Arburg presents efficient injection moulding at the Plastpol

At the Plastpol, to be held in Kielce from 24 to 27 May 2011, Arburg will be presenting a selection from its current product range: at exhibition stand no. 10 in Hall 10, visitors will be able to see the hybrid Allrounder 570 H high-performance machine with a high-speed, thin-walled application from the packaging sector and a cost-efficient automation system based on an Allrounder 470 C Golden Edition with Multilift Select robotic system. This exhibit also features the new Selogica “Set-up Assistant” module, which enables menu-guided set-up of the entire production sequence, without the installation technician requiring detailed knowledge of the control system. Also on display will be the Arburg host computer system, with which the entire production process can be reliably managed.

“With these two exhibits, we can clearly present the diverse applications potential of our product range at the Plastpol,” explains Dr. Slawomir Sniady, manager of Arburg’s subsidiary in Poland. “Whether the customer requires high-quality production of standard products, high-performance injection moulding or automation solutions, from us he will always get a perfect injection moulding solution,” promises the subsidiary manager, emphasising the unique modularity of the Arburg machines which, thanks to the modular system, can be individually configured and so precisely meet customer specifications and application-specific requirements. Another increasingly-important feature he mentions is the effectiveness of moulded part production, in which not just the machines and production cells but also the entire production management system play a crucial role. In this regard, Arburg will present the new Selogica “Set-up Assistant” module and the Arburg host computer system.

Allrounder Hidrive for high productivity, fast cycles and energy efficiency
The hybrid Hidrive series is an impressive example of the advantages of Arburg modularity. This unites servo-electric clamping units, hydraulic injection units with servo-electric dosage and performance-optimised hydraulic accumulator technology in a single high-performance machine concept, which combines maximum production capacity with short cycles and reduced energy consumption. The Hidrive series now boasts six machine sizes and a clamping force range from 600 to 5,000 kN. As a representative of the powerful hybrid machines, an Allrounder 570 H with a clamping force of 2,000 kN will be exhibited at the Plastpol. It is equipped with a 4+4-cavity stack mould made by Männer and produces thin-walled closure caps in a cycle time of 4.4 seconds.

Cost-effective automation made simple
Arburg presents a complete production cell by combining an Allrounder 470 C Golden Edition with a Multilift Select robotic system. This excels not only in cost effectiveness, but also through exceptional ease of operation, due in no small part to the new Selogica “Set-up Assistant” module. This enables the installation technician to set up the machine and robotic system very easily and reliably, without detailed knowledge of the control system. The set-up assistant accompanies the installation technician throughout the set-up process – from installation of the mould through to automatic initial calculation of the parameters and the finished sequence. A highlight here is the teaching of the machine and robotic sequences. All the installation technician has to do is move to the required positions in succession and confirm them. The control system automatically adopts the task of entering all parameters, as well as completion of the machine sequence. In this way, the Selogica “Set-up Assistant” module considerably facilitates the work and, by structuring the process in individual steps, enables flexible handling of complex machine technology. Because each partial function can also be used individually, the installation technician is effectively supported during every mould change and set-up operation. Two main advantages of the Selogica “Set-up Assistant” module are of prime importance. Firstly, the installation technician no longer needs expertise in control systems in order to set up the entire injection moulding process. Secondly, preparation of the Allrounder for production is much faster than previously thanks to the supreme flexibility of the set-up assistant and the automatic functions which run in the background. The new Selogica module is therefore yet another well-conceived milestone on the road towards efficient production.

Production fully under control with the Arburg host computer system
Thanks to the fast set-up of the Allrounder machines, set-up times and therefore down times of machines are significantly reduced. Further potential savings in production can be achieved through the use of the Arburg host computer system (ALS), which will also be exhibited at the Plastpol. The ALS is the perfect control and monitoring instrument between production planning and the production sequence, guaranteeing constantly high product quality, exploiting production capacity to the full and minimising down times. Thanks to its modular structure, like all Arburg products, the ALS can be configured to suit specific customer requirements and is consequently also of interest to smaller injection moulding companies. A further advantage of the ALS is that injection moulding machines from other manufacturers, and not just Allrounders, can be connected.

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