- Plastic became an unavoidable part of our lives since the time it was introduced in the lives of the general public.
- 300 million tons of plastic are manufactured each year. It has gained its tremendous popularity in all industries because it is lightweight, durable and inexpensive.
- Hence there no end in sight to its popularity or use despite all its hazards to the environment.
- In recent times, Plastic manufacturing has been undergoing some breakthrough changes.
- Technologies such as 3D printing, IoT has been making
groundbreaking changes in the way plastic is manufactured.
3D printing for plastic manufacturing Industry.
3D printing is rapidly contributing to the demand for plastic materials as it uses in the process.
At the same time, 3D printing also provides cost-effective and faster manufacturing solutions.
3D printing used to create simulations which help in understanding the product better and improve before going to the floor to manufacture it.
3D printing also provides an alternative to conventional injection molds. Molds created using 3D printing are generally short term but as they can be made available quickly, they are proving more convenient as they are comparatively cheap to manufacture.
3D printing allows the plastic manufacturer to deliver custom made products quickly and efficiently. This has encouraged and empowered them to explore and target specific needs of the customers.
Another new trend is transforming how plastic manufacturing works is Industry 4.0.
plastic manufacturers are taking a keen interest in upgrading and merging their processes and manufacturing using different tools I4.0 has provided.
IoT, robots, and machine to machine interaction give them more control over how they manage their processes and production.
Robots can handle an array of different tasks efficiently. Unlike traditional quality control where a product was randomly selected to verify, now robots and machines can be used to check product quality.
Data analysis is used to control manufacturing, track the changing needs of
consumers and evolve as per the requirement.
This encourages innovation in customization of products for consumers and exponentially increase the revenue.
When it comes to plastics environment is always a major concern, and many manufacturers are taking interest in making environment-friendly products.
Bioplastic is gaining popularity as it is made from plant-based biodegradable materials.
Along with that thermo degradable plastic has also been gaining traction as it can be recycled.
Considering the fact that conventional plastic resins are harmful to our planet this is a much-needed change.