NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY 88 Your New Alternative to High-Pressure Injection Molding Let us tell you about the LUMINA MP800 Medium-Pressure Injection Molding Machine > Versatile > Efficient > Advanced Technology 45 Years Serving the Plastics Industry See us at NPE BOOTH W1823 IDEA Award-Winners: Plasঞcs Earn Gold By Michael Anderson Automove Design & Producon The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Design Center features a compelling display of award-winning product designs. The U.S.-based professional society of industrial designers sponsors the annual Internaঞonal Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), the world's most presঞ- gious and rigorous design compeঞঞon. In the Design Center, 2017 IDEA Gold-level award-winners whose designs prominently feature plasঞcs are highlighted. They include: • The Unit Helmet System, a student-designed safety helmet with a•achable accessories such as ear plugs, visors, a flashlight and a video camera. Each accessory can be a•ached or detached simply, while the helmet is in use, through a magneঞc snap system. • Makeblock Neurons is a programmable electronic building-block plaorm for STEM educa- ঞon and pracঞce. It contains more than 30 kinds of blocks with different funcঞons; every block can bind with the others to become a mulঞfuncঞonal smart electronics soluঞon. A kid can cre- ate his or her own electronic gadget in less than a minute—while learning flow programming. • The Logitech K780 is a mulঞ-device wireless keyboard that can be used with a smart- phone, tablet or PC. It is designed to deliver comfortable silent typing and to easily switch between devices. The integrated rubber cradle allows the user to hold a mobile device at an opঞmum angle. The IDSA notes that each year over 1,600 entries are submi•ed across a range of categories. "A jury of world-renowned designers is assembled every year for the final judging stages," ac- cording to the IDEA contest web site. "Finalist entries are meঞculously evaluated in a blind set- ঞng with incredible a•enঞon to detail and rigor." Evaluaঞon criteria include design innovaঞon; user experience; benefit to the client; benefit to society and appropriate aestheঞcs. Check out the display in the IDSA Design Center and see if you think the judges chose well. The Industrial Designers Society of America Design Center in the South Concourse near the This Is Plascs booth, features a wall of award-winning product design. Get into the Zone: Medical Parts Processing By Hannah Mason Plascs Technology The Medical Parts Processing Zone is another new specialized exhibit area at NPE2018, driven by the fast-growing field of medical devices. According to Glenn Anderson, Chair- man of NPE2018 and v.p., Strategic Account Development for Milacron, the recent rise in this sector is caused both by an aging popula- ঞon and by advances in technology that open up new possibiliঞes every day for plasঞcs in the medical field. "There are a lot of single-use medical de- vices being made from plasঞc right now," according to Anderson. "Think of devices like syringes and inhalers. Given the aging popu- laঞon, medical device manufacturing is ex- pected to rise 3% each year unঞl 2023. This zone is meant to display the next generaঞon of plasঞcs that will play a role in this growing industry." The Medical Parts Processing Zone lives in a 3,000 net [ 2 space where a•endees can meet the processors and suppliers of the plasঞcs materials used in life-saving medical devices and diagnosঞc applicaঞons. One exhibitor to expect in this zone is Octex (Booths S31090, S31137) a provider of injecঞon moldings soluঞons for manufac- turing medical, industrial, and consumer products. "The growing future of our field lies in medical processing," says John Hoskins, president of Octex. "Everything we do in the medical field pairs with what we already do on the industrial side, so it's a good fit." Hoskins is looking for any a•endee who has a hand in the medical parts processing field to stop by this zone, and he says that Octex has something to offer everyone. "We offer the complete package from launch through producঞon for OEMs at big medical companies," he says. "But we also offer a something unique for Tier I and Tier II suppli- ers to those OEMs as well. And we're always there to make new partnerships as well, that's always an important part of it." Exhibitors in the new Medical Parts Processing Zone, including Octex, pictured, feature soluঞons for the growing field of plasঞc medical device manufacturing. Here at NPE, Arburg's Allrounder 1120H is molding a PP folding step stool, molded in an eight-cavity family mold and snapped together in an adjoining cell with a six-axis robot. ARBURG, BOOTH W1325

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