At the MECSPE trade fair (28-30 March 2019, Parma, Italy) Arburg will focus on automation, additive manufacturing and digitalisation. A complex turnkey system built around a hydraulic Allrounder 370 S and a Freeformer 200-3X for industrial additive manufacturing will be on display at the Arburg stand. Both machines are networked "live" with the company’s ALS host computer system.
The highlight on the stand will be a complex turnkey system implemented together with partner Sverital and built around a hydraulic Allrounder 370 S with 700 kN of clamping force and a size 170 injection unit. The production cell is networked with the ALS host computer system and, in a cycle time of 35 s, produces ready-to-use inspection mirrors in a hard/soft combination for injection moulds. It combines advanced technologies from various manufacturers, including a 1+1-cavity hot runner mould from Biemmegi and a second vertical injection unit from Plasdan. Handling is performed by a six-axis robot. The pre-moulded ABS part is transferred to the second cavity and overmoulded with TPE. Automated gluing of the mirror and laser marking of the 8.8-gram end product has also been integrated into the production cell.
Another interesting TPE application at the Arburg stand involves a Freeformer 200-3X that will produce medical bellows from soft, FDA-approved original TPE in 32 Shore A hardness (Medalist MD12130H, supplier Teknor Apex). In addition, Arburg’s portfolio includes the Freeformer 300-3X – a large, three-component machine that can produce complex and resilient functional components in hard/soft combinations, made from two plastic components plus support material. The new Freeformer also offers more space and higher temperatures in the build chamber and can be automated and integrated into networked production lines.
"MECSPE 2019 is the most important trade fair for the manufacturing industry in Italy and, with its focus on Industry 4.0 and automation, it is an ideal match for Arburg," comments Raffaele Abbruzzetti, who was appointed Managing Director of Arburg Srl in Italy in January 2019. "We are not only a machine manufacturer and expert in injection moulding, but we also have our own MES, our own controllers, automation technology and the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing as part of our product portfolio. With more than 30 years of experience in networked and flexibly automated production, we offer our customers everything they need in the era of digitalisation to increase their added value, production efficiency and process reliability – from the smart machine to the smart factory and smart services. We will present examples of all of this at MECSPE."
Since 1957, Arburg has been working with Sverital in Italy, a company which is now managed by the third generation of the Norén family. For many years, the partnership between the companies has been a gateway to the Italian market, enabling both parties to venture into areas such as turnkey solutions. In the future, the partnership between Arburg Srl and Patrik Norén and his father Björn Norén, former subsidiary manager of Arburg Italy, will not be limited to automation. The topic of digitalisation will also be addressed in order to illustrate the potential of Industry 4.0 to customers in Italy.