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FRIDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY management roles for brands including: MoldMaking Technolo- gy, Plastics Technology, Composites World, Au- tomotive Design & Pro- duction and Products Finishing. "One of the aspects of this work that I en- joy the most is visiting suppliers to learn about their manufac- turing technology. I look forward to lead- ing our team and working with our cus- tomers across the plastics and compos- ites industries to help them leverage their brands and value propositions with Gardner's engaged buying audiences," Delahanty says. Delahanty earned a bachelors degree from Illinois State University. He will remain based at Gardner's Chicago office. Ryan Delahanty Promoted to Publisher of Plastics Technology and Group Publisher of the Advanced Materials and Processing Group Ryan Delahanty promoted to group publisher—Advanced Materials & Processing Group and publisher of Plastics Technology. Gardner Business Media announced today that Ryan Delahanty has been promoted to publisher of Plastics Technology and group publisher for the Advanced Materials and Processing Group, effective immediately. In his new role, Delah- anty will lead the editorial, marketing and sales teams of the newly formed Advanced Materials and Processing Group and its media channels, which include: Composites World, Plastics Technology and MoldMaking Technology. Most recently, Delahanty has served as the publisher of Composites World and MoldMaking Technology where he was re- sponsible for diversifying the brands' client base, and consis- tently led the teams to strong advertising performance. Delahanty has done a great job building the Amerimold event, an extension of the MoldMaking Technology brand, which recent- ly received Tradeshow Executive's Fastest 50 Award for growth. "Ryan possesses a deep knowledge of the media business, the advanced materials marketplace and aptitude for develop- ing sales talent through coaching and mentoring," says Rick Kline Jr, President, Gardner Business Media. "This is a winning combination." Delahanty has worked for Gardner since 1999, starting as midwest district sales manager for Products Finishing and worked his way up to publisher, a position he has held for the past 6 years. Over the course of his 19-year career with Gardner, Delahanty has served in various sales and product Ferris State Student Wins iPad at CH-America CH-America was formed to provide sales, service and support for the Hong Kong-based Chen Hsong line of energy efficient, high performance injection molding machines. The company has been giving away iPads at the show and the latest winner is Kellie Grolle of Ferris State University. Presenting Kellie with her IPAD are Ken Heyse (left) of CH-America and CK Chiang (right) of Chen Hsong. 8 Thermo Fisher Scientific (Booth S28161) is running daily demos for its Process 11 twin-screw extruder and to produce filament for applications in additive manufacturing. 3D Filament Demo Augmented Reality on the Shop Floor: Remote Servicing Attendees can see an example of augmented-reality powered servicing for injection molding here at NPE2018 in two different booths: Milacron (shown here, Booth W2703) and Husky (Booth W1303). By Tony Deligio Plastics Technology First, let's define some terms. Augmented reality is not where users completely immerse themselves in a completely digitally fabricated world via reality-blocking goggles. That's virtual reality. Along the mixed reality spectrum, anchored on oppo- site ends by physical reality on the far left and digital reality— think 360 degree videos—on the far right, augmented reality sits towards the middle, adding virtual elements to physical environs. According to Scott Montgomerie, co-founder and CEO of Scope AR, a San Francisco-based creator of augmented reality software founded in 2011, augmented reality is in the middle of a step change that could make it more mainstream than ever before. In a factory, augmented reality would use the camera on smart glasses, a smartphone or a tablet to scan the equipment within its view and add digital markers once the machinery is recognized. This could allow a technician to see what parts need to be replaced, for example, and how they're removed. Alternatively, a remote technician could view the same cam- era image from his or her own smart device and mark up the screen, directing the worker in front of the piece of equipment to take action from afar. With video calling, that latter scenar- io could happen today but minus a key element. "The differentiator with every other video call is that we're tracking the augmented reality coordinates of the technician and allowing you to annotate on the world of the technician," Montgomerie says. "So if you're looking at a particular ma- chine and you need to hit a series of switches or buttons, you can actually draw or add arrows on top of those switches and they'll see marks in the real world. They can walk around it in three dimensions, and it's like you're drawing on the real world." And those drawings stick. If a remote technician marked up a specific button on the control panel of a molding machine, and then the individual servicing the press walked around the entire machine, when they came back to the control, the digi- tal marker would still be there through the view of the con- nected device. Scope AR has undertaken case studies, including with plas- tics processors, that test its augmented reality service-call offering dubbed Remote AR, against Skype, finding that aug- mented reality sped up the maintenance process by at least 30% over standard video calls. "Skype would be like having somebody standing behind you while you're doing a particular task, and he's telling you what to do but his hands are tied behind his back, so he can't actually show you what to do," Montgomerie says. "With our technology, not only are the experts' hands untied, and he can show you what to do, but he's also got a magic 3D marker that can make marks in thin air or on top of equipment for you. So it's just a much more efficient way of explaining and illustrating how to solve problems with machines and an ex- pert technician." Sigma Plastics Invests Big at NPE2018 From left, W&H's Peter Steinbeck and Sebastian Huennefeld; Sigma's Mark Teo; W&H's Andrew Wheeler; Sigma's Alfred Teo; and David McKinney of ISOFlex. By Jim Callari Plastics Technology This week at NPE2018 PE film processor Sigma Plastics Group announced significant equipment investments along with an entry into an all-together new business. The film extrusion powerhouse said six new Optimex FFS lines it ordered from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H) will be up and running at its Republic Bags plant by the end of the summer, producing blown film for form-fill-and-seal (FFS) sacks. This installation marks Sigma's foray into the FFS market. The lines will produce about 45 million pounds of film annually, printed and gusseted. Meanwhile, Sigma's McNeeley Plastics plant has ordered two Varex II blown film lines—a 3-layer and a 5-layer system. The latter will be equipped with W&H's Turboclean resin-purg- ing and quick-changeover system, and a Filmatic S winder with reverse-wind capability. This investment will support McNeely's expanding business in converter-grade films. Sigma also announced it has ordered two high-output five-layer polyolefin-dedicated (POD) lines from Reifenhauser for its BJK plant, both equipped with the machine builder's Ultra Cool IBC and Ultra Flat patented in-line flattening system. Sigma also said it bought another two lines from Reifenhauser for its Allied Extruders division: a three-layer high output sys- tem and a five-layer POD line. Sigma has also ordered new three- and five-layer lines from Hosokawa Alpine American, according to that machine builder.

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