"Economic miracle": Allrounder reliably in operation since 1966
- Wilh. Wissner wins "Economic Miracle" anniversary competition
- Allrounder 150 has produced suspender clips for 45 years
- Partner Eugen Hehl presents company with new electric Allrounder 370E as prize
Lossburg. As the highlight of the "50 years of Allrounder" anniversary, Arburg held its "Economic Miracle" anniversary competition at the Fakuma 2011 trade fair. The aim was to find the oldest Allrounder in original ownership, still being used in production. The prize was a new electric Edrive series machine. It went to the company Wilh. Wissner, Göppingen (Germany), which has been using it to produce clips for suspenders for 45 years. During a festive celebration in Lossburg on 8 December 2011, Arburg Partner Eugen Hehl handed over the Allrounder 370 E with Managing Partners Juliane Hehl, Michael Hehl and Renate Keinath in the presence of Managing Directors Helmut Heinson and Michael Grandt.
"I'm delighted that our technology of the day still works and is in reliable operation today," said Partner Eugen Hehl during presentation of the anniversary machine. "With our new electric Allrounder E 370, more application options will be available to you in the future."
"That's very much in line with our intentions. The high-quality Edrive machine fits perfectly into our plans," replied the delighted Wissner Managing Director, Dr. Andreas Lederer. "Because we know that Arburg offers sophisticated technology and perfect service, we will continue the Allrounder success story and keep this machine in operation for several decades too," he added with a smile.
Allrounder in operation continuously since 1966
Dr. Andreas Lederer was accompanied by Production Manager Siegfried Eberle and retiree Bernhard Nägele, who was responsible for commissioning the nominated machine, an Allrounder 150, in the autumn of 1966 in order to produce suspender clips. At the time, Wissner devised a solution for feeding the fabric strip onto which a plastic component was injection moulded. And the Allrounder 150 has been producing the same product to this day, a period of 45 years.
Durable machine technology from Lossburg
The high performance and durability of the first Allrounders is also evidenced by the fact that 160 companies - from Germany, Europe, the US and even South Africa - participated in the anniversary competition. All of these continue to use their Allrounders in injection moulding production to this day. The success story of the Allrounder injection moulding machines covering five decades is a veritable economic miracle - for our customers, for the sector and, of course, for Arburg. In 1961, the invention of the Allrounder principle revolutionised conventional ideas regarding injection moulding. For the first time, production was possible in different working positions using a pivoting clamping unit and interchangeable injection unit. New, modern application processes were thus made possible. Over the years, the unique modularity of the Allrounder injection moulding machines has developed from the Allrounder principle. Whereas in 1961, the Allrounder was a single machine for all applications, today, thanks to the unique modularity, the ideal machine can be individually configured for any application. Today therefore, the Allrounders precisely meet all customer and application-specific requirements. Since the market launch of the first Allrounders, the Arburg machines have been characterised by precision and reliability. All Allrounder machines are produced exclusively at the production location in Lossburg with the mark of quality "made by Arburg - made in Germany".
Winning machine produces lingerie
At Wissner, around a dozen Allrounders are in use today, including models from the first generation. In addition, the company regularly invests in new machines. It produces components with supporting, shaping, holding, adjusting and fastening functions for lingerie and orthopaedic products. In addition to suspender clips, these include bikini clips, bra underwires and bandage accessories. With the new Allrounder 370 E, the company wants to develop and produce new orthopaedic and medical technology products among others.
About ARBURG GmbH + Co KG
Arburg, a German machine construction company, is one of the leading global manufacturers of injection moulding machines for plastics processing with clamping forces between 125 kN and 5,000 kN. Fields of application include the production of plastic parts for motor vehicles, communications and consumer electronics, medical technology, domestic appliances and packaging. The product range is completed by robotic systems, complex projects and other peripherals. Arburg's operations are coordinated by an integrated management system and are DIN EN ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. However, production takes place exclusively in the parent factory in Lossburg (Germany) - with the mark of quality "made by Arburg - made in Germany". From a total of around 2,150 Arburg employees, 1,800 work in Germany. A further 350 employees work in Arburg's organisations around the world.
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com.