NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY At Athena, we understand your unique hot runner system needs, like our new RMX modular hot runner controller with a touchscreen display and superior functionality and communications. Athena still off ers our popular IMP, RMA and RMB modular controllers and you can mix and match in a standard mainframe to suit your unique needs. And Athena still off ers world-class non-modular controllers. Get all our products from your local distributor or online. BOOTH W5455 TURNING UP THE HEAT ON HOT RUNNER CONTROL NPE2018 New Technology Focus Industry 4.0 Meets Resin-Drying By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology While a desiccant-wheel dryer normally requires water for cooling, Conair is showing a new generaঞon of Carousel des- iccant-wheel dryers with an air-cooling opঞon. That now frees up these dryers to be moved anywhere in a plant because they are self-contained without a water connecঞon. The air-to-air a[ercooling opঞon reduces the temperature of return air from the drying hopper, improving the mois- ture-absorpঞon efficiency of the desiccant. Conair's Carousel PlusX series portable dryers and dX series mobile drying/con- veying systems represent a complete redesign of Conair's Carousel Plus dryer and its former W series and MDCW se- ries mobile drying/conveying systems for 15 to 400 lb/hr. Processors can specify dryers equipped with either an op- ঞonal air-to-water a[ercooler or the new air-to-air a[ercooler. The air-to-air unit can sustain drying efficiency while handling return-air temperatures of up to 375° F and dewpoints of -40° F. At the same ঞme, it saves water, maximizes dryer portabili- ty, and makes installaঞon and setup faster and easier. Novatec and Advantage Engineering are showing the Dry- Temp+, a patent-pending machine that combines a portable desiccant-wheel dryer and a fluid temperature-control unit (TCU) in a single footprint. The product is aimed at processors that don't dry centrally. The unit features a 7-inch touchscreen Siemens pendant PLC, which accesses both drying and mold-temperature-con- trol parameters. The PLC can provide trending and data logging and will be Ethernet equipped so it can be used for QC logging of jobs with resin, mold temperature and drying parameters recorded. The DryTemp+ dryer is a NovaWheel desiccant dryer sized for 25 to 150 lbs/hr, featuring Novatec's over-dry protecঞon. The TCU comes with one or two circuits, a display screen, capacity of 30 gpm at 30 psi and 30 to 250° F temperature capability. Dri-Air Industries is tapping into Industry 4.0 buzz, launch- ing the Dri-Air Dryer 4.0. Dri-Air says the new line adjusts to condiঞons and changes in the operaঞon autonomously. Con- necঞvity is part of Dri-Air's 4.0 iniঞaঞve, and for customers with mulঞple systems, a central dryer control can be installed in a convenient locaঞon displaying each dryer's operaঞng pa- rameters and other important data. When a dryer needs ser- vicing, an icon flashes showing what needs to be done, with direcঞons for service and the parts required. The dryer's con- trol monitors motor performance, reporঞng this data to the main control. As a new Dri-Air 4.0 dryer is installed, it is automaঞcally added to the group display, and the list of spare parts required is updated. An inventory package that tracks and stores the spare parts is under development. Wimann Baenfeld's theme for NPE2018 is Pathways to 4.0 and one of the pieces of equipment on that path is its new Aton H beside-the-press segmented-wheel dryer, which it describes as being "fully integrated with 4.0 capabiliঞes." Wimann Baenfeld says this is its first display of a 4.0-funcঞonal dryer. In a "Wimann 4.0" connected work cell, when a new mold starts up, all the equipment in the cell, including this new con- nected dryer, pulls up that part's setup recipe. The values are saved so operators don't have to go around to each piece of equipment and set up the TCU, dryer, robot, etc. Everything is controlled through the machine interface. Two Aton H dryers are involved in molding machine cells at the company's booth. Collecঞng and sharing data are an integral part of Industry 4.0 connecঞvity and Maguire Products is showcasing an ener- gy-monitoring capability on the newest member of its VBD line of vacuum dryers. The VBD-600 intermediate-range mod- el has 600 lb/hr of drying capacity. The energy monitoring is displayed on a new touchscreen controller. Novatec is taking collecঞon and sharing of data a step fur- ther with the debut of DigiTwin, a virtual electronic twin of a physical machine that measures and follows every behavior of the physical machine and every key component. The key here is that it is not culling data from the machine-controller PLC, but directly from the mulঞple sensors located throughout the machine. Novatec calls DigiTwin the ulঞmate component and machine monitoring system that observes, tracks and predicts performance. At its booth, Novatec is showing a physical dryer side by side with the digital model of that same machine next to it. Novatec compares DigiTwin to a "virtual x-ray or MRI" for the dryer, looking under the sheet metal and within the machine for its actual status. Novatec is also highlighঞng a new at-the-press drying product for molders tackling highly tailored nylons and other specialty materials. These specially equipped NovaWheel por- table dryers have adapted two technologies established in Novatec's central drying offerings—Moisture Manager and OverDry Protecঞon. Also on the 4.0 front, Piovan is introducing FACS 4.0, an auxiliary-equipment control and monitoring system designed by Universal Dynamics and based on Winfactory 4.0, Piovan's OPC-UA compliant supervisory so[ware. Novatec's DigiTwin technology is a virtual twin of a physical machine. Sensors (in green) measure and follow key machine components. 20

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