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ALS provides comprehensive IT networking of moulded part production. The Mobile Maintenance module for mobile devices is a new feature.
ALS provides comprehensive IT networking of moulded part production. The "Mobile Maintenance" module for mobile devices is a new feature.

With its “Wir sind da.” brand promise, Arburg formulates its high standards with regard to quality, reliability and personal proximity. The company will show what this really means at the CHINAPLAS 2018 to be held in Shanghai, China.

Arburg will focus on various “hot” areas, including the Industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing, as well as innovative lightweight construction for the automotive industry, LSR processing for the 3Cs sector, etc.

"You can rely on Arburg. As a globally positioned family-run company, we offer high-quality machines 'Made in Germany' as well as first-class consulting and service," explains Zhao Tong, Managing Director of the Arburg organisations in China.

"At the CHINAPLAS, we are presenting ourselves as a leading machine manufacturer and competent technology partner. The relocation of to the new exhibition site was an opportunity for Arburg to expand its stand area by a factor of 2.5 to now 600 square metres," he remarks.

All exhibits connected to ALS
Zhao Tong, Managing Director of the Arburg organisations in China.
With over 30 years of experience in digitally networked machines including peripheral equipment, Arburg is an industry leader in digital transformation.

As a central component of Industry 4.0, the Arburg host computer system (ALS) enables complete traceability of orders, batches and individual parts. Machines and peripheral components can thus be networked in a simple, standardized way by means of interfaces based on the OPC UA application protocol.

At CHINAPLAS, all exhibits on the Arburg stand are automated and connected to ALS. Visitors will be able to see how ALS can be used to record and archive the relevant process data online.

On the exhibition stand, they can also find out which solutions Arburg offers for the Smart Factory and the "Made in China 2025" state-sponsored industrial development plan and how Industry 4.0 components can be individually combined.

ProFoam technology presented in China for the first time

With the innovative ProFoam technology, low-distortion parts with a homogeneous foam structure can be produced on conventional injection moulding machines.The continuing trend in China is towards high-quality products. Lightweight parts are of interest to many industries, in particular the automotive sector.

Arburg will therefore be presenting the ProFoam physical foaming technology in China for the first time.

As well as reducing weight, they can also be used specifically to improve mechanical characteristics and part quality. The innovative process can be used on conventional injection moulding machines.

The exhibit is a hybrid Allrounder 570 H with a size 800 injection unit that produces an interesting component for passenger car engine compartments. Processing involves fibre-reinforced materials (PA66, 30 GF). With its fine cell structures, the ProFoam part is characterised by low weight, few sink holes, uniform shrinkage and greatly reduced distortion. A granulate lock ensures a continuous feed of material and gaseous blowing agent.

As well as a version with a capacity of one litre, Arburg also offers a five-litre granulate lock for size 1300 to 4600 injection units.

Demonstration on precision production of medical parts
At CHINAPLAS 2018, an Allrounder 370 E Golden Electric machine produces Y connectors for intravenous drip therapy.

Medical technology is an important market for Arburg and is characterised by high growth rates. The modular Allrounder range extends from machines and production cells that are docked to a clean room from the outside to a machine or turnkey system in the clean room itself.

An Allrounder 370 E Golden Electric will be used at the CHINAPLAS to demonstrate that entry-level electric series is also suitable for the precise production of medical technology parts.

The exhibit uses a 2-cavity mould from Wellmei to produce Y connectors for intravenous drip therapy. The moulded parts made from PC are removed and set down by a Multilift Select linear robotic system.

Showcase of LSR processing capability

Arburg is a pioneer in the processing of liquid silicone (LSR). The company will demonstrates its competence at the show with a machine designed for LSR processing from the Golden Edition entry-level series.

An Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition will produce flexible LSR cases for the iPhone 8. The mould is provided by Prover, while the LSR dosing unit comes from 2 KM. A Multilift Select linear robotic system performs the handling tasks.

Industrial additive manufacturing
A Freeformer will use standard PP to produce cable clips with delicate structures and click effect in an additive manufacturing process.
A Freeformer and a variety of functional components will be used at the CHINAPLAS 2018 to demonstrate that Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) is not only suitable for prototyping but also for the industrial additive manufacturing of functional components in particular.

The exhibit processes qualified standard PP and the water-soluble support material Armat 12 to produce functional cable clips with delicate yet durable structures. Visitors can handle so-called "experience parts" at an interactive station and convince themselves of their functionality and quality.

One great advantage of the APF process is that it can be adapted to the requirements at hand. The open system affords users independence: Freeformer customers can qualify their own original material and optimize the freely programmable process parameters specifically to the relevant application.

In addition to amorphous standard granulates such as ABS, PA and PC, the ever-expanding range of materials qualified by Arburg includes elastic TPE, medical grade PLLA, PC approved for the aerospace industry and semi-crystalline PP.

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