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Arburg at Medtec Europe 2016: To Demonstrate PMMA Y-connectors’ Production & more

Published on 2016-03-03. Author : SpecialChem

LOSSBURG -- Arburg will present a complex medical technology application at the Medtec Europe 2016 in Stuttgart from 12 to 14 April 2016. On Stand 7B03 in Hall 7, a clean room version of an electric Allrounder 470 A will be used to produce Y-connectors made from PMMA for use in intravenous drip therapy. One of the highlights will be lateral injection by means of a needle-type shut-off nozzle to produce a high surface quality on the part.

Fig. 1: Arburg

"Based on the example of the production of Y-connectors for use in intravenous drip therapy, we will be demonstrating a production-efficient clean room concept," explains Sven Kitzlinger, Application Engineering Medical Technology at Arburg. "The electric machine and the complex mold are perfectly matched to one another. The production cell can be docked with a clean room with ease. This saves space and costs in comparison with clean room production."

Technically complex part

At the Medtec Europe 2016, an electric Allrounder 470 A with a clamping force of 1,000 kN and a size 170 injection unit will use an 8-cavity mold from company Männer to demonstrate the production of Y-connectors for infusion therapy in a cycle time of around twelve seconds. The highlight of this application is the lateral injection via a hot runner using a needle-type shut-off nozzle and the demolding of the PMMA parts, each weighing 0.8 grams, from three sides. This enables a better surface finish and therefore better part quality to be achieved.

Machine in clean room version

Fig. 2: Y-connectors

The exhibit will feature an extended conveyor belt with a tunnel cover for docking with the clean room. By placing the machine and extensive peripheral equipment outside and only transporting the clean, produced parts inside, the clean room can be operated with a high level of cost-effectiveness. A clean-room module with ionization above the clamping unit ensures the required clean atmosphere during running production.

Customized turnkey systems

The specifications provided by OEMs and users must be precisely met in the medical technology sector. There is a trend towards automated production processes and the integration of downstream processing steps. Here too, Arburg has decades of expertise. The modular structure of the machines and production cells means that they can be tailored very precisely to the needs of customers.

Arburg, for example, can supply a stainless steel version of the Allrounder that meets the highest hygiene requirements in accordance with ISO 13485, as well as the specifications of the FDA and the GMP directives. Moreover, Arburg has a number of clean room concepts and extensive expertise in the areas of automation and LSR processing, as well as collaborating with expert cooperation partners.

About Arburg

German machine manufacturer Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of injection molding machines with clamping forces between 125 and 5,000 kN. This is complemented by robotic systems, customer- and industry-specific turnkey solutions and further peripheral equipment. An innovative additive manufacturing system was added to the plastic processing range in 2013.

The company places the topic of production efficiency at the center of all its activities, taking into account the entire value-added chain. The objective is to enable the Arburg customers to manufacture their plastic products, whether one-off parts or high-volume batches, in optimal quality and at minimum unit costs – e.g. for the automotive and packaging industries, communication and entertainment electronics, medical technology or the white goods sector.

An international sales and service network guarantees first-class, local customer support. Arburg is represented by its own organizations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. The machines are produced exclusively at the parent company in Lossburg, Germany. Of a total of roughly 2,500 employees, around 2,050 work in Germany. About 450 further employees work in Arburg’s organizations around the world. In 2012, Arburg became one of the first companies to gain triple certification: to ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 50001 (Energy).

Source: Arburg

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