LOSSBURG, GERMANY (Aug. 30, 9 a.m. EDT) — At K 2004, Arburg GmbH & Co. will show new sizes of its Allrounder U and Allrounder A injection presses, and will unveil its newest control innovation.
But to learn about the control news, you'll actually have to visit Arburg's giant, 3,650-square-foot booth, because the company isn't revealing any details in advance.
The Lossburg-based press maker is stressing multicomponent molding, in-mold labeling and the modularity of its machines. The firm plans to show 10 Allrounder presses, including a machine with 38½ tons of clamping force, the new size for its Allrounder U. The “U” stands for Universal.
The small-press series has a modular design for the clamping force, size of injection unit and screw diameter. The machine features swivel clamping and an interchangeable injection unit. At K, a U machine will mold a connector.
Arburg also will show a new size of the Allrounder A, the electric Alldrive series, molding a technical part.
On Alldrive machines, customers can choose electric or hydraulic drives for several machinery functions. Another All-rounder A will demonstrate in-mold labeling on a four-cavity mold.
Arburg also will:
* Show two-component molding of a briefcase shell.
* Demonstrate multicomponent molding with a mold that rotates 120 degrees between two injection units. The finished part will be welded ultrasonically in an automated work cell.
* Make a two-component part from liquid silicone rubber and a thermoplastic resin on an Allrounder C.
* Mold a part, then finish the manufacturing process in the mold, on a fourth multicomponent press.
Arburg also plans to demonstrate the MuCell molding proc-ess, showing a special “advance” model equipped with an electro-mechanical dosage drive, the Arburg AES energy-saving system and a position- controlled screw.
Just don't ask Arburg about that control news until you get to Dusseldorf.