Arplas Systems HFQ


Meet Senior Decision Makers From International OEMs with the following job titles:

Directors, Chiefs, Heads of, Managers And Specialists In The Following Areas:

  • Lightweighting
  • Lightweight Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Mass, Energy and Aerodynamics
  • Complete Vehicle Engineering
  • Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Group Engineering
  • Engineering - Body Engineering
  • Vehicle Architecture Engineering
  • Body Structures
  • Lightweight Construction and Vehicle Weight
  • Technical Development
  • Technology Development - Composites
  • Polymers and Fluids
  • Materials Concepts
  • Co2 Technology Innovations
  • Material Development
  • Recycling
  • Lifecycle Assessment
  • Sustainability

Day 2

DAY 2: Thursday 26th April 2018


Choosing The Most Effective Joining Technologies For Specific Use

Cases In Multi-Material Vehicle Structures

07.00    Networking Session: Registration and Morning Refreshments

07.45    Chair's Welcome and Introduction

08.00    Assessing The Latest Technologies And Processes For Joining High Strength Steels And Advanced Aluminium Alloys

  • Evaluation of the latest emerging technology solutions - comparing and contrasting benefits and shortcomings for vehicle construction
  • Considerations with process robustness of various joining solutions
  • OEM usage experiences to date in production environments with high volume assembly
  • Impacts of the various solutions on vehicle weight, durability and corrosion
  • Understanding the complexity in recycling composites and multi-material vehicles containing new types of joints

08:30    Laser Welding

AWL Techniek

08:55    Energy Savings with Resistance Projection Welding (RPW)

Markus Schmid, Director, ARPLAS Systems, Germany

09:15    Innovative Laser Based Technologies or Multi-Material Joining

Dr. Ing. Axel Jahn, Head of Department, Materials and Testing Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, Germany

09:40 Case Study 1: Laser / Resistance Spot Welding (RSW) Best Practices

  • Maximising the value of RSW in joining multi-layer multi-material stacks with good shear and peel strengths

09:55 Case Study 2: Riveting Technologies Including Self-Pierce Riveting (SPR)

  • Exploiting the low cost, flexibility and joint quality benefits of SPR compared with other joining approaches for aluminium car body structures

10:10  Case Study 3: Advances In The Application Of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) 

  • Evolution expectations for FSW in terms of faster weld speeds for facilitating high volume assembly
  • Experiences with friction bit joining (FBJ) between aluminium and high-strength steel sheets for producing a strong metallurgical (diffusion) bond
  • Practical benefits and advanced use cases including around contours and corners of complex aluminium parts   

10.30    Refreshments and Networking in Exhibition Area

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Options For Faster And More Effective Quality Control In Multi-Material Manufacturing

11.10    Evaluating NDT Techniques For Joins In Multi-Material Structures - Best Practices For Managing Quality Control Across Manufacturing Processes

  • What new non-destructive testing methods can we expect to enter the market for each of the new joining technologies?
  • Benefiting from recent developments in optical NDT and other approaches for higher detection accuracy and sensitivity
  • How effective are the techniques?  What cost savings can be made? What can be learned from OEM trials and production line experiences to date?
  • What can be learned from NDT experiences in aircraft applications - including laser ultrasonic testing, process compressed resonance testing (PCRT) and thermography?     

Case Study 1: Self-Pierce Riveting (SPR)

  • New methods for predicting the physical attributes of the SPR process
  • Experiences using ultrasonic continuous wave inspection and narrowband ultrasound  spectroscopy (NBUS) and the importance of transducer design

Case Study 2: Laser Cutting and Resistance Spot Welding (RSW)

  • Monitoring process quality of laser cutting and resistance spot welding based on measured acoustic emission (AE) signals and thermal conductivity measurements

12.10 Lunch and Networking in Exhibition Area   

Evaluating Developments in Composite Materials Focused on Advanced Automated Manufacturing and Improved Process Time

13:15    OEM Perspective: Strategy and Practical Experiences Using Carbon Fibre for Lightweighting Applications in High-End Vehicles

Dr. Ing. Joachim Starke, Carbon Composites Technical Specialist, BMW, Germany


Panel Chair Person: Ed Bernardon, VP Strategic Automotive Initiatives, Siemens PLM, FibreSim

Reducing The Process Time And Cost Barriers To Composite Material Usage

  • Assessing the extent to which use of carbon fibre and advanced polymer materials can be key to reducing the weight and achieving high rigidity in EV design
  • New developments toward reducing the process time for carbon fibre components and structures that make it cost effective and scalable for integration in a high volume manufacturing environments
  • Developments in faster setting thermoset adhesives enabling mass production of parts
  • Latest techniques and processes for joining carbon fibre to aluminium, steel and other materials
  • What can be learnt from composite material usage in other industries? - Including case experiences from commercial aircraft manufacturing

Jacques Hoffner, Vice President, R&D and Innovation, Faurecia Automotive, France

Francis Defoor, Global Market Segment Leader Transportation, Epoxy Phenolic & Coating Division, Hexion, Belgium

Nir Khan, Design Director, Composites, Plasan, Israel

Tobias Potyra, Automotive Business Director, Zoltek Corp (A Subsidiary of Toray Group), Germany

Dr. Ing. Joachim Starke, Carbon Composites Technical Specialist, BMW, Germany

Toho Texan

14.40    Refreshments and Networking in Exhibition Area

Evaluating and Exploring Frontier Materials and Technologies For  Next-Gen Vehicle Manufacturing

15:10    Current Status Of Magnesium Alloys: Silk Road Or Other Routes?

Prof. Ali Aslan Kaya, Principal Scientist, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey

15:35    Current Studies On Hybrid Materials And Metal-Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Bonding

Dr. Ing. Iman Taha, Head of Dept., Materials and Testing Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology, Germany

16:00    New Materials And Associated Welding, Sustainability And Recycling Challenges For Steel And Aluminium

Dr. Hiren Kotadia, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), UK


Innovations From The Frontiers of Materials Development And Potentially Disruptive Manufacturing Technologies to Watch

  • Forward looking insights on evaluating the suitability and cost effectiveness of emerging materials
  • Potential mainstream automotive uses and innovative applications
  • Including lightweighting potential and applications for smart materials; nanocomposites and polymers; advanced substrates for interior trim; additive manufacturing / direct laser metal sintering

Prof. Ali Aslan Kaya, Principal Scientist, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey

Dr. Ing. Iman Taha, Head of Dept., Materials and Testing Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology, Germany

Dr. Hiren Kotadia, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), UK

17.10    Chair's Closing Remarks and End of Conference


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What Makes GALM The Industry Leading Event?


After continuous global growth and expansion the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Europe 2018 conference is returning with a brand new programme with two full days focusing on the theme Innovating Platforms, Body Structures and Multi-Material Mix For Next-Gen Vehicles.

This will include in-depth investigation into the latest developments and trends in multi-material architectures, material evaluation and selection strategies, innovative applications for the latest high strength steels, advanced aluminium alloys, composites, thermoplastics and emerging 'frontier' materials, component weight reduction strategies, as well as best use practices with innovative joining technologies and processes for BIW and many more.

Summit participants will benefit from:

  • New agenda topics and themes researched with industry peers that fully reflect the industry's evolution to a new generation of vehicles, including how the design and technical challenges posed by EVs in terms of costs and margins are being overcome.
  • A highly informative mix of practical in-depth technical sessions, case study-led presentations and forward looking panels featuring leading OEMs, supplier innovations, technical experts and engineering professionals
  • Technology innovation showcase comprising world leading providers of advanced materials, technologies, manufacturing solutions and live demonstrations in the adjoining exhibition hall to ensure participants are fully up-to-speed on key industry developments and directions
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities including lunches, coffee breaks and cocktail party that ensure an interactive, dynamic gathering for engineers from OEMs, leading suppliers and technology innovators on automotive structures and materials
  • A unique holistic perspective offering practical insights and thought leadership on lightweighting covering advanced materials, body structures and related integration and optimisation issues, CAE and simulation tools and techniques, joining and testing technologies, coupled with best practices and business cases for implementing those advancements into existing production lines.



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