Arburg at the Plast 2018: Industry 4.0 and innovative processes

Industrial additive manufacturing

A Freeformer and numerous functional components will be used at the Plast 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. Visitors can handle parts at an interactive station and convince themselves of their functionality and quality. The exhibit uses the components PP and elastic high-performance TPE to produce retaining clips in a hard/soft combination.

The Freeformer is an open system that allows users to qualify their own original materials in the APF process and optimise the freely programmable process parameters specifically to their particular application. One huge advantage in this context is that original materials certified e.g. for medical technology or aerospace applications can be used. In addition to amorphous standard granulates such as ABS, PA and PC, the ever-expanding range of materials qualified by Arburg includes, for example, elastic TPE, semi-crystalline PP, medical grade PLLA and PC approved for the aerospace industry.

25 years of Arburg in Italy

2018 is not only the year of the Plast trade fair in Milan, but also the 25th anniversary of Arburg Italy. The subsidiary was established in 1993 under the management of Björn Noren, who is still Managing Director, and has developed very successfully. The subsidiary in Peschiera Borromeo near Milan has 38 employees. Arburg's "Wir sind da." brand promise formulates the company's high standards of quality, reliability and personal proximity to customers and partners. In addition to the efficiency of the machine technology, these groups particularly value Arburg's comprehensive expertise in service and consulting. The extensive range of services includes the hotline staffed by experts, experienced service and application technicians, a well-equipped spare parts warehouse, a 300 square metre showroom for trials with Allrounders and a training programme in either Italian, English or German.

Arburg Freeformer Prototyping Center

In addition to the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing, numerous example parts, as well as an interactive station where visitors will be able to experience their functionality for themselves, will be on view at the Plast 2018.

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