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FAKUMA 2018 | SHOW REVIEW


Machinery groups shift focus of Industry 4.0


Fakuma 2018 was less about the concepts of Industry 4.0 and more about practical steps that injection moulders can take in using a digital approach to production. David Eldridge reports


Industry 4.0 has been a dominant subject present- ed by injection moulding machinery companies at Fakuma in the past few years. It was noticeable at this year’s event in October that Industry 4.0 was less prominent in the promotions of exhibitors, both on their stands and in media briefings. Nonetheless, major companies have not eased back on development of this important, forward- looking approach to plastics manufacturing, but have instead given it a focus that aims to meet the more immediate needs of injection moulders. “The term ‘digitalisation’ has replaced the term ‘Industry 4.0’ to an extent,” said Heinz Gaub, Managing Director of Technology & Engineering,


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at Arburg. The group’s theme at Fakuma 2018 was “The Road to Digitalisation”. During the group’s press conference, Michael Hehl, Managing Partner, said that with Arburg’s products and services, its injection moulding customers can “have the peace of mind of knowing that they are safely on the way to digital transformation at all times, regardless of whether they are just embarking on that path, or have already got quite a long way down the road”. Arburg expects its sales in the second half of 2018 to be good, following a first half in which it was well ahead of 2017, said Jürgen Boll, Manag- ing Director of Finance, at the press conference. The value of incoming orders in H1 2018 was more


Arburg’s theme on its Fakuma stand was “Road to Digitalisation”


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