Industry 4.0

Networked: machines, processes and products

With automated ALLROUNDER injection moulding machines, the freeformer for additive manufacturing and own IT solutions such as the ALS host computer system, ARBURG is evolving into a system supplier for networked production in the digital factory.

Already today, the topic of Industry 4.0 directly affects ARBURG, its customers and the entire plastics industry. The networking of all technical components and production data required for a manufacturing process as well as end-to-end production traceability play an important role.


  • Flexibility: individualised products in single-unit batches by linking injection moulding and additive manufacturing using Industry 4.0 technologies
  • Transparency: the ARBURG host computer system ALS transfers the process data and enables part-specific traceability.
  • ARBURG as system supplier: automated ALLROUNDER injection moulding machines, freeformer and ALS host computer system from a single source

Application examples

Office scissors
The freeformer additively applies three-dimensional individualized lettering in PP onto office scissors. Mass-produced items can be individualised without the use of a mould in this fashion using ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF). At a layer height of 0.21 mm, the construction time is only around 2 min.
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Light switch
At the special Additive Manufacturing Plaza exhibition at the Hannover Messe 2015, ARBURG demonstrated a fully networked process chain involving injection moulding and additive manufacturing, including host computer technology. Here, rocker-type light switches produced in high volumes were individualised.
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Toy buggy
Parts-based online data acquisition and archiving ensure transparent production and 100% traceability. This entails the data integration of machines, order information and process data. The production of a toy buggy provides an example of how Industry 4.0 can work in practice.
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"Smart" luggage tags
A pioneering Industry 4.0 application is the spatially distributed production of "smart" customised luggage tags as single-unit batches. Equipped with an NFC chip, the product becomes an information carrier and independently controls its own way through the IT-networked process chain.
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