Arburg Arburg wins Industry 4.0 award
Germany - Arburg was presented the "100 Centres of Industry 4.0 Excellence in Baden-Württemberg" award in late May. The award, initiated by the "Industry 4.0 Alliance for Baden-Württemberg" network initiative, honours special achievements in the Industry 4.0 sector.
At the award ceremony, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Katrin Schütz noted: "The production of smart luggage tags offers impressive proof of how Arburg products can be used to implement Industry 4.0 in practice, customising high-volume parts in batch sizes down to a single unit and thereby adding value during the manufacturing process."
A total of 16 Baden-Württemberg-based "flagship projects for manufacturing of the future" were presented. Schütz said: "Industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in Baden-Württemberg are leading the way in implementing Industry 4.0, as is impressively demonstrated by today's award-winning solutions. Our aim with this award is to promote tangible solutions from the region, which create added value. The aim is to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises in particular to actively exploit the real opportunities offered by Industry 4.0."
Arburg's "smart luggage tag" is said to show how "mass customisation" can be achieved relatively simply by combining injection moulding and additive manufacturing without sacrificing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness offered by high-volume production. An Allrounder injection moulding machine, a Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing, as well as automation and IT solutions from Arburg form a flexible cyber-physical production system.
According to Arburg, using an individual NFC chip, the injection moulded product produced on an Allrounder becomes the data and information carrier and controls the further production operations to become a one-off part. It communicates with the machines at the various production stations, knows its own history and current status, as well as navigates its own path through the process chain. The individual plastic design is applied in an additive process using the Freeformer. A central element here is integration with Arburg's proprietary ALS host computer system. This records the product, process and quality data and transmits it to a web server. In the "luggage tag" example, each part has its own website. The data for each component can be retrieved and traced at any time, even after many years. Digital networking through the host computer system promotes transparency and consistency and facilitates the optimum utilisation of the full production capacity, particularly in the case of smaller unit volumes and frequent product changeovers.