Taipei Plas 2016: “Golden” Allrounder for efficient plastic processing

From 12 to 16 August, Arburg will be presenting an electric and a hydraulic injection moulding machine at the Taipei Plas 2016 in Taiwan. An Allrounder 470 E Golden Electric machine of the electric entry-level series will produce pill splitters for the medical technology sector. A flexible smartphone bumper will be made from liquid silicone (LSR) on a hydraulic Allrounder. On both automated applications, part handling is performed via a linear Multilift Select robotic system.

570 E, 370 E, EDRIVE, Perspektive
570 E, 370 E, EDRIVE, Perspektive

“The Taipei Plas represents an excellent opportunity to present our team to our customers in Taiwan and to demonstrate the latest technologies and industrial applications,” says Michael Huang, Managing Director of the Arburg subsidiary in Taiwan, which was newly established in April 2016. “With the new electric Golden Electric machine series, we are continuing the success story of the hydraulic Allrounder Golden Edition. Both meet the requirements of high-performance entry-level machines for the precise and production-efficient manufacture of complex moulded parts. Beyond first-class machine technology, we also offer expert technical support – from project planning through to optimisation of the production processes and service.”

New Golden Electric machine series
The injection moulding machines of the new Golden Electric series impress with high-quality, proven Arburg technology “Made in Germany” at an attractive price/performance ratio. This is made possible through standardised components such as fixed combinations of distance between tie bars, clamping force and injection unit size. The Allrounder Golden Electric is available in the four machine sizes 370, 470, 520 and 570 with clamping forces of 600, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 kN. In Taipei, an Allrounder 470 E Golden Electric machine with a clamping force of 1,000 kN and a size 290 injection unit will produce pill splitters for the medical technology sector. For this purpose, four blades are inserted into the 4+4-cavity mould and overmoulded, while the upper section of the splitter is simultaneously produced from PC. The cycle time is around 25 seconds and the moulded part weight is 22 grams. Removal and assembly of the upper and lower sections is performed by a linear Multilift Select robotic system.

Technical injection moulding: Smartphone bumpers from LSR
At the Taipei Plas 2016, an hydraulic Allrounder, also with a clamping force of 1,000 kN and a size 290 injection unit, will be presented. The machine is designed for the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) and produces flexible LSR bumpers for the iPhone 6 in a cycle time of around 20 seconds. The part weight is 21 grams. The mould is supplied by Prover, the LSR dosage system by 2 KM. Handling is performed by a Multilift Select robotic system with a load-bearing capacity of 6 kilograms.
The Multilift Select is the entry-level model among the linear robotic systems from Arburg. It features servo-electric drive axes and is fully integrated in the Selogica machine control system. For the user, this means: only one data record, familiar approach during programming and perfect synchronisation of robotic system and machine. Moreover, the Multilift Select is extremely simple to program thanks to the teach-in function.

New Arburg subsidiary in Taiwan
Under the direction of Michael Huang, the Arburg subsidiary in Taiwan officially began operating in April 2016. The new location in Taichung is an important milestone for the further expansion of the global network and the activities in Asia. Arburg was previously represented by a trading partner in Taiwan since 1981. By taking on many of the Sales and Service employees from this partner, the customers can continue to benefit from the well-founded knowledge available and their familiar local contacts. The showroom offers space for three Allrounders, training rooms and a well-stocked spare parts store. The infrastructure in Taiwan will be expanded in a targeted manner, for example through wide-ranging service offerings and application technology consulting.