From 3 to 6 November, Arburg will be in Batalha at Moldplas 2021, Portugal’s largest trade fair. At its stand 3B05 in Hall 10, the company will present innovative injection moulding technology, efficient automation, and a wide range of digital products and services. A fully automated and digitally networked Allrounder will produce ready-to-use mask boxes. Visitors will also be able to obtain detailed information and advice on the “arburgXworld” customer portal and the ARBURG host computer system (ALS).
“Taking the fully automated production of mask boxes as an example, we will be demonstrating a high-end solution for efficient injection moulding: digitally networked, fully automated, 100 per cent traceable and safely managed via our pioneering Gestica control system,” explains Martín Cayre, Managing Director of Arburg Portugal and Spain. “We built the production cell with local partners, thereby also demonstrating our expertise in local turnkey solutions.”
Fully automated production of mask boxes
Arburg produces and develops its injection moulding machines together with their control systems and automation at its company headquarters in Lossburg. As an exhibit for the fair, Arburg Spain has designed a turnkey system around an electric Allrounder 470 A with 1,000 kN clamping force and Gestica control system. Its numerous assistance functions offer a very high degree of convenience and extensive support during set-up and operation. Multilift and six-axis robotic systems can be fully integrated into the system, retaining the Gestica look and feel during operation. This increases the speed, efficiency, and reliability of the cycles.
The exhibit uses a 1+1-cavity family mould from Portuguese partner Gura to produce a PP box and clip for storing face masks in a cycle time of around 30 seconds. An integrated Multilift Select robotic system performs the handling tasks. It first removes the two moulded parts and feeds them to a station for plasma pre-treatment. The mask box is then pad-printed with the partner logos, the clip is mounted and then closed in the gripper, and the finished part is placed on a conveyor belt.
All new Allrounders from Arburg have an IIoT gateway as standard and so can be fully networked. At the exhibition stand, a terminal will demonstrate how production data can be recorded and analysed in real time and production efficiency and transparency significantly increased by connecting to an MES such as the ARBURG host computer system.
arburgXworld: News about customer portal and digitalisation
Arburg is an industry pioneer in the field of digitalisation. The “arburgXworld” program combines the entire range of digital products and services. The customer portal of the same name is rapidly developing globally into a central marketplace for plastics processors. Numerous features offering real added value will be on show at Moldplas 2021. Visitors will learn how “arburgXworld” can help them digitalise their plastic parts production and make it more efficient. Two of the key features are an overview of the machine fleet (“MachineCenter”) and online spare parts ordering (“Shop”). Arburg is continually updating its customer portal with new digital services that make everyday injection moulding easier. This includes the “AnalyticsCenter” app for documenting mould sampling, tests, and injection moulding processes.
German family-owned company Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plastic processing machines. Its product portfolio encompasses Allrounder injection moulding machines with clamping forces of between 125 and 6,500 kN, the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing and robotic systems, customer and industry-specific turnkey solutions and further peripheral equipment.
An international sales and service network ensures first-class customer support at a local level: Arburg has its own organisations at 35 locations in 26 different countries and, together with its trading partners, is represented in more than 100 countries. Its machines are produced exclusively at the company’s German headquarters in Lossburg. Of a total of roughly 3,200 employees, around 2,650 work in Germany. About 550 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world. Arburg has triple certification, in accordance with ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 50001 (energy).
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com