Arburg sees growth in packaging in Europe

German injection moulding machine maker Arburg is expanding the team at its Holsbeek subsidiary in Belgium, due to, what it says, are high demands for its Allrounder machines and intensified activity in the packaging technology and automation segments. This will provide Belgian customers with even stronger support and a comprehensive pre and aftersales service.

"We are pleased with the very positive business trend at our Arburg Belgium subsidiary," says a satisfied Managing Director Sales Helmut Heinson. Another reason for expanding the team as quickly as possible is the high order volume.

"We want to be even closer to our customers in the future", adds Simon Bemong, Managing Director of the Arburg subsidiary in Holsbeek. "Our effective Belgian team offers everything from first hand from application technology consulting through to commissioning of complete systems. And of course, our own well-trained service technicians ensure a fast, competent service."

After the overall plastics processing market in Belgium declined significantly in recent years, the situation has now largely recovered according to the assessment of the Arburg experts. "Our innovative injection moulding technology enables us to win market shares," explains Simon Bemong looking to the future with optimism: "I see the greatest potential in the packaging and automation sectors. Our customers require high-quality, reliable technology and intelligent automation solutions in order to remain competitive at global level. As a partner with around 60 years of expertise in plastics processing, we are able to provide them with competent support. Production cells have become ever more complex, as processes or assembly steps have been increasingly integrated in the injection moulding process," adds Simon Bemong. Automation is increasingly required for the linking of individual production steps.

Since this year, the Arburg range includes hybrid and electric injection moulding machines in the "Packaging" version especially for the packaging industry, which are characterised by high productivity in conjunction with reduced energy consumption. The "Packaging" machines of the Allrounder Hidrive (H) and Alldrive (A) series have been further developed. One example is the combination of distance between tie bars, clamping force and opening stroke to the required performance characteristics.

The "Packaging" versions are available in five sizes with clamping forces from 180-460 tonnes. On the injection side, up to four injection units are available for each machine type. The torsionally rigid, machine base with steel longitudinal supports is able to accommodate heavy mould weights and compensate for high load changes during mass movements. The FEM-optimised mounting platens combine the necessary rigidity with low weight. Together with servo-electric toggle-type clamping units, this facilitates fast opening and closing movements, leading to shorter overall cycle times. Energy savings of up to 30% can be achieved in comparison with hydraulic clamping systems.

Amongst the displays at the K show in October, Arburg will showcase a small Agilus six-axis robotic system implemented with the Selogica user interface and suspended on a linear axis. This enables more dynamic movements and faster entry into the mould, resulting in associated shorter cycle times and higher productivity, says the firm. A further benefit of this mobile solution is the greater working area available as the robotic system can move on the axis and the floorspace below can be used without restriction.

(IMA)

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