ALS User Meeting 2021
On 18 November 2021, Arburg hosted an ALS User Meeting again. The in-person event met with a very positive response. A total of around 60 participants came to Lossburg to find out about new features and receive valuable tips and suggestions. One highlight was a presentation by medical technology company Röchling Medical, which was able to hugely increase production efficiency with the help of ALS.
Arburg products and experts in high demand
At formnext 2021, Arburg wowed trade visitors with numerous innovations for industrial additive manufacturing. Many international visitors also travelled to the world’s leading trade fair in Frankfurt to find out first-hand about innovations and trends in the AM industry. Arburg’s international team of AM experts put on a strong show together with InnovatiQ. The highlight was the world premiere of the high-temperature Freeformer 300-3X, which processed medically approved PEEK granulate to produce skull implants.
New: ARBURGadditive GmbH + Co KG
ARBURG GmbH + Co KG has founded a new subsidiary: ARBURGadditive GmbH + Co KG. Also based in Lossburg, it will house all of the company's activities related to additive manufacturing. The Managing Director will be Dr Victor Roman, who is set to join the company on 1 December 2021.
Award-winning: Arburg Prizes for TUM graduates
This year again saw two graduates of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) awarded the Arburg Prize for outstanding theses in the field of plastics and medical technology: Dr André Hemmler for the best dissertation and Dario Pasquale Arcuti for the best master’s thesis. In both cases, the topic was the use of medical prostheses. The awards were presented by Prof Birgit Vogel-Heuser, holder of the Chair in Automation and Information Systems at the Technical University of Munich, and Arburg Training Director Michael Vieth.
Mould Strategy 2.0
Once again, “arburgXvision” had a fascinating topic lined up for its viewers: “Mould Strategies 2.0”. In the ninth episode, Arburg experts Christoph Blöchle and Christian Homp presented strategies for significantly increasing the utilisation rate of injection moulding machines. In addition to the expert presentations, there were instructive live links hosted by Philipp Jarosch in Arburg’s Training Center. Around 450 people watched the interactive internet TV programme live on 28 October 2021. Anyone registered with “arburgXvision” can watch this and all previous episodes in the Media Centre.
Machine handover to University of Darmstadt
At Fakuma 2021 in Friedrichshafen – the stand of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da) – provided the setting for the official handover of the new Allrounder to the Institute for Plastics Technology (ikd), based in this “City of Science”. Prof Thomas Schröder and M. Eng. Bardo Palmberg from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences were joined by Dr Christoph Schumacher, Director of Marketing, and Area Sales Manager Thomas Knop from Arburg at the small ceremony on 12 October 2021.
Arburg at formnext 2021
Arburg will attend the formnext 2021 exhibition in Frankfurt from 16 to 19 November. With the largest stand at the world’s leading trade fair for additive manufacturing (D131, Hall 12.1), the company will be exhibiting a wide range of high-end machines, innovative applications and exciting component demonstrations. The AM industry is showing a keen interest in the manufacture of implants made from medically approved PEEK. A total of four Freeformer exhibits and a the portfolio from Arburg’s sister company InnovatiQ will be on display. When it comes to components, the highlights will include customised Wilson baseball bats and tesa adhesives processed as additives in smartphones.
Arburg at Rapid + TCT 2021
From 13 to 15 September 2021, Arburg will be exhibiting at Rapid + TCT in Chicago, Illinois/USA. In the Lakeside Centre, Level 2, Stand E7619, two freeformers and a large number of sample parts will demonstrate the capabilities of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF). The freeformers will be producing customised grippers for robotic systems live, as well as a functional part made of soft original TPU for the automotive industry.
Innovative R-Cycle project with digital product passport
Arburg will attend the PIAE Europe congress in Mannheim, Germany, from 8 to 9 September 2021 as exhibitor, and will give an expert presentation. The renowned international congress for plastics in the automotive industry, held by the Association of German Engineers (VDI), will be a hybrid event this year. In the “Sustainable use of plastics” section of the program, Dr. Thomas Walther, head of Application & Process Development at Arburg, will talk about the R-Cycle project, for which Arburg is the only mechanical engineering partner. Trendsetting automotive components will be showcased in the foyer, at stand 119.
Allrounder Cube 1800
Innovative cube technology is significantly reducing cycle time. Previously, Arburg’s hybrid cube series had been primarily intended for efficient high-volume production in the packaging industry. The area of application of cube moulds has since expanded to take in the production of technical parts. The new Allrounder Cube 1800 with a clamping force of 1800 kN is providing the ideal response to this trend. With its compact cube, this machine completes the portfolio of products at the lower end of the range. It is able to significantly reduce unit costs even when producing parts in low volumes. Its potential can be illustrated using the example of a two-component product from the field of personal care.
From machine manufacturer to think tank: a lot has changed at Arburg in recent years. The new film “Arburg Insights” offers fascinating insights into current developments and activities. This film is Arburg's way of inviting you to take a look behind the scenes at important points and stay up to date. The focus in on the big issues of digitalisation, sustainability, drives, and control system, which are explained in more detail by Managing Directors Gerhard Böhm and Guido Frohnhaus. At the same time, the film should also make you want to visit Arburg in Lossburg again.
"Digital all the way – arburgXworld in detail" was the name of the sixth arburgXvision episode. Around 500 viewers followed the show live online and actively participated in the interactive TV broadcast. The studio guests were Arburg experts Benjamin Franz, Team Manager Digital Solutions, and Stephan Reich, Head of IT Application Development. The viewers gained direct insight into the features of "arburgXworld" and the benefits of a digitally networked machine during two live links to the Arburg Training Center.
arburgXworld: more than 2,000 customers
Arburg's digital activities are proving to be very successful: the 2,000 customer mark for arburgXworld was recently reached – and the number continues to rise. But what's even more impressive: since an average of three users per company have been registered, a total of over 6,000 users are already active in the customer portal, and this just under three years following the market launch. So there is a great deal of interest because the free basic package and fee-based expansion stages provide customers with real added value. As an industry pioneer in digitalisation, Arburg is continuously adding new features and apps to its customer portal. This includes the brand new “AnalyticsCenter” for process analysis.
Arburg at Chinaplas 2021
At Chinaplas, which takes place from 13 to 16 April 2021 in Shenzhen, China, Arburg is presenting its extensive portfolio for plastics processing in hall 10, stand J21. The Chinese market, and thus the trade fair, is of great importance for Arburg. This is reflected in the first-class trade fair appearance, even though the visitors are likely to be limited to interested locals this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those who can attend get to see high-end machine technology and turnkey solutions, which are highly sought-after in the important Chinese market. Arburg is focusing on the topics of digitalisation and resource conservation. Other highlights at the fair are the Freeformer for the industrial additive manufacturing and a smart Allrounder in the “Factory of the Future”.
Technology Days 2021
For over two decades now, Technology Days has been synonymous with hands-on technology and personal contact – both of which can only be experienced at a live, in-person event. To ensure it can deliver this unique industry event to the invited audience in a way that is Covid-secure, Arburg has decided to extend the Technology Days 2021, which had already been postponed until June: it will now run for six days in Lossburg, Germany, starting on 7 June and ending on 12 June.
Arburg acquire AMK's Drives & Automation division
Strategic investment in the future: Arburg’s entrepreneurial families Hehl and Keinath have acquired AMK Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG and with it the Drives & Automation division as of 1st January 2021. The company will operate under the new name of AMKmotion GmbH + Co KG in future. The AMK Group, which is based in Kirchheim/Teck, is one of the international technology leaders in the electric drive technology, control technology, industrial automation engineering, and automotive sectors. AMK has worked closely with Arburg as a development partner in electric drive systems for more than two decades. This combined effort has contributed significantly to the success story of the electric Allrounder injection moulding machines.
The world of plastics can already look forward to the New Year: on 28 January 2021, Arburg will be launching another new digital format. arburgXvision will go on air monthly from then on. The interactive live broadcasts covering all aspects of plastics processing will shed light on important topics closely related to customers. Presentations and clips will explore the topics from different angles. And presenter Guido Marschall from plastics broadcaster Plas.TV will discuss the highlights with top experts who will also answer participants' questions live. Kicking off the series is the topic "0 ppm production of plastic parts".
Arburg explainer videos
Time is precious and knowledge gives you a head start. Arburg is now bringing the two together: in three-minute explainer videos, experts will pass on their knowledge in an easy-to-understand, concise and yet entertaining way. In doing this, the company is once again positioning itself as a pioneer in the industry. Customers and other interested parties can now find out about innovative products, services and software from Arburg through the new series.
Campetella Robotics Calling
Customers working in the packaging industry need high-quality automated injection moulding solutions. For the Italian automation specialist Campetella, Arburg is the first choice as a partner for innovative injection moulding technology. Accordingly, a special packaging version of two hybrid Hidrive Allrounders were demonstrated at Campetella Robotic Calling in October and November 2020 in Montecassiano, Italy, in a live presentation of production-efficient injection moulding of thin-wall items. About 400 trade visitors were very enthusiastic about these high-end applications.
Filter for Arburg mask
Arburg has been very active in the fight against coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. An outstanding example is the multifunctional face mask, which was developed in collaboration with partners and made ready for series production in only 41 days. May saw the start of production of face masks made from LSR (liquid silicone rubber) and PP (polypropylene), initially as versions for everyday use. To protect both the wearer of the mask and those in the surrounding area from the virus, this was followed by the next step: the design and manufacture of a supplementary disposable filter that can be easily attached to the mask opening.
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.