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Arburg Technology Days 2018

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Arburg Technology Days 2018

We have participated at Arburg Technology Days 2018. Around 6,300 invited guests from 54 nations came to Lossburg for the Arburg Technology Days, held from 14 to 17 March 2018. Around 660 employees and trainees played an active part in the event. They showed impressive commitment and made the time in Lossburg an unforgettable experience for the visitors.


The full range of machines, applications and processes for the efficient production of plastic parts was on show. Expert presentations, a special show on service, company tours, and above all the Efficiency Arena, which this year was all about “digital transformation”, provided numerous sources of inspiration.


Our concept has proven its worth, making the Technology Days the world’s largest in-house event for the plastics industry. Overall, between 1999 and 2018, we have welcomed more than 87,500 visitors to our Technology Days in Lossburg,” summarises Michael Hehl, Arburg Managing Partner and Spokesman for the Management Team. “The share of foreign visitors has steadily increased over the years, reaching 43 percent this year. For every second visitor, this is their first visit to the Technology Days and the first opportunity to get to know our products and services as well as our company “up close and personal”.


In 2018, the largest overseas contingents, with around 160 and around 100 participants, came from the USA and China. The largest number of guests from Europe were invited by the subsidiaries in Switzerland (around 200), France (around 185), Poland and the Czech Republic (each around 130) as well as the Netherlands and Austria (each around 100).”

Focus: digital transformation

Arburg has long been intensively focussed on the digitalisation of its products and services, aiming to enhance production efficiency even further for our customers. Numerous examples were on view under the slogan “for digitalisation” in the Efficiency Arena 2018. The focus was on six new assistance packages that actively support the machine operator and that are now available for purchase:
“4.set-up” for guided set-up,
“4.start-stop” for easier production start-up,
“4.optimisation” for reduced unit costs,
“4.production” for greater freedom during programming,
“4.monitoring” for process and quality monitoring and
“4.service” for fast online support.
Under the slogan “for assistance”, Arburg presented the Arburg host computer system (ALS), as well as the new Gestica control system, including a mobile version and Selogica in the new design (ND) at two additional stations in the Efficiency Arena.

“for connection” was the theme of the Connectivity Café

Here, Arburg experts from Software Development and the Turnkey department were available to provide information on the data exchange between machines, robotic systems, peripheral equipment, moulds and workpieces. In personal conversations, visitors learned more about issues such as the current status of the Euromap interfaces 77 (MES systems), 79 (robotic systems) and 82 (peripheral equipment) or for the synchronisation of machines and robotic systems in turnkey systems.

The “for visions” exhibition area offered a glimpse into the digital future

Also likely to be of interest in the future is the opportunity to work with a “digital twin” – a virtual simulation of a real machine. Under the heading of Augmented Reality (AR), an example was shown of how service can be improved in the future using computer-assisted augmented reality with virtual additional information or objects. In the Virtual Reality (VR) area, visitors were able to gain an insight into the clamping unit of the hybrid Allrounder 1120 H large machine and the production of the famous Arburg folding step stool in an interactive environment that cannot be seen in the real world. This is especially interesting in product development.


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