Product novelty 09. October 2023

ALLROUNDER 375 V: Transparency thanks to digital "Fingerprint"

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A compact turnkey system built around an ALLROUNDER 375 V produces “tyre levers” ready to use.
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Tyre levers: The insert is made of ISCC-certified POM, the PA is a recyclate (PIR).
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Each product is clearly traceable via "Invisible Tracing".
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A compact turnkey system built around an ALLROUNDER 375 V with a 1+1-cavity family mould produces the bicycle tool “tyre levers” ready to use. The application example shows how digitalisation and automation go hand in hand to produce plastic parts efficiently and with 100% traceability.

The turnkey system is a sophisticated production solution with a high degree of autonomy. The vertical machine overmoulds inserts with 50% glass fibre-reinforced PA 66/6 into a "remover" and an "installer". The insert is made of ISCC-certified POM, while the PA material is a post-industrial recyclate (PIR). The cycle time is around 45 s.

A a KUKA six-axis robot that is integrated into the machine controller and suspended to save floor space first feeds clips to a camera inspection and inserts them into the mould. The removed moulded parts are given a DM code in a laser station. They are supplemented with operating instructions and the tyre lever is assembled ready to use.

Then, a camera system in a separate station photographs a defined area of the component's surface. The "Invisible Tracing" technology from partner Detagto is used here. The image data is compressed and transferred to a database. 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.

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 moulding 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% traceability.

The application is also an example as part of the R-Cycle initiativ. Using what is known as the GS1 barcode standard, R-Cycle enables the automated storage of recycling-related data in digital product passports.