Irvine, Calif. — Arburg Inc. gave its full attention to the implications of Industry 4.0 in a well-attended seminar at its U.S. West Coast technology center.
President Friedrich Kanz welcomed attendees at the Nov. 8 event and noted the business was marking its 10th anniversary in the Irvine facility and it 25th year on the coast. Arburg Inc., headquartered in Rocky Hill, Conn., is a subsidiary of Arburg GmbH + Co. KG of Lossburg, Germany.
Michael Stark, Arburg national sales manager, provided a primer on Industry 4.0 and said it basically "means the exchange of data and information between machines."
He acknowledged that climbing the Industry 4.0 learning curve can cause an individual to struggle with grasping the basics.
In exploring the possible avenues, a processor should "start the journey with a proven supplier and technology," he said, noting that Arburg has dealt with computer-integrated manufacturing issues since 1986.
He discussed the progress on multifaceted Euromap standardization using the machine-to-machine open platform communication united architecture communications protocols for secure and reliable exchange of data.
"The benefits are limitless," Stark said, mentioning traceability, complete work cell integration, all aspects of program planning, personalized production, lights-out manufacturing, remote access and machine artificial intelligence.
Juergen Giesow, Arburg director of technology and engineering, emphasized the value of flexible production technology including integrated work steps yielding "ready-to-use" parts and industrial additive manufacturing such as Arburg's Freeformer series. As introduced in November, the large-format Freeformer 300-3X model can produce complex, functional hard/soft parts using support structures.
Arburg continues development on components, material compatibility and technology to expand the Freeformer envelope.
Giesow discussed Arburg's Allrounder presses and their modularity with flexible robot systems, the internally developed Selogica control system and the plant management Arburg LAN System, known as ALS.
For more about the "competitive advantage" of Industry 4.0 technology, Giesow encouraged attendance at the parent company's annual Technology Days in March in its Lossburg headquarters.