In Germany in 1961, Karl Hehl developed his principle of a pivoting clamp and an interchangeable injection unit, known as the Allrounder concept.
This month at Arburg Inc.'s Irvine tech center, more than 100 customers and industry players gathered to celebrate 50 years of the technology. Irvine is a just stop along the road. By year's end, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG will have hosted more than two-dozen such events in 18 countries.
Today's modular Allrounder rests on Hehl's concept. He died in December at age 86.
Managing director of sales Helmut Heinson called the Lossburg, Germany-based firm “the most successful importer of German electric molding machines to the U.S.”
In March, Arburg launched the celebration tour in Lossburg with an entry-level version of its line of Allrounder Alldrive all-electric presses: the Edrive. On display at Irvine was a 66-ton Edrive 370.
Today, roughly 60 percent of U.S. presses are electric, said U.S. sales chief John Ward. He called the Edrive “an alternative to standard electric machines” that can offer energy savings up to 50 percent and low environmental emissions. Arburg Inc., the German firm's U.S. arm, is based in Newington, Conn.