Thursday 19 September 2019 | The National Conference Centre | Solihull

Seminar Programme


The seminar content of this event is accredited by CPD so attendance will count towards your Continuing Professional Development portfolio

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Time Information
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Theatre 1

Cyanoacrylates will stick your fingers together and a whole lot more!
Bob Goss, senior technology specialist - Technical Customer Services, Henkel

This talk will describe the many different types of cyanoacrylates (CA’s) and discuss some surprising applications for CA’. The talk is aimed at Design, Development and Production Engineers who may be involved in the selection and recommendation of adhesives for industrial applications in a wide variety of industries.

The seminar will include practical demonstrations and will include information on designing joints for adhesives as well as methods for dispensing adhesives in automated production lines.

  1. How a cyanoacrylate cures and the applications for which they are best suited.
  2. New developments in cyanoacrylate technology.
  3. Designing for the assembly of engineering plastics using cyanoacrylates.
  4. How to NOT stick your fingers together and dispense CA’s in production.
  5. Some surprising applications for cyanoacrylates.
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Theatre 1

Spida Fixings and Fiba Spida: the ultimate fixing technology
Thomas Wood, managing director, Adhesion Technologies

Spida fixings replace traditional nuts, bolts, rivets, welding.  No drilling required.  Their unique shape construction and bond surface provides enhanced strength so that fewer fixings are required.  Now for composites structures, Fiba Spida is like buying your fabric with these fixings built in. A significantly stronger method of mechanically joining metal, composite and other materials together with enhanced peel, shear, torsion, cleavage, tension and compressive loading capabilities.


1. How using Spida Fixings can save weight, production time and cost
2. How using Spida Fixings give design engineers / manufacturers design freedom unavailable with current fixing systems
3. The technical data proving the benefits and universal applications of Spida fixings; Increased fastener strength, bond strength, stress dissipation.
4. The potential of next generation of composite fixings: Fiba Spida – fixings moulded into carbon fabric
5. Learning about new composite moulding technologies; our patented matrix and attenuating process.

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Theatre 1

When to Use Silicones in Electronics Applications
Peter Swanson, managing director, INTERTRONICS

When it comes to adhesives and sealants, there are a variety of chemistries to choose from. Epoxies, polyurethanes, UV-curing adhesives, methacrylates, and others all have their own strengths, but when should you be considering silicones? With experience and expertise in many kinds of adhesives, Peter will be focusing on the particular areas that silicones can provide an advantage in electronics applications, including potting, sealing, ruggedising, and component protection.

  1. What is silicone? What are the properties and cure mechanisms
  2. What advantages do silicones offer
  3. Specific applications in electronics where silicones might be suitable
  4. How to dispense/apply silicones
  5. What questions to ask your adhesives supplier about silicones
12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Theatre 1

Key considerations for material selection
Steve Allen, applications engineer, Nylacast Engineered Products

With many engineering materials available on the market today there are a number of important factors to consider before making the best material selection.

In this presentation, Nylacast will dissect three short case studies from three different industries detailing the material selection process, application and environment considerations and the overall commercial success of the application, including maintenance, cost and lifespan considerations.

One of these case studies will also showcase the benefits of using engineering materials in an ocean environment, breaking the stereotype of ‘ocean plastics’.

The presentation will drill down into 3 case studies from 3 different industries including construction, food & beverage, civil engineering.


  1. The fundamentals of material selection.
  2. Commercial considerations for material selection.
  3. Live industry examples of good material selection.
  4. Understanding industry challenges when selecting engineering materials.
  5. Challenges to consider when changing between traditional materials and engineering materials.