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FRIDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Maguire Products Displays Efficient Mulঞ-Tasking Equipment Auxiliary equipment supplier Maguire Products Inc. is able to pack more funcঞonality into its booth (W5747) in part thanks to the mulঞ-tasking nature of the equipment on hand. Leading the way there: The Micro Tower mixes up to three materials and handles loading, dosing, mixing and dispensing. 12 PolyOne Designs for Polymers— Literally By Gary S. Vasilash Automove Design and Producon PolyOne Corp. (Booth S210) is a specialized polymer pro- vider and has a variety of new materials on display. They range from conঞnuous-fiber reinforced thermoplasঞc sandwich panels for the marine industry (trade named Hammerhead) to flame-retardant vinyls that are formulat- ed for LED lighঞng applicaঞons, parঞcularly outdoors (Resilience LS) to a line of masterbatches that can replace paint on polymer parts, even providing a metallic color through the part's thickness (OnColor Brilliant). But there is something else that is somewhat unex- pected in the PolyOne porolio, and it isn't a material. Chris Bray is a designer. He is the global director of design for IQ Design Labs ( iqdesignlabs.com ), which is based in St. Louis. IQ Design Labs is actually a group of some 15 people who work with end customers on de- veloping parts that can take the best advantage of materials, which so happen to be PolyOne materials, as IQ Design Labs is part of the company. Bray describes what they do at IQ Design Labs: "We need to have the ability to help cus- tomers translate those materials that PolyOne has developed into the evoluঞon of their prod- ucts. If we don't, it is going to be more challenging for them to take advantage of things like metal replacement and sustainability. But, he stresses that this is more of a consultaঞve pracঞce than a prescripঞve one. "We try and listen to the customer," he says, explaining that as they work to first understand things like customers' current manufacturing processes, how they make material selecঞons, and what they anঞcipate their customer base to be 3 to 5 years from now. "We absorb those constraints, then we come back with proposed soluঞons." IQ Design Labs has been involved in a number of projects for customers in a variety of in- dustries, and Bray says that it has confidenঞally agreements with many of these customers so what it has contributed has to remain a closed book. As he puts it, "We truly act like a design group. We are a design group. We just happen to be owned by a materials company." Chris Bray, global director of design for IQ Design Labs. Which just happens to be owned by polymer provider PolyOne. Innovaঞons in Molding, Machine Texturing, Micro-Fluidics and More at Canon Virginia Booth Canon Virginia, in Booth W223, is introducing its new Mulঞ-Mold System. Running in a customized Sumitomo press, the system is running two separate molds simultaneously using a proprietary shuling process that reduces cost, lead ঞmes and waste by enabling dual, mulঞ- product molding. By Cynthia Kustush MoldMaking Technology Canon Virginia Inc., located in Booth W223, has brought the wow factor to NPE2018 this week, showcasing not only its custom mold-manufacturing capabiliঞes and signa- ture vision systems, but introducing a new, sleek mulঞ-mold system, new machine tex- turing technology and a new focus on medi- cal contract manufacturing. Takashi Arai, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group at Canon, emphasizes the company's conঞnual pursuit of innovaঞon to provide customers with new and beer ways to achieve efficiency in cycle ঞme, mold changeovers and overall producঞvity. An example is the new Mulঞ-Mold Sys- tem, which runs two separate molds in one press simultaneously. NPE aendees can see the system in acঞon as it is running in a customized Sumitomo (SHI) Demag press in Canon's booth. This is how it works: Plasঞc material is injected into the first mold. The system then moves the first mold outside the machine chamber for cooling and moves the second mold in place for processing. Then the first mold returns in the machine and ejects its parts, while the second mold moves outside of the machine for part cool- ing. In addiঞon, the retrieval robot can han- dle two types of parts with different shapes in cooperaঞon with the system. This "mold shuling" process repeats for the next cycle and so on. According to Arai, this system helps transform idle cooling ঞme into producঞve ঞme by shuling a second mold into producঞon. The user can program changing condiঞons like pressure, tempera- ture, injecঞon speed and clamp force as specified for each mold and the system controls the parameters automaঞcally as the mold shules back and forth. The proprietary process accomplishes dual, mulঞ-product molding by the same machine without error or loss of ঞme, achieving re- ducঞons in cost, ঞme and waste. Canon entered the medical contract man- ufacturing arena last year and is giving medi- cal customers a taste of its custom manufac- turing capabiliঞes, including precision mold- making for the medical industry. Aendees can see, up close, as another Sumitomo press demonstrates injecঞon molding of a micro- fluidic product. Canon is also spotlighঞng proprietary technology with the introducঞon of machine texturing for molds that can replace tradi- ঞonal chemical processes. Arai says that with some proprietary vision technology, Canon machine texturing can reduce lead ঞmes compared to chemical processes, plus im- prove mold life and reduce downঞme and costs. "This next-generaঞon technology cre- ates product textures that the human eye perceives not as flat surfaces, but as paerns with tacঞcal differenঞaঞons based on human sensory response. It creates very precise pat- terns with delicate features unlike chemical NPE2018 aendees are experiencing, up close, many of Canon Virginia's signature vision systems including this 3D vision system. Using cuমng-edge opঞcs, image recogniঞon and data processing to achieve three-dimensional recogniঞon of producঞon parts, the "eye" snaps mulঞple images to quickly create a 3D image of the part. processes that can have wide deviaঞons in texturing," he says. Finally, Canon has a lot of machine-vision systems on display, including 3D vision. Watch as the "eye" uঞlizes cuমng-edge op- ঞcs, image recogniঞon and data processing to achieve three-dimensional recogniঞon of producঞon parts that are randomly piled in a bin and then snaps mulঞple images to quick- ly create a 3D image of the part. Molds are running parts to demonstrate Canon's mold-manufacturing capabiliঞes, with parts automaঞcally assembled into a box using roboঞc arms and handed out to aendees to take home.

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