NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY DID YOU KNOW? The Orange County Convenon Center, which opened in 1983, is the second largest conven- on center in the U.S. (McCormick is No. 1). 10 Responding to Challenges, Opportuniঞes Of 'Booming' Plasঞcs Market John Fisher, president, Coperion Equipment and Systems Division. By Jim Callari Plascs Technology Many look at compounding as a leading indicator for the plas- ঞcs business overall. When big polyolefins companies buy mulঞ-million-dollar lines, that's a good sign for the industry. It means they are ramping up producঞon, adding capacity as a result of debo•lenecking, or even building an altogether new plant. When smaller custom compounders and formulators buy lines, that's usually driven by demand from injecঞon mold- ing, extrusion and other processors. It starts with resin. All that gives Coperion (Booth W729) a unique perspecঞve on just what's going on in plasঞcs. The compounding machin- ery supplier knows early on what the huge polyolefin suppliers are thinking thanks to its long-ঞme, global footprint in furnish- Bartel explains. "Obviously we can engineer complete systems that include our own materials handling, conveying, feeding and extrusion technology. But turnkey to us is more than that. It's about working with a customer to build a plant from the ground up. We've had these capabiliঞes for years, but over the last year or so, we are having more customers asking us to get involved in projects at the very early stages because they realize we can offer a full package that saves them ঞme and money." In engineering thermoplasঞcs compounding, Bartel is see- ing an increasing need for flexible systems that can be quickly turned around as compounders are being pushed to run small- er lots in various formulaঞons. The STS Mc11 twin-screw ex- truder at its booth has a variety of new features that signifi- cantly improve the system's handling and ease of cleaning. Bartel's counterpart on the pneumaঞc conveying and feed- ing side, John Fisher, president of Coperion's Equipment and Systems Division, also notes the need for more flexible sys- tems among custom compounders. Coperion K-Tron feeders are used in a wide range of industries outside plasঞcs. For example, the company is displaying a Bulk Solids Pump (BSP) feeder that's also used in the non-wovens industry, which places a lot of emphasis on cleanability and accuracy. Flexibility is also behind Coperion's pneumaঞc-conveying demo, which Fisher says offers compounders "a spectrum between dilute and dense-phase conveying." The unit is con- structed to allow visitors to see parঞcle flow through the sys- tem to show how different conveying methods are suitable for premixed materials; materials with high bulk density; and ma- terials which are abrasive, friable, or tend to segregate. Meanঞme, the North American plasঞcs industry expansion has convinced Coperion to look at strengthening its capabili- ঞes at its Wytheville, Virginia, plant, which currently consists of two buildings and 100 employees. The firm is exploring do- ing more machinery manufacturing there, for both its ZSK and STS machine lines. It is also working with Bluefield College, in Bluefield, Virginia and various local community colleges to develop a plasঞcs curriculum. Ulrich Bartel, president, Coperion Extrusion and Compounding Division. ing post-reactor lines for these polymer producers. And its posiঞon supplying equipment down the materials pipeline— to compounders of engineering thermoplasঞcs and other resins—gives it strong clues as to what's unfolding not only among this parঞcular group of Coperion customers, but by the converters who are buying materials from them to mold and extrude. "In polyolefins, business is booming in the North American market," says Ulrich Bartel, president of Coperion's global Extrusion and Compounding Division. "Not only are we see- ing an increase in acঞvity among customers in ordering new lines, we are noঞng and responding to a need for larger sys- tems capable of higher-than-ever producঞon rates. At one ঞme, the industry standard was lines rated at 50-60 tons/hr. Now we are supplying machinery with capaciঞes up to 100 tons/hr and more." In North America, another key trend Bartel sees unfolding is demand from customers for turnkey systems—not just ma- terials handling, conveying and compounding lines—but plant design and fabricaঞon as well. At its booth at NPE2018, Co- perion is demonstraঞng those capabiliঞes in a virtual reality demonstraঞon, like it did at the last K Show. "We don't think of 'turnkey systems' as just equipment," Plasঞcs Leadership Summit to Discuss Workforce Development By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology Tomorrow marks the final day of The Plasঞcs Leadership Summit and the agenda includes a panel session on workforce development and technology innovaঞon in manufacturing. The panel includes: • Steve Bieszczat, chief markeঞng officer, IQMS • Greg Haye, general manager materials & process devel- opment center, Local Motors Inc. • Mike Regan, director of 3D materials, HP Inc. • Peter Stansky, digitalizaঞon development manager, Sie- mens Inc. • Jay Timmons, president and CEO, Naঞonal Associaঞon of Manufacturers Also included in Thursday's session is a keynote about BAAM addiঞve manufacturing by Haye with Local Motors. The program offers execuঞves from processors, brand owners and OEMs a first-of-its-kind educaঞonal and net- working opportunity, while giving them ample ঞme to walk the sold-out show floor a[erward. The summit runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which in- cludes a networking lunch from 12:00-1:30 p.m. It's located in OCCC West, Level 4, W415A. Future Leaders Live music flooded the Valencia Foyer Monday evening as the Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon and the Future Leaders in Plasঞcs (FLiP) Commiee hosted the FLiP & Sip Recepঞon in partnership with the Society of Plasঞcs Engineers. The event, sponsored by Shell Polymers, was a lively, casual evening— perfect for making connecঞons, exploring business opportuniঞes—and playing Jenga!

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