NPE2018 Show Daily - Monday

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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY SPE's Annual Technical Conference Opens Today By Cynthia Kustush MoldMaking Technology ANTEC, the Society of Plasঞcs Engineers' (SPE) annual technical conference, is co-located here at the Orange County Convenঞon Center with NPE2018 through Thursday of this week. It is the largest, most respected and well-known conference in the plasঞcs industry, providing a•endees with more than 550 technical and business papers on advanced technologies, plus over 60 technical markeঞng presentaঞons, given by experts from the largest industry sectors. The conference opens today at 8 a.m. A•endees and speakers at ANTEC hail from 33 countries and more than 700 unique companies and organizaঞons, including students and faculty from leading universiঞes and colleges offering plasঞcs-industry curricula. Sponsoring companies include Thermo Scienঞfic, LMG Presses, Steinwall and ExxonMobil Chemical. Registraঞon for ANTEC includes free access to NPE2018, so a•endees get both the technical conference, which includes extra opঞons like the New Technology Forum, a Women's Connecঞon Breakfast, the Plasঞcs for Life Global Parts Compeঞঞon, technical and markeঞng pre- sentaঞons, networking events and more, and they have access to all the new products and services being exhibited at NPE2018. The ANTEC, the Society of Plasঞcs Engineers' annual technical conference, aracts students from leading universiঞes and colleges worldwide. ANTEC is a long-respected forum for exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge and networking with fellow plasঞcs industry students and professionals. only challenge might be how to fit this abun- dance of technology and informaঞon into only four days. Just today alone, ANTEC parঞcipants have 18 topical sessions to choose from, each with a variety of 30-minute presentaঞons being given. Subject ma•er ranges from addiঞve manufacturing, bioplasঞcs, innovaঞons in polyolefins and injecঞon molding technolo- gies in the morning to color and appearance, innovaঞons in packaging and plasঞcs, extru- sion, markeঞng and management and more in the a[ernoon. Today's ANTEC highlights include the following: • Plenary Speaker Sco• Schiller, who is the global head of Customer and Market Development at HP Inc., will speak on 3D Prinঞng and Addiঞve Manufacturing. This session is sponsored by Thermo Scienঞfic and will begin at 12:15 p.m. in conference room S320A. • The ANTEC New Technology Forum will present six speakers, followed by a panel dis- cussion, on 4D Prinঞng and Sঞmuli Responsive Materials. Sydney Gladman of Exponent and Stephane Costeux of Dow Chemical will moderate. The forum begins at 1:30 p.m. and will be held in conference room S320G. New forums will be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday. • ANTEC Welcome Recepঞon and SPE President's Cup Presentaঞon will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Half Circle Area at the convenঞon center. A different plenary speaker will be fea- tured each day through Thursday at the same ঞme and locaঞon at ANTEC. Tuesday, Dr. Rajen M Patel, Performance Packaging, Tech- nical Service and Development at Dow Chemical Company, will discuss the "Role of Material Science and Applicaঞon Develop- ment for a Successful Product Launch- Reflecঞons on Metallocene Polyethylene Revoluঞon." Wednesday, John Beaumont, president and CEO of the American Injecঞon Molding Insঞtute and Beaumont Technolo- gies will discuss "Advanced Industry Training and Educaঞon to Match Industry Needs." On Thursday, Professor Phil Coates, FREng, Polymer IRC, University of Bradford, will present "Controlled Structuring of Polymers by Processing—Science, Technology and Applicaঞons." For Novatec and MachineSense, the Focus Is the Factory of Today Connecঞng machinery in an Industry 4.0 is cool and all, but Conrad Bessemer, president and CEO of Novatec, believes processors operaঞng in 'Factory 3.0' are more interested in soluঞons that make them more producঞve and profitable. By Jim Callari Plascs Technology Big data? the Internet of Things? Industry 4.0? The Factory of the Future. At NPE2018 this week, those and similar terms are front and center in dozens of exhibitors' booths. But for Novatec and MachineSense (Booth W3729), the focus at the show is far more about technology aimed at solving the prob- lems of today's plasঞcs processing plants. Conrad Bessemer, president and CEO of Novatec, a licensee of predicঞve-mainte- nance firm MachineSense, puts it like this: "Conversaঞons with mulঞple processors and recent industrial surveys reveal there is con- fusion, skepঞcism and avoidance of Industry 4.0 by users, and it sঞll remains a term used by suppliers and not by processors. At the root of Industry 4.0 is interconnecঞvity to create smart industrial machinery. However, the problem is that equipment life cycles are relaঞvely long, and it could be years or de- cades unঞl overall equipment in a factory is connected to each other or its own network. "Of course, there will be some advantages to machinery and processes being connected in terms of producঞon control: how much resin is bought, how much resin is consumed and shipped, etc. But overall, many proces- sors wonder about 'what's in it for them?' Will they make more money? How will they make more money if they invest in new 4.0 equipment? "From everything we've seen, most sup- pliers are not addressing this perspecঞve at all. They seem to have adopted the posiঞon that they know best—that Industry 4.0 as mandated in Europe is the best way to be more efficient and producঞve—so therefore, it should be adopted automaঞcally by ev- eryone. But observers also know that de- spite globalizaঞon, the U.S. especially is sঞll a unique and strongly independent market that has its own ideas and ways of doing things. That's not to say that 4.0 is a bad idea; connecঞng everything is a digital sys- tem makes a lot of sense, but this will take ঞme. And in the meanঞme, what can be done to make processors more producঞve and profitable?" In Bessemer's view, Industry 4.0 will be adopted gradually, with this connecঞvity, there will be the opportuniঞes for total sys- tem setup rather than individual machine setup—making a system more bullet proof, he believes. "However, at this point those who talk about Industry 4.0 don't seem to promote higher levels of producঞvity. Ev- erything's connected, but so what? It's cool for sure, but for the most part it doesn't improve operaঞons. So just like the adop- ঞon of the smart home technology, the adopঞon of Industry 4.0 smart factory equipment has also been slow." According to Bessemer, ulঞmately the U.S. will put its own spin on Industry 4.0 "in a series of steps, not one sudden economic waterfall." He states, "From our point of view, the way to do this iniঞally is certainly to promote the connecঞvity of equipment, but what is more important is to find eco- nomic jusঞficaঞon to connect and monitor equipment." The Novatec and MachineSense technolo- gy displays at NPE2018 certainly endorse the noঞons of Industry 4.0 and the importance of data and "smart" machinery. "But what is more important is how to make money with today's factory using technology to improve producঞvity and profitability," Bessemer states. "The area that we focus on is improv- ing upঞme and avoiding unplanned down- ঞme. If equipment upঞme is be•er, labor uঞlizaঞon is be•er and so is producঞon—us- ing the same people and the same equipment you have today." At its booth, Novatec and MachineSense are focusing on soluঞons that predict when a machine is going to fail and provide plant personnel with "acঞonable advice" on what to do about it. "Our primary focus is to work with manufacturers on the important process systems that 'power' their plant," Bessemer states. "Without systems such as vacuum, compressed air, dehumidified air, chilled wa- ter, HVAC, electrical power and more, none of the other machines in the factory can funcঞon. These systems are the lifeblood of the factory and are the ones that first should be monitored to assure day-to-day funcঞon- ality. Then once the basic infrastructure/uঞli- ty systems of the factory are covered, you can look at using the same sensor technology to monitor process equipment. "That's how we can improve producঞvity, by increasing upঞme with the equipment we have today. That's how we can squeeze every ounce of profitability and producঞvity out of today's equipment today. And of course, we encourage the investment in new equipment that can be interconnected—and hopefully suppliers will also add component sensing systems within this specificaঞon so that the equipment becomes more and more reliable. Interconnecঞvity alone is not the answer to improved profitability and producঞvity." ANTEC ® ORL ANDO 10 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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