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Arburg Host Computer System ALS for Injection Molding Plants Completes 25 Years

The Arburg host computer system ALS was invented in 1986 being the first software particularly intended for injection molding facilities. The system allows machine networking, process monitoring and settings data documentation.

ALS is priceless even today enabling injection molding professionals to attain superior product quality reliably and ideal utilization of production capacity, reduction of downtime and significant enhancement of production efficiency.

On the occasion of the “25 years of ALS” anniversary, experts such as Michael Vieth, Group Leader TA Control Technology, provided information on the application capabilities of the Arburg host computer system ALS and demonstrated how it can be used to optimise efficiency in moulded part production. Photo: Tom Schleicher/vor-ort-foto.de

On the 25th anniversary of ALS in November 2011 companies interested in the ALS visited Arburg’s German plants in Lossburg, Rednitzhembach and Radevormwald. Professionals offered information on the range of applications that the host computer system can be used for and showed the technique of using it to optimize efficiency in the manufacture of molded components. Expert presentations on the breakthroughs achieved by ALS, its medical applications and its latest mobile developments enabled completion of the program.

The host computer system, control system and machines are manufactured internally, technical support and marketing are also from a specific source. The software solution has also been accurately designed according to the needs of injection molders ensuring a perfect process and component quality. ALS was SAP certified in 2009.

ALS is very useful for rapid acquisition, direct machine management and central planning of the machine and order data. The key benefit of ALS is its modular form beginning from a basic platform and customized according to the specific requirements of the company.

The fundamental expansion stages for operating and machine data acquisition (MDA and ODA) form the basis of all Arburg host computer systems that can be individually configured. These can be expanded and combined freely.

It is possible to connect around 5000 injection molding machines and Allrounders of different manufacturers are linked to a host computer system from Arburg.

The ALS analysis tool offers insights into running orders, batches, shifts, unit volumes and the present utilization level of the machine fleet. It is also possible to equip the PC terminals, smart phones, scanners and other web-capable devices with the novel functionality.

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