Injection press maker Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH used the Fakuma show to roll out its NC5 plus controller and the largest size yet of its Systec hydraulic press.
Sumitomo Demag officials said the NC5 plus is easier to use and more intuitive than the previous NC5. It also has more functions, such as activeKeys, which allow users to store as many as five screens on a quick-access toolbar.
Users can quickly access every screen with just two clicks. A simple search function replaces the previous need to call up screen lists and scroll through them to find the desired screen.
Another new function is called activeAdjust. The operator uses a slider to increase or reduce the dynamics of the mold movement for the individual application, without external help. ActiveAdjust also works with any machine movement, such as ejectors and the changeover from injection pressure to pack and hold.
Other activeKeys include activeQ+, which ensures controlled mold opening; activeEcon for monitoring energy efficiency; and activeRemote, which allows remote monitoring.
Sumitomo Demag also announced a Systec press with 2,000 metric tons of clamping force. The Systec range now runs from 35-2,000 tonnes. Systec injection presses use a fully hydraulic clamping unit on the smaller sizes, from 35-120 tonnes. Machines from 130-2,000 tonnes use a toggle clamp.
At the Fakuma show, held Oct. 18-22 in Friedrichshafen, Sumitomo Demag molded polycarbonate light guides for appliances on a 50-ton Systec. A 160-tonne Systec multi with a double-turntable mold made two-part light guides to illuminate the gearshift pattern of a selector lever in a car.
The company also demonstrated in-mold labeling on a 200-tonne El-Exis SP machine with a hybrid drive.
Also at Fakuma, a 100-tonne Int-Elect Smart all-electric press molded electrical connector housings from glass-filled polybutylene terephthalate. One out of every five all-electric presses sold in Europe comes from Sumitomo Demag's plant in Wiehe, Germany, according to CEO Tetsuya Okamura.
Sumitomo Demag intends to create a joint Japanese-German platform for the all-electric Int- Elect and SE machines.
“We will develop basic components such as drives, injection units and controls on a global basis,” said Shaun Dean, chief operating officer. Configurations can be changed to meet local conditions and specific applications, he said.
The company has subsidiaries in 17 countries and sales agencies in more than 60 countries. The latest, SHI Plastics Machinery (India) Pvt. Ltd., opened in September 2010 in Gurgaon, India, south of New Delhi.
Sumitomo Demag reports new sales agencies in Argentina, Colombia, Israel and Saudi Arabia.