As part of the Thin Wall Integra joint project, ARBURG’s subsidiary in France and its partners are demonstrating how to economically produce thin-walled containers using top-quality recycled material and with maximum output. The project involves the high-volume processing of recycled material into thin-walled containers in a way that is fully automated, fast, and of a consistently high quality.
Jointly developed concept
The jointly developed concept is based on a fully automated injection moulding cell around a hybrid ALLROUNDER 720 H in packaging version. The total cycle time is only 5 seconds. In addition to the injection moulding machine, which is optimised for fast cycles, the sequentially operating robotic system is also a top performer. The handling system with telescopic arm that engages from the rear side of the machine first loads the mould with the IML labels. The robotic system then removes the labelled buckets and stacks them on a deposit mat. Next, the stacks are automatically picked up by a robot for palletising.
Processing of recycling material
The Thin Wall Integra joint project reflects the ecological considerations that are so important in plastics processing today. The product has a proportion of 55% recycled material. The ‘ecological design’ enables material savings of up to 35%. Added to this are the simplified stackability of the buckets and the use of ‘HolyGrail 2.0’ labels, which make it easy to recycle the materials used by type.
The fully automated project system is specifically designed for high-performance packaging applications that require speed, precision and efficiency, as well as ease of maintenance.