Customers working in the packaging industry need high-quality automated injection moulding solutions. For the Italian automation specialist Campetella, Arburg is the first choice as a partner for innovative injection moulding technology. Accordingly, a special packaging version of two hybrid Hidrive Allrounders were demonstrated at Campetella Robotic Calling in October and November 2020 in Montecassiano, Italy, in a live presentation of production-efficient injection moulding of thin-wall items. About 400 trade visitors were very enthusiastic about these high-end applications.
“The highest priorities for fast, high-quality mass production in the packaging industry are precision and short cycle times”, says Marco Marconi, Sales Area Manager at Campetella. “That’s exactly what you can expect from the Packaging version of Arburg’s high-performance, hybrid Hidrive machine series.”
Four IML cups in only around 1.9 seconds
A Packaging version of a hybrid Allrounder 570 H with a clamping force of 1,800 kN and a size 800 injection unit demonstrates exactly how these short cycle times can be achieved. The exhibit produced thin-walled PP IML containers weighing four grams each. Equipped with a four-cavity mould from the French company Simon, the high-performance machine was able to reach cycle times of just 1.9 seconds – equating to an output of more than 7,500 IML cups per hour.
An X-Series Mini-Modula side-entry robot from Campetella was used for inserting the IML labels and removing the finished parts. This automation solution stands out for its extremely small footprint and light and stiff construction, ensuring high production efficiency. The stacked cups on the conveyor belt were placed in storage boxes by a cartesian robot from the latest generation of the X-Series CO1.
Thin-walled application for 200 ml containers
A hybrid Allrounder 630 H in packaging version produced thin-walled PP IML containers with a wall thickness of 0.4 millimetres. Featuring a clamp design and Gestica control system, this machine has a clamping force of 2,300 kN, a size 2100 injection unit and the optional “thin-walled parts” package. In each cycle of 3.0 seconds, the exhibit produced four IML cups that each have a 200 milliltres capacity and weigh 7.55 grams. The four-cavity mould is supplied by Greek company Bazigos.
An automation system from Campetella handled the insertion of IML labels into the mould as well as stacking the finished IML cups onto a conveyor belt. In order to ensure the high quality requirements of IML products, a fully integrated camera system from Mevisco Vision was used. The Spin 3 X-Series Scara robot packed the stacked products into boxes.
For both applications, the boxes were transported to the warehouse by autonomous mobile robots. In this way,
Campetella demonstrated how the entire process of manufacturing IML products can be automated intelligently – from production to logistics.
The German family-owned company Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plastic processing machines. The product portfolio encompasses Allrounder injection moulding machines with clamping forces of between 125 and 6,500 kN, the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing, plus robotic systems, customer and industry-specific turnkey solutions, and further peripheral equipment.
Arburg has its own organisations at 35 locations in 26 different countries and, together with its trading partners, is present in more than 100 countries. This creates an international sales and service network that allows the company to provide first-class customer support on the ground. Production takes place exclusively at the parent company in Lossburg, Germany. 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 according to ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 50001 (energy).
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com