Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is set to introduce a new, multi-component injection moulding machine.
The IntElect Multi supports production cycles combining multiple colours, resins and sensory features. The fully-electric machine further supports reduced energy usage.
With a dynamic motor design, the IntElect range offers a 60% reduction in energy consumption, while also increasing product output by 20%.
ROI on machine investment is projected to be about 18 months.
Speaking about the new machines, product manager Peter Gladigau explained: “The IntElect Multi is our most advanced multi-component moulding machine yet. Featuring direct drives, it delivers the highest level of precision and repeatability for multi-component moulding.
“This ultimately offers shorter cycle times compared to hydraulic concepts. Additionally, the series fills a vital gap for multi-component moulders seeking greater production flexibility using a more compact and energy efficient machine.”
Three machine sizes are currently available, 100, 130 and 180 tonnes. The machines can accommodate moulds up to 800mm in height, while also supporting a turning diameter of 825mm. Tie bar clearance is 570mm.
“Compactness is a big consideration for moulders,” continued Gladigau. “Most parts produced on a multi-component machine are high volume but relatively small, for example automotive and electronic connector housings
“Previously, moulders may have opted for a larger machine to accommodate the tool and turntable. By increasing the mould space, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has addressed this issue,” he added.
The machines further feature standard mould safety systems monitoring the mould closing sequence, closing force, mould speed and ejector force. High-resolution sensors built into the toggle system are capable of detecting the slightest change in force patterns.
Multi-component moulders are generally used in the automotive, medical, electronics and consumer goods markets.
The Japanese machine manufacturer, which has its UK headquarters in Stoke Mandeville, stated that the IntElect Multi will be available from September this year.