K 2019: Arburg sets trends
| Subj: Press-releses
More of Arburg’s digital world than ever before, concentrated expertise on the circular economy, 20 exhibits on its own and partners’ stands, including exciting product debuts and innovative applications: at K 2019, Arburg showed itself to be an innovative and sustainable industry leader, helping its customers to achieve even more production efficiency in plastics processing. With “arburgXworld” and “arburgGREENworld”, the company has succeeded in catching the spirit of the times, as demonstrated by the extremely positive public response.
“Many of our customers regard the current economic situation not only as a challence, but also as an opportunity. There were so many visitors at our stand who looked for information on innovations and trends in the injection moulding sector and who asked us very specific questions.” summed up Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesman for the Management Team.
“arburgXworld”: Arburg presses ahead with digitalisation
At a total of eleven interactive stations along the “Road to Digitalisation”, visitors were able to learn more about smart machines, smart production, and smart services. Digital service solutions such as Arburg Remote Service (ARS) and the new filling and plasticising assistants (which enable the machine to “know” its product or cylinder module) were particularly in demand. Another “digital treat” provided by Arburg was free use of a fast Wi-Fi connection over the entire exhibition site for trade visitors with an eTicket. The “Arburg K 2019” app enabled users to register themselves and find out all about the company’s exhibits and applications online.
arburgGREENworld: application examples for the circular economy
Machine premieres — clamping forces from 350 to 6,000 kN
At the other end of the scale is the new Allrounder 1020 H in “Packaging” version. The high-performance hybrid machine with 6,000 kN clamping force and new size 7000 injection unit used an 8+8-cavity stack mould to produce 16 thin-walled round cups in a cycle time of 4.3 seconds. The new clamp-design Allrounder with Gestica control system is equipped with four assistance packages as standard, making it “ready for digitalisation”.
Applications — from Uvex glasses to night lights
A particularly compact production cell manufactured delicate LSR cover caps for micro-switches. An electric Allrounder 270 A was equipped with a size 5 micro-injection unit, an 8 millimetres screw and an LSR cartridge with a capacity of 290 millilitres for injection moulding the liquid silicone (LSR) caps, each weighing just 0.009 grams. A clean air module with ionisation, situated above the clamping unit, prevented electrostatic charges. The moulded parts were removed by a Multilift H 3+1 robotic system, visually inspected directly in the gripper, and packed in paper bags.
An electric Allrounder 370 E Golden Electric used a 1+1-cavity family mould to alternately produce a magnetised cog wheel with eight poles and a rotor with four poles in a cycle time of about 85 seconds. Thanks to the two mould cavities and flexible Selogica control system, the items could be produced with no need for conversions or non-standard sequences. A plastic-bonded magnetic compound was processed based on PA6. Magnetisation took place in the mould itself via permanent magnets. The 2-component vacuum gripper of the Multilift Select was additively manufactured as a functional hard/soft part on an Arburg Freeformer 300–3X
A vertical Allrounder 375 V with an upstream stamping/bending cell and Multilift Select that was mounted to save space overmoulded loaded parts with glass bead-filled PA6 (GB30) to produce plug inserts. Next, the pre-moulded parts were supplied by workpiece carriers to the stand of Arburg’s partner, Plasmatreat, where they were turned into finished hybrid connectors using an electric Allrounder 470 A.
With a clean room cell based on an electric Allrounder 470 A, Arburg demonstrated how functional products can be created with Film Insert Moulding (FIM), using the IMSE technology of its Finnish partner, Tactotek, as an example. For this purpose, 3D touch films with integrated electronics and LEDs were inserted into the mould and laminated, removed by a six-axis robot, transferred to an LED testing station, and set down. They were then manually assembled with a circuit board and base to make a desktop night light with a second connection for charging a smartphone. In general, the FIM process is ideal for high-quality touch functions, for example in car interiors, and also for the electronics sector and medical technology.
Freeformer 300–4X additively produces fibre-reinforced parts