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Injection Molding

Remote Service Added to Machine Line

Boy says its Smart Remote Service establishes a connection between its service personnel and its molding machines via “an integrated gateway.”

Will You Be Ready for the Next Disruption?

Lessons learned from ongoing coronavirus pandemic should help business navigate through the next disruption.

Beckhoff’s Industry 4.0 Products Integrated With Siemens’ MindSphere

The TwinCAT internet of things (IoT) product family can now be integrated with Siemens industrial IoT-as-a-service platform.

Injection Molding

Digital Platform for Injection Molders Expands Reach, Functionality

Arburg announced several updates for its arburgXworld digital platform including different packages and the ability to link to ERP systems and additive manufacturing technology.

Milacron Joins Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC)

Along with its IIoT partner, ei3, Milacron is now part of a working group to establish best practices for remote access methods.

Injection Molding

Protolabs Launches Revamped Digital Quoting Platform

Initially unveiled in Europe, the new digital manufacturing platform will be coming to the U.S. in early 2021, bringing greater speed and flexibility to quoting of injection molded, CNC machined, and 3D-printed parts. 

Medical

Lights Out, Pristine Production In

The numbers beggar belief and the business belies description—Medical Components of America has six full-time employees, six injection machines and lights-out production that’s gone five years without shipping a bad part or missing a delivery.

Hot Runners

PT Tech Days Continue to Inform

Register now to hear technology experts address a wide range of topics in plastics processing. And access our archives to tune in to what you may have missed. It’s free.

Injection Molding

Despite COVID-19, ERP Software Keeps Molder Working—Even from Home

ERP platform’s remote access, real-time operations overview, and transparency into production output and customer demand help custom molder weather coronavirus.

Injection Molding

Cincinnati Process Technologies (CPT) Partners With Predictive Maintenance Sensor and Application Supplier

CPT has joined with IoT Diagnostics to bring a slate of Industry 4.0 technologies to the plastics market.

Automation

'10 Things We’re Seeing in Machine Shops Right Now'

Metalworking shops and plastics plants make for interesting comparisons of their responses to the COVID-19 challenge.

Recycled Materials

Time Still to Register For PT Tech Days

It’s free. It’s online. It’s scheduled every Thursday through December. And you can register now to hear technology experts address a wide range of topics in plastics processing.  

Additive Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing Network Offers ‘Radical Transparency’ Over Multiple Processes, Providers & Continents

Fictiv now offers complete visibility of complete value chain from design upload to production, quality, shipping and pricing for metal and plastic prototypes and production parts from a “Digital Ecosystem” of 250+ partners in the U.S. and Asia.

Consumer Products

Clear Your Calendars for Plastics Technology 'Tech Days'

Beginning Oct. 8, we will be bringing exclusive, live, online technical content on a wide range of processing topics that you can access for free.

Testing

Industry 4.0 Universal Communication Standard Coming for Laboratory Equipment

In Germany, work is underway to develop a standard to allow all sorts of laboratory equipment to communicate with higher-level computer systems and ultimately with manufacturing.

LIM & LSR Molding

Fakuma Show Goes On (Digitally) for Wittmann Battenfeld

Self-contained inline scrap integration; medical, LSR, and packaging Cells; an MES Upgrade and more to be introduced virtually.

Injection Molding

Injection Molding: Milacron Expands Industry 4.0 Platform

In a series of webinars, plastics machinery manufacturer Milacron revealed details of its M-Powered suite of Industry 4.0 tools, including expanding functionalities.

Material Handling: System Automatically Tracks Changes in Resin Inventories, Simplifies Dispensing

 Alternative to the use of single-component batch blenders for resin inventory measurement of up to 500 different user-specified resins or flowable powders.  

Auxiliaries: Sensor Kits Enable Non-Computer-Controlled Auxiliaries to Connect to Cloud Platform

User-installed sensor kits are now available for use not only with Conair auxiliaries on the SmartServices platform, but with a range of competitive auxiliary equipment.

Automation

Automation: Predictive Maintenance, Cleanroom Versions & Recycling of Energy Chains

igus reports a number of recent developments in automation components.

Industry 4.0: Wittmann Battenfeld Makes OPC UA Compatibility Standard

Citing the impact of the coronavirus on the need to digitize manufacturing, Wittmann Battenfeld announced that effective April 1, newly ordered peripheral equipment complies with OPC UA communication protocols free of charge.

Injection Molding

Small, Family-Run Vermont Molder Pioneers in ‘Lights-Out’ & Industry 4.0

Going back 37 years, T&M Enterprises dared to push available technology far beyond the risk tolerance of much larger firms.

Injection Molding

Coping with Coronavirus: What If You Can’t Get a Tech Service Visit?

‘Social distancing’ for service technicians? Online remote servicing to the rescue!

Injection Molding

Injection Molding: Free Customer Portal Offers Parts Ordering & Service Assistance

AburgXworld portal offers both free and fee-based apps for a wide range of tasks.

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