Plastics Technology

DEC 2018

Plastics Technology - Dedicated to improving Plastics Processing.

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why is this machine under-utilized? If others are over-capacity, can we cross-qualify? Or is that unit near the end of its useful life?" Lenhardt's ultimate goal is to automate data acquisition from his mold shop, transferring data from CNC mills, EDM machines, etc. to ALS. He says viewing which machines are running or in setup, as well as runtime data, would jump-start continuous improvement of machine utilization. Bentley at Plastikos notes the value of integrating different sources of process and production data. Her shop currently has plans to integrate multiple systems into one. The two firms have experience with one other aspect of Industry 4.0, which is often referred to as "smart services." Recalls Lenhardt, "Remote troubleshooting by Arburg was very useful in integration of the ALS system." Bentley notes that Plastikos has used Arburg's remote troubleshooting for help in robot programming and ALS questions. Get instant access to processing specs for thousands of injection molding plastics from more than 100 suppliers with the Mobile Specs for Injection Molding app. And it's FREE! CONVENIENT Search for supplier, product, family or grade QUICK Get instant results in the palm of your hand COMPLETE Access detailed processing notes from suppliers CURRENT Benefit from info that is constantly updated Download the Mobile Specs for Injection Molding app on your Android or IOS device today at MOBILE SPECS Giant screen on wall at Roechling Medical displays ALS overview of shop performance. "Paper forms are one of the more difficult things to maintain; but with electronic information, everything is updated automatically. It improves revision control, which is a large task with hard copy." 42 DECEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology Plastikos, Inc.; Roechling Medical Rochester On-Site

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