Adapting injection molding to the concept of Industry 4.0 is gaining momentum. At this show you’ll see that the interconnected, integrated “factory of the future” is almost here. Remote monitoring of machine status for predictive maintenance and other purposes is one element of the evolution toward Industry 4.0. (Photo: Boy Machines) Wittmann Battenfeld is giving top billing to its new B8 control for its entire machine line. It has a larger (21.5-in.) screen with multitouch (gesture) response and ability to display two pages of data side by side. Two companies—Netstal and Sumitomo Demag—will show the breakthrough” technology of injection-compression molding with a stack mold. Netstal’s demo (above) will include IML (below). Husky’s next-generation HyCAP 4 for high-output beverage closures reportedly uses up to 40% less energy without sacrificing output. The hybrid press has been redesigned with servo-hydraulics and regenerative electric clamp movements. Among numerous IML demonstrations at the show, Engel claims a first for this method of decorating long, thin-wall cartridges, to be molded in 16 cavities. Engel will demonstrate its latest advances in in-situ polymerizatio...