Expoplast is coming to Montréal, Quebec, on Nov. 14 and 15, 2018, and you might think the name says it all. The event is all about plastics—injection molding, extrusion, raw materials, integrated robotics and so forth—n’est-ce pas? Well, you’re half right. In fact, Expoplast is one 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.
Hundreds of suppliers will exhibit their latest and greatest technologies on the show floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Plastics processors, machine builders, mold and die makers, materials suppliers and 3D printing equipment and services providers will present their expertise within the Expoplast section of the show. Need some automation options to extract those parts from the mold? Then, head over to ATX. Similarly, if you’re in the market for innovative packaging that will put your plastic product in the best possible light, be sure to visit PACKEX. You get the idea.
An overarching theme of the event is smart manufacturing, aspects of which will be explored during panel discussions and presentations at Center Stage on the show floor.
The first panel will convene at 11 AM on Nov. 14 to discuss the evolution of collaborative robotics, including best practices in terms of worker interaction and safety. Peter Fitzgerald of Fanuc, Yarek Niedbala of Kuka Robotics and Marc Fallon of Advanced Motion will share their insights.
That session is followed at noon by a presentation on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the manufacturing space. Imed Othmani, PhD, of IBM Canada will explain how AI can reduce labor costs, shorten unexpected down time and increase productivity.
On the following day, Nov. 15, two panel discussions will debate trends in manufacturing and automation. At 1 PM, a panel of experts, including Ben Hope of Festo and Shalabh Bakshi of Siemens, will discuss the ramifications of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing today and tomorrow. That is followed at 3 PM with an overview of automation trends from Udayan Pandya of Siemens and Mikael Packalen from ABB.
All of the sessions will take place at Center Stage (booth 2517) and are free to event attendees.
But wait, there’s more! Center Stage will host several other presentations over the course of the two-day event. Topics include the following:
- Reducing the environmental impact of single-serve coffee pods. Marie-Anne Champoux-Gulmond of Keurig Canada will explain how her company will transition to recyclable pods by the end of this year, two years ahead of schedule.
- The advantages of adaptive gravimetric dosing control in plastics processing environments. Mat Najibnia, Vice President of Micro Interface Design, will present his company’s newest advances in remote monitoring and control of dosing operations and their integration with extrusion and injection molding machines.
- Pascal Hubert of McGill University will explore the application of composites in commercial aviation.
- The current and future impact of 3D printing will be debated by a panel composed of Vesna Cota of Tyco Electronics, Dara Shabnam of Star Rapid and Stephane Lobbe from Stratasys.