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Effective MES for Plastics Manufacturers

Thu, May 14, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

Are you effectively responsive to changing customer demands? MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software solutions are being used by savvy manufacturers to address the growing customer experience. Top strategic manufacturing objectives are focused on serving customers. Key imperatives include: ensuring consistency of quality of products, timely order fulfillment, and increasing production capacity and capabilities. As plastics manufacturers embrace Big Data, Mobile and IoT technologies, new data and process integration capabilities must be added to organizations’ operations to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Discover how to become more effective in your operations by taking a holistic approach, using MES as a key enabler. During this webinar you will: -Learn about the role and value of MES, both in itself and as it relates to your operations -Learn about challenges and opportunities companies face in digitizing the plant floor -See how to bridge the gap between your equipment and operations -See how Epicor Mattec MES provides real- time responsiveness, improves scheduling and increases production capacity

High Density Compounds - Processing Do's and Don'ts

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

Many customers ask about the nuances of processing high density compounds. PolyOne will host a webinar to answer these questions and discuss the do's and don'ts of processing these specialty compounds. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): - Mold design considerations - Material Selection criteria - Processing and compounding - Equipment Wear & tear


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Advancements in Lightweighting with Polypropylene Compounds

Weight reduction strategies continue to be integral to the future development of many products in the marketplace. Asahi Kasei Plastics will preview our newest developments being showcased at NPE 2015 in Thermylene – lightweight polypropylene compounds. Topics will include Thermylene P10 – the next generation in high strength PP, to the versatile Thermylene P17 – a bimodal, fully-customizable long fiber polypropylene technology and the latest in high strength, low-density microsphere technology. Market trends, supporting data, the impacts to automotive, trucking and other industries will also be covered. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): - Thermylene P10 - next gen. high strength PP compounds - Thermylene P17 - bimodal customizable long fiber PP compounds - Thermylene with microsphere technology - Impacts to product design and weight reduction strategies

The MuCell® Process: An Enabling Injection Molding Technology

Few technology developments have changed injection molding as much as the MuCell process in recent years. The patented technology provides for a microcellular material structure in injection molded plastics parts. While the lightweighting aspects, particularly in automotive and interior aircraft applications, have been long understood and appreciated by these industries, the process offers several additional benefits such as freedom of design, higher dimensional stability, faster cycle times and lower cavity pressure. This webinar will be expanding on the process benefits, enabling plastic part designers and injection molders to capitalize on the advantages of MuCell injection molding. Primary topics • Basics of the MuCell process • Design Guidelines • Tool Design for MuCell • Application Examples

As-manufactured Structural Simulation of Short Fiber Reinforced Plastic Parts

Short fiber reinforced plastic materials are commonly used for their strength and weight benefits, as well as their ability to be manufactured quickly. In order to complete an accurate structural simulation of a short fiber reinforced plastic part, the as-manufactured material properties need to be accounted for. Without including data such as fiber orientations and residual stresses/strains, the structural simulation results will not match the performance of the actual manufactured part. Learn how the as-manufactured material from Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® can be used with Autodesk® Simulation Composite Analysis to complete an accurate nonlinear structural simulation. Primary Topics: Determining fiber orientations with Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Nonlinear material behavior of as-manufactured materials Mapping as-manufactured properties for structural simulation Completing structural simulations of fiber reinforced plastic parts

Chrome Plating Replacement Options to increase efficiency and production in applications where HCP does not perform effectively.

Hard Chrome Plating (HCP) of feedscrews and mixing rotors has been the traditional method of corrosion protection in PVC & CPVC applications. However, due to the high porosity of HCP and the lack of uniformity, especially in the radius, corrosive gasses are able to attack the substrate resulting in premature wear, excessive scrap and downtime. The porosity in HCP also creates challenges when cleaning or changing colors in a reasonable amount of time. However, there is now a better option called CarbideX CPR (Chrome Plating Replacement). CarbideX CPR is a super corrosion resistant, low porosity surface treatment that is uniformly applied three to four times thicker than standard HCP. Polished to a mirror finish; service life is increased and color changes are faster.

Maximizing Regrind Quality for your Granulation Process

Trying to produce better parts when using regrind? In this presentation, Dave Miller of Rapid Granulator will provide the clues to maximizing regrind quality in the granulation process which will lead to higher quality parts with fewer rejects. Dave will discuss how machine selection, cutting chamber geometry, type of feed, rotor type and speed and evacuation can affect regrind quality. He will also review how basic maintenance of a granulator can improve regrind quality. Primary topics: - How proper selection of a granulator can maximize regrind quality. - How cutting geometry, type of feed, rotor configuration and rotor speed can affect regrind quality. - How to determine the best method of evacuation of a granulator. - Maintenance procedures to improve regrind quality

Increase Output / Reduce risk - through innovative Technology

Wittmann Battenfeld’s Injection Molding Machines offer a wide range of processes as: Cellmold, Airmold, Variotherm, BF mold (ball filled), etc. that can be integrated with the machine. These technologies help you to increase your output (cycle time reduction) but also guarantee an even more reliable process which concludes in better and more reliable part quality. Increase your productivity, increase your part quality and lower the risk of defects and quality issues. Primary topics: • You will get to know a variety of different process technologies which are used today in order to increase your competitiveness • How can you combine existing and new technologies to your advantage • Save material, reduce cycle times and gain higher part quality • Stay competitive in a market, where easy and cheap products are more and more outsourced to low labor countries

Are You Automating Enough with Your Linear Robots?

Today’s linear (Cartesian) robots have the capability of performing a wide range of automation tasks including packaging, insert loading, assembly, labeling, and more. This offers customers a ROI for product consistency, labor savings, quality, and safety, to name a few. Chris Turnberg of Wittmann Battenfeld with over 20 years of automation and injection molding experience will show several solutions to customer’s problems including the features and benefits. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): •We will review many types of press side automation from simple to complex •You will see videos of automation solutions to common problems injection molders face •We will go over some Return on Investment (ROI) tools and examples to see if you are ready toautomate or it is just time to replace your old automation

Flowability of Solids – A New Framework of Reference

The subject of its flowability has earned the focus of much theoretical and applied research over the last half century. A wealth of articles now exists about bulk solids flowability. However, ask nearly any plant manager, or process engineer about flowability and you’re likely to get an earful of complaints and anecdotes about costly process interruptions, poor equipment performance and lost productivity. This paper suggests that among the many reasons for the nagging persistence of flowability difficulties is the notable lack of a comprehensive conceptual approach to more broadly understand flowability in the context of the process itself. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Understanding of the parameters that affect bulk solids flowability • A new comprehensive conceptual approach to understand flowability

Accurate Plastics Material Data for Simulation Accuracy

The accuracy of injection molding simulation is influenced by many factors. Accurate and benchmarked material data is required to ensure accuracy. With new materials becoming available everyday it is challenging to ensure you have access to the best material data. This webinar will provide insights into the elements required for accurate material data and the impact on simulation results. You will also see an inside view of the Autodesk® material testing facilities and how they are used to test and validate over 9,000 materials available in Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow®. Primary topics: • Why accurate material data improves simulation results • The elements of complete and accurate material data • How do you ensure accurate plastic material data • Extensive Autodesk Simulation Moldflow 9,000+ material library

5 Things You Must Know to Optimize Any Injection Molding Machine or Extruder.

To understand how to get optimal production we will walk through the fundamentals of a close tolerance system. We will show you how to identify ways to save your company time and money. Tim Womer will cover the causes and the types of wear that effect performance. Greg Quinn will cover the proven wear and corrosion solutions that have been developed to help clients reduce lost profit and maximize production. Primary Topics: • Factors in Premature Barrel/Screw Wear • Types of Wear • Cost of Wear • Reducing Wear to Increase Productivity

Taming the Abrasion Beast in Your Vacuum Conveying System

Glass-filled resins are becoming more and more popular for use in molded parts and processors need to understand the ramifications of transporting these materials. They can tear holes in normal components of any vacuum conveying system but longer wear life is possible. We will explore the typical wear points and how intelligent system design can minimize wear. An in-depth comparison of types of vacuum pumps, elbows, tubing, flex hose and receivers will be presented with poor to best industry practices. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Typical abrasive materials and points of wear. • Comparison of pump technologies and impact of material velocity. • Standard and alternates for tubing, elbow and flex hose with comparisons. • Typical ways to protect vacuum receivers and cyclones from wear.

Granulators vs. Shredders: What’s the Difference and How to Choose What’s Right for You.

In this online seminar, we will explore if a granulator or a shredder is better suited to your size reduction needs. In this presentation, Jim Hoffman of Rapid Granulator will help to answer that question and many more on a brand neutral basis that you should be asking when finding a solution to your size reduction needs. Primary Topics: • How do I know if I need a granulator or shredder for size reduction? • What questions need to be answered in order to decide what is right for my needs? • How can size reduction help my company save money?

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