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of about 750 million euros in 2022,
which puts the company above
and " beyond the level " of 2018,
which was a record year.
" We currently have a good
order backlog and are manufacturing
according to our planned
production schedule, " Boll said,
emphasizing that is the case in
spite of material shortages and
supply bottlenecks.
" Sounds trivial but, in fact, it is
not, " he added. " It is a complex
task that can only be accomplished
with the right product
range and planning systems. This
creates the necessary resilience
even in the event of material
shortages. "
Arburg's long-standing partnerships
with predominantly local
suppliers also helps as does its
high level of vertical integration,
Boll said.
As for opportunities for sales
and to promote sustainability, Arburg
offi cials introduced a new 3D
printer - Freeformer 750-3X -
that has an extremely large build
area, which they say continues
the trend in industrial additive
manufacturing toward becoming
more cost effective for day-to-day
production.
Faster forming
The build chamber of the
Freeformer 750-3X is about 2.5
times larger than its predecessor,
the Freeformer 300-3X, yet it has
the same external dimensions.
The part carrier now measures
750-square centimeters - the
name of the system refer to this
- but maintains stable temperatures
as the result of other technical
innovations, like the compact
size, slimmer melt pressure generators
for dosing and injecting, and
servo motors from AMKmotion, a
company in the Arburg family.
The new machines is faster, too,
with a higher discharge frequency,
and fl exibility to produce larger
parts or several articles in one
work cycle.
Arburg developers also tweaked
the Gestica brand control system,
which is built into Allrounder injection
molding machines, for the
additive manufacturing process.
This improved the Freeformer
750-3X's process stability, part
quality and build time.
Arburg offi cials said this means
that injection molding and industrial
additive manufacturing are
on the same platform in terms of
controller technology.
The printer automatically calculates
the amount of material required
per layer and is capable of a
higher discharge frequency following
upgrades in data processing.
As a result, latticed-support
structures, for example, can be
created with a build time that is
up to 55 percent faster than conventionally
built structures.
In one case, Arburg offi cials
said the build time for a hollow
tube produced with a Freeformer
750-3X was reduced 60 percent
compared to the standard printing
time, which had been 17 hours
and 33 minutes.
Changes to the lattice support
structures as well as accelerated
droplet discharge, boosted frequency
and increased layer thickness
- from 0.2 millimeters to
0.25 millimeters - were achieved
in 7 hours and 4 minutes without
compromising quality.
For another example, Arburg
offi cials said the build time for
an automotive window seal,
which had been 67 hours and 32
minutes, was cut 85 percent to 9
hours and 38 minutes.
Arburg offi cials said the
Freeformer system closes the gap
from pure prototyping to small series
production in terms of both
its size and speed of construction.
Satisfi ed with 2022
With the year drawing to a
close, Arburg offi cials are satisfi
ed with 2022 results, " even
though things are currently quieter
in terms of incoming orders, "
according to Gerhard Böhm, managing
director sales, service.
Böhm gave an overview of
what Arburg is seeing in different
markets and regions. He said in
Germany and the rest of Europe,
customers are cautious and limiting
investments to core projects
while the United States has shown
staying power - so far.
" However, with infl ation and
money market developments having
arrived, we are seeing the fi rst
signs of braking there as well, "
Böhm said. " Asia is still at a satisfactory
level for us in terms of the
annual planning. However, we exArburg
GmbH + Co KG
executives are stressing
the need to " master the
challenges ... [and] be
resilient " during K 2022.
Plastics News photo by
Caroline Seidel
pect a possible decline in demand
there as well. "
In terms of markets, automotive
is improving in the area of new
electric vehicles and medical has
currently reached, or somewhat
passed, its peak.
" The COVID wave is over and
the sector is developing again as
usual, " Böhm said.
Arburg continues to receive " a
good number " of inquiries from
the electrical, electronics
and
packaging sectors, he added.
" Nevertheless, the requested
volume is no longer at the level
it was in 2021, for example, "
Böhm said. " In general, we can
say that the consumption development
in the short and medium
terms will intensely infl uence
the coming months. "
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