Digitalisation is Arburg's main topic (hall 20, stand 3 B10) at Moldplas from 6 to 9 November 2019 in Batalha. For the very first time presented at the K in Düsseldorf, Germany, "arburgXworld" will celebrate its premiere in Portugal shortly after. The digital world of Arburg includes the customer portal with the same name as well as digital products and services. In addition, a "smart" allrounder exhibit using the example of tension straps will demonstrate in a practical manner how digital networking can be used to produce products "on demand" in a variety of ways and economically in series production.
"Our customers are becoming more and more interested in the subject of Industry 4.0 and the networking of their injection moulding machines with software. This means that production data can be recorded and analysed in real time and makes it possible to significantly increase production efficiency and transparency," explains Martín Cayre, Managing Director of Arburg in Portugal and Spain. "With 'arburgXworld' we offer you exactly the right products and services. For example, our new customer portal makes day-to-day business much easier. Machine lists can be accessed, spare parts ordered and service support requested per mouse click. We also present an exciting turnkey application."
"arburgXworld" – Arburg's digital world
Arburg offers an extensive range of products and services for the digitalisation of the injection moulding world. A key component is the "arburgXworld" customer portal with the same name, which will be available internationally in 18 languages – including Portuguese and Spanish – from the world's leading trade fair K 2019 in October.
At Moldplas 2019, trade visitors will be able to receive comprehensive information about how to make their injection moulding production even more transparent and efficient with "arburgXworld" and how to obtain round-the-clock support on service topics. The customer portal includes, for example, the free apps "Machine Center" for a quick overview of the machine fleet, "Service Center" for time-saving ordering of services and "Shop" for quick online ordering of spare parts around the clock. From October 2019, there will also be additional paid apps and features that offer considerable added value.
Multiple variants: high-volume production according to customer requirements
Arburg will be presenting the possibilities of injection moulding production with a compact turnkey system using the vertical Allrounder 375 V. As a "smart" exhibit, it flexibly produces elastic tension straps "on demand" from shot to shot – while its clever product and mould design and the industry 4.0 components eliminate the need for changeover. Customer specifications are integrated into the running injection moulding process online. At Moldplas 2019, visitors will be able to choose between elastic tension straps of three different lengths in three colours and with three different end piece combinations, entering their variant of choice directly on the terminal. After the order has been transferred to the central Selogica control system, the tension strap is cut to the selected length and placed by a space-saving six-axis robot located within the machine installation area. It puts the ends of the strap in the cavities of the 4-cavity mould, where the individual chosen hook/hook, hook/eyelet or eyelet/eyelet combinations are injection-moulded in a cycle time of about 40 seconds. In industrial practice, this application is ideal for cable assembly in the automotive industry, for example.
Local turnkey team for Spain and Portugal
Automation is increasingly enabling complex process steps to be implemented in injection moulding, as well as simplifying material flows and logistics processes. In order to satisfy the high demand on the Iberian Peninsula, the Arburg subsidiary in Arganda del Rey (Madrid) has put together a local project team made up of turnkey experts who, together with local partners, are implementing sophisticated automation projects and turnkey systems in Portugal and Spain. In close cooperation with the customer, they are developing individual solutions to increase part quality, process reliability, availability, productivity and cost-effectiveness of the production processes.
Arburg is also the only injection moulding machine manufacturer with its own subsidiary in Portugal: opened in May 2019, the Arburg Technology Center (ATC) in Marinha Grande offers local training programmes and a large showroom with space for five Allrounders, which are used for machine demonstrations and mould tests. The ATC also hosts workshops and open houses on current topics in the plastics industry.