Arburg Breaks into the Large Machine Range
High-Performance Combined with Esthetics
One of the eye catchers at K 2016 was the Allrounder 1120 H hybrid injection molding machine in a new design and with a new control system. With the high-performance machine, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG, Lossburg, Germany, has significantly expanded the upper range of its portfolio. "The new machine size, with a 6500 kN toggle clamping unit is the result of a systematic expansion of our product portfolio," says Heinz Gaub, Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg. The machine is claimed to combine the speed and precision of an electrical clamping unit with the power and dynamics of the hydraulic injection unit. It is also stated that the cast components are all bionically optimized so that the weight reduction can be achieved without losses in mechanical characteristics. According to Gaub, the dry running time is 2.4 s and the maximum opening stroke is 1050 mm.
Besides the modern color scheme and contours, the sophisticated design is principally characterized by more features and better ergonomics. The practical extras that facilitate the set-up and work routines of the large machine include retractable steps to the clamping unit, service doors for the supply systems and integrated LED light strips indicating the operating status.
The new Gestica control unit has a look and feel similar to smart mobile devices, including a glass front, a high-resolution full HD screen as well as industrial multitouch technology and one-click ergonomic hardware keys. The swivel operating panel is also height adjustable. The Gestica includes all the advantages of the former Selogica control system, but is easier and more intuitive to use. For example, the new "Easyslider" element allows precise control of movements during set-up, with a variable-color LED display. The speed is varied by swiping over a bar at the edge of the screen. The records of the Gestica and Selogica control systems are fully compatible, with no change in the hierarchical structural and graphical programming system.
The exhibit demonstrated its effectiveness as part of an innovative turnkey solution. The folding step ladder that was molded in a family mold comprising eight separate parts and subsequently assembled in the cycle proved to be a highly sought-after product. It had been designed to suit the new Allrounder, especially for the K show by the Design Tech agency, which was also involved in the development of the machine.
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