Fakuma Plastics machinery with sustainability and Industry 4.0 in mind

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

At Fakuma 2021, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag showcases solutions for system integration, focuses on sustainability and unveils solutions for modern networking via Industry 4.0.

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Intelect including an LSR package for elastomer injection moulding.
Intelect including an LSR package for elastomer injection moulding.
(Source: Sumitomo Demag)

This year's trade fair presentation of Sumitomo Demag 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 elastomer injection moulding integrated with the Servomix Z200 metering system from partner Nexus Elastomer Systems, Eberstalzell (Austria). For its inaugural presentation to the global trade audience, the LSR exhibit will demonstrate the production of a freeform automotive axial seal.

An Intelect 220/660-1100, equipped with a special plasticising unit for processing crystal-clear multilayer PC, is to demonstrate 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. According to the company, this ISO Class 7 cleanroom and fully automated process corresponds well with its new “handle&place” concept.

Corroborating with digitalisation and interface efforts is a fully automated and efficient production cell for technical medical parts. The exhibit focuses on the Intelect S 100/460-250 with an automation system from Waldorf Technik, Engen, based on the German partner’s patented Vario Tip FSS system. The 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.

Once again, an El-Exis SP 250 demonstrates its high-speed capabilities manufacturing a cup application. The hybrid machine for packaging features high speed, user-friendliness and durability. 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 novelty 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, the company will present three options that can be implemented across all series:

  • 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.

Solutions for sustainability

At the trade fair, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag wants to draw special attention to the ecological progress being made within the production landscape. A new slogan “Act! "Sustainably", to which the company is committed and underpins all future innovations, are to be communicated across the booth. The company claims that only machines and equipment that contribute to this sustainability statement will be showcased.

Futureproof Industry 4.0 networking tools and web-based software

Meeting 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 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, the company states.

ABS opaque onyx shell made in collaboration with Sepro

In another 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, Lahr, the two tone black and white translucent layered mineral will be convincingly replicated in ABS.