Plastics Industry 4.0

Potentials and Applications in Plastics Technology
ISBN: 9781569907962
Copyright: January 2021
Hardcover: 320 pages
$144.99 (US)

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Plastics Industry 4.0 (eBook)
Christian Hopmann
January 2021


- Introduction: Potentials, Benefits, and Challenges for Successful Implementation of Industry 4.0
- Data Acquisition and Process Monitoring as Enabler for Industry 4.0
- Cyber-Physical Systems
- Models and Artificial Intelligence
- Global Connectivity
- Digital Engineering
- Complex Value Chain
- Assistant Systems


“Plastics Industry 4.0” provides a sophisticated insight into the development of the plastics industry in terms of digitalization and Industry 4.0, i.e. the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The background to these increasingly important topics is discussed along with provision of the prerequisite knowledge regarding process complexity and modeling as well as data acquisition to build the foundation of data driven digital processes. Furthermore, the facets of so-called cyber-physical systems including their key components and interfaces are discussed and illustrated using industrial application as well as scientific use cases.

Aimed at decision makers in the plastics industry, engineers in industry, including those in R&D and process and product development, as well as researchers and students in universities, this book provides the inspiration to connect with Plastics Industry 4.0, and thereby stimulate innovation in companies, processes, products, and research.

Author Info:

Christian Hopmann

Since 2011, Prof. Christian Hopmann has been the Head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He studied Mechanical Engineering with a particular focus on Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen and received his doctoral degree, supervised by Prof. Walter Michaeli, in 2000. In 2005, he started his industrial career at RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke (today: RKW SE). From January 2010 until April 2011 he was Managing Director of RKW Sweden AB in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Mauritius Schmitz

Mauritius Schmitz is Scientific Director – Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 at the IKV. He is responsible for the research and development in the field of digitalization and Industry 4.0. He is also a Cluster Research Domain Coordinator in the research domain “Production Technology" of the Cluster of Excellence "“Internet of Production".