ALS User Meeting 2021

Experts exchange ideas and experiences at ARBURG

On 18 November 2021, ARBURG hosted another ALS User Meeting. The COVID-compliant live event met with a very positive response. A total of around 60 participants came to Lossburg to find out about new features and receive valuable tips and suggestions regarding the ARBURG host computer system.

ALS with new features
As part of the User Day, numerous ALS innovations were presented up to the current version. Among these is the conversion of the server modules to 64 bit, meaning practically unlimited storage capacity. In addition to many detailed improvements, another important feature is the capacity to anonymise personal data and “digital fingerprints” of former employees in compliance with the GDPR.

Getting started with paperless production and the Smart Factory
ALS expert Patrick Wahl demonstrated the advantages of paperless production live on a cup-producing Allrounder 370 A and used a tablet to provide insights into the machine terminal with mobile ALS modules. These can be used to view the process status and production progress, for example, and to visualise current indicators regarding OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) and quality. Further resources can be added easily. This saves an enormous amount of time, creates transparency, and reduces paper consumption by several thousand kilograms per year when extrapolated to the companies participating in the User Meeting.
ALS team colleague Markus Widmaier gave valuable tips and advice on all aspects of the Smart Factory and transparent production.

Röchling Medical increases production efficiency with ALS
One customer that already puts many of the points mentioned into practice is Röchling Medical from Waldachtal. Daniel Tobien, Head of Production, explained in his fascinating presentation how the medical technology company has hugely increased productivity and patient safety. Since 2018, a total of 14 assembly machines and lines and 1,400 active moulds have been connected to ALS, in addition to around 65 injection moulding machines, 43 of which are in the clean room. “As a result, we have increased part quality, improved sequences, and can optimally document and analyse our processes,” stated Daniel Tobien.