Smart Factory Expo Success for PREVIEW

PREVIEW felt right at home exhibiting at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool on 15-16th November, the UK’s largest showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The event is at the forefront of displaying the many innovative and advanced technological products and services, from artificial intelligence to robotics, and PREVIEW was no exception. The project, a location based wireless technological solution to optimising the injection moulding process was a hit amongst the 4000+ visitors over the two-day event, with experts such as Dr. Abu Saifullah at the stand in the Innovation Alley. PREVIEW was on display hosted by UK-based consortium partners Smithers Rapra.

Attendees of the exhibition were able to have their questions and queries answered by the PREVIEW team in the Innovation Alley. The array of visitors from a number of different companies in the industry were impressed by the benefits of the wireless advanced predictive system which would help the efficiency, waste and energy consumption of injection machines.

The Innovation Alley is a densely packed networking space, where companies and entrepreneurs alike showcase their innovations to the large audience – the perfect setting for PREVIEW.

The Smart Factory Expo event is the final exhibition for PREVIEW, having already attended other advanced technical and engineering events such as Interplas, Advanced Engineering and Equiplast. The concluding event for the project is the PREVIEW workshop, a one-day event held on 23rd November 2017 at consortium partner Promolding’s facilities in The Hague, The Netherlands, where attendees will experience first-hand the benefits of PREVIEW through a series of presentations, demonstrations and feedback activities.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend this event and would like to find out more about PREVIEW, you can find information on the system in our ‘Knowledge Base’ section. Alternatively, feel free to contact us! Use the form in ‘Contact Us’ and one of our experts will answer your questions or queries.

PREVIEW Shines at Advanced Engineering

Recognised as one of the leading and highly influential manufacturing events of the year, Advanced Engineering constitutes the perfect platform for the promotion, showcasing and introduction of novel technologies in the fields of materials, processing and smart manufacturing. This year’s event put together over 200 conference sessions, 6 forums and over a thousand products on display for the estimated 13,000 participants. Among these, PREVIEW, represented by Smithers Rapra, made an outstanding appearance on stand J14, with interactive activities to show the principle of cavity-signals monitoring, as well as a tailored version of PREVIEW’s location-based content delivery application, customised by Eurecat, to enable the attendees to interact via a tablet with the APS and DAS features that are available for potential injection moulders during real-time production. One of the most attractive attributes of such a demonstrator was the ability of the participants to view their position within the Advanced Engineering floorplan, and of receiving real-time notifications that were triggered by strategically located Bluetooth beacons within the stand.

The PREVIEW system was well received at Advanced Engineering in the NEC, Birmingham

A vast majority of the queries from the stand attendees were seen to relate to:
• The nature of the data acquisition system that was being used
• The compatibility of sensors with injection moulding equipment

On the 2nd day of the event, the PREVIEW project featured a presentation by Andrea Sanchez Valencia at the Connected Manufacturing Forum, entitled “PREVIEW: Innovating injection moulding monitoring through cyber physical systems.” The talk was well received by the audience, and it captured the structure of the PREVIEW system by exposing the details of each one of its constitutive subcomponents: i.e. data acquisition system, wireless network, advanced predictive system and location-based content delivery module. The presentation concluded with novel data collected during the demonstration trials at the different end-partners, -MPT, PROMOLDING, PROFORM and Smithers Rapra- throughout the summer of 2017.

Attendees were able to see for themselves how the PREVIEW system could benefit them by trying out the PREVIEW Pressure Pump demonstration

This event forms part of an active campaign of introducing the world to the benefits of in-cavity signals monitoring during injection moulding brought by PREVIEW, which started with an attendance to Interplas, and is expected to conclude with a final participation at the SmartFactory Expo on the 15th-16th November at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, along with a practical workshop organised by the PREVIEW consortium at PROMOLDING’s factory in The Hague on the 23rd November.

Eurecat and Plastia Take PREVIEW to Barcelona

With 35,000 visitors attending, the Equiplast Fair in Barcelona was the perfect venue to showcase the PREVIEW system. Project partners Eurecat Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya and Plastia came together on 2-6 November at the Gran Via Centre, to display the innovative wireless technological solution for injection moulding optimisation and setup as part of a wider effort, the Barcelona Industry Week.

During the Equiplast Fair, PREVIEW secured interest from the thousands of attendees of the event and show promising results for potential clients of the project. A demonstration of PREVIEW was set up at the event, using the Location Based Content Delivery mobile app to display data just as the real-time system would do during operation.

Xavier Rubiralta Alcañiz, Director and Service Manager from Plastia reflects on the event’s significance for PREVIEW,

“At Equiplast we were able to implement a software within the Data Acquisition System (DAS) to simulate injection moulding runs, which allowed us to display real time some injection moulding curves (graphs) and thus showcase some of the functionalities/capabilities of the DAS and Advanced Predictive System (APS).”