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Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding

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Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding
Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding
Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding
Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding
Chemicals
Product Development
Discrete Manufacturing
In order to meet customer expectations by supplying a wide variety of packaging units, from 36 to 1000 spoons per package, a new production and packaging line needed to be built. DeSter wanted to achieve higher production capacity, lower cycle time and a high degree of operator friendliness with this new production line.
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DeSter is a world leader when it comes to plastic cups, mugs, plates, and cutlery with more than 1,000 employees around the world.
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A new plastic spoon line was built with the demands of the market in mind. The heart of the production line is a 400-ton injection molding machine with a 144 composite mold. For unloading the products from the mold, a 6-axis IRB 6600 robot is employed.
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Batch instructions, cycle time, packaging volume
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M2M
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Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
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Time-to-Market - Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
The stacking height of the spoon frames has been raised from 50 to 125 so that packages in multiples of 125 can now be supplied.
Relative to existing lines, production capacity has also been increased and the cycle-time reduced by 1 second, a 10.5% reduction.
Packaging volume was reduced to approximately 35%, reducing logistics costs.
Hardware
Products used by end users that contain IoT technologies. Examples include enabled equipment, wearables, hand-held scanners, and tracking devices.
Software
Horizontal applications are standardized (e.g., asset tracking). Vertical applications are tailored to specific needs (e.g., delivery fleet management).
Services
System integrators link IoT component subsystems, customize solutions, and ensure that IoT systems communicate with existing operational systems.
IoT data management consultancies help to make sense of big data, decide which data to maintain and for how long, and troubleshoot IT issues.
Connectivity as a service as provided by telecommunications companies, i.e. data transfer, radio waves.
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