Individualisation of mass-produced articles using additive manufacturing integrated with Industry 4.0

Arburg presents individualisation of mass-produced articles using additive manufacturing integrated with Industry 4.0 at the Hanover Messe 2015 Pre-Fair Press Conference in Berlin, Germany on February 3rd, 2015. 
Two worlds will converge at the Hanover Fair 2015: the worlds of additive manufacturing and injection moulding. As an exclusive partner of the “Additive Manufacturing Plaza”, the special new exhibit at the leading “Digital Factory” trade fair from 13 to 17 April, Arburg will demonstrate how this works. Arburg is the ideal partner to Deutsche Messe AG, the organiser of the Hanover Fair, because with its Freeformer and Allrounders, the innovative machine construction company covers the entire industrial manufacturing spectrum of efficient plastic parts production, from one-off parts to mass production.
The main focus of the fair, “Industrial Automation and IT”, combines two leading trade fairs, “Industrial Automation” and “Digital Factory”. In 2015, the “Additive Manufacturing Plaza” will be held for the first time as part of the “Digital Factory”, with exclusive partner Arburg, in a prominent position in Hall 7 of the exhibition centre. This special exhibit deals specifically with the use of additive processes in industrial production. Heinz Gaub, Arburg Managing Director Technology & Engineering, comments: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to present our Freeformer and the patented technology of Arburg Plastic Freeforming in this setting. Firstly, this confirms both the significance of our new industrial system for additive manufacturing and the individualisation of plastic parts as well as the importance of Arburg as a source of expertise in this future-oriented sector.”

Photo: With the Freeformer for additive manufacturing and Allrounder injection moulding machines, Arburg covers the entire industrial production spectrum. At the Hanover Fair 2015, Arburg combines two processes for the individualisation of mass-produced parts.
Additive manufacturing generates more value from high-volume products
In collaboration with cooperation partners, Arburg demonstrates how, through additive manufacturing, mass-produced articles can be finished in such a way that manufacturers can generate added value from them. The objective of producing individual plastic parts on an industrial scale is presented by means of a process
chain with Industry 4.0 technology. The items under production are “rocker-type light switches” from Gira, the renowned manufacturer of facility management systems.
The technology and expertise in the field of additive manufacturing and the injection moulding of high-volume products, as well as the networking of processes via a host computer system, all originate from Arburg. In addition to Gira (product design and mould construction), other project partners are Trumpf (lettering applied to parts by laser), Fuchs Engineering (quality checks) and Fpt Robotik (Automation).
The entire process chain, “development – production – application”, is demonstrated by means of individual process modules. The process steps commence with product design, followed by the recording of an order and injection moulding production, including lettering applied by laser, plus a quality check. This is followed by the main step of additive part individualisation. The process is rounded off by packaging and the demonstration of comprehensive traceability via a linked host computer.
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