Arburg Technology Days 2015 Attracted more than 5,900 Visitors
More than 5,900 invited guests attended the Arburg Technology Days 2015 event from 11 to 14 March 2015 to gain a detailed insight into industry trends and to see the highlights of the company's offering.
The focus was laid on production-efficient processing technology, from one-off parts to high-volume production, from the Freeformer for additive manufacturing to the wide product range of Allrounder injection molding machines. In addition, guests could visit the Efficiency Arena, attend expert presentations, check out a special service area and take tours of the plant.
This year, around 45% of visitors travelled from abroad. The largest groups came from Europe: Switzerland with around 280, France with around 210, the Czech Republic with around 160 and Poland with around 130 participants. Significant groups came from overseas, particularly from the US (around 140 guests) and China (around 100). “Once again this year we have put together a very interesting range of technologies and services for our international guests, presenting our innovative and production-efficient solutions and offering an insight into the future of efficient plastic parts production,” said Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team.
Broad-Range Spectrum of Exhibits
The individualisation of mass-produced parts using the Freeformer was demonstrated in the Efficiency Arena. A pair of office scissors was used as an example, so that visitors could witness the combination of injection molding and additive manufacturing, making use of Industry 4.0 technologies. An Allrounder molded the handles onto the scissors, after which a code was applied by laser to ensure unique traceability and to display all the relevant process data. At the Freeformer station, individually configurable 3-D lettering in PP was additively applied to the scissors.
A total of five Freeformers presented the current progress in the development of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF). The exhibits in the Efficiency Arena illustrated new possibilities for product design and mold technology, as well as the individualisation of high-volume items.
Visitors were able to see several systems demonstrating lightweight construction techniques. Arburg has collaborated with the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) from Aachen during research and development of the Profoam process and presented the latest technological advances. In the Profoam process, the plastic granulate is mixed with liquid propellant in a granulate lock upstream of the injection unit. An electric Allrounder 820 A was used to demonstrate how this method could be used to produce strong, lightweight, low-distortion parts with a homogeneous foam structure based on the example of a physically foamed airbag housing made from fibre-reinforced PP.
Visitors to the Technology Days also had plenty of opportunity to see machine production for themselves during tours of the plant. all groups of foreign attendees visiting the Technology Days under the auspices of the Arburg subsidiaries and trading partners were given presentations of the company in their own language. Finally, around 2,600 visitors attended the sophisticated and informative expert presentations in German and English. Subjects were unit cost reduction, Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF), foam injection moulding, turnkey systems and a success story telling how one company managed to achieve technical change with Arburg as a strategic partner.
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