Fakuma exhibit: ALLROUNDER 375 V

At Fakuma 2023, the application example of a tire lever will show how digitalization and automation go hand in hand to produce plastic parts efficiently and with 100 percent traceability. The turnkey system with multi-axis robot, overmolding of inserts, and parts assembly is a sophisticated production solution with a high degree of autonomy. With the bicycle tool, tires, and inner tubes can be quickly and easily removed from the rim and mounted again.

Processing of recyclate (PIR)

The tire levers will be produced ready to use by a compact turnkey system based around an ALLROUNDER 375 V. The vertical machine overmolds inserts with 50 percent glass fiber-reinforced PA 66/6 to form a "remover" and an "installer". The insert is made of ISCC-certified POM, while the PA material is a single-grade post-industrial recyclate (PIR). The cycle time is around 45 seconds. The exhibit will be equipped with ARBURG's recyclate package for homogeneous material preparation and consistently high product quality.

Space-saving automation

The complete parts handling process is carried out by a Kuka six-axis robot. No additional floor space is required for automation: the six-axis robot is suspended to save space and integrated into the machine controller.

Mark-free "Invisible Tracing"

Before the tire lever is placed on a conveyor belt, a camera system in a separate station photographs a defined area of the component's surface. The comparatively new "Invisible Tracing" technology from partner Detagto is used here. As every surface has tiny differences, similarly to a human fingerprint, each component can be clearly identified later at a separate test bay – in a way that is reliable, tamper-proof, and requires little effort.

100 per cent traceable using ATCM

On the exhibit, this invisible "fingerprint" is transferred to the ARBURG Turnkey Control Module (ATCM) Scada system. To do this, the ATCM records the data from the injection molding process for each component ID and links it with the results of the optical inspection of the insert and the digital fingerprint, thereby ensuring 100 percent traceability. The part-specific data can be retrieved by scanning the DM code, e.g. with a mobile device.

Tire lever: Transparency thanks to digital "fingerprint"

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