Festo Receives Arburg Energy Efficiency Award
Since 2008, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG, bestows the Energy Efficiency Award each year to a company for outstanding activities in the field of energy efficiency. The winner for 2014 is Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen, Germany, leading global supplier of technology for automation. The company has won the award for the conception of its new plastic parts production facility, which is fully geared towards energy efficiency, as well as cooperation on the Freeformer.
The Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2014 was presented Tuesday 18 March 2014 in the context of an evening event attended by some 40 invited guests, held at the Arburg headquarters in Lossburg, Germany.
In his welcome speech, Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team, emphasised the importance of the award: “With this award, we annually show our appreciation to companies who, like us, take an innovative, integrated and global approach to the subject of energy efficiency and who stand out on account of their corporate philosophy and activities."
In his speech honoring the prize-winner for 2014, Herbert Kraibühler, Managing Director Technology & Engineering, summarized his company’s long-standing cooperation with Festo and the reasons for awarding it the Energy Efficiency Award 2014. “The intensive business relations between Festo and Arburg have grown over 30 years, with both family-run companies exchanging know-how that goes far beyond the product level. This happened both with regard to Festo’s new plant in Hassel/St. Ingbert in Germany and to the Freeformer, which expanded the Arburg product portfolio in 2013 to include additive manufacturing. Both of these examples make important contributions to the future-oriented enhancement of energy and production efficiency and were therefore decisive for presentation of the Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2014 to Festo.”
Festo decided to set up a plant with a completely new polymer production facility and a focus on energy efficiency, the Global Production Centre Hassel, at its St. Ingbert location in the Saarland. The plant is currently under construction and will be finished in early 2015. All the important factors in terms of the building, production and machines are taken into account here.
Owing to its many years of wide-ranging experience in the additive manufacturing of prototypes and one-off parts, Festo was already supplied with a Freeformer in early 2013 in order to subject it to in-depth testing from a user point-of-view. The Freeformer expands the energy and efficiency end of the Arburg portfolio because fully functional one-off parts and small-volume batches can be produced very cost efficiently directly from standard granulates without a mold using 3D CAD files. The results and feedback from Festo provided Arburg with valuable information for optimization and further development. Festo sees opportunities for using the Freeformer in its own business predominantly in the areas of prototyping and, following subsequent further development, in small-volume production.
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