There are good reasons not to miss the K show
Every three years, you have an opportunity to attend the K show in Germany, but most of the people reading this column don’t take it. That is a shame, because it is an opportunity to see more equipment in operation, talk to more experts and see the very latest plastics processing equipment.
You can find plenty of reasons to skip the K show again this year: It’s too far, too expensive, too crowded and too difficult to get around and be understood in Düsseldorf.
While hotel and Airbnb accommodations fill up before the show, in January, you can still get good flights and good accommodations. Now is a good time to begin making plans — and there are many reasons to do so.
Before you write off going to the show, I would recommend doing a couple of things:
• Browse the K show website at www.k-online.com. It is loaded with information about what you can expect to see, as well as useful travel information.
• Talk to someone who has been to a previous show. I expect you will find an enthusiastic supporter of the show.
• Think about the processing equipment and auxiliary equipment you may need to purchase in the next two years and recognize that this is a great opportunity to compare brands and learn about the brands you are not familiar with.
You can expect to see more than 3,200 exhibitors at K2019, which runs from Oct. 16-23.
Three years ago, there were 232,053 visitors during the eight days of the show and 12 percent of them came from the U.S. According to data from the organizer, 97 percent of visitors said they were satisfied with the show and 98 percent said that the K show has the world’s highest density of innovation.
I recall hearing a U.S. plant manager once describe how he went to a K show to decide on a new materials handling system for his plant. Everything was there, and he could check it out up close, he said.
Another injection molder told me he found an Asian machinery maker he had never heard of and liked the looks and price of its presses. He eventually bought several.
Just about everyone who has attended has a favorite after-hours story about their trip — the people they met, unique food and beer or the fun of walking around in downtown Düsseldorf.
There is an entire section on the K show website devoted to information for visitors. You can find travel and housing information, show registration information and tips on how to prepare so you can get the most out of your visit.
Messe Düsseldorf, organizer of the K show, makes it very easy for foreign visitors to attend.
Don’t miss this opportunity. You will have to wait three years for the next one.
In this month’s issue we launch a new feature called “Problem Solved.” The purpose is to show how a processor is using technology to solve a manufacturing problem. Each month, Plastics Machinery Magazine covers innovations in machinery and equipment, but being able to show exactly how these technologies are being implemented by processors makes it tangible and relatable.
In our Automation Special Report last November you read about Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) and its MiR500 automated autonomous mobile robot (AMR). This line of robots is designed to automate the transportation of pallets and heavy loads; the number that follows the MiR indicates payload capacity in kilograms.
Now, you can read about how one of MiR’s AMR's is being used by a processor. We feature Metro Plastics, a custom injection molder in Noblesville, Ind. Officials there decided that forklifts were inefficient and posed safety hazards for workers. They invested in an MiR200, which autonomously transports up to 440 pounds. Metro Plastics is using it to transport finished goods from press operators to quality-control inspectors in the warehouse.
If you have a story to share of implementing an innovation in your factory, email us at email@example.com
Ron Shinn, editor