PT ZONE: Controls & Monitoring

EXTRUSION: Line Control Has Industry 4.0 Features
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PT Article CONTROLS: Cost-Effective Entry To Industry 4.0
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INJECTION MOLDING: New Software & Service To Optimize Injection Molding

Plantwide machine monitoring and more.

BLOW MOLDING: IR Gauge Measures Parison Thickness During Blow Molding

Modifying a gauge for online use.

Auxiliary Equipment Suppliers Take Partners to Boost Extrusion Offerings

Maguire and Moretto acquire extrusion equipment and controls.

CONTROLS: Extrusion Line Control Has Industry 4.0 Features

Fulfills requirements for future connectivity with servers and mobile apps.

More than a Buzzword, ‘Predictive Maintenance’ Is Key to Optimum Machine Utilization

I wrote here recently that this month’s K 2016 show in Dusseldorf (where I and the whole staff of Plastics Technology are headed next week) is evidence that the wave of “Industry 4.0” activity is building toward a crest.

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Controls & Monitoring

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Computer control systems are used to monitor and regulate a wide range of process parameters in all types of processes. These include control of the barrel temperature, melt temperature and pressure, line speeds, hot runner temperature (in injection molding) and mold and die temperature. Closed-loop controls provide for automatic adjustment of process parameters go out of range.


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