Plastics technology center AIMPLAS says that it is working on a project aimed at developing a ‘smart’ system for the plastics sector.
This would involve being able to access material performance all along the value chain, from the manufacture of raw materials, the synthesis and compounding processes, to extrusion, injection or composite manufacturing, the organization said.
Through the G4ND4LF project, funded by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), AIMPLAS plans to install a series of demonstrators based on Industry 4.0 in the different production lines at its pilot plants (composites, compounding, extrusion and injection). The data collected will be used to carry out further research and improve the design and development times of different materials and products. The data can also help predict the performance of new materials inside the machinery without the need for production trials, it says.
The aim is to provide companies in the sector with a demonstrator that enables them to identify the technologies that could be introduced in production processes at their own companies.
In the first year, the project will focus on automated, centralized collection of manufacturing data. The aim is to be able to apply the results obtained from these data.
This story uses material from AIMPLAS, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.