On the "Road to Digitalisation" with Arburg

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 Fakuma 2018. 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". The added value and opportunities for the future offered by the launch of a new customer portal will be presented by the Arburg experts in person to interested visitors at the trade fair stand.

Premiere: Turnkey system with ATCM

The Arburg Turnkey Control Module (ATCM) will be presented for the first time at the Fakuma 2018. 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 two moulded parts are removed from a Multilift V and assembled on an assembly station along with three bubble levels to produce the finished spirit level. 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. Visitors will be able to scan this code with their smartphones and view the corresponding process data on a part-specific website.

Practical example of Industry 4.0: Tension straps manufactured on demand

The practical example of elastic tension belts will demonstrate how individual customer wishes can be integrated into the ongoing injection moulding process online. The order is then transferred directly to the control system via the OPC UA communication protocol. A turnkey system based around a vertical Allrounder 375 V injection moulding machine is automated with a six-axis robot compactly positioned within the installation space. It produces the elastic tension straps "on demand" yet economically in high volumes and multiple variants - flexibly from shot-to-shot, without any conversion of the machine.

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