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07/16/2020

Ten years of injection molding of polymers at the Montanuniversität Leoben

A year full of anniversaries for Polymer Engineering and Science Leoben.

The injection molding of polymers is one of the oldest and most versatile processing methods for polymeric materials. As important technology driver in many industries, the injection molding techniques are still showing one of the greatest innovation potentials. In order to strengthen this important field, the Montanuniversität Leoben decided in 2010 to create a own institute.

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For ten years now, the Institute of Injection Molding of Polymers (SGK) at the Department of Polymer Engineering and Science Leoben has been conducting research and teaching in a wide variety of approaches. As head of the institute from the very beginning, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Walter Friesenbichler has led the chair since his appointment in July 2010. Under his leadership, various research projects were handled at the institute and still do so. The research topics are broadly based: rubber injection molding, mold simulation, process control, friction and wear, coating technologies, rheology and Industry 4.0.

The Number of graduates is also impressive for such a young chair: A total of 20 bachelor's theses, 25 master's theses and seven PhD theses were successfully completed during this period. Currently (as of December 2019), a total of 14 employees (full-time equivalents) work at the chair: from student assistants, technicians and office managers to doctoral students and (assistant-) professors.

The Institute for Injection Molding of Polymers has 14 employees today! Group photo beginning of 2020, © Photo Jörgler

The Institute for Injection Molding of Polymers has 14 employees today!
Group photo beginning of 2020, © Photo Jörgler

The well-equipped injection moulding pilot plant in the Centre for Polymer Engineering and Science offers the perfect starting point for research and training.

The well-equipped injection molding pilot plant in the Center for Polymer Engineering and Science
offers the perfect starting point for research and training. 

The SGK's birthday joins the series of numerous anniversaries that the Department of Polymer Engineering and Science Leoben is celebrating this year. In addition to the establishment of the study program in 1970 and the opening of the Center for Polymer Engineering and Science in 2010, we can also look forward to the anniversary of the Institute of Processing of Composites in October.

Unfortunately we could not celebrate all these birthdays in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will get it! So make a note of the date for the 29th Leoben-Conference on Polymer Engineering and Science on September 15 and 16, 2021! For further information please visit www.polymer.events www.polymer.events