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Technology Days 2018
Around 6300 invited guests from 54 nations came to Lossburg, Germany, for the Arburg Technology Days, held from 14 to 17 March 2018. The full range of machines, applications and processes for the efficient production of plastic parts was on show. Expert presentations, a special show on service, company tours, and above all the Efficiency Arena, which this year was all about "digital transformation", provided numerous sources of inspiration.
"Our concept has proven its worth, making the Technology Days the world's largest in-house event for the plastics industry. Overall, between 1999 and 2018, we have welcomed more than 87,500 visitors to our Technology Days in Lossburg," summarizes Michael Hehl, Arburg Managing Partner and Spokesman for the Management Team. "The share of foreign visitors has steadily increased over the years, reaching 43 percent this year." In 2018, the largest overseas contingents, with around 160 and around 100 participants, came from the USA and China. The largest number of guests from Europe were invited by the subsidiaries in Switzerland (around 200), France (around 185), Poland and the Czech Republic (each around 130) as well as the Netherlands and Austria (each around 100).
Focus on Digital Transformation
Arburg has long been intensively focused on the digitization of its products and services, aiming to enhance production efficiency even further for our customers. Numerous examples were on view under the slogan "for digitalisation" in the Efficiency Arena 2018. The focus was on six new assistance packages that actively support the machine operator and that are now available for purchase. Under the slogan "for assistance", Arburg presented the Arburg host computer system (ALS), as well as the new Gestica control system, including a mobile version and Selogica in the new design (ND) at two additional stations in the Efficiency Arena. "for connection" was the theme of the Connectivity Café. Here, Arburg experts from Software Development and the Turnkey department were available to provide information on the data exchange between machines, robotic systems, peripheral equipment, moulds and workpieces. The "for visions" exhibition area offered a glimpse into the digital future. Also likely to be of interest in the future is the opportunity to work with a "digital twin" – a virtual simulation of a real machine. Under the heading of Augmented Reality (AR), an example was shown of how service can be improved in the future using computer-assisted augmented reality with virtual additional information or objects.
New Design for Large Machines and Solutions for Lightweight Construction
At the Technology Days 2018, Arburg demonstrated that the changeover in the design and control of the large Allrounder machines is progressing successively. The hybrid Allrounder 1120 H, which celebrated its world premiere at the K 2016, has now been successfully deployed by the first customers. The new large machine, which with 6500 kN extends the range of clamping forces by 30 %, was also awarded the prestigious "iF Design Award" for outstanding design on 9 March 2018. A "new look" hybrid Allrounder 820 H with a clamping force of 4000 kN was on display for the first time. The premiere machine produced 48 screw caps from PP in a cycle time of around 12.7 s.
Visitors of the Technology Days also had the opportunity to see five different processes and solutions for lightweight construction:
- Fiber Direct Compounding (FDC)
- Physical foaming with Profoam
- A turnkey Mucell production system
- Gas injection molding technology (GIT)
- Processing of filler-optimized material consisting of hollow glass spheres
Over 1600 participants attended the informative presentations on lightweight construction, Efficiency 4.0, Gestica control system and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) in German and English. Over 1800 visitors from Germany took the opportunity afforded by the factory tours to become familiar with machine production. Furthermore, the company was also presented to all international groups visiting the Technology Days with their Arburg subsidiaries and trading partners in their respective national languages.
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