Oden Technologies, the intelligent industrial automation provider, has partnered with WorldWide Polymer Compounding (WWPC), the specialist in process development and troubleshooting for the compounding industry to offer Oden’s products to polymer and food compounding manufacturers in North America.
Today, companies operating polymer, food and chemical compounding facilities face a number of technical and operational challenges that have the potential to be resolved by Industry 4.0 solutions. Specifically, manufacturers are struggling with maintaining the highest throughput rate and product quality on a continuous basis as well as hiring operators and process engineers with the right skills to oversee their operations.
The Oden intelligent industrial automation platform provides continuous visibility into factory operations and processes, with customers seeing improvements such as a 20 percent increase in monthly output. This benefit is due to a combination of optimized production rates, increased yield and reduced downtime. Its AI-powered data analytics help manufacturers achieve as much as a 50 percent decrease in total scrap, resulting in millions of dollars in savings and additional revenue each year. Recently launched, Oden’s Golden Run recommendation engine is able to recommend the most efficient way to make any product.
“We are delighted to team up with WWPC to help compounding companies improve their operational efficiencies, improve quality and lower costs. Oden is the leading expert in providing solutions to the extrusion industry, which shares similar processing challenges with the compounding industry,” said Steve Braig, VP Business Development at Oden Technologies.
Established in 2018 and based in New Jersey, WWPC is led by Steve Jackson, an industry veteran who spent his 25+ year career working for Coperion, the market and technology leader for compounding and extrusion manufacturing. Steve has extensive experience in identifying and solving operational issues with twin screw compounders from lab scale to world scale polyolefin production. His background in both process engineering management and field service management is essential in providing a holistic approach to process development, troubleshooting and training.
“We are excited to be working with the Oden team to implement this new technology into the compounding area. The number one challenge we hear from our clients - and as documented in the industry press - is the need for more skilled technical support on the floor and in the workers’ hands. The ability of the Oden system to work with controls technology that is 30+ years old shows that they are targeting the entire market of 10,000+ compounding lines and not just looking to work on the 100-200 new lines sold every year,” said Steve Jackson.