Marbach Werkzeugbau is currently working intensively on the topics of digitization and industry 4.0. The main focus here is on digital solutions for tools, processes and services. Within the scope of this project, Marbach has analyzed the future requirements of its customers. The results of this are the two components CONNECT|M and CONNECT|AR (Augmented Reality). CONNECT|M is a technology that intelligently connects the thermoforming tool, Marbach and the customer. CONNECT|AR is about virtual customer support via remote maintenance.
CONNECT|M contains different modules and extensions for the process data monitoring of important parameters such as pressure, temperatures, movements and impact forces. Measuring and monitoring is carried out by special sensors in the tool. By using the latest technologies and integrating cloud services, Marbach customers can analyze, optimize and monitor their thermoforming processes.
Marbach sales manager Hubert Kittelmann: "Our system is modular and can be retrofitted. In this way the thermoforming process becomes transparent and can be controlled and optimized on the basis of the determined data. Start-up and tool changes are quick and easy because tool parallelism can be set up in no time. This avoids long machine downtimes and increases productivity. Wear and tear on the tools can be reduced by optimal adjustment and monitoring of the parallelism, so that the lifespan of the tool is increased and costs saved. The result for our customers is maximum performance."
In addition, Marbach is part of a digital customer support project. Kittelmann continues: "Together with machine manufacturers, the European Thermoforming Division and manufacturers of thermoformed end products, we want to engage with a new dimension of customer support with the aid of AR glasses. This is what we call CONNECT|AR. In this way, our customers receive maximum performance in the production of their plastic packaging."
Customer support via data glasses is a type of remote maintenance with additional benefits. The big advantage is that the customer can be supported worldwide at exactly the right time. A Marbach expert will be available for the customer at any time, without being directly on-site. This makes support quick and uncomplicated. Travel costs are saved and long waiting times for a service technician will be a thing of the past. Thus, a consultation or solution is available quick and easy.
Marbach employs 1,500 people worldwide. As an employer Marbach attaches great importance to the health of its employees. Therefore, the company decided to offer its employees attractive bicycle leasing in 2017 at its headquarter in Heilbronn. Recently the 150th bicycle has been leased from Marbach.
Marbach is known in the market for providing individual solutions. So far, manual top knives have not been part of Marbach's portfolio. However, as customer requirements for high-precision manual top knives have become more and more demanding, Marbach has intensively dealt with this topic. The result is tools manufactured in a new production process which optimally meets customer requirements for more precision.
Marbach uses numerous dieboards for its cutting-dies. Depending on the requirements of the order, suitable dieboard material is selected in coordination with the customer. For high demands on the dimensional stability and service life of a tool, the Marbach portfolio includes various dimensionally stable dieboards.
With its innovation pure edge Marbach ensures satisfaction of packaging manufacturers and brand owners. This technology stands for beautiful visible edges for corrugated board packaging and so for sales-boosting presentation of branded products at the point of sale. In addition, pure edge impresses with its durability and permanently consistent die-cutting results.