Plastics Technology

JUL 2018

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MachineSense & Siemens Partner on Power Quality At NPE2018 in May, Baltimore-based MachineSense LLC ( demonstrated its Power Analyzer product on the Siemens' MindSphere IoT platform. The companies say MachineSense Power Analyzer is the first vertically integrated IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) solution in Siemens' MindSphere Platform that offers power-quality monitoring, energy management, predictive and preventive mainte- nance, and machine utilization as a MindSphere Application. MachineSense announced at the show that it has joined the global MindSphere Partner Program as a Silver partner, which will provide MachineSense's technical staff access to Siemens' MindSphere curriculum and to other MindSphere ecosystem partners. These partners can comple- ment the capabilities of MachineSense and Siemens, based inAlpharetta, Ga. ( MachineSense's Power Analyzer series is designed to help diagnose everyday electrical issues and pres- ent them in a way that can be easily understood by plant maintenance and management alike, regardless of experience of electrical components and related issues. "The technology is one of the most comprehensive series of vertical IIoT products for power quality, predictive and preventive maintenance, energy monitoring, and machine utilization available for factories and commer- cial buildings," says MachineSense co-founder Conrad Bessemer. MindSphere is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling businesses to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things with advanced analytics. MindSphere Applica- tion Centers have been designed to develop new business models, digital solutions and services, and industrial applications in focused verticals using MindSphere. Processing Technologies International LLC (PTi) has opened a Technology Develop- ment Center (TDC) at its Aurora, Ill., headquarters, a demonstration center for product development and process trials using production-scale sheet lines. The TDC show- cases the company's most innovative sheet extrusion lines and helps processors with product development. The 15,000 ft² TDC houses two demonstration sheet extrusion systems, includ- ing PTi's High-Vacuum Twin-Screw Extruder sheet extrusion system, featuring Luigi Bandera's patented dryerless technology that allows PET to be processed without drying and crystallizing. The second line features PTi's Super-G HighSpeed Extruder, which deliv- ers improved melt quality as a result of Super-G Lobe screw technol- ogy and can be integrated with all of PTi's advanced G-Series Configurable roll-stand configurations. The TDC lines offer outputs ranging from 2300 lb/hr for the HVTSE dryer-less system to 3000 lb/ hr for the Super-G HighSpeed, so trials and training can be conducted at typical produc- tion rates. Blending, silicone coating, and multiple-up winding can be incorporated. The new facility is part of PTi's recent $10 million plant expansion in Aurora in response to growing demand for sheet extrusion equipment. The company increased overall plant capacity by 50% and added 40,000 ft 2 of primary manufacturing and office space and up to 40 new jobs. 630-585-5800 • PolyOne Acquires PlastiComp It was just two years ago that PolyOne Corp., Avon Lake, Ohio (, made two acquisitions that positioned it for "next-generation" composites development in the thermoplastic and thermoset arenas. The company now has strengthened its position with the acquisition of PlastiComp, an advanced engineered materials innovator and producer of specialty composites. Since its foundation in 2003 by industry veteran and composite pioneer Stephen Bowen, the Winona, Minn.-based specialty compounder ( has steadily grown through its ability to replace metal and lightweight products with unique and complex long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composite formulations. Such formulations are based on fiberglass, carbon fiber and hybrids of the two. Inherent benefits of LFT- based materials include high strength and stiffness, design freedom, fatigue endur- ance, corrosion and wear resistance, EMI shielding, and recyclability. PlastiComp's 50 employees and its design and production facility in Winona join PolyOne as part of the Specialty Engineered Materials segment. Through its Complet product line and design capabilities, PlastiComp serves global customers in a wide range of demanding applications, including medical devices, robots and drones, marine, and outdoor high-performance equipment. PTi Opens Technology Development Center 10 JULY 2018 Plastics Technology T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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