The organisers of North America’s largest plastics industry exhibition are expecting a bumper event in Orlando in May NPE2018 takes place on May 7-11 in Orlando, Florida and will have the largest floor space of any NPE exhibition so far. The Plastics Industry Association, which organises the triennial event, said that 1.2 million square feet of exhibition floor space had been sold to 2,150 exhibitors by early April. This is 75,000 square feet more than NPE2015, which was the most successful of the NPE events.
Projected attendance for NPE2018 is 65,000 or more. Susan Krys, vice president of tradeshows and marketing at the Plastics Industry Association, said: “We predict that this pre-show momentum will continue, making NPE2018: The Plastics Show one of the largest industry gatherings ever.” There will be some themed exhibition zones. For injection moulders, the relevant ones are the Moldmaking Zone (featuring parts-mould designers, fabricators, manufacturers), the Medical Parts Processing Zone (including materials and processors) and the 3D/4D Printing Zone.
This year is an important one for Piovan in North America, as it will complete its new plant in Fredericksburg, VA. The Piovan Group of companies, including Piovan, Una-Dyn, Aquatech Fdm and Penta, will come together this year at NPE. On its stand, Piovan will show the new line of Quantum batch blenders, which are entirely made in the US. These blenders, for applications requiring a very high degree of accuracy, will be shown along with the Easylink automatic distribution solutions coupled with the Pureflo filterless receivers. Piovan’s complete line of granulators will also be on display, including the models with the U&G Disposable Knives system, which allows cost savings due to longer knife life with CPM10V tool steel.
Under the Una-Dyn brand, a wide array of drying systems fully equipped with loaders will be exhibited from Automate, the adaptive multiple hopper central drying system, to the energy efficient dryers of the Vantage series. A great deal of display will be given to Aquatech, which will show for the first time in the US Easycool+, its new line of air and water cooled chillers, along with Aryacool drycooler technology and DigitempEvo, a thermochiller unit for flexible heating or cooling. Another new introduction to the US market will be Nextherm, the latest development in mould temperature control, featuring he group’s patented Thermal Energy Balancing Technology. In the Industry 4.0 context, Piovan is launching FACS 4.0, its auxiliary equipment control and monitoring system, designed by Una-Dyn. Also on show is Winfactory 4.0, Piovan’s supervisory software for the Smart Factory, which is OPC-UA compliant.
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