System integrator de-risks complex plastics project

Even before machine completion, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag was able to provide sample parts by borrowing a similar machine from an existing customer for a two week period to run the unique moulds. "The firm's ability to successfully approach a customer for a 'favour' of this magnitude demonstrates the depth of relationship that they built with their clients," comments Donal.

Similarly resourceful at the installation and commissioning stage, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag reduced the risk of delays by sending the machine to the mould makers before it went to Molex. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Managing Director, Nigel Flowers affirms: "We were able to test the materials, fit the moulds, complete validation and commissioning so that when the machine got to Molex all we had to do was install the system." Donal adds: "The install team worked for 24 hours a day over the Christmas period to have the machine in production on time - this really was a fantastic achievement."

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag provided a solution which took the project from an idea into production, providing a compact and flexible machine enabling Molex to target the rugged sealed industrial connector market. Donal praises: "This project involved a new customer, new product type and a new sector for Molex globally - we had to be 100% confident that our chosen partners could deliver a manufacturing solution that was both capable and reliable. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag in conjunction with the other stakeholders Hofmann, Manner & John Goff really helped us to de-risk the entire project, this clearly demonstrates the importance of picking the correct technology partners."

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