Wittmann Battenfeld UK’s two ‘Industry 4.0 Unravelled’ days at Wellingborough HQ are filling up fast.
Seminar and equipment demonstration sessions have been arranged for plastics processors on April 24 and April 25. All places are free – on a first come first served basis – and are in demand, according to WIBA UK Managing Director Barry Hill.
The day sessions will offer ample scope for hands-on work with a ‘live’ injection moulding production cell – complete with automation, materials handling, drying, temperature control and process control.
Wikipedia notes that ‘Industry 4.0 is a collective term for technologies and concepts of value chain organization… it facilitates the vision of the Smart Factory. Within the modular structured Smart Factories of Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions.’
Barry Hill says that ‘this all sounds rather futuristic – but the reality is that the future is arriving sooner than we think.’
Another way of expressing the Industry 4.0 idea is that it stands for the synthesis and networking of all relevant technologies in an Internet of objects, services and data. Says Hill, ‘this means integrating, directing and improving manufacturing systems in order to be able to offer quick, flexible responses to customer demands – including cost-efficient production of small batches.’
Hill adds that ‘the Wittmann Group is uniquely placed to full develop these ideas since we design and supply all the necessary needed; injection moulding machines; automation; materials handling, temperature control, granulation, and many other related products.
The Wittmann 4.0 ‘plug and produce’ concept also gives moulders an opportunity to keep all plastics processing equipment under one roof, getting efficiencies from the same central control panel and the same Internet router.
The April dates will see expert speakers from Austria, Italy and the UK explain how Industry 4.0 principles work in plastics processing and how they also related to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) as well as issues of data control and customer marketing and interface.
For ease of booking and scheduling the daily sessions are identical – on Tuesday April 24 and Wednesday April 25. For further details contact Barry Hill at Wittmann Battenfeld UK: