The VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association and its member firms have set themselves the target of bringing Industry 4.0 to life with specific practical examples at K 2016. They want to make the sector aware of which Industry 4.0 technologies are already successfully being used in plastics and rubber machinery manufacturing today and highlight the advantages for their customers.With a series of magazine programmes entitled “K 2016: Der Kountdown läuft!” [“K 2016: the Kountdown has begun”] they will in the months between now and the start of the fair be previewing what they will show at K 2016.
The company makes injection moulding machines, robotic systems and an additive manufacturing system. It works with its customers to develop complex turnkey solutions. The objective is to constantly increase customers’ production efficiency. One way of doing this is with Industry 4.0 modules. For a long time now, this has extended beyond simple injection moulding alone to include up- and downstream processes, providing flexible adaptability to the required product.
A manufacturer of extruders and extrusion systems, Reifenhäuser combines traditional machinery manufacturing with cutting-edge Industry 4.0 solutions. Its focus on intelligent networking and digitisation of production processes is an integral part of its corporate strategy, guided as always by the benefits to the customer.
For the manufacturer of injection moulding plants, and reaction process and extrusion technology systems, the benefits of Industry 4.0 for the plastics processor are clear-cut. With its KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal brands, the KraussMaffei Group offers networking solutions under the name Plastics 4.0. Among other things, these solutions help to cut production costs and ensure a high level of quality in the production process.
With its inject 4.0 program, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and systems expert is developing intelligent solutions for the networking of production systems, systematic exploitation of machine data and use of decentralised, intelligent assistance systems. True to the spirit of Industry 4.0, the guiding principle is the smart factory, the aim being to use networked, self-optimising manufacturing processes to create additional added value for the customer.
Plastics recycling must be based on a viable business model. The same criteria apply as for virgin material: efficiency in pellet manufacturing, costs and quality. With its CAREFORMANCE package, EREMA, a manufacturer of plastics recycling systems and pelletising plants, ushers its customers into a new age of recycling.
Specialising in machinery and systems for the manufacturing and converting of flexible packaging materials, the firm exploits the potential of digitisation for process optimisation under the corporate banner of Packaging 4.0. In short, Packaging 4.0 means intelligent machines, integrated processes and intuitive handling.
The injection moulding machine manufacturer focuses on electric machine technology and high-speed applications. At K 2016 the firm will showcase networking solutions for all aspects of injection moulding machines under the banner Electrified 4.0. Of particular interest to the customer is that Sumitomo (SHI) Demag does not only equip new machines with Industry 4.0 solutions, but also offers retrofitted solutions for plant that is already in operation. This ensures production efficiency throughout the life of the machine.
The firm supplies processing technology and bulk materials handling systems. Its compounding systems, dosing systems and bulk materials plants cover the entire process chain.
“We have a background in conventional machinery manufacturing. Our know-how in production engineering and process engineering continues to provide the necessary basis for the development of robust and reliable technology. But we only gain the best advantage by networking the individual components in plant manufacturing. We use intelligent control technology to analyse the individual process data so that the manufacturing process can be continually optimised. In this way, we create added value for our customers,” Peter von Hoffmann, Head of Business Unit Engineering Plastics & Special Applications says.
As a manufacturer of injection moulding machines, automation systems, robots and auxiliary equipment, the company aims to meet all the needs of injection moulding operations. Wittmann 4.0 provides optimum alignment of the injection moulding machine control systems and production cell equipment, which run on the Windows (Trademark) platform, integrating them into the Industry 4.0 world as a package and making for greater efficiency, secure communication and lower costs.
For the latest film in the series on Industry 4.0 at K 2016, Plas.TV visited Kurtz GmbH in Kreuzwertheim.
Industry 4.0 is important for Kurtz, too, if it wants to remain competitive on world markets in the future. “Our customers want production processes that are optimally tailored to their individual requirements. This means customer-specific machines and includes production networking, even between different sites. In addition, Industry 4.0 will also change our own business models and how production is organised within our firm,” Managing Director Uwe Rothaug is convinced.
For the latest instalment Plas.TV’s Guido Marschall paid a visit to Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Karlsbad.
The focus was on explaining in simple terms how ultrasonic generators can be integrated into digital networks.
The firm will wait for K 2016 to unveil the new ultrasonic generator and to demonstrate the kind of contribution it can make in the context of Industry 4.0; however, the film provides a taster of what is to come...