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Focus on high performance, energy efficiency and automation
The injection moulding technology of the future will be presented by Arburg at the 51st International Engineering Fair, to be held in Brno in the Czech Republic from 14 to 18 September 2009. On exhibition stand no. 14 in Hall G1, trade visitors will be impressed by the potential of the new high-performance Allrounder Hidrive machines. Reflecting the current level of interest in automation, a complex production cell will demonstrate the encapsulation of inserts with downstream assembly.
"For us, the International Engineering Fair in Brno is always the most important trade fair of the year," says Jaroslav Novak, Manager of Arburg's Czech subsidiary. "Because of the significance of the fair, this year we are once again presenting exhibits that indicate the trends for the future in the injection moulding industry. The key criteria in this context are maximum quality, productivity and cost efficiency. To meet these requirements, Arburg provides the right solutions for all sectors with the new Hidrive series and customer-specific project systems."
Hidrive: Machines for maximum productivity and energy efficiency
Representing the new Hidrive series, the Allrounder 570 H with a clamping force of 2,000 kN and a size 800 injection unit will be on show in Brno. Allrounder H machines feature energy-efficient drive technology that achieves maximum performance in the field of thermoplastics processing with short cycle times. The Hidrive machines bring the best out of the modular Arburg construction system, resulting in a top-class machine concept: They combine the servo-electric clamping unit of the Allrounder A with the hydraulic injection unit of the Allrounder S 'advance' and the performance-adapted hydraulic accumulator technology to produce a hybrid machine series. These powerful Allrounders bear the Arburg "e²" energy efficiency label and are available at a highly attractive price/performance ratio.
The exhibit will demonstrate the production of CD cases weighing 30 grams in a cycle time of around ten seconds. The machine is equipped with a Multilift V Select robotic system for removing and setting down moulded parts, which allows very simple programming. The teach-in function means that the robotic system can learn the positions it has to move to in order to pick up and set down parts with the utmost precision. For this purpose, all the positions of the robotic system are moved to manually in succession and confirmed via the "Teach" button. All the necessary parameter entries are then automatically checked and executed in the control system. Simultaneously, the Selogica 'direct' control system independently generates the robotic sequence and integrates it into the machine cycle. This means that no specialised programming knowledge is required.
Fully automated encapsulation of inserts and assembly
The second exhibit, the Allrounder 370 S with a clamping force of 600 kN and a size 170 injection unit, is integrated in a complex production cell. This system will not only demonstrate the encapsulation of inserts, but also the integration of downstream assembly steps. The Allrounder operates with a Multilift V robotic system, which enters vertically into the mould and is fully integrated in the Selogica machine control system. A toy buggy will be produced, the metal axles of which are encapsulated in plastic. In this application, the complex gripper of the robotic system inserts the metal axles, removes the sprue and the individual components and subsequently assembles them to produce the finished toy car.
This production cell will demonstrate Arburg's expertise in the area of customer-specific turnkey projects. The company's services range from design and on-site installation to commissioning. This involves very close collaboration between the customer, the project engineer at the subsidiary and the project department at Arburg's headquarters in Lossburg right from the start. The advantages are clear: all components are fully compatible, the customer has a single point of contact for the whole system and comprehensive pre-sales and after-sales service is guaranteed.
Predicting market developments
"Cost efficiency is an aspect that is becoming increasingly important," says Jaroslav Novak. "The exhibits we are showing in Brno will provide impressive proof that we have the right solutions for every requirement in our product range. When it comes to automation, we cover the entire spectrum, from the simple removal and setting down of moulded parts to complex robotic system tasks such as picking up and inserting metal parts with subsequent assembly of the individual components to produce the finished product. This means that even complex moulded parts can be produced cost-effectively in series to the highest quality level. When high productivity is required along with high energy efficiency, then the new Hidrive machines tick all the boxes. This places us in an excellent position to offer our customers exactly the right injection moulding technology to meet their requirements - whatever their branch of industry."
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