We sat down and discussed coating/laminating with Giancarlo Caimmi from Nordmeccanica Group and Rick Keller from David Standard.
Keller: Our Industry 4.0 initiative is focused on reducing waste and increasing uptime through advanced monitoring of the coating/laminating process. Although our Industry 4.0 initiative is still in development, the focus is to alarm and predict negative impact events before they cause waste, thereby reducing production waste. This is part of the effort to improve first-pass yields through use of next level automation and controls. These controls are compatible with our new DS Activ-Check system, a continuous monitoring platform for extruding used for predictive and preventative maintenance. DS Activ-Check does require additional sensors on extruder components such as the gearbox and motor. However, sensor technology is providing opportunities as it is becoming less costly to add while enhancing the monitoring of machines. Monitoring and correction at these critical points will increase operational efficiency while decreasing costs.