NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY N PE 2 018 M AY 9 T H Faster Mold Simulation Arrives New Quick Flow utility dramatically shortens the time to find the best gating location. A much faster and easier-to-use update of Moldex 3D plastics molding simulation soft- ware is available from CoreTech System Co., Ltd. of Taiwan (Booth S27079). Among the good news for users is 20-30% faster filling and packing simulation. New Moldex 3D ver- sion R16 also includes a new analysis tool called Quick Flow, which allows users to quickly test multiple gating locations. This is said to "drastically" reduce the time to deter- mine the best gating location, speeding up the design-to-analysis cycle by up to 15 times. Version R16 also reportedly reduces the complexity of mold analysis. It extends previ- ous capabilities for non-matching mesh gen- eration to include mold inserts and mold plates, making it easier and simpler to simu- late the entire mold by automatically generat- ing solid meshes on non-matching faces. The new software also allows users to assign ma- terial properties to each individual mold com- ponent and to visualize the temperature vari- ation over the parting plane to optimize cycle time. There's also a powerful model-healing tool to automatically repair imported CAD geometry before generating the bound- ary-layer mesh. New visualization tools mea- sure distance between points and display the value at a specific point. This makes it easier for users to compare and analyze results. Also, R16 frees users from repetitive manual tasks by automating the entire simulation workflow with users' predefined parameters, removing human error to ensure simulation consistency. Other new capabilities include coupling melt viscoelasticity to flow for more accurate predictions of warpage, optical properties and flow-induced defects. Simulation of valve-pin movement in hot-runner valve gates takes into account pin position and velocity to help prevent flow marks and other cosmetic defects. For composites, R16 has enhanced capa- bilities for resin transfer molding (RTM) anal- ysis, including improved fiber-orientation prediction and warp analysis incorporating deformation of the fiber mat. Other enhance- ments include prediction of cell size and dis- tribution in PUR chemical foam molding and improved prediction of charge deformation in compression molding. 89 Tinius Olsen at NPE 215 675 7100 AUTOMATED SYSTEMS See the robot in action MELTFLOW MP1200 with Selectable Weight System VEM Video Extensometer Come and see us at Booth W723 Plastics Recycling Systems From Individual Components to Complete Systems • Wet Granulators • Friction Washers • Separation Tanks • Hot Wash Systems • Hydrocyclones • Mechanical Dryers • Thermal Dryers • PVC Label Removers Visit Booth W7545 for Complete Information Get into the Zone: Material Science By Hannah Mason Plastics Technology The Material Science Zone at NPE2018 is the place to explore the newest materials and tech- nologies in materials. "This zone is focused on new materials that are revolutionizing things like product weight, durability, cost, efficiency and more," says Glenn Anderson, Chairman of NPE2018 and vice president, Strategic Account Development for Milacron. "It's a more general zone than, say, the flexible vinyl zone, but it is probably one of the most technical." Housed in a 6,500 net ft² space in the South Hall, the Material Science Zone includes exhibi- tors from a wide range of industries. This mix of industries allows the zone to become a unique experience of the newest and most innovative materials relevant to many fields and attendees. In fact, Terry Peters, vice president, Technical and Industry Affairs for the Plastics Industry Asso- ciation, calls this zone "innovation alley." "The Material Science Zone is intended as a common gathering place for innovative material and products," he says. "It's a place for all the new things to gather that don't fit in defined zones." Enter this zone to learn about new materials and innovations in durability, strength, weight, cost-efficiency and more. According to Peters, this zone is for "the curious and the established processor looking for new materials or products to add to their business."

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