A panel discussion about collaborative robotics at Expoplast in Montréal last week took what I thought was an unexpected turn. An anecdote from panelist Yarek Niedbala from Kuka Robotics Canada set the tone.
Expoplast is part of a comprehensive advanced manufacturing trade show and conference that also brings together PackEx, Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Design & Manufacturing and Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) under one umbrella.
Improvements include a reduced overall footprint, faster clamp movement for better dry cycle times and lower energy consumption, and lower platen stress and increased mold force stability to reduce mold wear.
Dow has introduced the latest evolution of its RecycleReady Technology that helps enable the development of oxygen barrier packaging that can be recycled in areas where store drop-off programs exist, after being accepted by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition into the How2Recycle program.
"It is a cycle where the scientist discovers and the artist takes the discoveries to weave the fabric of his or her imagination," says David Feber, Vice President, Research, Development & Advanced Engineering, Amcor Rigid Plastics.
Smart materials, such as vitrimers and the 'Terminator' polymer, provide solutions to a range of complex problems, says Helen Lentzakis, PhD, Application Specialist at Canada’s largest producer of graphene.
The biennial event, which returns to Montréal on Nov. 30, features equipment, products and services geared to the needs of plastics processors along with an educational program covering industry’s hot topics.