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  • Smart factory: German manufacturers get behind 'smart' tech

    Issue: January 2017

    German manufacturers used the K show to vigorously promote Industry 4.0 as a way to improve productivity, process quality, data interchange and flexibility. A walk through the 19 halls of the sprawling triennial show indicated that there are almost as many approaches as there were companies exhibiting... [more]

  • Smart Factory: Securing data

    Issue: January 2017

    There is one very big caveat with Industry 4.0: data security. Hackers have gained access to the servers of major corporations, political parties and government offices, and even disrupted American presidential election campaigns. Why should customers, or even a company’s own directors, trust any... [more]

  • Smart Factory: U.S. companies get smart at K

    Issue: January 2017

    Several American companies presented smart factory innovations at the K show. Maguire Products Inc., Aston, Pa., showed a controller with beefed-up data-processing capabilities for its gravimetric blenders, “substantially enhancing communications with other devices in an Industry 4.0 setting and... [more]

  • Polytype machine rotates mold instead of tilting it

    Issue: January 2017

    At the K show, Polytype OMV, of OMV Machinery srl, Verona, Italy, showed its RM77 Revolver thermoforming machine in production for the first time. While still under construction, it had been introduced as a prototype concept at NPE2015. “During construction, we simplified the stacking system,”... [more]

  • Aggressive training plan, machine redeployment bring rewards for IAC Group

    Issue: January 2017

    The day starts at International Automotive Components’ Anniston, Ala., factory with a highly scripted, stand-up meeting in the Team Performance Center. Every key manager in the plant quickly goes through immediate concerns and how his or her department is doing on achieving long-term goals. Walls... [more]

  • Sidebar: Training investment pays off

    Issue: January 2017

    Many company executives say employees are their No. 1 asset and that training is a good investment.  But no plastics manufacturing company has ever launched a training program like the International Automotive Components’ North American Cockpit and Overhead Group, which aims to give job-related... [more]

  • Packaging applications advance hydraulic, hybrid presses

    Issue: January 2017

    Faster cycles, increased precision and greater energy efficiency were major themes for suppliers of multidrive injection molding machines at the K show. Molders have a greater choice of servo-hydraulic and hybrid styles due to new equipment lines, sizes and capabilities. Many of the machine developments... [more]

  • Hasco simplifies mold changes, centering, data collection

    Issue: January 2017

    Hasco Hasenclever GmbH + Co. KG, Lüdenscheid, Germany, introduced at the K show the Clever Mold System A8500, a quick-clamping mold-changing device for injection molding systems performing low-volume production. Other new innovations from the company include a flat guide jaw and mold-tracking device.... [more]

  • ATM supplies appliance giant with pressure formers

    Issue: January 2017

    What’s in the fridge? For a lot of GE Appliances refrigerators, it’s a liner made in an automated, four-station pressure forming machine from American Thermoforming Machinery Inc. (ATM), West Branch, Mich. ATM is supplying two machines to a GE Appliances plant in Alabama after providing the... [more]

  • Patent Report: Toggle lever boosts cycle times

    Issue: January 2017

    A patented design for the actuation of the toggle lever results in fast cycle times in the Elios 6500 and 7500 injection molding machines, which Netstal-Maschinen AG, Näfels, Switzerland, introduced at the K show. “Due to the clever combination of a dynamic electro drive and a powerful hydro-mechanic... [more]

Plastics Pulverizing Systems from Orenda Automation, Canada
Orenda Automation Technologies Inc. has been in the size-reduction business since 1996. It designs, engineers, manufactures and services pulverizing/micronizing systems. Orenda manufactures equipment using the latest technology so that it can deliver superior quality products to customers.