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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY 6 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION NPE2018 New Technology Focus: The '4.0' Revoluঞon By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology No single theme is likely to be more preva- lent on the show floor than the "smart fac- tory" movement known as Industry 4.0. Since makers of primary machinery, robots and auxiliaries are all eager to show how they are becoming "4.0-ready," only a few examples will have to suffice here. These examples address the three major elements of Industry 4.0: self-regulaঞng "smart ma- chines," networked "smart producঞon" and web-enabled "smart service." In the "smart machines" category, Krauss- Maffei (Booth W403) is featuring its APC+ adapঞve process-control so[ware and DataXplorer so[ware that provide a nearly microscopic look at the process. In a similar vein, Engel (W3303) shows off the capabiliঞes of its iQ weight control, iQ clamp control, and the U.S. debut of iQ flow control. There is also iQ vibraঞon control to Processors can learn how the Industry 4.0 "smart factory" is a whole new ecosystem, as explained in this overview from the German machinery associaঞon (VDMA), which has been a driving force behind the trend. counteract robot shake. Engel is also emphasizing "smart service" with the North American launch of its e-con- nect customer portal for 24/7 customer ser- vice, and newly developed e-connect.moni- tor for predicঞve maintenance. Netstal (S16088) presents its new e-ser- vice program for access to machine-specific documents and spare-parts ordering. Also on display is the AnalyঞX Cloud-based produc- ঞon-monitoring system, accessed via an app for smartphone or tablet. Wi•mann Ba•enfeld (W3742) is running HiQ-Melt, HighQ-Flow, and HiQ-Cushion "smart machine" technologies as part of its Wi•mann 4.0 program. Since this firm makes both injecঞon machines and a full range of auxiliaries, it has linked all these devices with the aid of a secure Wi•mann 4.0 router. This makes it possible to store and recall all parameter seমngs for a job within the Unilog B8 machine control—automaঞng setup of the molding machine, robot, dryer, chiller, TCU and blender. Wi•mann 4.0 is demonstrated on six work cells at NPE. One cell also shows the new Condiঞon Monitoring System for predicঞve maintenance. monitor mulঞple machines. Sumitomo SHI Demag (W3045) has imple- mented myConnect internet access for cus- tomers to receive online support, machine documentaঞon, spare-parts ordering, and management of service and maintenance. Boy Machines (W2503) is presenঞng its latest controller, Procan Alpha 4, which incor- porates enhanced MES funcঞonality and the OPC-UA communicaঞon protocol that is be- coming a standard for Industry 4.0. In blow molding, Nissei ASB (S19045) says its new ASB-12M v2 one-stage stretch-blow machine has an all-new control system de- signed to Industry 4.0 standards, allowing factory integraঞon via the "internet of things." Likewise, Jomar Corp. (S12077) shows that it embraces Industry 4.0 with its new IntelliD- rive injecঞon-blow molders, whose controller collects machine performance data for re- mote monitoring via the internet. Its next step will be predicঞve maintenance. Three robot suppliers at the show (in addi- ঞon to Wi•mann Ba•enfeld above) are put- ঞng parঞcular emphasis on Industry 4.0. Yushin America (W2173) is introducing its FRA line of linear robots with a new E-Touch V controller that permits remote trouble- shooঞng and predicঞve maintenance. Also new is the Intu Line Cloud-based service for providing producঞon staঞsঞcs and live cam- era feed for the molding cell via the robot control. Several FRA robots in various booths at NPE communicate their data to the cloud, where it is displayed in the Yushin booth on smartphones and tablets. Yushin says FRA robots also can act as cell managers for all post-mold acঞviঞes beside the machine. Sepro America (W8571) is showcasing its "Open 4.0" program for integraঞng its robot controls with those of injecঞon press makers, and its new apps for remote service (Live Support) and cycle opঞmizaঞon (OpঞCycle). And Stäubli (W4003) is highlighঞng an "Industry 4.0 workflow" for fully automated injecঞon mold changes. These examples address the three major elements of Industry 4.0: self-regulang "smart machines," networked "smart producon" and web-enabled "smart service." Milacron (W2703) is calling its Industry 4.0 program "M-Powered." Its constellaঞon of cloud-based tools includes remote tech service with augmented reality (see it at the booth), 24/7 remote monitoring and analyt- ics, predicঞve-maintenance monitoring, re- al-ঞme OEE (overall equipment efficiency) reporঞng, interacঞve technical manual, inter- acঞve parts catalog, and eSTORE. Arburg (W1325) is presenঞng its take on Industry 4.0 with a demonstraঞon of individ- ualized manufacturing that coordinates dif- ferent machines and processes. Business- card holders are molded and laser marked with a barcode label that provides access to producঞon data for that part from a remote computer. Then the part is custom decorated by Arburg's freeformer 3D printer. Nissei (W923) is showing its "Visualizaঞon of Factory" program for using the injecঞon machine to pull informaঞon from connected devices, such as auxiliary equipment. One element is the "PQ Manager," a quality- and producঞon-management system that can Conair Rolls Out 'Upঞme Guaranteed' Iniঞaঞve, Guaranteeing Its Equipment's Performance At NPE2018, Conair introduces its Upঞme Guaranteed iniঞaঞve, using its broad service porolio and new Industry 4.0 tools to guarantee the performance and upঞme of its equipment. By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology Long-running investments in technology, people and infrastructure, coupled with new Industry 4.0 tools, have put the auxiliary equipment supplier Conair in a posiঞon where it feels it can stand unequivocally be- hind its equipment. "We think the next step is this noঞon of 'Upঞme Guaranteed,'" explains Conair President Larry Doyle, "where we make a promise to the customer that our equipment will rarely, if ever, cause of unintenঞonal producঞon stoppage. "The industry has seen the evoluঞon over the course of many years of people touঞng 24-hour service or touঞng parts in stock or touঞng all sorts of things to help support the customer," Doyle says. "Whether or not they can back it up is a totally different story. One of the things that we've done differently over the years is put in things like a performance guarantee, where we're not just warrantying equipment but we're guaranteeing the per- formance of the equipment." With Upঞme Guaranteed, Doyle says Conair will be able to tell customers exactly how close to 100% upঞme they can expect from their equipment, based on their process parameters and other factors. "If the equip- ment doesn't meet those benchmarks," Doyle says, "we will take ownership of the problem. We will fix or replace the equipment and work with our customer to make sure those upঞme objecঞves are achieved. Doyle noted that Conair has long invested in its service presence. The company's Instant Access Hotline makes spare parts or service available, 24/7. In addiঞon, Conair's service techs work from an inventory of more than 50,000 line items—over 1.5 million parts to- tal. The company says it ships nearly 90% of parts orders within one business day and usually within 6 hours. If on-site assistance is needed, Conair's team of field service profes- sionals has almost 40 techs. Also new at NPE2018 is a new Cloud- based system called Conair SmartServices. Conair says SmartServices captures all of the data generated by controls on virtually all Conair equipment and many auxiliaries sold by other companies. Processors can access the informaঞon using a web-based plaorm that allows them to organize data by cell, plant, product line and companies with mulঞple plant locaঞons can track all their equipment globally. Doyle says the SmartServices offering will not only be sold on new equipment but can be retrofi•ed to select older equipment. "It will help us with process opঞmizaঞon and understanding what types of data are really indicaঞve as to how the machine is perform- ing." At Booths S14045, W1845 , Conair has different funcঞoning systems with live services and interacঞve displays to show gathered data, as well as SmartServices dashboards on equipment running at NPE, operaঞng at customer sites and at the company's own lab.

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