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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Wimann Baenfeld Explains the What & Why of Industry 4.0 By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology There's a lot going on at the Wi•mann Ba•enfeld exhibit (Booth W3742): six injec- ঞon molding work cells for medical, packag- ing, automoঞve, construcঞon and consumer electronics; two new injecঞon machines; new robots; and auxiliaries galore for drying, blending, material conveying and loading, mold-temperature control and granulaঞng. But for David Preusse, president of Wi•- mann Ba•enfeld USA, the most important goal for his company at NPE2018 is to com- municate two main things: First, to help clear the air and cut through the bewildering buzz of markeঞng messages about "Industry 4.0," the "Internet of Things" and "Smart Factories," so that American pro- cessors can understand what is happening and why this is probably the most important technical trend they will encounter in their careers in plasঞcs. And, second, to explain why, in his view, Wi•mann Ba•enfeld is ahead of the pack in implemenঞng this technological revoluঞon. Preusse eagerly looks forward to the "smart factory" in which, for example, it is possible to set up all equipment in a cell— molding machine, robot, dryer, blender, chiller, etc. from a single point. "Now, instead of running around to a bunch of different controllers in a molding cell, everything is on the injecঞon machine controller, all alarm condiঞons are central and uniform, and any of these alerts can be seen in real ঞme on the user's phone or MES system." Job chang- Wimann 4.0 ঞes the enঞre molding ecosystem together with the injecঞon machine controller. NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Range of New Addiঞves on Display By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology Milliken & Company (Booth S26023) is launching two new products specifically geared to injecঞon-molded PP impact copo- lymers. One is a unique modifier that has been shown to improve impact and melt flow of PP, while maintaining sঞffness and allow- ing for cost-effecঞve downgauging. The technology is also said to enable recycled Milliken is also showcasing its extensive port- folio of addiঞves for improving the clarity, performance and processing of polyolefins. Lehvoss North America (Booth S31147) is featuring Luvobatch PA BA 1001/1002, a new endothermic blowing agent that makes it pos- sible to reduce the weight of reinforced ny- lons in all common processing systems. Use of this agent reportedly reduces the weight of these materials by as much as 30%, maintains a low-level loss of mechanical properঞes, and resin to deliver physical properঞes compara- ble to that of virgin materials. The other new product is the latest technology addiঞon to the company's Hyperform HPN family of nucleaঞng agents, which is said to be specifically designed to maximize sঞffness in PP impact copolymers and enable thinner gauges. helps avoid sink marks and contracঞon cavi- ঞes. Use of the product as the carrier system prevents the delaminaঞon in components subject to high mechanical stress which may arise during the addiঞon of masterbatch based on PE or universal carriers. Two innovaঞve technologies for driving increased use of recycled polyester in nylon resins (creaঞng alloys) and enhancing the benefits of recycled PET are being launched by Vertellus (Booth S10155). One is a novel compaঞbilizer for creaঞng alloys of recycled PET and nylon that enables these new mate- rials to have performance properঞes compa- rable to those of virgin nylon, but with a sig- nificant cost advantage. The other is a novel, patent-pending technology for upgrading recycled PET and, potenঞally, bioplasঞcs such as PLA. Spain's Tolsa (Booth S15207) is presenঞng new technical developments for its Adins high-performance flame-retardant syner- gists—a range of addiঞves based on a break- through technology using natural silicates. Holland Colours (Booth S26035) is high- lighঞng two recently launched colorant prod- ucts. The Holcobatch Natural Collecঞon pal- e•e is a 100% non-petroleum based colorant opঞon for use in bioplasঞcs. These colorants boast both superior processing performance and material compaঞbility in commercial ap- plicaঞons. They have been used successfully in polyesters including PLA and sugar-de- rived PET. Holcobatch Frost replicates the premium look and so[ texture of frosted glass in a lightweight, less costly scuff- and mar-resistant material. The translucent effect is created with significant gloss reducঞon, regardless of orientaঞon. The product is re- portedly ideal for creamy, oily and high-alco- hol applicaঞons. Dust-free, microbead Frost can replace spray-on or painted frost effects. PolyOne (Room S230BC) is emphasizing its reportedly game-changing OnColor Bril- lian metallic colorants, launched last year that mimic paint. PolyOne is also featuring new Lactra SX UV barrier addiঞve in solid master- batch form, said to provide high-level light-blocking technology and protecঞon for liquid dairy contents when added to mono- layer PET bo•les. AESSE Sales & Distribuঞons is spotlight- ing new technologies from three Chinese suppliers of specialty addiঞves and addiঞve masterbatches that it now represents in North America (all in Booth S1119). Javachem HG 600 is for improving scratch-and-mar resistance in filled PP and TPO in automoঞve components. Also new are silicone addiঞve masterbatches Javachem GT300 and 805. There is also Javachem PA1066 Black, said to allow the coloring of glass-filled nylon with improved aestheঞcs while avoiding deterioraঞon of properঞes associated with using carbon black as a colorant. Sundow Polymers Co. Ltd is showing chlo- rinated polyethylene (CPE) for use as impact modifiers in thermoplasঞc elastomers and CPE resins for impact modificaঞon. Fine-Blend has three new products: SAG (styrene acrylonitrile glycidil methacrylate) addiঞves that are reportedly designed to im- prove thermal stability, provide phase im- provement and chain extension for PC, PET, nylon, and PLA. Also new are SOG addiঞves, which con- tain highly reacঞve epoxy groups that report- edly improve toughness and hydrolysis of PET and PBT, including glass-reinforced ver- sions, and serve as compaঞbilizers for recy- cled polyester and its alloys such as PC/PBT, PET/PP and PET/PE. Riverdale Global (Booth S22023) is show- casing its new GlobalTracker system—a col- or-tracking so[ware capability, available at no cost, that uses real-ঞme, company-wide data from liquid-color metering devices to automate many of a customer's purchasing, producঞon management, and compliance funcঞons, and it makes remote troubleshoot- ing possible. The Holcobatch Natural Collecঞon palee is a 100% non-petroleum based colorant opঞon for use in bioplasঞcs. es would be quicker and freed from errors such as forgeমng to turn on or correctly set the temperature controller. In such a plant, "one may not need to gown up to enter a medical clean room when remote controls are accessible nearby." And imagine sensors all over a machine "to make the machine smarter about its own health condiঞons—not unlike monitors on our cars today that tell us when our ঞres are low on air, so we can refill them at the next gas stop instead of geমng stuck with a flat ঞre." What's more, "4.0 sys- tems are ঞed into the customers' MES sys- tem for be•er producঞon planning; and it's easy to have your supplier online in real ঞme with web services to provide support, advice, spare parts, or troubleshooঞng." These are just a small sam- ple of the benefits anঞcipated from Industry 4.0, and Preusse's big point is that you can see them in acঞon right now in Wi•mann's booth. Not just in the molding work cells— one of which integrates the press controller with a robot, TCU, blender, dryer, hot-run- ner controller, etc. There's also a simulated live molding cell in which visitors can modify the equipment configuraঞon to experience Wi•mann's "Plug and Produce" capability. According to Preusse, what puts Wi•mann in a unique posiঞon to carry the ball for Industry 4.0 ahead of the rest is its product line of injecঞon machines and most of the common auxiliaries needed to operate a molding cell. "Most molders buy equipment from many different suppliers," Preusse notes, and it would be a Herculean task to try to integrate them on their own. While a number of machine suppliers are working together in various industry associaঞons to develop uniform data-exchange guidelines, that will take some ঞme to complete. But Wi•mann Ba•enfeld has its own hardware and so[ware ecosystem in which it has been able to insঞtute uniform communicaঞons protocols, which it calls Wi•mann 4.0. The heart of that system, says Preusse, is the Smart Link router. "It provides data secu- rity throughout the system. Only devices that idenঞfy themselves with a security cerঞficate are allowed access to the producঞon cell. The next issue it solves is that configuraঞons of auxiliary equipment are ever changing on the shop floor. Each mold, for example, requires a different set of temperature controllers, dry- er, blender, robot tooling, etc. The Smart Link router provides immediate and effortless changeover by keeping track of all the devic- es' IP addresses. And Wi•mann 4.0 stores the setup data for all these devices in the injecঞon machine controller." 12 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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