Flexible Manufacturing Systems
With twelve machines on its own booth and 15 others on partner booths, Arburg GmbH + Co KG, Lossburg, Germany, will be demonstrating innovative applications, processes and turnkey solutions. Aside from injection molding machines, the company will be presenting its own automation solutions, with a focus on efficient production of plastic parts, consistent lightweight design and Industry 4.0. Specific sector solutions for the packaging industry and medical technology are intended to reveal the potential of the company’s latest developments.
Current machines already operate at a very high level of efficiency. So, to boost efficiency, injection molding machine makers, such as Arburg, are restructuring production by developing the so-called "Smart Factory" in which flexible production systems are networked together. The Black Forest-based machine maker will be demonstrating the potential of Industry 4.0 with an application (details of which have not been released) comprising an vertical Allrounder 375 V networked to an additive-manufacturing machine (type: Freeformer).
With its Golden Electric product series, launched just six months ago, Arburg has achieved substantial advantages in the cost of producing the machines by using standardized components with a fixed combination of clamping surface, clamping force and size of the injection unit. This all-electric entry series is available in the four sizes 370, 470, 520 and 570, with clamping forces ranging from 600 to 2000 kN. At K 2016, an Allrounder 470 E Golden Electric with 1000 kN clamping force and a 290-size injection unit will produce a technical part.
At the K show three years ago, Arburg marked its entry into industrial additive manufacturing of plastic components with the launch of the Freeformer. This year, practical developments, such as an improved air and temperature control in the build chamber will illustrate the increasingly exploited potential of plastic freeforming.
Hall 13, booth A13
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