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.
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.
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.