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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag drives system integration, focuses on sustainability and unveils solutions for modern networking via Industry 4.0. Schwaig, September 2021 - At Fakuma 2021, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH, Schwaig, will present numerous new products showcasing itself as a competent machine partner and innovative and sustainable innovation driver.


All-electric injection moulding machines for LSR, IMD, medical and packaging applications


The trade fair presentation will be supported by three all-electric injection moulding machines from the IntElect series, plus one from the company’s El-Exis SP packaging range.

An IntElect 130/520-450, including an LSR package, showcases state-of-the-art elastomer injection moulding integrated with the Servomix Z200 metering system from partner Nexus Elastomer Systems GmbH, Eberstalzell (Austria). For its inaugural presentation to the global trade audience, the LSR exhibit will demonstrate the production of a freeform automotive axial seal. "16 cavities, burr-free, no conversion," succinctly states Henrik Langwald, Director Automotive & Electronics.

An IntElect 220/660-1100, equipped with a special plasticising unit for processing crystal-clear multilayer PC, demonstrates all of the IMD advantages in a single, seamless process. Automating the production of emblems for automotive exterior applications, the IMD decoration process involves back-injecting a second surface using a single image followed by contactless cleaning in a laminar flow box. "This ISO Class 7 cleanroom and fully automated process corresponds well with our new ‘handle&place’ concept," explains Langwald.

Corroborating the company’s digitalisation and interface competence is a fully automated and highly efficient production cell for technical medical parts. The exhibit focuses on the IntElect S 100/460-250 with an automation system from Waldorf Technik GmbH, Engen, based on the German partner’s patented Vario Tip FSS system. “The uncompromising design of this trade exhibit showcases the production of medical parts and caps for insulin syringes, on a 16-cavity mould in a total cycle time of around six seconds", reports Anatol Sattel, Director Medical.

Once again, an El-Exis SP 250 proves its high-speed capabilities manufacturing a cup application. The hybrid machine for packaging impressively demonstrates high speed, user-friendliness and durability. "Opening and closing sides are the fastest on the market," reports Arnaud Nomblot, Director Packaging.

“The origins of the short cycle times and 1,000 mm/s injection speeds can be attributed to the hydraulic accumulator. As a result, processors can produce even thinner and lighter packaging items, resulting in a significant reduction in raw material requirements, packaging waste and shipping costs.”


Permanent condition monitoring of machine status


Another booth highlight is the inaugural launch of a series of permanent machine status condition monitoring systems. Reducing maintenance costs while maintaining reliability, they can be used to determine the actual degree of wear and tear, enabling early detection and optimal maintenance planning towards the end of the service life of the injection moulding machine. Utilising condition monitoring, complex processes can be reliably analysed directly on the machine. Making it possible to monitor critical parameters, which typically requires considerable effort and resources.

“At Fakuma 2021, we will present three options that can be implemented across all series," reports Dr. Thorsten Thümen, Senior Director Technology. “The first option helps to keep all-electric machines permanently energy-efficient and powerful. Another serves to optimise hydraulic machine oil parameters and maintain component quality. The third reliably monitors control voltage across the entire injection moulding machine series," he explains.


New slogan "Act! Sustainably": Sumitomo (SHI) Demag commits fully to sustainability


At Fakuma 2021, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag draws special attention to the ecological progress being made within the production landscape. A new slogan “Act! "Sustainably", to which the company is totally committed and underpins all future innovations, will be communicated across the booth. Firmly integrated into the company’s corporate and CSR mission statement, only machines and equipment that contribute to this sustainability statement will be showcased.


Futureproof Industry 4.0 networking tools and web-based software


Meeting all future networking and communication requirements in the context of Industry 4.0, all of the company’s robots and machines are now completely aligned to the OPC/UA control, monitoring and integration interface. Additionally, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag presents its advanced web-based software solution myConnect. This central platform gives customers direct access to a wide range of fully networked support services. Additionally, the myConnect system helps to enhance the management of inefficiencies, reduce costs, improve total cost of ownership, troubleshoot errors and minimise downtime.


ABS opaque onyx shell made in collaboration with Sepro


In another interesting display, long-standing automation partner Sepro Robotique will produce an onyx-style shell on an all-electric IntElect 130/520-450 injection moulding machine. Using a tool created by Polar-Form Werkzeugbau GmbH, Lahr, the two tone black and white translucent layered mineral will be convincingly replicated in ABS. An innovative application of this intricacy requires a moulding machine of the highest performance, maximum dynamics, greatest precision with an excellent energy balance, supported by Sepro’s equally optimised automation platform.