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During the past ten years, the specially equipped truck of the French training and further education institute “Destination Plasturgie” has extended its tours into Belgium each spring. The initiative for this campaign came from Simon Bemong, who heads Arburg's subsidiary in Belgium. The objective is to promote plastics processing among interested students and to recruit them for jobs at plastics processing companies.

An interesting side effect of “Truck on Tour” is that the future professionals come into contact with Arburg through its corporate presentation and plastics processing technology in the exhibition truck. Simon Bemong, Managing Director of Arburg Belgium explains:

“The truck provides enough space for a small exhibition stand at which we can present Arburg and our technology. An electric Allrounder 370 A is used to present injection moulding 'live', as well as the extrusion and thermoforming processes. The event is further enhanced trough presentations on the topic of plastics held by representatives of industry institutions or plastics processing companies.”

Each year, the truck visits five destinations within one week. The students are divided into groups of about 15 participants on average, which adds up to around 60 visitors in the morning and 60 more during the afternoon. Each year, “Truck on Tour” therefore informs some 600 interested parties about the plastics industry and Arburg.

The state-run Belgian industry association PlastIQ, which includes members of companies and trade unions, is now also participating in these activities as a supporting institution. It ensures a high level of participation as well as providing top-class presentations. After ten years, the event is known in the industry nationwide and is always well attended.

Simon Bemong comments: “This unique campaign has become popular among all of the target groups. The customers see that 'Arburg is doing something for plastics and education' and school and university students associate our company with plastics processing from the outset.”

Each year, the articulated truck tours covers some 40,000 kilometres during the plastics campaign alone. In order for the exhibited Allrounder injection moulding machine to also produce “live”, the vehicle is equipped with the necessary connections and can be operated autonomously. The “Truck on Tour” travels 650 kilometres just to get to Arburg's selected event locations.

The “Engineer Powerwoman 2015” career prize was presented at the Hannover Messe as part of the “WoMenPower” special conference. This annual award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated excellence in the MINT (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) sector. Agnes Bagsik, who heads Arburg’s Freeformer Technology Development group, was among the three finalists. As an innovative machine manufacturer, Arburg also targets women in its search for dedicated staff.

“We are delighted that Agnes Bagsik won through against a large number of contestants and was selected by the panel of judges as one of three finalists for the 'Engineer Powerwoman’ award,” said Managing Partner Renate Keinath, who is responsible for Human Resources Management at Arburg. “This makes her a strong role model for all women who are interested in a technical career with us and whom I would like to encourage to take the step into mechanical engineering. After all, as an innovative, family-run business and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machines for plastic processing, we rely on dedicated, well-trained employees, to whom we offer excellent, long-term career prospects.”

Agnes Bagsik drives forward development of the Freeformer

A graduate mechanical engineer, Agnes Bagsik is a team manager at Arburg and is responsible for the technological development of the Freeformer. This new system for industrial additive manufacturing celebrated its international debut at the K trade fair in 2013 and is currently being launched on the various markets worldwide. Agnes Bagsik acts as a link between the areas of development and customer requirements, as well as handling cooperative partnerships with universities and colleges. “To develop and further this brand new technology right from the start is a fantastic challenge and motivation for me,” said Agnes Bagsik, who has a highly demanding and varied job at Arburg. Her tasks include the adaptation of software and hardware to the various processes and applications. Among other activities, she was involved in the development of a water-soluble supporting material and made a major contribution to ensuring that the Freeformer is able to individualise high-volume parts in line with customer requirements.

Engineer Powerwoman 2015 career prize

The “Engineer Powerwoman 2015” career prize is awarded by Deutsche Messe every year to a woman who has made a mark or played a key role in innovation within a company through her dedication, ideas or work. The winner was Dr Jelena Stojadinovic (Membrasenz), who prevailed in the final against Agnes Bagsik (Arburg) and Dr Cynthia Morais Gomes (BIM, the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing).

Photo (right to left): Gabby Aitink-Kroes, winner of the 2014 career prize, panel of judges chairwoman Prof. Barbara Schwarze, prize-winner Dr Jelena Stojadinovic (Membrasenz) and finalists Agnes Bagsik (Arburg) and Dr Cynthia Morais Gomes (BIM).

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:05

Innovations on Tour at Arburg

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As part of the “Innovations on Tour” series, Hasco paid a visit to cooperation partners Arburg on 14 July, presenting its range of services for standards and hot runner technology. Arburg demonstrated the advantages of electrically-driven injection moulding machines. The focus was on the topics of efficiency and innovation. Almost 50 participants from around the region took the opportunity to exchange experience in Lossburg.

In a number of exciting presentations, the Hasco speakers offered an overview of forward-looking hot runner technology, efficiency improvements in mould construction through the use of innovative standards, optimal machining and the benefits of DLC technology in which a diamond-like carbon coating is applied.

Rolf Reuschle, Hasco’s Director of Sales for South-West Germany, started the event by welcoming the participants. “Today we are going to tell you about a number of innovations and trends in mould construction. Arburg has kindly provided us with the perfect framework for our presentation.”

Eberhard Lutz, Arburg’s German Sales Manager, added: “Here in the Black Forest region, we can reach an unusually large number of innovative mould makers and plastics processors.” His presentation focused on the opportunities available for increased efficiency in injection moulding plants.

Secure future for electric drives
Based on a sample calculation for comparable hydraulic and electric machines, the amortisation period for an electric Allrounder from the new Edrive series was only around half a year. This results from the fact that electric drives significantly reduce cycle times during injection moulding and that greater precision and part quality reduce the number of rejects, cutting energy consumption by up to 50 percent, explained Eberhard Lutz: “The higher purchasing costs associated with an electric machine were thus quickly balanced out. Moreover, injection moulding companies can achieve considerable potential savings by further optimising their processes.”

Volker Wittmer from Hasco showed how electric servo motors can be used to drive not only injection moulding machines, but also the needle shut-offs of hot-runner nozzles. He explained that this forward-looking technology was now ready for series production and offered numerous advantages. He presented a nozzle for direct lateral injection in multi-cavity moulds as an innovation in hot runner technology that was particularly suited to the packaging sector. Among the benefits he mentioned were the facts that divided mould inserts were not required and that leakage could be avoided.

Increased efficiency in mould construction
In his presentation, Christoph Gerber from Hummel discussed hot runner control and the machine technology required for this. Frank Minninger, Hasco Technical Sales, explained how efficiency in mould construction could be increased through the innovative use of standards. He explained how moulds were being subjected to ever increasing demands. In view of the costs involved, production must be as efficient as possible. This was achieved through the application of standards during design that are conventionally covered by individual functions and tasks. This enables a lot to be achieved with little expenditure.

Alexander Ulman from Hasco used a number of practical examples to illustrate the benefits of DLC coatings in comparison with conventional corrosion protection. These primarily involved high wear resistance and hardness, resulting in longer service life – plus an associated increase in productivity. DLC coatings are particularly suitable for moving mould components, such as cores, slides and ejectors. The theoretical part of the event was rounded off by the presentation by Klaus Zimmermann from Hasco on the machining of Toolox33 and easy clamping methods.

The multifaceted programme was supplemented by practical discussions and a tour of the Arburg Customer Center with approximately 30 injection moulding machines, which are used to test customer moulds, for example.

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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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