Splendid Technology Days of Arburg in 2017 Held with Amazing Results

Splendid Technology Days of Arburg in 2017 Held with Amazing ResultsSplendid Technology Days of Arburg in 2017 Held with Amazing Results: At the diary of PIMI’s CEO (not published yet for the public use), the staffs can find under the keyword of “Arburg” a lot of interesting notes (technical, general and touristic). But a chosen part (shortened intentionally) may say a lot. A lot to show the respect of a town to one name: ARBURG. Before going through the main report we wish to invite you to read it first:

“A historical habit {Bad or Good, I don’t know, but it is, reading and writing from 10-11 PM till 5-6 AM every night and then having only 3-4 hours sleeping} made me that horrible day. The day that I missed a workshop. And a day that I learned a lot more. It was the 2nd day of the Arburg’s famous Technology Days, and I had scheduled to attend a workshop at 10:15 am. To be there on time, I forgot my habit and went to bed at 4 am. However, to be sure about my agenda, I switched on three alarms…. When I reached to the hotel’s lobby, I just found that all the alarms were adjusted to the next day and not that special 2nd day……… For me, it was horrible. I had missed the auto-service to the plant, so I had missed the workshop. But, worse than that was a simple fact: Logically, a small town like Lossburg (Loßburg in German) with almost 8000 inhabitants doesn’t need and so doesn’t have a huge public transport or even a fantastic taxi service….. I just didn’t know what to do and how to reach the Arburg’s headquarter. I was like a midnight drunk and walking in the street, I was looking left and right to get a ride.

My questionable behaviour in that small community was attended by a shoes shopkeeper. Fortunately he, that knew English came to me and asked:”what’s the problem? and can I help you?”. I told him the story and the fact that I am late and have no address. As soon as he heard the name “ARBURG” from my leaps, he smiled very friendly and said me: “Don’t worry. Just wait a minute”. Then, really amazingly, he went inside his shop, took the keys, closed his shop. Opened his garage doors. Took out his car and told me: “OK. I take you there within 10 minutes”. And after 10 minutes, I was at the Arburg’s headquarter.

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Later, after my participation at the technology days of Arburg in 2012, and when I was searching about the history of Arburg to edit my report for the “Plastics Industry Magazine“, I found the roots of that great respect of a town to one name: ARBURG. To make it short, the “ARBURG” name is a combination of the first syllable of the father’s first name Arthur Hehl (AR) of Arburg with the last syllable of the local town Lossburg (BURG). To this day, the company still uses the logotype that Karl Hehl drew himself.

The man who turned a small village in 1920’s to a respectable town which produces one of the highest quality injection moulding machines. But it is not the last and the only devotion of the “Hehl” family to “Lossburg”. Creation of the “Technology Days” which brings more than 6000 high ranking visitors to this small town, is by itself, one of the greatest touristic events in Germany and the inhabitants of the Lossburg. Those who are interested to know more about the history of the “Arburg” and laso the “Lossburg” can “click this link”.

Now, after this short history, we pay your attention to our main report about the Technology Days” of 2017.

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A pioneering event at Arburg: Spectacular Technology Days 2017 Event

Over 6,700 guests from 53 different countries once again made the Arburg Technology Days, held from 15 to 18 March 2017, the biggest in-house event in the industry. There was much more to be seen at the company’s 171,000 square metre headquarters in Lossburg (Germany) than at most trade fairs. The presentation included more than 50 exhibits in action, the Efficiency Arena under the motto of “Industry 4.0 in practice”, turnkey injection moulding solutions, the new Arburg Prototyping Center for additive manufacturing with the Freeformer, as well as a special service area. Trade visitors also found further inspiration in specialist presentations and factory tours.

The Arburg Technology Days 2017 attracted over 43 percent of its visitors from abroad. The largest contingencies from overseas were North America with over 170 visitors and China with around 125. The largest numbers of European guests were brought along by the subsidiaries Switzerland (around 210), Czech Republic (around 180) and France (around 160).

“For our annual Technology Days, we do everything we can to ensure that our invited guests get a comprehensive insight into the Arburg product range, trends in plastics processing and innovative applications. The unique industry event involved a large number of employees and trainees. Our customers really appreciated the unique atmosphere, made great use if the opportunity to talk with our experts and, at the end of the day, took away some key ideas for their own production,” summarises Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team.

Highlight – the Allrounder 1120 H

The new large hybrid Allrounder 1120 H with a clamping force of 6,500 kN attracted a great deal of attention at the Technology Days 2017, producing folding step stools.

There was a great deal of interest among the public in the new hybrid Allrounder 1120 H, which extends product and services into a clamping force range of up to 6,500 kN. Visitors to the Technology Days 2017 had the opportunity to take a closer look at the new large machine with its new design and visionary Gestica control system following its premiere at the K 2016 leading international trade fair. As part of an innovative turnkey solution, the exhibit produced ready-to-use folding step stools in an exclusive Arburg design. This involved producing eight individual parts using an eight tonne family mould in a cycle time of around 60 seconds and then assembling them ready to use in a combined set-up with a Multilift V 40, six-axis robot and assembly station.

 

 

“Industry 4.0 in practice”

Industry 4.0 in practice
Industry 4.0 in practice – Knowing what counts!” was the concept behind the Efficiency Arena 2017. The focus was on spatially distributed, digitally networked production of “smart” luggage tags in single-unit batches.

The Efficiency Arena was also very well received. Here, Arburg and a number of selected partners showed practical and pragmatic examples of the implementation of Industry 4.0. Customers were offered a host of different perspectives on how to implement Industry 4.0 and make their own production more efficient. A pioneering practical example was the spatially distributed, digitally networked production of “smart” luggage tags in single-unit batches. An Allrounder injection moulding machine and two Freeformers for additive manufacturing were combined for this purpose. The Arburg host computer system (ALS) ensures end-to-end traceability for each individual part. Two ALS add-on modules were also presented: “Energy Visualisation” for order-based allocation of energy data and “Material Staging Interface” for batch changes.

Other topics covered in the Efficiency Arena were the traceability from finished part to the original granulate, online monitoring for quality assurance purposes, systematic energy consumption records and the integration of peripheral equipment in the Selogica machine control system.

 

Eight Freeformers in action

A total of eight exhibits relating to Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) were on view, five of them in the new Arburg Prototyping Center. The focus here was on the industrial additive manufacturing of functional parts, either individually or in small batches – including grippers made from PA and TPE, mobile phone covers with optimised surfaces and parts made from a PC approved for use in the aerospace industry. In addition, flame-proof electronic parts and implants from medical-grade PLA were also presented. Another Freeformer in the Customer Center produced mechanically optimised rope pulleys from organic polyamide. The two exhibits in the Efficiency Arena individualised the “smart” luggage tags.

Diverse applications

The broad range of injection moulding machines included pioneering machine and mould technology, a wide range of products and applications, as well as innovative processes for the efficient production of plastic parts.

In the medical technology area, Arburg showed five applications and different clean room concepts, including a GMP-compliant stainless steel electric Allrounder 370 A as a high-end injection moulding solution which produced long-term PEEK implants in a clean room environment. The performance capabilities of the Hidrive series for the packaging industry were demonstrated by an Allrounder 570 H in a Packaging version specially configured for thin-walled parts. The production cell produced four IML tubs from PP in a cycle time of less than two seconds.

Arburg presented Fibre Direct Compounding (FDC) and Profoam physical foaming technology based on the example of two automotive applications. As well as reducing weight, these processes can also be used specifically to improve mechanical part characteristics and minimise distortion, as was demonstrated with a glass-fibre reinforced cable drive housing for power windows and a foamed base plate.

LSR/LSR wristwatches required complex manufacturing processes and set the standard for what can currently be achieved in the processing of liquid silicone. The associated turnkey system based on an electric two-component Allrounder 570 A that produced two-colour LSR wrist bands fully automatically. Assembly as a ready-to-use wristwatch took place within the injection moulding cycle.

A highlight in the area of powder injection moulding was the world’s first MIM frame for smartphones. A hydraulic Allrounder 470 C Golden Edition processed feedstock from BASF to produce a green compact in an Arburg design with a thickness of only 1 millimetre and a length of 136 millimetres.

Spacious turnkey area

The well-equipped turnkey area had everything, from simple pickers and linear Multilift robotic systems to a six-axis robot featuring the Selogica user interface and customised turnkey systems. Highlights included the fully automated production of ready-to-use step stools and LSR/LSR wristwatches, the “playing field” for robots in action and the new Multilift V 40 with a load-bearing capacity of 40 kilos. A number of current customer projects were also presented – from the hydraulic Allrounder 520 S with Multilift Select to the hydraulic two-component Allrounder 920 S with six-axis robot and downstream station with Agilus robot.

Comprehensive programme of side events

In the service area, visitors were able to find out about topics such as Industry 4.0, preventive maintenance and the current training offerings.

Over 2,000 participants attended the informative specialist presentations in German and English. Here, some of the company’s experts spoke about lightweight construction, Arburg Plastic Freeforming and turnkey solutions. External specialist presentations covered topics such as Industry 4.0 and the strong partnership that Arburg offers from the customer’s perspective.

Almost 1,500 visitors from Germany took the opportunity afforded by the factory tours to become familiar with machine production. Furthermore, the company was also presented to all international groups visiting the Technology Days with their Arburg subsidiaries and trading partners in their respective national languages.

About “Arburg

A German family-owned company, Arburg is one of the leading global 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 and robotic systems, customer and industry-specific turnkey solutions and further peripheral equipment.

The company places the topic of production efficiency at the centre of all its activities, taking into account the entire value-added chain. The objective is to enable Arburg customers to manufacture their plastic products, whether one-off parts or high-volume batches, with optimal quality and at minimum unit costs – e.g. for the automotive and packaging industries, communication and entertainment electronics, medical technology or the white goods sector.

An international sales and service network ensures first-class customer support at the local level: Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 33 locations in 25 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. The machines are produced exclusively at the parent factory in Lossburg, Germany. Of a total of around 2,700 employees, about 2,200 work in Germany. About 500 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world. In 2012, Arburg became one of the first companies to gain triple certification: in accordance with ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 50001 (Energy).

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