Fakuma visitors got a look at the first standard Arburg vertical injection press for insert molding, plus a new size of its Universal machines.
Arburg of Lossburg, Germany, displayed nine presses at the show. Its vertical machine, the 175 V, has a clamping force of 14 tons and a choice of three injection units, which can be used centrally or in the parting line. Features include a low table height and a small footprint.
Arburg officials said the Allrounder 175 V meets market demand for a simple, cost-effective vertical press. The press has a vertical clamping unit, making it easy to integrate the press into production lines or add sliding or rotary tables.
The minimum mold installation height is 4 inches. Maximum opening stroke is 9 inches.
The other Fakuma premier, the Allrounder 470 U, comes in clamping forces of 88, 110 and 121 tons. The fully hydraulic Universal machines feature a modular design.
In automation news, Arburg introduced the Multilift V cantilever robot, an addition to its Multilift V and HV robots. The cantilever can hold as much as 33 pounds and zooms along at 10 feet per second. It is designed for Arburg's larger-tonnage machines in the C and S series.
The cantilever robot has three servo-driven axes, each of which moves at high speed, powered by a maintenance-free, toothed belt drive. Another feature: absolute stroke measurement, which Arburg said replaces the need for axis reference movements to define the position each time the robot is started.
Multilift robots are controlled and programmed through Arburg's Selogica press controller.
The firm's U.S. unit is Arburg Inc. in Newington, Conn.