Controls help plastics processors take a razor blade to costs and turn out quality parts by monitoring process variables and feeding the data back into the machine in a closed loop.
NPE2012 visitors can see controls checking everything from primary machinery to robots to blown film thickness, from these exhibitors:
Conair Group (Booth 3543): Integrated-logistics-support materials-handling controls, reinvented to be fully distributed via Ethernet communication. ControlWorks, which enables users to monitor auxiliary equipment and make changes to primary process set points, is rebuilt on a commonly available, flexible control platform.
Invensys Eurotherm (Booth 2112): Wireless technology for monitoring and operating machinery from remote locations via iPhone, iPad or personal computer. Maco Compact controller for the Van Dorn HT line. Maco Compact control sytem running on an Echo insert molding machine from Illinois Precision Corp. Improvements and updates to controllers for blow molding and extrusion — the Breeze llc for blow molding parison control and the EM-3 temperature and pressure control system for extruders. The iPact melt-pressure control system with Intellimold for injection molding. The latest version of the Eurotherm nanodac recorder/ controller/programmer for data collection.
Kistler Instrument Corp. (Booth 4083): Recent product enhancements to the CoMo injection process monitoring and control system and the CoMo Data Center.
Priamus System Technologies LLC (Booth 2483): BlueLine central control unit. Fillcontrol software for monitoring fill time, shear stress and viscosity of the melt in the cavity, and compression and shrinkage of the part.
Siemens Industry Inc. (Booth 4881): Industrial Ethernet connectivity. Automated solutions for extrusion. Energy-saving servo pumps for hydraulic applications. Modular solutions for plastics machines.
Syscon-PlantStar (Booth 4143): Real-time production and process-monitoring systems, including an expanded “overall equipment effectiveness” (OEE) dashboard that puts complex production problems into simple, intuitive presentations. A process journal so users can enter notes for cause-and-effect documentation such as downtime, scrap and machine maintenance. A new kanban scheduling module. Remote hosting services for manufacturing managers.