Fakuma 2015 Arburg refocuses as a system supplier

Editor: Briggette Jaya

Germany – Arburg will be using the Fakuma trade fair to present itself as a complete production system supplier, embracing “Industry 4.0”, rather than just a machinery manufacturer.

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Arburg will demonstrate the concept of smart factory and Industry 4.0 with practical examples.
Arburg will demonstrate the concept of smart factory and Industry 4.0 with practical examples.
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It will be showing and demonstrating its ALS host computer system and integrated automation and will highlight in particular the customisation of mass-production parts by combining injection moulding, additive manufacturing ("3D printing") and Industry 4.0 (fully networked and integrated production) technologies.

The stand will also feature three Freeformers, which produce complex components from common plastic granules by additive manufacturing – i.e., without a mould – and enable the customisation of volume production, injection moulded parts. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity of making customised versions of office scissors, using an electrical Allrounder 370 E, Freeformer and Multilift V robotic system and will be able to see how the Arburg host computer system (ALS) documents all relevant process parameters, forwards them to a web server and makes all relevant process data available to mobile devices. All exhibits on the stand will be linked via ALS.

Arburg will also be showing Profoam, a lightweight construction process for thermoplastic foaming; an electrical two-component Allrounder 470 A with a clamping force of 1,000 kN, which has been used to manufacture buttons for car interiors from liquid silicone rubber; and other moulding machines and systems of various sizes, suitable for a range of applications.

Demonstrations of industry-specific applications complement the company's huge range of exhibits. For example, a hydraulic two-component Allrounder 570 S with a clamping force of 2,000 kN and size 400 and 170 injection units will produce handles for garden saws from 40% glass fibre-reinforced PP and haptically appealing TPE. The machine is complemented by a mobile robotic cell. The flexible automation is characterised by dynamic movements and quick entry into the mould. This results in short cycle times and high productivity.