What's ahead for the Global Plastics Treaty?
PMM Insight: A Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing Podcast
by Endeavor Business Media
2d ago
The recently concluded fourth round of UN talks on a global plastics treaty made some progress in narrowing down the issues still facing delegates, according to Stewart Harris, senior director for global plastics policy in the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council. But there is still crucial work to be done before the fifth and final meeting in November. Hear Stewart's analysis and predictions on what an eventual treaty might mean to the plastics industry, in this conversation with Editor Ron Shinn ..read more
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Get smarter, or get left behind
PMM Insight: A Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing Podcast
by Endeavor Business Media
1w ago
Processors who reject smart manufacturing technologies are putting their future at risk, says industry expert Alaa Elwany of Texas A&M. The government is mulling ways to help manufacturers unlock Industry 4.0 innovations, while surveys indicate growing interest among manufacturers.  Senior reporter Bruce Geiselman looks at the state of smart manufacturing in the plastics industry in this episode of PMM Insight. Read more:  Start small, think big with Industry 4.0 More auxiliary equipment is getting a smart upgrade ..read more
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Industry 4.0: Start small, but think big
PMM Insight: A Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing Podcast
by Endeavor Business Media
2w ago
Manufacturing technologies are evolving quickly, and those who don’t implement Industry 4.0 risk being left behind. Start small, but in a way that allows your company to scale up, says Editor Ron Shinn ..read more
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How Industry 4.0 will improve manufacturing: Mo Abuali, Wipfli
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
1M ago
A survey of more than 300 manufacturers found that 99 percent say they plan to increase spending in technology and Industry 4.0 in 2024. At the same time, the cost of sensors, hardware and computing services are coming down. In this episode of PMM Insight, Mo Abuali, digital director for manufacturing, retail and distribution at Wipfli LLP, told Editor Ron Shinn that these two trends have the potential to significantly improve manufacturing.   ..read more
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10 innovations to check out at NPE: PMM Insight
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
1M ago
PMM Editor Ron Shinn has been to every NPE since 1991. In this episode of PMM Insight, he chooses 10 of the 111 Product Innovations featured in our April show preview issue that he's most excited to see.  ..read more
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Why you need to go to NPE2024: Commentary
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
1M ago
Editor Ron Shinn, a veteran of dozens of plastics trade shows, looks forward to NPE2024 in May. It's been six years since the last one, and at the rate technology is advancing, there'll be many revelations to enjoy on the show floor.  ..read more
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Smart technology for auxiliary equipment
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
2M ago
Auxiliary plastics processing equipment such as blenders, dryers and feeders can now collect and analyze data, make production adjustments on the fly, predict maintenance and more. These intelligent upgrades also help processors manage the lack of skilled labor in their plants. Senior reporter Bruce Geiselman spoke with representatives of several major equipment manufacturers to find out how smart technology can help you ..read more
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Competing interests threaten Global Plastics Treaty: Commentary
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
2M ago
The need to address the plastics pollution problem is universally acknowledged, but progress has been slow and parties are often working at cross-purposes. PMM Editor Ron Shinn gives his perspective on the struggle to find common ground for the sake of the earth ..read more
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How private equity is changing the plastics industry, with John Hart, PMCF: PMM In Person
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
2M ago
Private equity investors are having an impact on the plastics industry. The results are bigger, more sophisticated plastics companies with deeper pockets that are willing to invest in technology to accelerate growth. John Hart, managing director of P&M Corporate Finance, speaks with PMM Editor Ron Shinn about the trend ..read more
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Hiring slows, but labor shortage in plastics persists: PMM Perspective
PMM Insight
by Endeavor Business Media
2M ago
Inflation, high interest rates and supply chain disruptions have created uncertainty throughout the economy, but whatever the short-term outlook, one constant is clear: Finding workers will remain a challenge. Senior reporter Karen Hanna looks at the employment outlook for the plastics industry in this episode of PMM Perspective ..read more
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