With automation and computer-aided production as an industry standard, software and training companies are boosting their service capabilities on the shop floor, while introducing new products that take advantage of new technology.
“Cloud” computing, which houses data in off-site locations for access from anywhere, is getting tuned for specific plastics operations while makers of monitoring systems further fine-tune their products to help processors create ideal conditions in the machine.
A. Routsis Associates Inc. (Booth 472): Introduction of the RightStart on-site training implementation program will be backed up with free injection molding pocket guides given away in the booth.
Autodesk Inc. (Booth 49009): In the three years since Moldflow became a part of Autodesk, the company has continued to integrate the technology. A series of product updates and new products will be discussed during the show, including Inventor and Inventor Tooling, Moldflow Advisor and Moldflow Insight, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Factory Design Suite and Product Design Suite.
Compuplast International Inc. (Booth 43017): Introduction of version 6.6 of the Compuplast virtual extrusion laboratory suite for computer-assisted engineering.
HunterLab (Booth 37021): Improvements to the SpectraTrend HT 2.0 and ColorFlex EZ will be discussed, for color measurement instrumentation and software.
IQMS Inc. (Booth 5073): The RTStation is a touch- screen device that becomes an IQMS user interface at the shop floor. The RTStation uses Android technology to display machine-monitoring details such as part counts, cycle speeds and other machine processes in real time. MyIQMS, also set for introduction, is a new online portal for clients. Firm also introducing an automated kanban-based load leveling (Heijunka) module for the shop floor. The touch-screen-based system allows automated load leveling based on the Every Part Every Interval (EPEI) calculations for designated pacemaker processes within value streams.
IDES Inc. (Booth 34020): Improvements to the Prospector plastics database of technical information and datasheet from 850 global resin suppliers.
Intouch Monitoring Ltd. (Booth 54042): First showing in the U.S. of Intouch's energy-monitoring products.
Moldex3D North America Inc. (Booth 177): Introduction of eDesign Basic, a moldability verification tool for plastic part designers as well as eDesign, eDesign Professional and eDesign Advanced with various levels of add-on benefits for specific process simulation. Moldex3D will host workshops at its booth throughout NPE, with schedules to be announced later.
Siemens Industry Inc. (Booth 4881): New developments in industrial ethernet connectivity, using Siemens Sinamics drives to expand data connections, automated controls for extruders, allowing for control of all temperature zone inputs and HMI through one controller, a closed-loop pressure system for hydraulic fluid delivery and motion-control systems for a variety of equipment – such as blow molding, extrusion or injection molding machines.
Sigma Plastic Services Inc. (Booth 65027): Introduction of improvements in molding simulations with Sigmasoft, which can reduce the money and time spent on development of new parts. Sigma will discuss how process simulation can look at the entire process as well as material behaviors, reliably predict mold temperature and be operated by process engineers.
Solarsoft Business Systems (Booth 3563): Solarsoft officials will discuss the Mattec manufacturing execution systems for energy monitoring within an existing product line.
Syscon International Inc. (Syscon-PlantStar) (Booth 4143): Kanban scheduling module to help manufacturers use visual plant scheduling. Real-time OEE calculations and dashboards for overall equipment effectiveness with data-mining capabilities. The company also has modified its remote hosting of PlantStar systems using “cloud” computing technology and expanded process journals module used in FDA validation and tracking.