Dr. Daniel Orel, Managing Director of Arburg's Czech subsidiary in Brno, believes that the company has chosen the perfect exhibit for the MSV 2015: "Industry 4.0 is currently a hot topic in the Czech Republic. The MSV trade fair has also decided to focus on this topic this year. Our networked process chain is certain to hit the mark here. As a pioneer in Industry 4.0, we can already show visitors what many other companies are still only talking about. This is another opportunity for us to prove our superior expertise."
Combining injection moulding and additive manufacturingIndividualised high-volume production: the process chain shown by Arburg at the MSV 2015 squares the circle by combining injection moulding and additive manufacturing. The production cycle starts at the injection moulding station. Here, visitors to the stand can choose between scissor versions for left and right-handed users, with pointed or rounded ends. The required version is recorded on a smart card, via which production release for the injection moulding process takes place. The overmoulding of the scissor handles is performed on an electric Allrounder 370 E.
Human/robot cooperationThe injection moulding machine is equipped with a linear Multilift V robotic system, which is permanently monitored via a light curtain. In order to enable flexible and fast product changes, human and robotic system work interactively hand-in-hand: The operator places the desired scissor blank directly into the gripper. The robotic system then transfers the insert into the mould. The cycle time for overmoulding the handles in PP is around 60 seconds. A DM code is then applied by laser. This means that every product becomes an information carrier that identifies itself to the machine during the process and supplies information for the next production step. The finished scissors can be measured at a testing station. This process and quality data are stored centrally in the ALS Arburg host computer system and can be retrieved on a part-specific basis via the individual DM code.
Individualisation of moulded parts using the FreeformerAt the Freeformer station, individually configurable lettering made from PP can be applied onto the handle of the scissors in an additive process. This takes around two minutes at a layer height of 0.21 millimetre. The end product of this highly flexible manufacturing and processing operation are scissors in single-unit batches featuring individualised lettering.
With the Freeformer, fully functional plastic parts can be produced directly from 3D CAD data using standard granulates, without the need for a mould. The two standard discharge units allow two components to be processed. This also means that it is possible to produce parts with different colours, hard-soft combinations or water-soluble supports that can be removed at a later stage.