NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY 6 Pretty much any of the machines that injection-mold the part right there and then assemble it for you and then hand it to you. They're all pretty cool. Cannon has the booth that is making the puzzle cubes, and they'll assemble a puzzle for you, put it in a box and hand it to you, which is pretty awesome. And then, we are at this one right here, which is Arburg. You can go over and get the stool, and it will injection-mold all of the stool pieces right in front of you. The robot will assemble all of them and then just hand the part right to you. It's super cool. Nathan Maynard Sophomore, University of Massachusetts Lowell Plastics Engineering Major The coolest thing I've seen so far is a robotic picker to pick contamination out of a PET bottle stream. It's impressive to me, being new in the bottle processing industry. Seeing something that can actually take the labor and the subjectivity out of the process is pretty cool. Corey Tate Engineering Manager Unifi FANUC is doing automation, but it is the speed at which they are doing the automation, you know? So, you get accuracy and speed, and when you see what they are doing and how fast they are doing it—that is pretty impressive. Ray Coombs President Westminster Tool The rotating micro-mold in the Mold Craft booth that is molding and then flipping and robotically taking it out and doing the other part. It's so detailed that they're giving away magnifying cubes so that you can see the tiny holes in the part, because without it, the part just looks flat. It's amazing. Tony Demakis Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales Sales and Marketing Whoa, That Was Neat NPE2018 is brimming with exciting new developments. So we asked— What's the coolest thing you've seen on the show floor? Interviews by Karen Cornelissen MoldMaking Technology Microsoft Taps MachineSense for Startup 'Accelerator' Program By Jim Callari Plastics Technology Technology behemoth Microsoft has selected 12 startups in its ScaleUp program, formerly known as Microsoft Accelerator. Among them is MachineSense of Baltimore, which provides predictive maintenance and analytics technology for plastics processing and other industrial machinery, components and infrastructure systems, including pumps, compressors and electrical supply. The initiative plans to invest more than $500 million over the next two years to help these startups with go-to market strategies, technology and community building. ScaleUp focuses on late-stage B2B startups and helps them accelerate their business with mentorship and business development. No cash is involved. The 12 startups—winnowed from a list of thousands—selected for the program come from industries that focus on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data, analytics and others. Once selected, these startups undergo incubation to the Microsoft Azure Ecosystem for six months so that their products and intellectual properties can be part of the Microsoft program for easy integration and total device security. After that, there is a "co-seller program" between the start- ups and Microsoft in which Microsoft customer service teams work hand-in-hand with the start-up to identify opportunities with key Microsoft customers and close sales jointly. Each startup receives four to six months of Microsoft ecosystem innovation and entrepre- neurship resources. Microsoft gives the selected companies access to its major clients, which provide a full range of market support, promote industry solutions with Microsoft Azure and help companies make new connections. On the average, participants in the Microsoft Accelera- tor have increased their valuations over 400%. Microsoft has also announced a $5 billion fund- ing effort to establish itself strongly in the Industrial Internet of Things security and programs. MachineSense is one of two U.S.-based companies among the dozen selected by Microsoft, and the only one with a position in plastics. Says Conrad Bessemer, CEO of MachineSense (Booth W3729) and auxiliary-machine builder Novatec (Booth W3729), "One key differentiator that attracted Microsoft to MachineSense is our ability to provide a complete solution. Machi- neSense will be the first in the Azure Ecosystem to merge hardware, highly refined data statis- tics plus advanced first-party analytics that can be applied to a range of devices right out of the box which makes MachineSense an attractive solution for Microsoft's vertical sales teams. "With the alignment within the Microsoft Ecosystem and the existing partnership with Sie- mens Mindsphere Industrial platform, MachineSense is now positioned as the most secure and accepted predictive-maintenance system in the market today," he adds. "Microsoft has been pioneering advanced security systems for industrial devices and MachineSense will be the only predictive-maintenance system to benefit from this platform to date—which will assure the highest level of data security and protection for industrial clients, not only backed by Machine- Sense but by Microsoft and Siemens." Bessemer notes that MachineSense, Microsoft and Siemens (Booth W3975) will be jointly marketing and selling products in industrial accounts throughout the world, "dramatically ex- tending the reach and valuation of MachineSense...and affording customers the confidence of the backing and security that comes from Microsoft and Siemens." Conrad Bessemer, president and CEO of Novatec, a licensee of predictive-maintenance firm MachineSense, says that ultimately the U.S. will put its own spin on Industry 4.0 "in a series of steps, not one sudden economic waterfall." Tinius Olsen is showcasing its new scalable, fully automated robotic testing system for the first time ever. TINIUS OLSEN, BOOTH W72

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