April 6, 2022
MD&M 2022 – We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!
Yes, MD&M is next week already, and we can’t wait to see you all again. It is an excellent event for networking, seeing old friends and colleagues, and keeping up with the latest technologies. You will see many live equipment demonstrations. You can meet thousands of suppliers and developers showcasing the latest and most innovative solutions for every product and process development stage.
Here are a few highlights of the show that we believe are noteworthy.
Fun and Interesting
Battle of the Brick Bots – On April 14th from 11:00am – 2:00 pm in Design Alley, booth 3301. Click the link to participate.
Virtual Reality Factory – Kruse Technologies recently launched the first Virtual Reality Factory training at PTXPO 2022 Plastics Technology Expo, and it was a fantastic success. Turner Group will have VR Goggles available to experience firsthand the visual world of training, the first of its kind in our industry.
IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) has now picked up exponential speed and we are standing in the middle of a whirlwind of conversation and information. To understand how to integrate this into your process, here are a couple of booths worthy of a visit.
Arburg, Booth 3945, Digitalization – At Plastec West, an electric ALLROUNDER 470 A, integrated into a fully automated production cell, produces a foldable drinking cup. LSR is used for this because a high level of stability characterizes the material, and the cup can therefore be folded. The cup weighs 84 g, and the cycle time is 45 s. For processing LSR, the machine is equipped as standard with the aXw Control ScrewPilot for high-precision injection and the aXw Control PressurePilot. This bionically optimized pressure regulation enlarges the process window for a robust and reproducible injection molding process. With ALS, production data can be recorded and analyzed in real-time, significantly increasing the efficiency and transparency of production. You will also have the chance to learn more about arburXworld, the free customer portal that brings Arburg to you virtually.
Conair Booth #4024 SmartServices – Conair’s unique cloud-based platform allows you to connect all your plastics processing equipment to a single web-based dashboard, analyzing equipment data into usable, actionable information for your whole team.
Sepro, Booth 4120 – Sepro continues to inspire the industry with automation solutions that are relevant and useful today. With over 47 years of experience and 40,000 machines equipped with Sepro robots, their open integration platform continues to be one of the best in the industry.
AK, Graham, Booth 2039 – Focusing on medical tubing, balloon catheters, and healthcare applications, our medical extrusion systems combine our proven machinery and controls with downstream equipment. Graham Engineering Corporation is adept at translating your needs for production volume, speed, and materials into the perfect extrusion system for your brand. Learn more about how we match them to the ideal combination of our proven equipment, including American Kuhne®.
Conair, Booth #4024 – With our medical customers in mind, the MedLine range of plastics-processing auxiliaries is specially designed, calibrated, and documented for medical applications, where cleanliness, precision, process validation, and easy implementation are critical. Stop by to see how we can help you.
The expansion of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing can be seen in the Additive Manufacturing area of the show floor.
Arburg Freeformer, Booth #3708– ARBURG’s APF (Arburg Plastic Freeforming) additive technology takes the open material printing platform to a new level by utilizing thermoplastic pellets to print single or multi-material components. Companies can print parts for prototyping to production applications in the thermoplastic materials of their choice.