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Tooling

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. 

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.

Packaging

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.  

Injection Molding

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.

Sheet Extrusion

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.

Post-Processing

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.

Stretch Blow Molding

Germany’s IKV to Build ‘Smart Factory’ R&D Center

Germany’s leading plastics institute bids to be a world leader in Industry 4.0 technologies.

Post-Industrial Recycling

How Smart a Granulator Do You Need?

Some processors see value in grinders that communicate on a network, report preventive-maintenance data, order spare parts, and provide complete maintenance instructions.

Mold Maintenance

Bigger, Faster, Lower-Cost Robots at K 2019

Three, four, five and six axes; high speed and high payload capacities; low-cost models; and collaborative robots made news at K. There were also QMC systems and AGVs.

Injection Molding

Testing: New Test & Inspection Systems for Tamper-Evident Caps

Pull-off tester, slitting inspection, and pinhole detection for beverage and other TE closures.

Post-Consumer Recycling

Recycling: New Software Allows Real-Time Remote Access

The system is available for the complete Starlinger product range and has been designed with this portfolio in mind, but machines of other manufacturers can be integrated as well.

All Electric & Hybrid Machines

Injection Molding: New Electric Presses Are Industry 4.0-Ready

Nissei’s upcoming NEX-V Series will have OPC-UA protocol standard in its new controller, ready to integrate with auxiliaries.

Hot Runners

Hot Runners: Controller Adds Industry 4.0 Functionality, Set-Up Assistant

The latest iteration of Meusburger’s profiTEMP+ hot runner controller supports EUROMAP 82.2 for data exchange between injection molding machines and hot runner controllers.

Biopolymers

Learn from Injection Molding’s Thought Leaders: Register Now for Molding 2020

The world’s premier injection molding technical conference comes to Chicago, March 17-19.

Heating & Cooling

Heating/Cooling: Temperature Control Features Larger Pump, Higher Temperatures

Engel expanded its e-temp line of temperature controllers at K 2019 with the XL variant, offerings higher pump capacity and greater heat output.