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The future of injection moulding is the key theme for Arburg at the Fakuma 2018 – illustrated in practice with the Road to Digitalisation.
The future of injection moulding is the key theme for Arburg at the Fakuma 2018 – illustrated in practice with the "Road to Digitalisation".

At the Fakuma, to be held in Friedrichshafen from 16 to 20 October 2018, Arburg will offer trade visitors a chance to experience the future of injection moulding, both digitally and in reality, on the "Road to Digitalisation".

All the exhibits will be on view in the new colour scheme. “The six injection moulding exhibits in mint green, light grey and dark grey will also provide for a new look at our stand. This new colour scheme will be used for all our Allrounders from the start of 2019," said Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Management Team.

Six new assistance packages facilitate digital transformation

The focus at the trade fair is on digital transformation. One of the company's objectives is the "smart" machine, which monitors its own processes, controls them adaptively and actively supports the operator in every situation.

The company has created new assistance packages for this task, which will be presented at six stations:

  • "4.set-up" actively supports machine operators with set-up and parameter entry.
  • "4.start-stop" simplifies production start-up, reduces the number of start-up parts and increases production capacity.
  • "4.optimisation" is designed for product optimisations aimed at enhancing part quality and reducing unit costs.
  • "4.production" gives experienced operators greater flexibility and freedom when programming functions.
  • "4.monitoring" offers detailed process and quality monitoring and seamless documentation.
  • "4.service" makes it possible to quickly help customers through direct access to the machine control system and via online support, thereby increasing machine availability.

The new Gestica control system and the Selogica ND (new design) will be presented at further stations, while the potential of augmented reality (AR) for the "smart" service will also be demonstrated.

The Arburg host computer system ALS, which is the central building block of Industry 4.0, also ensures that information technology is integrated in production. Relevant production and quality data can be recorded, archived and shared.

Customer portal: new services in the cloud

For even greater customer proximity, Arburg is strengthening its range of services and will present a first insight into a new customer portal at the fair.

It will provide a variety of services in a clear, well-coordinated way using a cloud-based solution. Central applications (apps) include, for example, the "machine overview", which clearly displays important information and documents for each machine, and the "spare parts catalogue".

Turnkey system with ATCM to make its first debut

The Arburg Turnkey Control Module (ATCM) will be presented for the first time at the fair. This data collector for complex turnkey systems from Arburg isualises the entire process, captures the corresponding data and transmits the part-specific data sets, e.g. for archiving or to an analysis system for "big-data" evaluation.

The centrepiece of the turnkey system is an electric Allrounder 470 A with a clamping force of 1,000 kN, which produces two housing parts for a spirit level in 46 seconds using a 1 + 1-cavity family mould.

The process also includes several test steps and the labelling of each spirit level with a QR code. The ATCM uses OPC-UA interfaces to collect the information from the injection moulding process and the camera inspection and assigns it to the relevant component by means of the QR code.

Injection moulding highlights

A special 'Packaging' version of the hybrid Allrounder 820 H in new design and with new Gestica control system will be seen for the first time. This high-performance machine for the packaging industry features a clamping force of 3,700 kN and a redesigned size 2100 injection unit. The exhibit shown at the Fakuma 2018 will produce four thin-walled IML containers with a capacity of 500 millilitres in a cycle time of around 3.8 seconds.

Another highlight is the production of micro components made from LSR. At the heart of this manufacturing cell is an electric Allrounder 270 A with a clamping force of 350 kN, equipped with a size 5 micro-injection unit and a 4-cavity mould. It produces 0.038-gram slit valves in a cycle time of around 20 seconds.

An electric Allrounder 570 E Golden Electric with a 2,000 kN clamping force will produce a high-precision technical component for housing optical components in a cycle time of around 55 seconds.

In addition, the potential of the Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) will also be on view at the Fakuma 2018. This open system can process a wide range of original materials and allows custom settings comparable to those in injection moulding.

Meanwhile, Arburg will present its range of training courses and services using a hydraulic Allrounder 370 S - for example the Arburg Remote Service ARS for fast, efficient and secure online support. There will also be an example on the subject of predictive maintenance, which is becoming increasingly important as machines and components are digitally integrated.

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