NPE2018 Show Daily - Monday

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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY At Athena, we understand your unique hot runner system needs, like our new RMX modular hot runner controller with a touchscreen display and superior functionality and communications. Athena still off ers our popular IMP, RMA and RMB modular controllers and you can mix and match in a standard mainframe to suit your unique needs. And Athena still off ers world-class non-modular controllers. Get all our products from your local distributor or online. BOOTH W5455 TURNING UP THE HEAT ON HOT RUNNER CONTROL Milacron Is 'Going Big' at NPE2018 DME is focused on speed—not just speedy delivery of products, but products that speed customers' producঞon, like new TruCool conformal-cooling products. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology There is plenty to catch the eye—or stop you in your tracks— at the Milacron booth this week. "We wanted to go big this year at the show," says Mike Sansoucy, vice president of injec- ঞon molding sales for the Americas. How big? For one thing, there's a 2,250-ton model of the new Cincinnaঞ line of two-platen presses—the largest tonnage injecঞon machine ever run at an NPE, Milacron states. It is molding an ATV side-by-side dashboard. Not big enough for you? Then you're welcome to gape at the platen for a 6,600-ton "beast" being built for 20/20 Custom Molded Plasঞcs in Holiday City, Ohio. (If they brought the whole ma- chine, there'd be lile room for anything else.) There's also the biggest, all-electric Roboshot press ever offered in the Ameri- cas—a 500-tonner (450 metric tons). Milacron is also "going big" in the scope of its exhibit: from injecঞon molding (four different machine lines represented), blow molding, and extrusion to hot runners, tooling compo- nents, and a[ermarket supplies—every one of these business areas showing new and enhanced products and services. More than enough to fill 18,700 [ 2 in Booth W2703 (includ- ing Cimcool, DME, MoldMasters and Uniloy). There's something else to catch the eye, too: Experience "augmented reality" with "smart glasses" that allow you—or a Milacron service technician—to "walk through" the innards of a machine or navigate the control system as if an expert tech- nician were leaning over your shoulder. To Michael Ellis, director of markeঞng and communicaঞons, the augmented-reality demo perfectly sums up two key themes of Milacron's exhibit: "Service and Technology." He explains, "We have had a new vision for the company in the last year—to lead transformaঞon of the delivery of service in plasঞcs equipment." Milacron's definiঞon of service, he adds, "is to help opঞ- mize upঞme for our customers." One thrust of that effort is enhancing connecঞvity of its machines, including remote monitoring and troubleshooঞng analysis, for which augment- ed reality is one tool. It's all part of the Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 trend, which the company calls Milacron M-Powered. "We've also spent a lot of ঞme on our a[ermarket prod- ucts," Ellis notes. "We've increased stock levels in the U.S. to guarantee that spare parts are in stock and ready for same- day shipment, if needed. This is across many of our products and brands, including injecঞon and Mold-Masters. We're also adding head count to our service team—more feet on the ground. And at DME, we are focused on speed—geমng prod- ucts to customers faster, as well as offering them products that can speed their producঞon, like our new TruCool prod- ucts and services related to conformal mold cooling, and there's our e-STORE, which is foundaঞonal for DME and has been enhanced with a number of new products unveiled at the show." Ellis and his colleague, Michael Crawford, corporate com- municaঞons manager, can't resist noঞng a couple of other aenঞon-geers at their booth. First, Milacron will be serving pineapple segments from its Klear Cans in celebraঞon of the first commercial applicaঞon of this co-injected barrier contain- er, based on Kortec hot-runner technology. And second, mem- bers of the Kortec co-injecঞon team have encouraged mold- ers to come visit and bring products, or ideas for products, that could possibly take advantage of mulঞ-layer co-injecঞon technology. Get Into the Zone: Boles By Hannah Mason Plascs Technology New to NPE2018, the Bole Zone is the largest zone at the show, spanning 65,000 net [ 2 of space and represenঞng exhib- itors from 15 countries. According to Glenn Anderson, chair- man of NPE2018 and v.p., Strategic Account Development for Milacron, the popularity of this zone speaks directly to the re- cent growth of the industry. Exhibitors include those who supply machinery, molds and a variety of auxiliary and post-processing equipment used in the producঞon of boles and containers for beverages, phar- maceuঞcals and personal care. There will also be daily technical presentaঞons on topics that include resins, addiঞves, barrier technologies, preform and closure manufacturing, bole blow-molding technologies, bole filling and inspecঞon tech- nologies and downstream packaging and recycling technolo- gies. And grab a plasঞc bole of locally brewed beer at the Bole Zone Biergarten. Notes Mike Urquhart, a consultant for Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon and an expert in bole producঞon methods, "This new zone will make it a lot easier for anyone aending who's involved in making boles and closures, because now all of the suppliers and all of the presentaঞons are in one central area". 20

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