Industry 4.0: Plotting the next manufacturing revolution

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 11th, 2015

Pop quiz: What does Industry 4.0 mean? If you're stumped or have a vague sense of what it entails but can't quite articulate a working definition, don't feel bad. In a survey of entrepreneurs in Germany, the cradle of Industry 4.0, fewer than one in five were able to offer a coherent definition. The concept is worth getting to know, however, as it has the potential to radically reshape manufacturing.

Machine Solutions adds to catheter manufacturing portfolio with PlasticWeld acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 3rd, 2015

A supplier of advanced equipment and services to the medical technology industry and an innovator in automating catheter and stent manufacturing, Machine Solutions Inc. (MSI; Flagstaff, AZ) announced that it has acquired PlasticWeld Systems. Headquartered in Newfane, NY, PlasticWeld Systems manufactures turnkey production equipment for catheter tipping, eye forming and drilling, soft tip bonding, tube cutting and related systems used in the production of disposable devices.

Adidas unveils the ultimate 3D-printed personalized shoe design

By Karen Laird
Published: October 25th, 2015

If the German sporting goods giant adidas (Herzogenaurach, Germany) has anything to say about it—which, of course, it does—3D printing will dominate the future of performance footwear. And with Futurecraft 3D, a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole which can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot, adidas is making the future happen today. This is all with the help of an open source partnership with Materialise, the Belgian additive manufacturing experts.

Plastikos expands automation capabilities, eyes further growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 21st, 2015

Customer demand to further diversify into new materials, technology, and manufacturing capability has provided the opportunity for Micro Mold and Plastikos Inc., Erie, PA-based mold manufacturer and custom injection molding company, to invest $500,000 towards expanding automation capabilities.

Engel at the top of its game with record sales and intelligent innovations

By Karen Laird
Published: October 19th, 2015

While Engel Holding GmbH (Schwertberg, Austria) achieved record sales of over one billion euros in the fiscal year 2014-2015, both turnover and order intake in the first half of the current fiscal were once again even higher than last year’s financial results for the first six months.

KraussMaffei sees Industry 4.0 as opportunity for plastics processors

By Karen Laird
Published: October 19th, 2015

In line with the general theme of this year’s Fakuma trade show, the KraussMaffei Group promoted its range of intelligent solutions under the umbrella term “Plastics 4.0” at the Fakuma trade show in Friedrichshafen last week.

A confident Arburg focuses on Industry 4.0 at Fakuma trade show

By Karen Laird
Published: October 15th, 2015

As one of the first exhibitors and ‘virtual co-founder’ of the Fakuma trade show, Arburg (Lossburg, Germany) is once again presenting a host of numerous innovations and developments, said Managing Partner Michael Hehl at the Fakuma trade event, that underscored the company’s position as “trendsetter within the industry.”

“This is emphasized by our focus on Industry 4.0—powered by Arburg,” he continued. "At Arburg, Industry 4.0 extends above and beyond the injection molding sector.”

Sepro's partnerships with injection molding machine makers results in another banner year

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: October 15th, 2015

"I'm afraid I'm going to have to report another good year at Sepro," announced CEO Jean-Michel Renaudeau with faux chagrin at the start of the company's press conference at Fakuma yesterday.

Sumitomo Demag reports profitability to reach highest level ever this year

By Karen Laird
Published: October 14th, 2015

At Sumitomo Demag’s Fakuma breakfast press conference, the mood was upbeat. The German-Japanese injection molding machine manufacturer announced that this year, its 50th anniversary in injection molding, profitability would break all records to reach the highest level ever achieved.

Wittmann Battenfeld adds another 50,000 square feet in Torrington

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2015

There they grow again: On Oct. 5, Wittmann Battenfeld USA officially signed papers for the purchase of a building adjacent to its U.S. headquarters in Torrington, CT. Construction will begin immediately with a plan to move in by February 2016, said the company in a news release published today. This follows a 20,000-square-foot expansion that was completed just last year by the company, which has its global headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Wittmann Battenfeld USA President David Preusse cited five key reasons for the latest expansion:

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