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SHOW REVIEW | FAKUMA 2018


Above: An Allrounder 820H machine attracted attention at Fakuma


than 10% higher than in H1 2017. Electric machine orders increased by 18%, he noted. Gerhard Böhm, Managing Director of Sales, discussed market uncertainties arising from the “punitive tariffs” that have started to feature in global trade. “A few projects and/or decisions about production locations, none of which are time-critical in nature, are encountering slight delays. Until now however, any ramifications [from tariffs] have been very slight, not indicating any substantial changes on the business we conduct in our most important markets.” Heniz Gaub’s presentation outlined key features


of Arburg’s digitalisation offer to customers. Six new assistance packages are available that cover the areas of starting, setting up, optimising, producing, monitoring and service, and that provide the operator with active support during these various phases. These are available for the Selogica and Gestica control systems. Operating simulation is another area Arburg is


Right: Engel has updated its CC300 control unit, making it more respon- sive to user needs


expanding, and at Fakuma it showed an integrated filling simulation as an assistance system for the future. Gaub said this demonstrates the conveni- ence of the Gestica control system in supporting the machine operator in parameter setting by making the process displays easy to understand and follow. Engel called its digital approach The Next Step


at Fakuma, echoing the idea of guiding injection moulders along a route towards Industry 4.0. Stefan Engleder, CEO of Engel, said what is important to the customer is “What can I get now?” At the company’s press conference, he said: “Simplicity is taking centre stage.” This philosophy can be seen in improvements to


the CC300 control unit. Many of the improvements to CC300 are the result of specific customer requests, such as an overview of all components and tasks presented on the home screen. This


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means the machine operator can now switch between tasks (such as mould set-up) and compo- nents (such as the injection unit) even faster. Another response to customer needs comes in the form of tutorials that Engel has made available on the CC300 controls. The aim of the quick tutorials, says Engel, is “to support the system operator with unlocking the full potential of the injection moulding machines and systems solu- tions, without them needing to spend a great deal of time in training sessions or doing online re- search. The tutorials ensure that all employees in the factory are always brought up to the same level of knowledge.” Christoph Steger, CSO at Engel, presented a positive business outlook for the group, even with uncertainties emerging in some markets. The group is expecting a 6% rise in turnover to €1.6bn for the 2018/2019 fiscal year which ends in March 2019. This is lower than the 11% growth rate in the previous year, partly due to slower growth in North America. “The trade disputes between the major economic powers are creating uncertainty. They are making it difficult to give forecasts,” said Steger, especially given that they could impinge upon European exports. Countries in Europe continue to provide strong demand for Engel, particularly the German-speak- ing nations. Germany itself remains the biggest market for Engel, which has increased its sales in the country by 50% over the past five years. This is due to the global expansion of many companies based in Germany and additionally because of the high level of technological development among Germany’s injection moulders. The future of the KraussMaffei plastics machin- ery business lies in engineering quality combined


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