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NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY The Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon (PLASTICS) launched the new Expert Super Sessions as an educaঞonal forum for industry experts to provide an insider's vantage point into the latest tech- nologies and trends in plasঞcs manufacturing. Every day of the show save Friday features the hour-long Super Sessions in the West Hall. Except for a special one-and-a-half hour presentaঞon from the Taiwanese External Trade Devel- opment Council (TAITRA) on level four, room W414B; the rest of the sessions take place on level two in room W203A. Presenঞng companies include FANUC, Oden Technologies, Lubrizol, A. Schulman, Mobil, UL, Dukane, Micro Interface Design, and TSM Control Systems. There are mulঞple sessions addressing Industry 4.0, as well as material-focused talks looking at the packaging market, building and construcঞon, and surface protecঞon for graphics, among others. Other talks address automaঞon, more efficient hydraulic fluids, 3D prinঞng of safety criঞcal parts, parঞculate free welding, dosing/dispensing addiঞves, and recycled TPVs. "We are giving NPE2018 a•endees expanded and improved opportuniঞes to learn from peers and thought leaders, maximizing their experience in Orlando. Expert Super Sessions were re-named for NPE2018 to reflect their true purpose—to give plasঞcs experts a forum to pres- ent their industry-changing ideas and insights," says Susan Krys, vice president of tradeshows and markeঞng at PLASTICS. "The sessions give a•endees the unique opportunity to hear straight from the sources that are shaping the industry. Thermal Care Brings Industry 4.0 to Process Cooling By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology The manufacturer of process cooling equip- ment is launching its Connex4.0 plaorm that allows processors to control and monitor any Thermal Care piece of equipment from any device that has internet access. Show visitors can see a simulaঞon of how the sys- tem grants secure remote access to all con- nected equipment so processors "have confi- dence their process is running smoothly, no ma•er where they are," a Thermal Care spokesperson says. The company also announced an expan- sion of its TSE Central Chiller product line and introduced a new control system for its stainless steel pump tanks with variable fre- quency drives (VFDs). The controller is fully configurable and expandable, allowing up- dates as processors build out their water sys- tems. In addiঞon to pump tanks, the new control can manage any cooling tower, free cooling system or adiabaঞc system out of the box and without special programming. The company's booth also features an en- ergy efficient, single circuit TC Central Chiller with a variable speed centrifugal compressor and updated PLC controls—Connex4.0 ready—as well as several portable chillers from the Accuchiller Series, including a 5-ton outdoor duty unit designed for harsh envi- ronments. In addiঞon, a•endees can check out a 10-ton unit with variable speed com- pressor and a 2-ton compact, portable chiller with a small footprint. In water temperature controllers, the company is exhibiঞng a full line highlighঞng Thermal Care's basic, standard and premium controllers. Standard opঞons here include a C-UL508A control panel, 5-hp pump and 18-kW heater. Beyond water, the company is also displaying its Oiltherm RO hot-oil temperature controller and its Vactherm RO posiঞve/negaঞve pressure unit. Thermal Care updated its central chiller control systems with a new technology that conঞnuously calculates the lowest allowable refrigerant pressure for any combinaঞon of operaঞng condiঞons in order to maximize energy savings and provide more stable and smooth refrigerant pressure control, especially under vary- ing load and condenser inlet temperatures. The technology also adds direct control of remote con- denser fans or water regulaঞng valves for added savings. According to Thermal Care, customers will see an average 25% reducঞon on part-load total chiller energy use at a 50°F set point. Thermal Care is exhibiঞng its Accuchiller Series, including a 5-ton outdoor duty unit designed for harsh environments with an epoxy coated condenser and extreme duty HMI. Expert Super Sessions at NPE2018 give industry thought leaders a full hour to make a deep dive into an important plasঞcs trend or technology. Nissei ASB Displays Its Arsenal of PET Technologies Nissei ASB's new ASB-150DPX impresses with producঞvity of 20,000 bph. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology Nissei ASB Co. is aiming to make its biggest impact ever at an NPE. "We want to show we are mulঞfaceted," says Jamie Pace, president and CEO. "We felt this is the ঞme to bring all of our capabiliঞes to the show." In its largest-ever NPE booth (S19045), Nissei ASB has the largest collecঞon of oper- aঞng blow molding machines at the show. Five stretch-blow systems, both single-stage and two-stage (reheat), are molding a broad spectrum of containers—from 50-mL airline liquor miniatures to 500-mL, wide-mouth hot-fill/pasteurizable jars with twist-off metal lug caps. Pace thinks two displays will draw the biggest crowds this week: One is the hot-fill- able jar. "It achieves the 'Holy Grail' of the PET industry in two ways. Our double-blow heat-seমng technology makes it tolerant of hot filling and pasteurizaঞon; and with the metal lug cap, this jar is a drop-in replace- ment for glass in exisঞng filling lines for pick- les, jams, jellies and the like." The other is the new ASB-150DPX, the world's first triple-row, one-stage injecঞon stretch-blow machine. That third row of cavi- ঞes is "a huge advance in producঞvity," says Pace, demonstrated here by running airline miniatures in an "unprecedented" 48 caviঞes for output of 20,000 bo•les/hr. Something else on display that Pace con- siders important is "our first working proto- type of a machine control oriented toward Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, or the Smart Factory." Shown on the new ASB-12M v2, the new control "opens a window into remote service, guidance and monitoring," Pace explains. "It will help factory personnel determine remotely that a machine is due for servicing or maintenance. If a machine dri[s outside its specified operaঞng window, the system will flag somebody to a•end to it. Pace wants to make sure visitors are aware that Nissei ASB moved its offices 17 months ago to Smyrna, Georgia, where it now has a technical center that has three machine bays for design, tesঞng, and prove-out. "We also have a substanঞal machine shop there, with 10 CNC mills and lathes to do mold modifica- ঞons, make spare parts for tooling, and—most importantly—make single-cavity tooling for product development and quick sampling. My goal is to be able to go from concept to sample bo•les in just four weeks." Super Sessions Provide Expert Insights into Trending Topics By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology 10 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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