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Marc Schuh, Managing Director Arburg France.
Marc Schuh, Managing Director Arburg France.
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At the FIP + 3D Print trade fair, Arburg will demonstrate the production of "smart" luggage tags according to the principle of spatially distributed production in the smart factory.

"The merger of the FIP and 3D Print trade fairs is an ideal opportunity for Arburg. We will present our broad product range for plastics processing to trade visitors – from the Allrounder injection molding machines and the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing, through to automation solutions and our host computer system," explained Marc Schuh, Managing Director of Arburg France.

FIP + 3D Print will take place in Lyon, France from June 13-16.

"In Lyon, we will be showing a networked and flexible automated production sequence at spatially distributed locations. The trade visitors will be able to experience at firsthand how mass-produced parts can be customized by combining injection molding and additive manufacturing. Each individual part can also be seamlessly traced via our Arburg host computer system ALS."

At the first station, an individual turnkey solution, consisting of an Allrounder 375 V and a flexible, space-saving robotic cell with integrated six-axis robot, produces the "luggage tags" in high volumes. The robot removes the finished molded part and subsequently fits an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip. Integration of the chip means that the product can save and communicate information.

The recorded data includes the date of manufacture, cycle time, injection pressure and processing temperature from the injection molding process and the visitor's personal details, which are added later, as well as the process data from the additive manufacturing step.

In the next step of the flexible manufacturing process, the user selects a graphic motif for the design of the tag at an input terminal and has his electronic calling card (vCard) produced. The corresponding order data for the subsequent production sequence is transferred directly to the NFC chip of the luggage tag. Thus, the part itself becomes a data storage device, identifying itself at the various stations and independently controlling its further production process.

Each luggage tag is also assigned its own website in the cloud. Here, all process and quality data recorded by the Arburg host computer system (ALS) is archived.

During the subsequent laser marking, the personal details such as name, address, phone number and vCard are added to the luggage tag in the form of a QR code. All of the part handling tasks are performed by an Integralpicker V.

Subsequently, a Freeformer further individualizes the luggage tag by additively applying the selected graphic motif in 3D from plastic at the second station. The high-volume product has been transformed into a personalized one-off product.

At the last station, visitors learn how they can use their smart luggage tag to execute data-supported actions, such as the online ordering of brochures using the integrated NFC chip. Moreover, the contact details can be read out via the QR code or the NFC chip. This contains the individual URL address of the website for the respective product, enabling all process and quality data to be traced on a 100% basis at all times.

Digital networking promotes transparency and consistency and facilitates the optimum utilization of the complete production capacity, particularly with respect to smaller unit volumes and frequent product changeovers.

At the Arburg stand, visitors will experience how 4.0 components from Arburg can be combined on an individual basis to efficiently implement the flexible high-volume production of single-unit batches. Furthermore, Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) experts will provide information on the range of applications of the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing.

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