Knowledge platform – plasticsYOU for YOU
13. Sep 2021

Knowledge platform – plasticsYOU for YOU

Knowledge transfer for the inquisitive ones 😉!! Education and education ONLY! You have surely heard of him – in the plastics industry Dr. Vito Leo is known primarily as a visionary and pioneer with an exceptional ambition to make engineers, designers and plastics experts smart. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and explaining scientific backgrounds and theories in order to make every day work easier for all those dealing with plastics on a daily basis. Cristoph Hinse, General Manager of SimpaTec, and his team have appreciated his expertise for a very long time. Since 2012 SimpaTec has been organizing the successful seminar series "BIMS" together with and for Dr. Vito Leo exclusively in German speaking countries. For many years, Dr. Vito Leo and Cristoph Hinse have been linked in a close and respectful friendship and have been thinking about how to combine Vito's unrestrained desire for sound, sustainable knowledge transfer with SimpaTec's fundamental wish to convey high-quality content and continuous knowledge transfer. In 2021 the appropriate occasion came along - Cristoph Hinse and Dr. Vito Leo are extremely pleased to now be able to announce the foundation of plasticsYOU. Cristoph Hinse takes on the tasks as managing director, Dr. Vito Leo remains faithful to his cause and will be available as a seminar leader, speaker and also as a consultant to those hungry for knowledge and seeking advice.

Knowledge-platform - the successful BIMS seminar series has found a new ’shelter’.
The focus of the new company is set on the establishment, expansion and further development of a profound knowledge platform for the plastics sector but above all it is the so-called new “shelter" for the BIMS seminar series, which has already been running extremely successfully for years. In the meantime, more than 2,300 satisfied and enthusiastic participants have attended the BIMS seminar series. One thing the attendees can rely on is that Dr. Vito Leo explains correlations and mechanisms of the most complex, physical procedures of thermal processes for everyone understandable by using simple words and a minimum of mathematics. Addressed are all those who want to better understand the injection molding process of thermoplastics, who have to make the right material selection, whose daily work is determined by topics such as component design and component performance. Those who want to refine their expertise, such as engineers designing molds, mold manufacturers, injection molders, project managers who are responsible for the development of molds, R/E engineers interested in injection molding, technical engineers interested in the weaknesses and strengths of the process, materials engineers or designers who want to deepen their knowledge of suitable materials. Everyone confirms - time and again - how valuable the knowledge gained and the conveyed content is for everyday professional life.

There are currently two topics to choose from. The BIMS 1 seminar "Understanding the injection molding process of thermoplastics" focuses on being the key to successful, optimal part design as well as on the development of a deeper understanding of the processes in polymer physics and the complex interactions of phenomena during injection molding, independent of the scientific background knowledge. The BIMS 2 seminar "Understanding the mechanical properties of thermoplastics", focuses on optimal material selection, part design and part performance. Among other things, the stress and strain behavior of polymers, time-temperature effects, effects of crystallinity, notch effects and stress concentrations, micro-cracking of polymers, fatigue and creep behavior of polymers, physical aging of polymers, etc. are explained.

Knowledge enhancement – BIMS 3 & more
However, much more is planned ... the BIMS seminar series are to be prolonged by new topics. Meanwhile, BIMS 3 "Understanding physical and chemical foaming" is about to get its go-ahead. The aim of this seminar is to develop an in-depth understanding of the processes of physical and chemical foaming and what impact they have in terms of component development. Further BIMS seminar topics are intended. Furthermore, additional course topics are in the making besides the BIMS seminar series, like for example, an introductory seminar to the world of plastics and a seminar focusing on "Thermoplastic Composites" (in close cooperation with Dr. Hans E. Miltner, a management and consulting services company based in Belgium). Renowned experts from the plastics industry are eager to assist and support the events as seminar leaders or speakers - a definite enrichment of the course portfolio and a profound knowledge enhancement. In addition, to the extensive range of courses and seminars, the development of a standardizing certification program is in progress. Certification courses can initially be offered for the following areas: basic and advanced knowledge of Polymers, thermorheology and flow properties of polymers, polymer process technology, mechanical properties of polymers, qualification and skills in CAE – mechanics and qualification and skills in CAE - process simulation.

Securing knowledge benefits
Seminar participants will benefit from Dr. Vito Leo's technical expertise and his unique way to convey correlations and mechanisms of the most complex, physical procedures of thermal processes - from filling to deformation - in a sound and comprehensible manner. Renowned plastics experts will give specific and detailed information regarding the precise use of high-quality simulation tools, present basic knowledge on the latest research findings or background information on current development trends in the plastics industry. The plasticsYOU team of experts is ready and eagerly waiting to communicate sound theoretical and practical knowledge, innovative solution concepts or useful tips & tricks to all interested parties, so that they can then face the daily challenges of their professional lives being optimally prepared and strengthened with new plastics technology expertise. At present the focus is set on face-to-face events in Europe but all seminars are also available online. In future the courses are also planned for North America and Asia. The seminar languages will initially be English and French, but other languages such as German, Italian, etc. will also be offered as soon as possible. - education and education ONLY.


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