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EXPO: Afrimold Exhibition Conference Draws Top International Speak


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South Africa’s second AfriMold international trade fair focused on

Mouldmaking, Tooling, Design and Application Development, has gathered

major momentum, not the least measure of which is the three-day conference

running alongside the show at which at least 42 papers will be delivered by

leading representatives of the industry both locally and abroad.

The exhibition takes place from 27-29 September at the Sandton Convention

Centre. The Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) will also be

prominent at the show as the conference sponsors and the driving force

behind initiatives to significantly increase the numbers of students and

apprentices to train and become involved in the industry, a move strongly

supported by government with funding through the Department of Trade and


“The response to the Tooling Technologies 2011 and Beyond conference has

been way beyond our initial expectations,” said exhibition managing

director Ron MacLarty. “We have received abstracts that confirm the

conference will deal with important industry issues while also underlining

the progress achieved by the industry both locally and overseas using the

latest in manufacturing technologies.”

Speakers include senior representatives from German institutions such as

the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Chair of Production

Engineering Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering RWTH

Aachen University and the RWTH Aachen University Chair for Laser

Technology. Local institutions participating in the conference include the

Central University of Technology Free State, the Vaal University of

Technology, the Institute for Advanced tooling within the Department of

Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University and the National Laser

Centre of the CSIR.

Among other topics, papers will deal with:

So You Think You’re Ready To Train Skills In The Tooling Industry? Think


The Automated Polishing Of Moulds Using Laser Radiation;

Functional Grading Of Multi-Layers By Laser Cladding For Increased Wear And

Corrosion Protection;

South African Tooling Sector – A Way To International Competitiveness

Knocking On Africa’s Door – Scouting For Laser Applications In South


Micro- And Nano-Structuring Of Tools With Ultra-Short Pulsed Lasers;

New Developments In Laser Cladding For Industrial Manufacturing Processes;

5 Axis Machining In The Toolroom Environment,Time And Cost Savings;

Delcam Computer-Aided Machining - Latest Developments: Moving Mould Design

From 2D To 3D

Developing A Hybrid Tooling Approach For Injection Moulding;

Laser Applications In Tool And Mould-Making;

Enhancing The Appearance Of Plastic Parts/Prototypes Using Advanced Digital

Texturing Technologies;

New technology: Laser welding and the application in the tooling industry.

“The conference presents a new dimension to the exhibition with a good mix

of papers. It will provide a platform for the expression of new thinking in

terms of theory and design that will lead machinery and production in new

directions through the expansion and extension of existing theories and the

roles played by the machinery on the shop floor,” said MacLarty.

“We have excellent overseas participation and representation to enrich the

experience for the local industry which will benefit from knowledge

exchange and gain a benchmark for the type of machinery they need as well

as an understanding of where the industry is headed both locally and


A design competition hosted by the Plastics Institute of South Africa has

received 55 entries from students at the Tshwane University of Technology.

Pre-judging has commenced and the finalists will be present with their

designs at AfriMold. At next year’s show it will be expanded to draw

entrants from all of South Africa’s technology Universities. The

competition called for students to design water drainage screens to prevent

contamination of rivers and oceans by preventing tiny plastic resin pellets

being washed from the factory floor into storm drains.

MacLarty added that the conference and the design competition will create a

strong platform for the industry to encourage and attract young people to

train and qualify. “This is a strategic objective that will ultimately

bring significant benefits that will boost numbers of skilled people

participating in the industry whether they be engineers, tool and die makers

or fitter and turners. South African industry needs them.”

This high level technical conference will be held in Boardroom 6 and 7 at

Sandton Convention Centre on 27 – 29 September 2011. Cost R1500.00 per

person plus VAT. Register on line at to avoid


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