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    NPE2018 is happening this May - and Industry 4.0 will be a hot topic. The huge plastic show will be held in Orlando, and the trend will be discussed at length. 

    Topics include:

    • Molding cells with the robot, press, and auxiliaries all connected together;
    • Mold setup recipes for robots and other auxiliaries stored on the injection machine for faster mold changes;
    • Web service support;
    • MES collection of production data;
    • Smartphone apps to get production status or alerts;
    • Predictive-maintenance monitoring of cell equipment;
    • “Smart molding” process solutions;
    • Production traceability;
    •  Remote access and control.

    We can't wait to see how the plastic industry will utilize Industry 4.0 this year!

    Recommended ReadDecoding ‘Industry 4.0’Source: http://www.ptonline.com

    It may seem early to most of you, but we editors here at Plastics Technology are already hard at work preparing for NPE2018, the giant plastics show coming up May 7-11 in Orlando, Fla. In doing even the most preliminary research on what exhibitors plan to display, one thing seems certain: The biggest splash at NPE will come from the wave of technological innovation and futuristic enthusiasm known variously as Industry 4.0 or the Smart Factory or the Internet of Things. That wave has charged across the ocean from Europe, where new protocols for machine-to-machine and machine-to-central-computer communications are being developed under the leadership of the German machinery association, or VDMA. Read More

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