Hybrids race ahead with own identity

03 November 2008


During the past few years a new type of hybrid component has become an important factor in the continued success of those industry sectors that rely on electronics.

These include the key areas of automotive and telecoms as well as other industrial and consumer sectors where interest in components made of plastic and metal is growing fast.

Munich International Trade Fairs, the organisation behind electronica and Productronica, has announced a new exhibition to focus on and highlight the growing importance of this new breed of component. Called hybridica, the new show will open its gates for the first time at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from November 11 – 14 taking place at the same time as electronica, the world's leading international electronics exhibition.

Hybrid components are superior to products made from single materials in several ways. Combining metal and plastic to create a hybrid component takes advantage of the outstanding properties of both materials. These include easy assembly of individual parts, greater functionality, size reduction, improved efficiency including thermal efficiency leading to extended component lifetime and reliability. According to industry pundits, all of these advantages can add up to a potential reduction in manufacturing costs of as much as 80 percent.

According to the organisers, hybridica will present all aspects of hybrid component technology from computer-aided design tools to finished hybrid components. Exhibits will cover design, data processing, semi-finished goods, auxiliary and operating supplies, shaping and stamping, surface treatment, injection moulding, periphery, handling, tools, process and quality control, stamped parts, components and hybrid components. The new show will also cover key “secondary” sectors. These will include transportation and logistics, occupational safety, environmental protection and services. hybridica will also feature a platform for used plant, systems and machinery.

Uniquely, visitors to the new show will have the chance to experience "live" the production process used to manufacture hybrid components made of metal and plastic. The Glass Production Line, which will be set up in Hall C2, will demonstrate how a metal clip encased in plastic is manufactured using injection molding.

The production line starts with pre-punched metal strips on a reel. The punching grid is fed to the injection moulding machine by a pallet decoiler where it are processed using a corresponding tool. In the first processing step, a blue plastic clip is over-moulded onto each metal clip. In the second step, the clips are detached from the strip. A measuring system directly on the tool measures each clip and compares the results with the desired values so that defective clips are immediately recognised while they are still in the injection-moulding machine. The finished hybrid clips make their way to a container, and a vertical coiler winds the remaining strip back onto reels so that it can be sent to recycling.

The production line will run continuously during the four days of the show.

Tel: 020 8940 4625
Web: www.hybridica.de

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