Applied Polymer Technologies, located in the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, has taken delivery of a new injection moulding machine from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.
Installation of the IntElect cleanroom machine was commissioned by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s local distributor, TSM Polytech.
The 130-tonne, all-electric medical moulding machine will be used to support customers with their research, product development, tool testing and validation projects.
Access to the new hardware will be available to polymer manufacturers across Ireland from December. The installation will also be used for demonstrations and customer training.
AIT is involved in developing new and innovative processes for a variety of moulding industries, including the medical sector, as reported in the Plastics Ireland special in PRW July/August 2019).
Commenting on the new equipment, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag national sales manager Darren Herron said: “Our IntElect medical specification machine is built to handle extremely narrow tolerance applications produced in high volumes with greater precision.
“Now, Irish customers will be able test their own mould tools on the system, perform process optimisation and validation tests, measure energy consumption and cycle times and set their own production performance benchmarks.”
The medical test cell is further equipped with the latest blending, material handling and data collection equipment.