Sumitomo (SHI) Demag says its latest IntElect Smart range of injection moulders fill an important gap in the electric injection moulding machine (eIMM) market.
Tackling some of the key obstacles that may have previously deterred injection moulding companies from making the switch to all-electric, the Series 5 version of the IntElect Smart machine (available in 50–160 tonnes) overcomes the need for hydraulic cores, delivers accurate dosing and includes a strong, fast and precise ejector mechanism.
'The way in which the moulding market is developing, we are seeing a greater number of UK trade moulders expanding their portfolio and moving into precision sectors, such as packaging caps and closures,' said Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s UK Managing Director Nigel Flowers.
'In many instances, mass-produced components are getting smaller and more intricate while being produced on an industrial scale. As a result we’re entering an era where precision and quality aren’t confined to the electronic or medical device market and demand for shorter cycle times, coupled with energy efficiency savings and precision is driving customers towards eIMM’s.'
The way in which the moulding market is developing, we are seeing a greater number of UK trade moulders expanding their portfolio and moving into precision sectors
Sumitomo Demag says the Series 5 delivers enhanced efficiency, precision and productivity, giving moulders a competitive edge and enabling them to expand and pursue new business opportunities.
For example, the company has integrated the hydraulic power pack into the Series 5 range, eliminating the need for an additional external power pack which can cost between £3,600 and £4,370.
In addition, direct servo drives allow for higher levels of precision, improved repeatability and shorter cycle times than indirect electric drives.
The Series 5 range also includes a fast cycling package, typically saving between 5–10%, and also incorporates the latest kinetic energy recovery technology. Energy monitoring and cycle analysis are offered as standard, presenting users with the raw data to optimise output processing cycles while keeping an eye on energy consumption.
As the Series 5 is an all-electric machine, there is no gearbox creating friction and this protects the longevity of the clamp screw. For greater processing flexibility, the series includes the most popular A-2, A-1, A, B and C clamp screw sizes, giving moulders access to a wider variety of cavitation and shot sizes.
'These new features on the Series 5 are more than just cosmetic,' said Flowers. 'Their introduction will enable high-end trade and packaging moulders to embrace new market opportunities and compete on the global stage. Going all-electric is not just about reducing your CO2 footprint, but also about creating a sustainable manufacturing future.'