NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

NPE is truly ‘Breaking the Mold’ as a multifaceted experience, with activities, discoveries and opportunities to satisfy the needs of anyone who works in the plastics industry or has a need to know about plastics

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continued on page 94 NPE 2018 WEST HALL 2600 By Matthew H. Naitove Plastics Technology Robots performing their acrobatics at NPE2018 are faster, smarter, more connect- ed, and, in some cases, more "collaborative" than previous generations. Interviews with leading robot suppliers show remarkable una- nimity about the overall points of emphasis: new control features to speed cycles, facili- tate maintenance, and ease programming; increasing integration of robot and machine controls; and growing industry reliance on automated cells with multiple downstream operations integrated beside the press. This last emphasis is bringing a wider range of ro- bot types in show booths—SCARA types, del- ta or "spider" types, and a growing variety of "collaborative" concepts. Six-axis jointed-arm robots are also more plentiful than ever at this NPE, but they are facing competition from five-, six-, or seven-axis linear robots sporting servo wrists. continued on page 96 Remarkable Display of Bioplastics By María Natalia Ortega Leyva Plastics Technology México Bioplastics and polymers made from renew- able resources had their entrance in the com- mercial arena almost fifteen years ago. They were a major breakthrough then and they are still breaking news now. Just in the last months, two big players in the toy industry, Lego and Hasbro, announced the use of sugar-cane bioplastics for their products and packaging solutions, as a part of an integral strategy toward sustainability. Over the next five years, the use of bio- plastics is expected to grow by 20%. "Primari- ly that is going to originate from the biobased versus the biodegradable portion of the in- dustry," notes Patrick Krieger, assistant direc- tor of regulatory and technical affairs at the Plastics Industry Association. "What this really means is new capacity or new production fa- cilities by existing suppliers, but it also in- cludes new feedstocks and polymers for sec- ond- and third-generations with application in packaging." M AY 17, 2 0 18 MAY 10TH, 2018 SHOW DAILY THURSDAY PRODUCED BY OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER THE OFFICIAL SHOW DAILY FOR NPE2018: T H E P L A S T I C S S H OW Robots at NPE2018: Faster, Stronger, Smarter Must-See Thursday 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. OCCC South Level 3, Room S330 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, with breakfast at 8 a.m., and session starting at 9 a.m. 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. OCCC West Level 4, Room W415A Plastics Leadership Summit Day 3 (Production), with networking lunch from 12 – 1:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. OCCC West, Level 2, Room W203A Expert Super Sessions 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Booth S17081 Bottle Zone Technical Forum 3:30 – 5 p.m. Booth S18188 Sustainability Lounge Reception in the Re|focus Zone, sponsored by Commercial Plastics Recycling (CPR) One Big Show NPE2018 is the biggest ever with more than 2,100 exhibitors on 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, taking up nearly all of America's second largest exhibition facility. And as this shot attests, it's well attended, too. Visit us at NPE2018 Booth W1845

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