Sustainability in Practice

March 30, 2022

Sustainability in Practice

“Increased use of post-consumer recyclates (PCRs)”, “degradability,” or “design for recycling” are approaches that only function in a perfectly networked value chain. ARBURG recognises the dimensions of these types of extensive circular economy projects, and they are doing their utmost to contribute to solutions.

· Premiere: Greenplast makes its first appearance in Milan
· arburgGREENworld: eco-friendly and efficient manufacturing
· R-Cycle: digital product passport for precision sorting

The Greenplast trade fair will be held in Milan for the first time from May 3-6, 2022. The event will focus on sustainability, recycling and energy efficiency in the plastics and rubber industry. ARBURG will be demonstrating its expertise in circular economy and resource conservation with a turnkey system producing cups from bio-based polypropylene (PP) with a lasered R-Cycle code for single-sort recycling.

Allrounder produces cups from bio-based PP with QR code

Arburg will be exhibiting an electric Allrounder 470 A with a Multilift robotic system. The injection molding machine is additionally equipped with assistance packages that help with set-up, production start-up, process optimization, programming freedom, monitoring and service, making the Allrounder a true ‘smart machine.’

The fully-automated machine produces plastic cups made from bio-based PP in a single-cavity hot runner injection mold. Following the injection molding process, a QR code is lasered onto the cups in line with the R-Cycle initiative. This digital product passport enables the cups to be precisely sorted and recycled after use. The pivotal element of R-Cycle is a database that contains all the information about the materials used. Arburg will use this application example to show how it is possible to obtain high-quality recyclate from post-consumer plastic products and close the cycle of recyclable materials.

arburgXworld and Arburg host computer system ALS as demos

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the arburgXworld customer portal and Arburg host computer system ALS at two stations and try them out live. Both methods are modular and have features that help make production more efficient.

The arburgXworld portal already offers customers comprehensive digital support and access to a wealth of information from Arburg’s extensive know-how as a free basic version and numerous apps and configuration levels. Key features include an overview of the machine fleet (MachineCenter) and online spare parts ordering (Shop).

Arburg continually updates its customer portal with new digital services that create added value and make everyday injection molding easier.
Connecting to the Arburg host computer system (ALS) makes it possible to record and analyse production data in real-time and significantly increase production efficiency and transparency.