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 is already looking forward to the opening of drupa on 16 June 2020. The most important international trade fair for the printing industry, which takes place every four years, is a very special highlight for Marbach. In addition to its latest innovations, Marbach will present its extended portfolio of packaging services in Duesseldorf.
With its calibration tool package, Marbach ensures that its customers can quickly and easily re-adjust the components of their die-cutting machine for flat die-cutting of corrugated board. This results in a significant reduction of set-up and make-ready times.
Marbach started its training program one and a half years ago. Under the name "Marbach Academy. More knowledge. More skills." Today Marbach offers practice-oriented training courses in all aspects of die-cutting packaging. The new training program for 2020 is now available
The portfolio of Marbach Die Supplies includes materials for the rubbering of cutting-dies. When it comes to rubber materials, the most important thing is that they are resistant and durable. When used in the right place in the cutting-die, they ensure that the paperboard material is ejected optimally during the cutting process. In addition, they ensure the stability of the nicks and thus provide smooth production processes in the die-cutting machine.