Beyond Industry 4.0
Vetaphone, the Danish manufacturer and pioneer of Corona surface treatment will be displaying a diverse range of surface treatment technology for the plastics industry at K 2019 in Düsseldorf. Four standard Corona units from its extensive portfolio will be on static display: the VE2-B model is for extrusion and converting applications, capable of double-sided treatment. The VE1-D and VE1-E models are also for extrusion and converting applications, but capable of distributing a higher power charge or running at higher speeds than the B model. The last unit on display is the VE1-L; a compact model designed for lamination environments where space is at a premium. All four Corona units are equipped with Vetaphone’s state-of-the-art iCC7 control panel. The front page of the display is kept simple, with optional in-depth sophistication that allows the operative to explore more detailed information as required. This makes control of the surface treatment system an intuitive task. The panel logs function and maintenance via a download tool and USB port and has remote access for performance and fault analysis. Thus, feedback from operators is collated and utilised. By using a proprietary hardware interface, all Vetaphone Corona systems can be controlled centrally from the main machine HMI, allowing one operator to manage several lines at the same time. Numerous iCC7 units already working in the market.
Vetaphone A/S, DK-6000 Kolding www.vetaphone.com, Hall 10, Booth A59
The performance barometer for the plastics and plastics converting industry
In the run-up to K 2019, the European plastics industry faces challenges on several fronts. Overall, the economy is just bumping along; the prolonged exit of the UK from the European Union is creating disquiet; major traditional export markets are wobbling, and hardening attitudes of consumers towards plastics packaging is leading to hasty – some say ill-judged – moves among lawmakers setting out a path to the Circular Economy. The growing importance of chemical recycling was also reflected in the creation this January of a new association, Chemical Recycling Europe (CRE), to promote and implement new and innovative solutions. «The fast development of chemical recycling technologies that can provide a solution to recycle hard-to-recycle plastic waste is outpacing the regulation and policy around it,» CRE claims. Europe is proving to be an important centre for the production of bioplastics. Latest market data compiled by European Bioplastics (in cooperation with the Nova-Institute) shows around 20% of global bioplastics production capacity, which hit 2.11 million tonnes in 2018, is located in Europe. That figure should grow to 27% by 2023, supported by recently adopted policies in several European Member States, notably Italy and France.
Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, D-40474 Düsseldorf www.messe-duesseldorf.de, www.k-online.de