Sumitomo (SHI) Demag presents a future-ready K 2019 showcase

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag presents…

Sumitomo  (SHI)  Demag  Plastics  Machinery  GmbH will  unveil  its  fastest, most energy efficient, sustainable, data driven integrated machine line-up at K-2019. Presenting five machines,  the  company  is  continuing  its  staunch  focus  on  delivering  “Precision. Power. Productivity.” to plastic moulders globally.

Having reported another double-digit (13%) turnover increase after modernising its production and sales approach  last  year,  Sumitomo  (SHI)  Demag  will  unveil  five  energy  efficient  machines.  In  addition,  the company will launch a new eMultiPlug innovation, showcase its technical prowess in Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) moulding, plus provide an interactive area where customers can test out the latest smart diagnostic and  support  services  using  myConnect. With  all  this  on  display,  K 2019  promises  to  be  the unmissable plastics exhibition to round off the decade.

CEO Gerd Liebig comments: “Sustainability, productivity, energy resources, plastic waste, Industry 4.0, big data, automation -these have all been headline topics over the past ten years. As we race towards the end of the decade, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is celebrating some significant milestones and showcasing how we are assisting moulders to tackle these topical circular economy and efficiency challenges.”

For Gerd, K-2019 marks the start a new era for plastic manufacturers. As well as new medical device and packaging legislation to comply with, European moulders have been contending with the plastic backlash, while  attempting  to  navigate  the  circular  economy,  maintain  business  productivity,  support  the  switch  to eco-cars, plus factor-in labour skills shortages.

Despite the challenges, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has continued to invest resources and R&D developing the  most  dynamic,  high  speed,  sustainable  and  precise  moulding  machine  line  up  to-date.  All  will  be unveiled in Hall 15, Booth D22. Here’s what’s coming:

Smarter customer support services

Industry 4.0 provides  an opportunity  for plastic manufacturers to obtain and act upon detailed insight gathered  frommachinery  data.  Through  the  use  of  connected  devices, production managers  can better manage inefficiencies, reduce costs, improve Total Cost of Ownership and minimise machine downtime.

At K 2019, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will unleash  the future of smart services, presenting a connected cell featuring the latest remote disgnostics, online support, document tracking and spare part ordering. Visitors to K 2019 will be able to use connected terminals to see how myConnect software will enhance customer service and be a launchpad for future data-driven efficiency improvements.  

Andreas Holzer, Director Customer Service at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag comments: “Not only have our moulding technologies advanced to a level that delivers fast cycle times, unparalleled process stability and market-leading energy efficiency, now we can offer customers end-to-end processing traceability and the ability  to  monitor  and  reconcile  data  from  numerous  machine  sources.  Machine  uptime,  productivity, traceability  and  decision  making  can  all  be  enhanced by deploying  real time  visibility.  In addition to enhancing customer service response times, this seamless connectivity will be integral to future productivity in moulding facilities worldwide.”

Two energy-enhanced El-Exis SP addressthe packaging agenda

Consuming up to 20% less energy than its predecessors, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is bringing two energy-enhanced  El-Exis  SP  machines  to  K-2019 -a  large  and  a  smaller version.  Catering  specifically  to  the packaging moulding markets, the ultra-high speed range ensures manufacturers never need to compromise on quality, production efficiency or sustainability.

In a live demonstration at K-2019, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will produce the equivalent of 130,000 water bottle caps an hour on a 72-cavity mould on an El-Exis SP

“Capable of delivering the lowest dry cycle times, the machines in the latest series have high process consistency  and  high  energy  efficiency,”explains  Arnaud  Nomblot,  Director  Business  Development Packaging at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.

Central to the machine's fast cycle time is the hydraulic accumulator, which achieves injection speeds of up to 1000 mm/s. This enables moulders to produce even thinner packaging items. The range is also one of the fastest machines in  the market for  injection dynamic. “The combination of speed with high quality moulding repeatability helps to minimise packaging production waste,”adds Nomblot.

High-tech touchfoil automotive consoles produced on new IntElect 500

To  make  driving  more  comfortable  for  motorists,  at  K-2019,  Sumitomo  (SHI)  Demag  will  demonstrate  a trailblazing, as-yet unseen, touchfoil interactive decoration for a vehicle console on a brand newIntElect 500 being unveiled at the show.

Ranging now up to 500 tonnes, the new IntElect series combines precision, energy efficiency and much larger mould space. As a result of the big tie bar spacing, increase in mould height and opening stroke, the new  IntElect  models  accommodates  larger  moulds,  providing  a  less  energy  intensive  machine  for automotive applications that would previously have required a larger tonnage.

The new IntElect 500 can accommodate larger moulds, providing an alternative, energy efficient option for automotive applications that would previously have required a larger tonnage

“All of the technological enhancements in the IntElect 500 are designed to give moulders the tools, machine synchronisation,  mould  safety  and  real-time production monitoring required for tomorrow’s automotive smart factories,”emphasises Henrik Langwald, Business Development Director Automotive at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.