Know-how for smartphones made from metal and LSR

Cost-efficient: LSR injection moulding of smartphone covers

Arburg is also a pioneer in the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) and has not only brought this technology to the market, but also uses its over 40 years of expertise to continuously develop innovative and sophisticated process solutions. A particularly cost-effective application will be demonstrated at the Taipei Plas 2018 with a machine designed for LSR processing from the hydraulic entry-level Golden Edition series: An Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition with a clamping force of 1,000 kN produces a flexible LSR cover for the iPhone 8 in a cycle time of 25 seconds. The mould is provided by Proper, while the LSR dosing unit comes from Silcostar. A linear Multilift Select robotic system performs the handling tasks in this application.

Central host computer system

As an industry leader in Industry 4.0, Arburg has more than 30 years of experience in the IT networking of machines. This ensures transparency and consistency in plastics production, as well as enabling optimal capacity utilisation throughout production, particularly in the case of small unit volumes and frequent product changeovers.
As a central component of Industry 4.0, the ALS enables complete traceability of orders, batches and individual parts. Machines and peripheral equipment can be networked in simple and standardised way by means of interfaces. The basis for connectivity modules such as the Arburg host computer system (ALS) is the OPC UA communication platform, which Arburg has been using since 2010. Visitors to the Taipei Plas 2018 will be able to see for themselves how ALS logs and archives relevant process data and how the host computer system can be used for production planning.

Arburg Golden Edition LSR

A hydraulic Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition produces flexible smartphone covers from liquid silicone (LSR) at the Taipei Plas.

Source: Arburg