Smithers Rapra attended EUPOC (21st-25th May – Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy)

The main objective of this year’s EUPOC was to focus on the most recent developments within the areas of additive manufacturing. These included: experimental aspects, chemical and physical modelling, materials and part properties, among others. Various techniques for additive manufacturing deposition were discussed: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Laser Sintering (DLS), Inkjet Printing, Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM). In all, the speakers provided a well-rounded global perspective on novel research for both: techniques and materials used within this field. Most presentations concluded by highlighting the challenges that are yet to be faced. On the latter, it was inevitable to acknowledge the need for the maturity and establishment of testing criteria and standards when testing a rapid-prototyped final product.

PREVIEW was invited as a participant in the poster session. This session, was less focused on the additive manufacturing side, and it was thought as a space for discussion and conversation around polymer materials. In fact, the theme of the posters was varied and well balanced, with entries ranging from instrumentation companies (e.g. Malvern showcasing a new low molecular weight multi-detector GPC system), to European projects with defined targets (e.g. Bio4self –fibre based materials for non-clothing applications-, and PREVIEW). Monday’s session was by far the most popular, and PREVIEW’s posters had around a total of 25 visitors (out of the 100 participants) who actively listened and questioned about the project. The vast majority of these visitors were of mainly informative nature, without posing many questions and having only general curiosity in the posters. Nevertheless, a couple of visitors did show particular interest in the following areas:

1) A company that does compressive moulding, was particularly interested in knowing whether the system could be transferred to this type of manufacturing technique, as he too recognised the need of monitoring process parameters. He provided his business card for future communication.

2) Peter Olmsted, Director of the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology at the Georgetown University, was particularly interested in the Wi-Fi communication network. His idea, had to do with using sensors strategically positioned in contact with the cone and plate, or parallel plate surface inside a rheometer to extract real-time information of the viscoelastic behaviour of polymer melts. He wanted to know whether this was feasible to achieve using Wi-Fi communication.

3) A third attendee suggested extrapolating the use of intelligent machine systems for medical diagnosis purposes, e.g. access to patients’ profiles and medications doses, to make more efficient the medical service for on-a-regular-basis patients.

UBER to attend ICCCN 2017



The 26th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2017) is an IEEE co-sponsored communication systems conference. The ICCCN is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel ideas and breakthroughs in the fields of computer communications and networks. The primary focus of this year’s ICCCN is on new and original research in the areas of design, implementation and applications of computer communications and networks.

Out of all submissions, only the top 25% papers were accepted for the main technical program. Major results of the PREVIEW wireless system were accepted for publication and will appear in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore. Roman Naumann will give a presentation as part of the conference’s Wireless LAN, Ad Hoc and Mesh Networks (WAM) session. Roman’s presentation introduces TANDEM, a Topology-independent wireless multi-hop network protocol that implements the prioritization of in-network data to provide a more useful, timely and efficient wireless transmission protocol for the delivery of network information in manufacturing plants, where interference due to metal surroundings and factory floor topology can pose great challenges.

ICCCN 2017 will take place July 31 – August 3, 2017, Vancouver, Canada.

Smithers Rapra to attend EUPOC 2017


The title for this year’s EUPOC is: “Polymers and Additive Manufacturing: from fundamentals to applications”. The conference aims at showcasing various areas of additive manufacturing for polymer parts, e.g. experimental aspects, identification of technological bottlenecks, modelling of chemical and physical aspects of additive processes, material-related issues and part properties.

Although PREVIEW is a system mainly developed for injection moulding, it shares some similarities with fundamental 3D printing technologies where end-products are built using layer-by-layer deposition (i.e. fuse deposition modelling) of extruded polymer via a nozzle.

PREVIEW will be contributing to the conference’s poster session with two posters emphasising on the energy calculations using data acquired via cavity sensors, and a second entry describing PREVIEW’s core elements: the DAS, APS and wireless technology. The idea is to evaluate the feasibility of extrapolating any of these components into new manufacturing processes other than injection moulding, i.e. additive manufacturing.

Click below to view the PREVIEW posters.

PREVIEW Article in Spanish Newspapers (October 2016)

Plastia submitted an article for two Spanish newspapers.

The first was La Vanguardia which included a full page article and a digital edition which can be found at the link below, and the second was El Economista.

For both of these news articles a series of preliminary meetings were held to gather information about the project.

As a result of these publications, interest in the project has increased and various companies have contacted Plastia for more information.

PREVIEW Disseminated at EAI ADHOCNETS (September 2016)

UBER gave a presentation about the network protocol simulation environments developed for PREVIEW at the EAI ADHOCNETS conference in Canada on 26th to 27th September.

This major annual international event covers a variety of paradigms such as mobile and ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks with applications ranging from commercial to military communication networks.  Over the last decade ad hoc networking has attracted a lot of attention from both the research community and private industry.

Around 7 people participated in a discussion following the presentation which was attended by machine manufacturers, material suppliers, end-users and research organisations.

UBER Attends IEEE LCN Conference (November 2016)

UBER used the IEE LCN conference to present ‘Research on wireless protocol design’ to  around 200 participants comprising university researchers, corporate researchers and industry representatives.

The event which was held in Dubai from 6th to 10th November is the premier conference on theoretical and practical aspects of computer networking.  LCN is highly interactive and enables an effective interchange of results and ideas among researchers, users and project developers.

Following the presentation around 10 people took part in a discussion.

Proform at Fachpack (September 2016)

Proform attracted a number of visitors to their stand at Fachpack 2016.  This is the 7th year running that Proform has attended this event and due to its proximity to their premises is a useful forum for attracting local customers.

The European trade fair for packaging, technology, processing and logistics took place in Nurenberg, Germany on 29th September to 1st October.  Around 1,544 exhibitors used the event to offer every aspect of packaging for industry and consumer goods to over 41,000 visitors.

A variety of dissemination material was used to promote the project which included the project flyer and trifold brochure.