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

The future of LSR moulding

With the global silicone elastomers markets forecast to be valued at USD 9.34 billion by 2026 , LSR is fast becoming the material of choice for specific applications in the digital electronics and automotive segments.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will demonstrate its technical LSR know-how  and the process of moulding  light guides  for  a  matrix  light  at  K-2019 on a special IntElect 130. “LSR provides very good optical features, withstands  high  temperatures,  offers  high  chemical  and  UV  resistance  and  high electrical  isolation capabilities, plus gives plenty of design freedom,” comments Thomas Kottler, Project Manager for LSR at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will demonstrate the moulding of an LSR matrix light on an IntElect 130

“Moulding  LSR  requires  high  precision  and  process  stability,”highlights  Thomas.  The  latest  IntElect systemsachieve  extremely  precise  shot  control  with  the  low-viscosity  material.  Units  feature  a  specially designed screw, ranging from 14mm to 45mm, a modified  plasticising  unit, a shut off nozzle specifically designed for LSR, and a spring loaded non-return valve to achieve the highest processing consistency.

A new and innovative preferred partnership in the LSR market will be unveiled by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag closer to the exhibition.

Medical IntElect S heralds new era for cleanliness and sustainability

The IntElect S 180-tonne is another new machine being unveiled. Aimed squarely at mass manufacturers of  medical  plastic  components,  the  machine  has  been  specially  built  for  extremely  narrow  tolerance applications requiring fast cycle times between 3 and 10 seconds.

Cleaner, cooler, faster, quieter and more energy efficient, the layout of the mould space ensures the IntElect S  is  clear  of  contaminants,  particles  and  lubricants. GMP-compliant, it’s the ideal machine choice for medical  cleanroom  environments.  The machine  also  has  a  longer  lifespan, boosting Total  Cost  of Ownership for medical moulders.

The GMP-compliant layout of the IntElect S mould area protects against dust particles and ensures contamination-free production for medical moulders

Product  manager  Peter  Gladigau  confirms: “We  have  conducted  extensive  machine  and  part  lifecycle durability tests for the IntElect S, comparing to equivalent all-electric injection moulding machines on the market. These tests have confirmed that the enhancements we have made to our high performance drives clearly increases the machines’ lifespan and consequently improves TCO.Even  testing  clamp  spindles under the hardest conditions, there was no evidence of visible wear after millions of cycles.”

Plug and play kit for affordable multi-component moulding

Customers with existing Sumitomo (SHI) Demag machines can now extend their capabilities from a single moulding to  a  multi-component  flexible  operation  with  minimal  investment  costs.  At  K-2019,  Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will unveil its latest innovation -the eMultiPlug.

Designed for plastic moulders who want the option of transforming their existing moulding system into a multi-component press, the eMultiPlug uses the same drive as the IntElect machine. As an independent unit,  eMultiPlug  can  be  retrofitted  to  an  existing  machine,  making  multi-component  injection  more  cost efficient and feasible.

eMultiPlug (vertical option pictured) offers an affordable option to switch to multi-component moulding

“From an economical perspective, having the option to expand an existing machine’s capabilities is another way that supports flexible production and extends the lifespan of equipment,”adds product manager Peter Gladigau.

Depending on production requirements, eMultiPlug can be mounted onto the machine in a vertical or lateral configuration.

Source: Sumitomo (SHI) Demag