Design of plastic solutions
for electrical products

7 May 2024

Technical University of Denmark
Anker Engelunds vej 1
2800 Lyngby
Meeting Center – room S01

Registration deadline no later that 24 April 2024

When companies design electrical products, it is a natural choice to use plastic materials. This preference is underpinned by the numerous advantageous properties that plastics offer, rendering them exceptionally well suited for such applications.

Moreover, given the stringent regulatory governing this sector, there exists a need for materials that not only meet, but also exceed the prescribed performance benchmarks across various specific parameters.

This program is aimed at individuals working with design and approval processes of electrical products. The experienced speakers will delve into strategies for effectively navigating this complex field, highlighting the importance of selecting raw materials with well-documented properties. Attendees will gain insights into streamlining testing procedures and optimizing the final product’s development process.

This seminar has been developed by Kristian Meldgaard Jørgensen – Senior Manager at LM Wind Power, Peter Sommer-Larsen – Senior Specialist at Teknologisk Institut and Edwin Groothuis – Country Manager at Erteco Rubber & Plastics AB from ATV-SEMAPP’s steering group for plast technology.

Program

10:00 - 10:30
Registration and breakfast
10:30 - 10:40
Welcome and introduction
10:40 - 11:20
From electronic waste to a circular resource

Trine Boje Røgild, Consulant,  Danish Technological Institute

The design phase is critical for a product’s environmental footprint, with around 80% of the total impact determined at this stage. But how do we ensure that our design choices promote a circular future, and how do we quantify the influence of these decisions?
In this presentation, we will dive into the significance of Eco-design and examine how lifecycle assessment (LCA) can be used as a powerful tool to measure and guide the environmental impact of our design choices, within the framework of the electronics industry.

Trine Boje Røgild is an experienced consultant at the Danish Technological Institute with special focus on recycling and circular economy. Trine has a background in environmental engineering and a high degree of expertise within life cycle assessment (LCA).
11:20 - 12:00
Design of mechanical parts, for control boxes, for circulation pumps

Lars Kannegaard, Lead Product Development Engineer, Grundfos

GRUNDFOS is using plastic for encapsulation of power electronic. Plastic is combined with aluminum for cooling profiles and metal parts for electronic connections and EMC shielding.

Besides that GRUNDFOS is using plastic for user interfaces, meaning push buttons, foils, cable glands etc.

Materials for encapsulation of power electronic have to be approved related to eg. flammability tests by UL, meaning that the choice of a material may be a difficult task.

Lars Kannegaard Andersen has a long experience in designing control boxes for encapsulation of power electronic for circulation pumps, for GRUNDFOS´ CBS – Division. Among many things, Lars has had the responsibility for 3D – Print for many years and patent monitoring. He educates in plastic design external and internal GRUNDFOS.
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch and networking
13:00 - 13:50
Selective Metallization of Polymers for Functionally Versatile Components

Aminul Islam, Associate Professor, at the Center for Acoustic Mechanical Micro Systems (CAMM), DTU Construct

Selective metallization of polymers has been the key enabling technology for realizing the so-called Moulded Interconnect Devices and offering a pathway to create functionally versatile components with enhanced properties.
This presentation explores the fundamental principles and recent advancements in the selective metallization process, highlighting its significance in various industrial applications including electronics, automotive, and healthcare. By strategically depositing metal layers onto polymer substrates through techniques such as electroless plating, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) or printing, tailored functionalities, e.g., conductivity, electromagnetic shielding, sensing capabilities, thermal management, data transmission, decorative finishes, etc. can be achieved. We will discusses recent advancements in the field of selective metallization of polymers including the challenges associated with the technology, including adhesion issues, scalability, substrate compatibility, corrosion, environmental considerations, etc. while proposing potential solutions and future directions for research and development.

Dr. Aminul Islam is working as an Associate Professor at the Center for Acoustic Mechanical Micro Systems (CAMM), Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Dr. Islam is a specialist in multi-material micro manufacturing having 20 years of professional experiences with a unique mix of research experience both from industry and academia. His research interests include advanced material processing, composite materials, electro-mechanical and acoustic-mechanical components, moulded interconnect devices (MIDs), hearing aid systems & technology, among others. He is the author and co-author for more than 100 peer-reviewed international publications including journal articles, conference papers, and books. Dr. Islam is the member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), Polymer Processing Society (PPS), Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), scientific committee member of European Society for Precision Engineering and Nano Technology (EUSPEN).
13:50 - 14:30
Flame-retardant plastics: Challenges and solutions

Timo Latvakangas, Lead Engineer, Technical Development, Sabic

SABIC’s flame retardant plastics have been widely used in electrical applications for decades. During this time application requirements and regulations have seen changes and also FR plastics have evolved. Selecting the best FR plastic material for an application is not an easy task, as it is a critical component in fire prevention and safety but may need to fulfill other functional requirements, resist the use environment conditions and usually also to be aesthetically pleasing.

In this presentation flame resistance requirements are looked from plastic material selection perspective.

Timo Latvakangas is Lead Engineer at Application Development for SABIC’s Specialties business. He has MSc (Eng) in Material Technology and has been working with plastic materials for 20 years of which 13 years at SABIC. One of his key focus areas is Electrical applications and his customers are mainly based in Nordic and Baltic region.
14:30 - 15:10
Encapsulation & Other Protecting Technologies for Electronics (online presentation)

Kris Machiels, Application Engineer – Thermal & Electronic Assembly, Henkel Adhesive Technologies

To be announced

15:10 - 15.15
Closing remarks

Registration fee

 DKK 1,695  Members of Teknologisk Videndeling and promoting partners listed in the registration form
 DKK 2,050  Non-members
 DKK 595  PhD Students
 DKK 200  BSc and MSc students (Membership is free of charge – register here.)

All prices are excluded of Danish VAT 25 %.

The fee includes talks, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks and access to speakers’ presentations.

Early bird discount of DKK 200 when registering before 19 April 2024.

Early-bird discount does not apply to BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Registration

Please register HERE

Binding registration – Please notice that registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time.

Contact information
Please do not hesitate to contact Teknologisk Videndeling by e-mail teknologiskvidendeling@construct.dtu.dk