Arburg has been a successful system and technology partner for turnkey projects for many years. The new turnkey film from Arburg highlights the company’s extensive expertise and illustrates the journey from the idea to the finished production system.
Furthermore, renowned customers such as Vorwerk and ZF TRW report on their experience with project management for individual turnkey systems. The film can be viewed in the website Media Centre and on Arburg’s YouTube channel.
As a primary contractor, the Arburg Turnkey Department is on hand wherever specific expertise on automation, mould and process technology is required or when a number of operations need to be combined and the interfaces defined to realise a new product idea. In the “Turnkey with added value” film, Arburg experts explain the detailed project management and the process involved in creating the turnkey solution. Customers Vorwerk and ZF TRW report on their successful cooperation with Arburg in this area.
Customised turnkey solutions
“We assume responsibility for the entire project management, contribute our overarching expertise and supply a complete turnkey solution precisely adapted to the requirements at hand,” says Managing Director Sales Gerhard Böhm, listing the main advantages. The mix of different areas of expertise creates synergy effects that optimise unit costs and capital investment costs for the customer.
Overview, networking, experience and creativity
“As architects of turnkey systems, we coordinate and monitor the entire process: from project planning through to set-up and commissioning,” explains Matthias Vollmer, Project Engineer at Arburg. In a kick-off meeting, the task at hand is considered and all influencing factors are taken into account together with the customer. His colleague Tobias Hinsche adds, “These days, more and more complex process steps are linked together in all industries, while still maintaining high quality standards.” He explains that this task is not always easy and requires a great deal of experience and creativity. “During the development of turnkey systems, we therefore work in a networked manner, bringing all our various competencies to the table,” continues the project engineer. Thinking outside the box often gives rise to completely new solutions for the benefit of our customers.
ZF TRW: an expert partner offers reliability
At ZF TRW, the project was a new product idea for the automotive industry, as Heiko Beck, Manufacturing Engineer at ZF TRW reports, “We found ourselves confronted with complex production requirements. Not only was an automation solution required, but also mould and process-specific know-how. At first, we didn’t really know how we’d be able to achieve this. So we went in search of a partner with comprehensive expertise. A decisive advantage with Arburg is that I only have one contact person. This makes things easier for me to organise and gives me the security I need for the project.”
Vorwerk: a new process for greater flexibility
Martin Thalemann, Team Leader Plastics Processing at Vorwerk, values the Arburg approach of including the entire production process in planning. “Following a process simulation and a cycle time analysis, we reorganised the originally planned production process. Using a six-axis robot we linked two machines in order to significantly enhance our flexibility. From the outset, we had a really good feeling about the turnkey project. The fact that everything ran so smoothly in the end really delighted us.”
Sven Guhl, Project Commissioning Engineer at Arburg, describes an important aspect for fast and safe commissioning, “It’s of key importance that we’re able to test the complete turnkey system under production conditions and therefore optimise the process sequences in advance at Arburg. This speeds things up considerably at local level with the customer.”
High demand for Arburg films
The new turnkey film is available in the media library on the Arburg website (www.arburg.com/mediathek/videos) and on the “ARBURGofficial” YouTube channel. A total of more than 140 films about the company, as well as events, products and applications can be viewed on the two platforms. Arburg’s YouTube channel is visited around 650 times a day, with more than 1,790,000 views and more than 4,600 subscribers as at mid-November 2017 – more than any other injection moulding machine manufacturer.