Live and in colour: from 22 to 25 June 2022, the Arburg Technology Days took place again after a break of two long years due to Corona. Industry professionals had clearly been waiting eagerly: Over 3.700 visitors from all over the world came to the German company headquarters in Lossburg. Awaiting them under the title, "Think Tank", were around 50 machine exhibits, the Efficiency Arena with its focus on digitalisation and sustainability, service solutions and fascinating expert presentations. The guests were delighted with the wealth of technology highlights, hands-on innovations, and the spirit of this unique event in the plastics industry.
"We are extremely proud of these incredible visitor numbers: Because after all, whole regions, for example in Asia, were unable to travel due to Corona. Added to this is the fact that we organised the Technology Days four months before the world's leading trade fair, K, and not everybody will come to Europe twice within four months. The Technology Days certainly proved again their absolute global attraction," concludes Juliane Hehl, who as Managing Partner of Arburg is responsible for Marketing and Business Development. “This makes it very clear to me that our customers and visitors could hardly wait for the Technology Days either!”
Think Tank: lots of new things to discover
Under the Technology Days title, "Think Tank", Arburg proved with numerous application examples that the company does not wait until topics become popular, rather it acts as a pioneer offering future-proof solutions ahead of time. This could be felt at every corner. The sparks of enthusiasm and inspiration quickly leapt across to the visitors. In discussions about the wide range of applications and exhibits that demonstrated live e.g. the “smart” injection moulding of recyclates as well as bio plastics, over the “arburgXworld” customer portal or at the presentation of the Gestica control unit with its digital assistants, e.g. “aXw Control FillAssist”, enhanced in collaboration with development partner Simcon to systematise and automate simulation of the filling process yet further. The next step follows at K 2022.
Even for "old hands" there were many new things to discover: appearing for the first time were sister companies, AMKmotion and InnovatiQ, with solutions for drive systems and additive manufacturing respectively. A digital highlight was the brand new 5G campus network, which Arburg, as a pilot customer of Deutsche Telekom, used in the Customer Center at the Technology Days 2022 for networked manufacturing in plastic processing. Expert presentations in the new Training Center and exhibits and exhibition areas distributed across the entire company covered popular topics such as turnkey, medical technology, additive manufacturing and service.
Focus on digitalisation and the circular economy
The Efficiency Arena met with a great response. Here, around 20 experts from Arburg and its partners provided information on all topics relating to "arburgGREENworld" and "arburgXworld". The focus at the total of nine stations was on innovative solutions for resource conservation and digitalisation along the entire injection moulding value chain. With the production of drinking cups that can be separated by type, the visitors were shown an application example of the R-Cycle initiative, and learnt about the key topics of circular economy and digitalisation. An overview of the entire range of products and services offered by Arburg in this respect was on display in two new, permanently installed rooms: in the "arburgGREENworld" a hybrid Allrounder 370 H processed Post-Industrial Recyclate (PIR) that originated from technical textiles (airbags). For this purpose, the machine was equipped with Arburg's new recyclate package. In the "arburgXworld" area, numerous options were shown for making production more efficient, transparent and sustainable thanks to digitalisation. The "smart" Gestica functions and the Arburg host computer system, ALS, were also presented there.