Chinaplas 2021 Injection molding machines with a focus on digitalisation and resource conservation

Editor: Alexander Stark

Germany — At Chinaplas, which takes place from 13 to 16 April 2021 in Shenzhen, China, Arburg is presenting its portfolio for plastics processing in hall 10, stand J21.

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Arburg's fair stand at Chinaplas 2019.
Arburg's fair stand at Chinaplas 2019.
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The Chinese market, and thus Chinaplas, is of great importance for Arburg. This is reflected in the trade fair appearance, even though the visitors are likely to be limited to interested locals this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those who can attend get to see high-end machine technology and turnkey solutions, which are sought-after in the important Chinese market. The company is focusing on the topics of digitalisation and resource conservation. Other highlights at the fair are the Freeformer for the industrial additive manufacturing and a smart Allrounder in the “Factory of the Future”.

In Shenzhen, Arburg will be presenting a LSR version of an Allrounder from the Golden Electric series to the international trade fair scene for the first time. The economic electric machine is designed to meet the demands of the Asian market. The exhibit manufactures demanding lenses for the automotive industry. These are used in the matrix headlights for passenger cars, for example.

Demanding turnkey solution for medical technology

The coronavirus pandemic caused the market for in-vitro diagnostics to skyrocket. At Chinaplas 2021, Arburg is demonstrating the fully automated manufacturing of pipette tips. An Allrounder 470 H with 1,000 kN clamping force and a hot runner mould from the Chinese company Jestar can produce 48 tips per 6-second cycle. Arburg developed the turnkey system in cooperation with local automation partners, and it has been designed to produce several product variants. The automation consists of three modules for removal, camera inspection and order picking. The picking module is able to automatically fill gaps resulting from rejected parts with good parts.

FDC procedure for innovative lightweight construction

Using fibre-direct compounding (FDC), Arburg demonstrates a very economic and resource-saving lightweight construction application. A lateral feeder cuts glass fibre rovings into lengths before adding them directly into the liquid melt. The advantages of this innovative injection moulding process includes high material availability, a cost reduction of up to 40 percent and the option of actively tailoring component properties. In Shenzhen, a hydraulic Allrounder 820 S with 4,000 kN clamping force produces test plates made of 30 percent PP reinforced with long glass fibres. A linear Multilift Select robotic system is responsible for performing the handling tasks.

Industrial additive manufacturing with the Freeformer

The plastic granules processed in injection moulding can also be used in Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF). At the trade fair, a Freeformer 300-3X combines two components and support material to create a functional component, using a hard/soft combination. The open system is also suitable for very soft and certified original materials, and is perfect for demanding applications, for example in medical technology and the automotive industry.

Customer portal and digitalisation

Arburg is one of the industry's pioneers in the field of digitalisation. The “arburgXworld” program contains the entire range of digital products and services. With its numerous apps and configuration levels, the customer portal with the same name provides extensive digital support. At Chinaplas, all injection moulding exhibits are equipped with an IIoT gateway and networked via the Arburg host computer system (ALS).

In the “Factory of the Future” (hall 11, stand J41), Arburg additionally showcases real-life application examples that illustrate the advantages offered by digitalisation and automation in injection moulding. There an Allrounder 470 E Golden Electric with networked IT equipment manufactures plugs for the automotive industry ‡ completely automatically and with full traceability.