our product manager controls this process in minute detail. Then we implement the improvements and new features, starting with those with the greatest customer benefit, in a release in cooperation with the product manager and the sales department. This is a time-consuming process that we repeat every eight weeks. There is always a certain degree of residual risk, as we don’t exactly know in advance whether the market will accept the new features as originally hoped.”

Question: “How do you see the future of simulation? What is your vision?”

Dr. Paul F. Filz: “We see the focus as being on intelligent automation. No longer will software just be a tool for the user, with which he still has to decide for himself, in the end, whether it would be better to do something in one way or another. In future, software will instead be an intelligent assistant for the user, which can, for example, define operating windows independently, check limits and ultimately find the optimum outcome independently. It is basically like autonomous driving: you enter a destination and the system gets you there.”

 

 

Chinaplas in Shanghai - Full success

CHINAPLAS IN SHANGHAI - FULL SUCCESS With more than 150,000 visitors, Chinaplas is the largest plastics and rubber trade fair in Asia and the second largest in the world. The vast number of interested visitors was clearly noticeable for our team. The days of the trade fair have just flown by and our team have had their hands full. Extremely good feedback was given from the visitors for the first Chinese-language version of Cadmould® and the intuitive interface so that many follow-up appointments were agreed upon. We are very pleased about the great interest and will certainly be back next year. A big THANKS to our reseller IKP TPA TechpolyAsia CO. and to the organizers of Chinaplas

 

 

We`ve got it covered

Our kick-off in the USA

This year‘s NPE motto "We've got it covered" hit the nail on the head: With 2,000+ exhibitors from all relevant industries, 11 technology zones, nearly 1,000,000 ft² and more than 65,000 visitors, the plastic show was a great success.
At cosy ~90°F outside temperature and frosty cooled exhibition halls prospects from all over the world visited us to learn more about Simcon‘s simulation software products. With contacts from North, Central and South America to Africa and India, the fair was a real highlight in terms of internationality.
For Simcon, the launch on the American market was more than successful and the response impressive.
We were excellently supported by our Mexican partner Victor Vasquez and his daughter Marilu Vasquez from CPM.

 

 

Tips + Tricks

The installed versions of Cadmould® 3D-F are listed in the “Programs and licenses” tab. 
 

At this point, there is an option of individually configur-ing the license file to be used for the program start by choosing the “Select” button for every Cadmould® 3D-F version that has been identified. In addition, the update status and license path of a Cadmould® 3D-F installation can be reset by right-clicking on the corresponding pro-gram version.
In addition, the available module configurations and dongle that are appropriate for the relevant license file can be displayed and selected for starting the program in the “Details” column via the “view” button. The list of module and dongle configurations can be updated by right-clicking in this view, or the selection can be reset.

Events and Trade Show

20.-24.02.2018 METAV, Hall 15, Stand 15B83, Düsseldorf, Germany
05.-07.06.2018 KUTENO, Kunststofftechnik Nord, Stand D15, Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany