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SEP 2018

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operators able to dial up a tool on a mobile device. In addition to storing documents, SmartMold can send alerts regarding operational issues or preventive maintenance. At its booth, Milacron displayed SmartMold technology in two cells—with an all-electric Roboshot 500 and new Quantum 260 servo-hydraulic toggle press. The device itself sits on the tool, while a separate screen at Milacron's booth showed all the 10 tools throughout the show utilizing the technology. The units can show OEE (overall equipment effectiveness), calculated in the cloud before being displayed on the web. SmartMold can also tie into the molding machine, connecting inside the PLC to hook up the whole cell. For this program, Milacron has partnered with Cloud-based service provider ei 3 Corp., which reportedly has 20,000 pieces of equipment in the field utilizing its technology. Priamus System Technologies ( upgraded its Quality Monitor, at the heart of which is the new embedded QDaq system. This allows process monitoring without an additional PC. The system, which has an OPC-UA interface, can transfer injection molding process data and parameters, including information culled from cavity-pressure and cavity-temperature sensors, as well as information gained from the process, locally within a plant or globally, to the Cloud or remote locations. The web-based software portion of the system can be viewed via any browser-supported display, and Priamus offers a specially developed 7-in. display with an LED signal—QScreen—as part of a complete package. At NPE, a Priamus representative pulled up The ongoing electrification and digitization of tools continued apace at NPE2018 this May in Orlando, as molds shift from one of the few mechanical holdouts in a cell to an active participant in Industry 4.0. In the past, shot counters or in-cavity temperature and pressure transducers conveyed some process and production information from a mold to the operator or perhaps the press itself, but this new class of monitors shares even more real-time production information in even more places, including up to the Cloud for advanced analysis. Milacron ( discussed its SmartMold tech- nology, which it says can serve up information on uptime, cycle count, temperatures, and more—locally or to the cloud, with By Tony Deligio Senior Editor Männer's new MoldMIND II module (inset) sits atop the tool communicating locally with the press and sending production data to the Cloud for remote access. At NPE2018, multiple companies displayed mold monitors that would allow the tool in an injection molding cell to "talk" to other equipment and remote computers. NPE2018 REPORT Tooling: Molds Join the Industry 4.0 Conversation 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology N P E R E P O R T Close -Up On Technolog y

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