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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY continued on page 94 continued on page 96 8 MachineSense, Siemens Partner on Power Quality Technology SABIC & ExxonMobil Enter New Joint Venture Rendering of the new joint venture olefins project planned by SABIC and ExxonMobil. By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plastics Technology A major olefins project, first announced in 2016 and pending completion of the envi- ronmental permitting process, has been firmed up by SABIC (Booth S19001) and ExxonMobil (Room W204ABC) through the formation of a new joint venture. Develop- ment of the new Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project, currently planned for construction in San Patricio County, Texas, starts with a 1.8 million m.t. ethane cracker (3.6 billion/lb), and will also include two PE production units and a monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit. No further details, such as capacity or types of PE grades, have been provided regarding the PE units, though it's very likely it will include all three types—L/LLDPE and HDPE. The plant is expected to be operational in the 2021-2022 timeframe. For SABIC, this will be its first production of polyolefins in North America. The compa- ny is a major polyolefins producer in the Mid- dle East. This is actually the third joint ven- ture between these two partners. SABIC is the operating partner for two long-standing joint ventures with ExxonMobil in the King- dom of Saudi Arabia, Kemya in Jubail and Yanpet in Yanbu. The companies say creation of the new joint venture represents a key milestone that allows SABIC and ExxonMobil to continue advancing the project, which is expected to create 600 new, permanent jobs, about 3,500 indirect and induced jobs during operations, as well as 6,000 construction jobs during the peak of construction. Says SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO Yousef Al-Benyan, "We look forward to the next phase of the project which supports not only our goals for global diversification, but also supports Saudi Vision 2030. In addition, we are proud of the role the project will play in enhancing the economic profile of San Patricio County, Texas." Notes John Verity, president of Exxon- Mobil Chemical, "The new joint venture ex- pands our long relationship with SABIC and builds on the success of several other joint projects. The project will create value not only for both of our companies, but for the surrounding communi- ties through the creation of jobs and economic growth. We appre- ciate the support we're receiving, and look forward to continuing our conversations with San Patricio County residents and businesses as we progress." By Jim Callari Plastics Technology At NPE2018 this week, Baltimore-based MachineSense LLC (Booth W3729) is demonstrating its Power Analyzer product on the Siemens' MindSphere IoT platform. The companies say MachineSense Power Analyz- er is the first vertically integrated IIoT (Indus- trial Internet of Things) solution in Siemens' MindSphere Platform that offers power quality monitoring, energy management, predictive and preventative maintenance and machine utilization as a MindSphere Application. MachineSense is also announcing today that it has joined the global MindSphere Partner Program as a Silver partner, which will provide MachineSense's technical staff access to Siemens' MindSphere curriculum, as well as access to other MindSphere eco- system partners. These partners can comple- ment the capabilities of Siemens (Booth W3975) and MachineSense, thereby furnish- ing customers in the manufacturing and com - mercial building industries with complete solutions and helping them achieve their de- sired business outcomes. "This partnership with Siemens will allow MachineSense to penetrate deep into the manufacturing and commercial building base, where power quality is increasingly becoming an issue for safe operation and expensive repairs and replacement of machinery," says MachineSense co-founder Conrad Bessemer. MachineSense's Power Analyzer series is designed to help diagnose everyday electrical issues and present them in a way that can be easily understood by plant maintenance and management alike, regardless of experience on electrical components and related issues. "The technology is one of the most compre- hensive series of vertical IIoT products for power quality, predictive and preventative maintenance, energy monitoring and machine utilization available for factories and commer- cial buildings," Bessemer says. "MachineSense delivers tremendous value to industrial and infrastructure consumers through its vertically integrated solutions," states Paul Kaeley, senior vice president, global partner ecosystem at Siemens PLM Software. "We are excited to have Machine- Sense join the MindSphere ecosystem as a partner so that together we can address oper- ational challenges around power quality, pre- dictive and preventive maintenance, and en- ergy efficiency using MindSphere." MindSphere is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, plants, systems, and machines, en - abling businesses to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things with advanced analytics. MindSphere Application Centers have been designed to develop new business models, digital solutions and ser- vices, as well as industrial applications in fo - cused verticals using MindSphere. Bessemer explains, "Popular energy saving initiatives, like LED lighting and variable speed motor drives, have unknowingly led to higher harmonic distortion levels in most manufacturing plants and commercial build- ings. These harmonics can cause substantial energy waste in unrelated areas of the facility. Nordson Expands Worldwide Capabilities for PPS Business Unit John J. Keane, executive vice president of Nordson Corp., says the firm has plans afoot to establish its Polymer Processing Systems group as a global source of multiple components used by suppliers of resin and machinery, recyclers, molders and extruders. Nordson Corp. (Booth W2525) is amid an intensive, multi-continent program whose objective is to establish its Polymer Process- ing Systems (PPS) business as the worldwide "go to" source for a wide variety of compo- nents regularly required by resin companies, machine builders, recyclers and extrusion and molding processors. "Nordson PPS products and services are now accessible worldwide on a highly local- ized basis to customers large and small," says John J. Keane, Nordson Corp. executive vice president. "In many cases we can supply a combination of components that work to- gether to optimize the customer's process. A recycler, for example, can rely on Nordson for pelletizers, melt pumps, and filtration sys- tems, while a film or sheet processor can look to us for components ranging from screws and barrels to extrusion dies." Keane spoke to Plastics Technology at the Nordson booth (W2525) on Wednesday. Nordson's investment program has creat- ed what Keane calls regional "centers of ex- cellence" that enable customers to order products from any region and obtain the same components in terms of material and quality. "Regional centers also lower shipping costs and lead times, and the resulting de- crease in air or ocean transportation means a lower environmental impact," Keane adds. Recent innovations by Nordson represent three PPS pillar brands: BKG pelletizing and melt delivery systems; EDI extrusion and fluid coating dies; and Xaloy screws and bar- rels for extrusion and injection molding. Each brand includes a wide range of product offer- ings for a gamut of customer requirements. "Virtually all of the innovations that we have introduced help customers to meet goals of sustainability," says Keane. "In any project to develop a new product, one of our key considerations is minimizing the impact of the product on critical environmental re- sources. A great example is the BKG R-Type melt filtration system. Introduced at the K2016 show, it filters highly contaminated materials so that they can be recycled and then reused in production processes. Most First U.S. Customer for Arburg's Big, New Machine WET ( wetdesign.com ) in Sun Valley, California, has bought the first Allrounder 1120 H machine, Arburg's biggest press (730 U.S. tons), with a brand new design and new Gestica controller. WET builds "water features," such as the elaborate fountains for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and the Lincoln Center in New York City. WET founder and CEO Mark Fuller says, "At WET, we always buy the best equipment in the category. We have found, through considerable study, that Arburg is the best, and we have validated that belief by owning and operating several Arburg machines for a number of years. WET bought the machine that is on display here at NPE2018.

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