As the plastics industry grapples with a labor shortage and lack of skills, machine manufacturers are recruiting artificial intelligence (AI) and automation systems to keep production lines running. walk without wasting time. They might even work more efficiently.
At booth 3911, LS Mtron will demonstrate its AI Molding Assistant, which “learns” from skilled operators and applies that knowledge to set up molding processes that can then be overseen by less skilled employees.
Arburg will install a turnkey production cell in booth 3945 to mold collapsible cups from liquid silicone rubber. Automation plays a key role, limiting operator intervention throughout the process.
Advanced process monitoring systems are essential components for injection molders serving the medical device industry and other regulated industries. At booth 3097, Kistler will be showcasing the world’s first system that complies with FDA guidelines and European Union MDR regulatory requirements for applications in the medical technology industry.
Extrusion technology is also in the spotlight, when Conair and its partner companies Davis Standard and Zumbach Electronics showcase the production of a medical catheter as well as a polylactic acid filament for 3D printing at booth 4024.
Finally, Amada Weld Tech will be showcasing its all-new Networked Welding Monitor at booth 2923.
Want to know more about these products? Well, catch the show, of course, but in the meantime, scroll through this slideshow to dive deeper.
Plastec West and MD&M West are part of the Informa Markets – Engineering (IME) West event, which also includes WestPack, the ATX automation trade show and Design & Manufacturing (D&M). The show and conference takes place April 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.