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Reifenhäuser awards Sponsorship Prize to IKV scientist for master's thesis on the use of neural networks in the injection moulding process

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The Reifenhäuser Group has awarded Lukas Seifert, M.Sc., who works as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH University, for his special research achievement. The award ceremony by Ulrich Reifenhäuser, CSO of the Reifenhäuser Group, and Professor Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of the IKV, took place during the 31st International Colloquium on Plastics Technology in Aachen on September 7-8, 2022.

In his master's thesis, which he wrote as a student at the IKV, the award winner dealt with the use of invertible neural networks in the injection molding process. According to the jury, Lukas Seifert's work is characterized by its high scientific quality. As an important fundamental study, it provides clear indications that it is possible to find setting parameters for the injection molding process on a modeling basis without knowing the actual process.

Reifenhäuser has launched the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Award in 2020, which is endowed with 3,000 euros, to honor outstanding work in the field of plastics technology. Young talents are to be encouraged to deal with the current challenges of the plastics world at a high level.

Ulrich Reifenhäuser explained: "The research field surrounding neural networks is highly topical and offers enormous potential for making production processes in industry more intelligent. Lukas Seifert has taken on this complex topic in an outstanding scientific manner and written an impressive master's thesis. I am pleased to honor this special commitment with our sponsorship award."

Awarding of the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Prize 2022: From left to right: Prof. Christian Hopmann, award winner Lukas Seifert and Ulrich Reifenhäuser.

Picture: IKV

About the Reifenhäuser Group

The Reifenhäuser Group is the leading provider of innovative technologies and components for plastics extrusion. Founded in 1911, the company supplies high-technology solutions all over the world. With its technologies and the know-how of its 1,750 employees, Reifenhäuser has the world's largest network of expertise in plastics extrusion technologies. The CEO of the Group is Bernd Reifenhäuser.