NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Conair Applies Industry 4.0 to Make Service Smarter Conair President Larry Doyle (le[) and VP of Sales Markeঞng Sam Rajkovich are encouraging customers to come to the company's booth (W1845) and sign up for its new SmartServices web-based industry 4.0 plaorm. The company is offering a free 6-month trial. By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology Building off its new Upঞme Guaranteed ini- ঞaঞve, auxiliary equipment supplier Conair offered more details on SmartServices—the web-based industry 4.0 plaorm, which, paired with the company's deep service technician pool, makes the ambiঞous perfor- mance guarantee on its equipment possible. Conair's Sam Rajkovich, VP of sales and markeঞng, said SmartServices harnesses the data already gathered by its equipment into a format that its customers can readily ex- ploit. Here at the show, the company is en- couraging customers to sign up for a free 6-month trial, with a limited-ঞme gi[ as well. There are mulঞple iPad staঞons in the com- pany's booth (W1845) where a•endees can sign on. A•endees can also see the system monitoring mulঞple pieces of equipment from a display at Conair's stand, including an extrusion line operaঞng at Davis-Standard's booth (W5947). Once the systems are pulling in and ana- lyzing data, Rajkovich says Conair will be able to benchmark parঞcipaঞng equipment against the industry and begin to establish best pracঞces. To develop the plaorm, Conair partnered with Maven Machines, Inc., Pi•sburgh, Penn. That company supplies Internet of Things (IOT) products for the trucking industry, using advanced sensors to monitor drivers and vehicles. Conair has an equity stake in the company. Going forward, Conair President Larry Doyle said that a[er the addiঞon of compact wireless machine adapters (WMAs), de- scribed by Doyle as being the size of two decks of cards stacked on top of one another, the control panel can then transmit data up to the cloud, via the company's own network. "SmartServices is a cloud-based, web- based plaorm that is extracঞng data from our machine's control and then posঞng that data out to the cloud and doing analyঞcs on it," Doyle said. "It is then repurposing the data into a dashboard that our customers can remotely access and monitor." Once the system is analyzing process data, it can alert, alarm, and message the processor, as well as predict potenঞal failures. The SmartServices web portal then popu- lates a dashboard with user data, creaঞng a clickable list of user-specified equipment groups on one side and a large working screen on the other. Within the dashboard, users can dig into Key Performance Indica- tors (KPIs) for each piece of equipment. The KPI display shows real-ঞme data, with three highlighted by default. Addiঞonal KPIs are shown in the form of real-ঞme line graphs, and each one is color coded—red, yellow, or green—so users can quickly scan current operaঞng condiঞons and perfor- mance trends. The Machine View display shows a schemaঞc of the equipment overlaid with readouts of setpoint versus actual read- ings. On a dryer, for example, hopper inlet air temperature, temperature gradients within the hopper, outlet air temperature, dew- point seমng, and target moisture level would be shown. The Alarms screen displays real-ঞme alarm status and history. A special panel al- lows managers to create an alarm hierarchy, and generate messages specific to each alarm type, with direct alarms sent to specif- ic individuals or groups, depending on their type. Going further, Conair parts and service staff could be integrated into an alarm noঞfi- caঞon, enabling them to respond proacঞvely. Going forward SmartServices will collect, analyze, and store performance data from thousands of auxiliaries connected world- wide, creaঞng an auxiliary-equipment data- base that can be leveraged by both processor and Conair personnel. Conair stresses that the program's web- based design means customers will never need to make hardware or so[ware up- grades to have the latest version of the plat- form; it will be automaঞcally upgraded on the web by Conair. In operaঞon, once the WMAs are in- stalled and a connecঞon is made, users can idenঞfy and configure their auxiliaries into the system, organizing them by equipment type, plant names, producঞon lines, and physical locaঞons. Once enabled, WMAs au- tomaঞcally collect data from each piece of auxiliary equipment and transmit it into the secure, cloud-based SmartServices database where it is processed and stored. Shell Chemicals Launches New Business: Shell Polymers With support from global energy power, Roy- al Dutch Shell, Shell Chemicals is introducing Shell Polymers—a new line of business dedi- cated to building the "unrivaled customer experience" that's supported by the compa- ny's new Pi•sburgh-area world-scale petro- chemical facility. Visitors to Booth S16001 Shell Polymers General Manager Emma Lewis can find out more first hand from the Shell team about the new polyethylene (PE) business. Shell says its recently launched cam- paign—Start Believing—reinforces the com- pany's commitment to the customer commu- nity. "With immediate access to world-class talent, industry resources and technical knowledge, Shell Polymers aims to change the way day-to-day business in polyethylene is currently conducted. The Pennsylvania complex will be the first Shell-operated poly- ethylene producঞon facility in the Americas and will provide a variety of future opportu- niঞes and stability to the local Beaver County economy," says Shell Polymers General Manager Emma Lewis. The world-scale petrochemical facility, located 30 miles northwest of Pi•sburgh in Beaver County, provides proximity to more than 70% of the North American PE market. Close to both supply and markets, the new facility will decrease economic and environ- mental transportaঞon costs and provide re- gional plasঞc manufacturers with more flexi- bility, shorter supply chains and enhanced supply dependability. Once complete, the facility anঞcipates an average capacity of 3.3 billion lb/yr of ethylene and three PE units running LLDPE and HDPE. The Shell Polymers Innovaঞon Center will be located at the site and become a regional technology hub for customers. The center will consist of a state-of-the-art analyঞcal and materials tesঞng lab, which will allow for a close collaboraঞon between customers and a world-class team to develop unique product soluঞons, explains Lewis. Shell Polymers has put in place an extensive team of industry experts to deliver class-leading customer experience plus the tools and technology to create a step-change of customer saঞsfacঞon in the industry, she says. 10 "SmartServices is a cloud- based, web-based plat- form that is extracng data from our machine's control and then posng that data out to the cloud and doing analycs on it."

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