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Arburg Showcased Solutions for Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation at NPE2018

Published on 2018-05-18. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  NPE2018     Machinery     Cost Efficiency    

Digital transformation continues to grow in importance. As among the industry leaders, Arburg is significantly expanding its activities in the area of connectivity. Based on the practical example of the "business card holder", visitors to the exhibition booth saw how the combination of injection molding, additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies can be used to cost-effectively individualize high-volume parts in single-unit batches. In addition, visitors can find out more about the Arburg host computer system (ALS), the new Arburg Remote Service (ARS) and six new assistance packages for starting, setting up, optimizing, producing, monitoring and servicing Allrounder injection molding machines.

As a key component of Industry 4.0, the Arburg host computer system (ALS) provides for comprehensive IT-networking of molded part production
As a key component of Industry 4.0, the Arburg host computer system (ALS) provides
for comprehensive IT-networking of molded part production

With over three decades of experience in IT-networked machines including peripheral equipment, Arburg is the plastics sector leader in digitalization. The company sees itself not just as a machine supplier, but rather as a technology partner. Specialists from the areas of technology, sales and IT drive the subject of digitalization and connectivity in a synchronized and targeted manner.

Industry 4.0: High-volume Production on Demand


The future will increasingly be about the efficient implementation of multi-variant series, rather than the production of plastic parts in high volumes. By combining additive manufacturing, injection molding, and Industry 4.0 technologies, high-volume parts can be enhanced in single-unit batches. Arburg demonstrates how such customized individualization works for the first time at the NPE2018 using the example of the IT-networked and fully automated production line for business card holders. Here, a six-axis robot links injection molding with additive manufacturing.

Practical Example


Industry 4.0 in practice: Arburg presented for the first time an IT-networked, fully automated production line for manufacturing business card holders
Industry 4.0 in practice: Arburg presented
for the first time an IT-networked, fully automated
production line for manufacturing business card holders
First the person's name is entered on a tablet PC.
  • An electric Allrounder 370 E Golden Electric produces the molded part, which is handled by a Multilift robotic system. 
  • An individual QR code is applied during the subsequent laser marking step. 
  • A six-axis robot takes the card holder and places it in the build chamber of the Freeformer. 
  • For the automatic opening and closing of the hood, the Freeformer and robotic system communicate via a Euromap 67 interface. 
  • The Freeformer additively applies the desired 3D lettering from ABS in accordance with the information in the code. 
  • The practical example demonstrates that customer requirements can be integrated in the ongoing production process online, as in a webshop.

Connectivity Module: Arburg Host Computer System


The basis for connectivity modules such as the Arburg host computer system ALS and the Arburg Remote Service ARS is the OPC UA communications platform, which Arburg has been using since 2010. ALS is the simple, standardized way to integrate machines, peripheral components and molds. As the central building block of Industry 4.0 and for efficient production management, the host computer system records and archives all relevant production and quality data and enables the continuous traceability of orders, batches or individual parts. ALS also has an interface to a variety of ERP systems, including SAP. At the NPE2018, all Arburg exhibits were connected to the ALS, so that visitors can see for themselves how the host computer records and archives relevant process data online.

Support for Machine Operators: Six New Assistance Packages


In the digital world, machine operators are taking an increasingly passive role. This is already the reality in the consumer area, has long been the case in the automotive sector, and is an inexorable development in the machine construction industry. What is required are "smart" machines that know their part to be manufactured, monitor their processes, adaptively regulate them and actively support the operator in every situation. In this regard, Arburg is playing a pioneering role and has come up with six new digital assistance packages for its customers:

Six new Arburg assistance packages support the machine operator and increase production efficiency
Six new Arburg assistance packages support the machine operator and increase production efficiency

  • "4.set-up" actively supports machine operators in setting up and entering parameters. This gives them more time for productive tasks.
  • "4.start-stop" simplifies production start-up, reduces the number of start-up parts, and increases production capacity. This package is predestined for complex applications, for example involving multi-component and hot runner molds.
  • "4.optimisation" is designed for process optimization to increase part quality and reduce unit costs. Features include injection when closing the mold, cycle-overlapping dosing and extended clamping.
  • "4.production" offers experienced operators greater flexibility and freedom in programming functions. In particular, it facilitates work with special processes and complex mold technology.
  • "4.monitoring" offers detailed process and quality monitoring and complete documentation. Process deviations are detected at an early stage.
  • "4.service" makes it possible to quickly help customers with direct access to the machine control and via online support, thereby increasing machine availability. The new Arburg Remote Service ARS is an integral part of this package.
 


Source: Arburg
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