PUR 4.0 – Digital developments for improved PU production
Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Liman
Room: EURO Room
Management of data has been the basis of science for a long time. With recent developments in digital technology and higher computational calculation speeds a new world of opportunities is also generating high expectations in the PU industry. The combination of chemistry and processing determines the properties of PU applications in a more complex manner than the traditional processing of thermoplastics (e.g. injection molding).
The use of modern data management tools is a great chance to improve PU production. Based on examples from existing RIM data management such as Baycap®, we developed algorithms for continuous foam production to optimize climate correction for properties such as foam density or hardness. This forms the basis for more advanced digital systems and mold-fill simulations in PU production. Through improved collaboration between PU chemistry, processing and application technology we will be able to work together even more closely to achieve our common goal of developing a sustainable PU market.
An important aspect is finding and developing algorithms that show the right causality to the addressed problem that has to be solved. The algorithms have to differentiate between possible operative relationships for processing PU from artefacts based on an interaction of complex data. Given the new tools now available, we can see a faster way to match the requirements for new innovative raw materials that comply with narrower specifications, with formulations tailored to the specifications of the application. This will also result in less waste and lower costs, as well as fewer production downtimes and variations due to different PU raw materials suppliers.