Ex­ploit­ing multi-ma­te­rial mi­cro in­jec­tion mould­ing for en­hanc­ing manufacturing com­pet­i­tive­ness

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

A half-day sem­i­nar on mul­ti­ma­te­rial mi­cro in­jec­tion mould­ing was re­cently or­gan­ised by the Univer­sity of Malta’s Depart­ment of In­dus­trial and Manufacturing En­gi­neer­ing, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the project in­dus­trial part­ners, namely, Tek-Moulds Pre­ci­sion En­gi­neer­ing Ltd, Tech­ni­plast Ltd and Play­mo­bil Malta Ltd.

The sem­i­nar, held at the Malta Coun­cil for Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy premises in Kalkara, was well at­tended by peo­ple from academia and dif­fer­ent in­dus­trial sec­tors. The sem­i­nar was one of the de­liv­er­ables of the project ti­tled “Ex­ploit­ing Multi-Ma­te­rial Mi­cro In­jec­tion Mould­ing for En­hanc­ing Manufacturing Com­pet­i­tive­ness (EX-MMIM)", funded by MCST un­der the R&I 2012 pro­gramme.

The sem­i­nar was ad­dressed by a num­ber of speak­ers, who treated var­i­ous as­pects re­lated to high­value added manufacturing, mi­cro fabri­ca­tion and the EX-MMIM project in gen­eral. Dr Pul­li­cino Or­lando, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of MCST for­mally opened the sem­i­nar. This was fol­lowed by an ad­dress by the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tar­iat for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth and Sport, Chris Agius. Chris Car­dona, Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­ness, de­liv­ered a speech on high-value added manufacturing in Malta.

Dr Ing. Philip Far­ru­gia, Project Prin­ci­pal In­ves­ti­ga­tor and Se­nior Lec­turer at DIME, gave an over­view of the EX-MMIM project. The key project ex­perts, Dr Ing. Vella and Dr Rochman, lec­tur­ers at DIME, spoke re­spec­tively about mi­cro and nano manufacturing pro­cesses and mi­cro in­jec­tion mould­ing.

Chris Camil­leri, Re­search Sup­port Of­fi­cer pre­sented the re­search re­sults gen­er­ated in this project. Kevin Busut­til, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Tek-Moulds Pre­ci­sion Eng. Ltd. spoke about the lessons learnt by industry as a re­sult of par­tic­i­pat­ing in funded re­search projects.

Ing. An­dreas Striegel, re­searcher at the Karl­sruhe In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Ger­many, de­liv­ered a pre­sen­ta­tion on ap­plied re­search in mi­cro and nano repli­ca­tion.

Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tions two work­ing groups dis­cussed the ben­e­fits of am­pli­fy­ing mi­cro manufacturing in Malta and the chal­lenged faced by industry con­cern­ing mi­cro in­jec­tion mould­ing.

Prof. Jonathan Borg, from the Univer­sity of Malta’s Depart­ment of In­dus­trial and Manufacturing En­gi­neer­ing mod­er­ated the dis­cus­sion.

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