Arburg Summit: Medical 2020
Anyone seeking to get one step ahead and sniff out trends in medical technology, made a point of attending the Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 on 19 November. Thanks to the digital format of this summit meeting, twice as many guests were able to attend as were at the comparable, physical event in the previous year. More than 400 participants from more than 40 countries were there to inform themselves about current developments, innovative applications and visions, and to exchange views at the highest level with many medical technology experts. The interactive response was intense and vibrant. The twelve lectures focusing on "Solutions", "Innovations" and "Visions" were accompanied by a high-calibre panel discussion. This special event was enhanced yet further by interactive breakout sessions with expert discussions and live presentations of exhibits in the Customer Center in Lossburg. The summit was chaired by Guido Marschall from plastics channel Plas.TV.
HolyGrail2.0: moving to the next stage with Arburg
With its arburgGREENworld programme, Arburg is demonstrating its commitment to the circular economy and resource conservation. Work on innovative technologies for a closed-loop economy is forging ahead in collaboration with prestigious partners. These innovations include the “HolyGrail2.0” project for separating plastic packaging into homogenous types via digital watermarks. The project has recently moved to the next phase and since September 2020 is being taken forward under the auspices of the European Brands Association AIM. More than 85 companies and organisations from every stage of the value chain are involved in the project. Of these, Arburg is the only manufacturer of injection moulding machines.
Freeformer integrated in customer portal
The integration of the Freeformer into the digital customer portal arburgXworld is a new feature that Arburg will be presenting for the first time at the Formnext Connect 2020. The basic version is free of charge and offers Freeformer customers significant added value.
arburgXworld – Arburg’s digital platform
In the recent past, Arburg has very successfully combined its digital products and services in arburgXworld. The ambitious goal is to enable customers to increase production efficiency and transparency and to produce plastic products as flexibly and reliably as possible and with high quality. The arburgXworld customer portal has been available worldwide in 18 languages since the autumn of 2019. Arburg experts Stephan Reich, Department Manager IT Applications Development, and Benjamin Franz, Manager Digital Solutions, provide answers to questions on the current status, customer benefits and perspectives of arburgXworld.
Special capabilities of the Freeformer
When it comes to demanding AM parts, the Freeformer is in its element. The Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) process with the Freeformer is predestined for medical technology, the processing of soft materials and PP, as well as for the additive manufacturing of multi-component parts. High-temperature plastics can also be processed using the open system. All these special capabilities are shown by Arburg during the formnext connect 2020, also in three expert presentations. In addition, Arburg presents the integration of the Freeformer into the digital customer portal arburgXworld as special titbit.
Allrounder 270 S compact
The hydraulic Allrounder 270 S compact is Arburg's first injection moulding machine that can be configured online via the arburgXworld customer portal and ordered directly with short delivery times. The compact machine now offers even more modular configuration options and functionality that significantly expand the range of applications.
Digitalisation increases production efficiency
As an industry pioneer, Arburg works intensively and practically with the question of how to use digitalisation to increase production efficiency when processing plastics. In the program arburgXworld, the company has intelligently and clearly collected all of its digital products and services as well as the customer portal of the same name. Besides “smarter” machine technology and innovative solutions in the service area, the central customer portal arburgXworld, with its numerous apps, is given a key position. There are now four packages to that end, which contain various apps and configuration levels.
Arburg despite corona: “Wir sind da.”
Arburg has responded to the Corona crisis very early on with great prudence and excellent know-how. Thanks to that, the machine manufacturer based in Lossburg considers itself well-positioned for the future after the pandemic, in terms of technology, know-how and organisation: production continues to progress and the development of innovative solutions for injection moulding, industrial additive manufacturing and progress in digitalisation is being driven forward. In order to contain the pandemic, Arburg produced high-quality masks and safety goggles very quickly at its headquarters in Lossburg as proof of its technology.
Face Mask With Virtual Molding
Starting in April, SIGMA Engineering, Arburg and many other partners joint forces to work on a new project against the spread of the coronavirus. Now the production of injection molded masks made of LSR (Liquid Silicone Rubber) is running at full speed. SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding was used to determine and optimize injection points, pressure requirements, temperature distribution, air entrapment, and the crosslinking of the LSR material.
Arburg manufactures high-tech masks
After Arburg started producing protective glasses on Allrounder injection moulding machines at its headquarters in Lossburg (Germany) in mid-April, the mechanical engineering company has now launched an additional project to combat the spread of the coronavirus: Since 11 May, face masks are injection moulded from LSR (liquid silicone rubber) and PP (polypropylene). About 3,500 of these multifunctional high-tech masks are expected to be produced daily under series production conditions. The product will initially be used to protect the company's own employees worldwide and will then be distributed as quickly as possible via the district of Freudenstadt to hospitals and care facilities.
Arburg Technology Days 2020 Cancelled
In view of current developments regarding the Coronavirus, Arburg management decided on February 26th to cancel the International Technology Days from March 11th to 14th, 2020, in Lossburg.
Hehl and Keinath take over German RepRap
The notarised signing of the purchase contract on 12 February 2020 officially confirmed the takeover of German RepRap GmbH, based in Feldkirchen, by the entrepreneurial families Hehl und Keinath. The new partners are the owners of Arburg, a major and globally active German manufacturer of plastic injection moulding machines, which also develops, offers and sells systems for additive manufacturing as part of its product range. Founded near Munich in 2010, German RepRap is a German manufacturer of industrial 3D systems “Made in Germany” and will continue to operate as a separate company at its location in Feldkirchen.
Arburg Plastic Freeforming
Rapid + TCT is taking place from 21 to 23 April 2020 in Anaheim in the US state of California. At stand 3405 in hall B, Arburg will present two Freeformer machines which use Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) to process original plastic granules in the production of complex functional parts: the first of these, a Freeformer 200-3X with two discharge units, will be producing an implant for use in medical technology. The second exhibit, a Freeformer 300-3X with three discharge units, will showcase an application involving the processing of three materials.
Arburg at PIAE Europe 2020
PIAE Europe 2020, to be held in Mannheim, Germany, on March 25 and 26, is the world's largest congress on plastics in the automotive industry. Arburg will participate in the renowned event organised by the VDI (Association of German Engineers) with a presentation on the subject of in-process material preparation and resource conservation in lightweight construction. In addition, the manufacturer of injection moulding machines and systems for additive manufacturing will be presenting innovative research projects and lightweight parts (Foyer, Stand 119).
Lightweight construction and efficient use of resources
At Hannover Messe in Germany, held from 20 to 24 April 2020, Arburg will be demonstrating its expertise in digitalisation, sustainability and production efficiency in plastics processing. The focus of the machine manufacturer's trade fair presentation (Stand C48 in Hall 23) is on the potential offered by lightweight construction in terms of resource efficiency and CO2 footprint. Two economical and pioneering processes for injection moulding and additive manufacturing will be on display.
Arburg at Chinaplas 2020
At Chinaplas, which will take place in Shanghai, China, from 21 to 24 April 2020, Arburg will use practical examples to show how digitalisation and circular economy can help to improve production efficiency. All the injection moulding exhibits on show at stand C61 in hall 2.1 will be networked and automated with the Arburg ALS host computer system. An LSR processing product will receive its premiere and also on show will be innovative injection moulding applications and two Freeformers for industrial additive manufacturing. The “arburgXworld” customer portal receives its premiere in Asia. A resource-saving lightweight construction application will be presented for the "arburgGREENworld" program.
Freeformer 300-3X in Asia for the first time
From 19 to 21 February 2020, Arburg will present its portfolio for industrial additive manufacturing at the TCT Asia in Shanghai, China. At stand E25 in hall W5, visitors will be treated to a premiere on the Asian market: A Freeformer 300-3X will be in "live" action, producing complex functional parts in a resilient hard/soft combination with support structure. The second machine exhibit, a Freeformer 200-3X with two discharge units, will process semi-crystalline material using the Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) process. Visitors can expect to see a broad range of components and test the quality and functionality of selected APF products for themselves at interactive stations.
Focus on automation and digitalisation
Electric high-end technology, automation and digitalisation: These will be the key topics presented by Arburg at Plastec West 2020 in Anaheim, California/USA, from 11 to 13 February 2020. At the Arburg booth 3928, an electric Allrounder 470 A with a Multilift Select Cartesian robot will demonstrate efficient production of precision parts for medical technology. Visitors will also be able to experience the new "arburgXworld" customer portal. Another two electrical Alldrive machines with LSR applications will be on show at partner booths.
Kids Visit Arburg
Arburg’s “arburgGREENworld” initiative brings together all of the company’s activities relating to resource conservation and the circular economy – topics that the children in class 4 at the Astrid-Lindgren-Schule primary school in Dauchingen, Germany are equally passionate about. Back in October, the children had the opportunity to learn all about plastic from Arburg and the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) when they attended a “Fridays for Future” talk at the K 2019 global trade fair in Dusseldorf. This was followed up with a visit to the Lossburg-based machine manufacturer on 4 December 2019.
Arburg at Interplastica 2020
From 28 to 31 January 2020, Arburg will be in attendance at Interplastica in Moscow, Russia at stand 1B25 in hall 2. A Packaging version of the hybrid Allrounder 570 H will be demonstrating live how thin-walled IML containers are produced for the packaging industry. What's more, visitors will be able to speak to Arburg's experts and find out all about the company's comprehensive product portfolio, which includes automation, turnkey systems and digitalisation.
Straight from the horse’s mouth – updates from the ALS user meeting
Around 120 people attended the 2019 ALS user meeting in Lossburg, which took place on 14 November. As part of the meeting, Arburg experts from the control system group provided a wide-ranging overview of the latest features of the Arburg host computer system (ALS), as well as explaining how it is used and how it is integrated into the arburgXworld customer portal. The success story of ALS user Boelhofff, meanwhile, provided a fascinating glimpse into its practical use.