Strongsville, Ohio — The North American market for all-electric presses is promising — and it has been for an awfully long time.
Hydraulic injection molding machines still account for about half the presses operating in North America, even though electric machines are dominant elsewhere in the world.
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery took steady aim at accelerating North America's conversion to all-electric technology on April 27-28, when it made the global introduction of its newest platform, the SEEV-A, at an open house at its technology center in Strongsville.
“Customers know they can mold smaller parts with exceptional precision on our electric machines, and for most molders in North America, all-electrics are synonymous with smaller-tonnage machines,” said John Martich III, vice president and chief operating officer of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery North America Inc.
“But the SEEV-A platform will change that small-tonnage perception in North America, and around the world,” Martich said.
The event included technical presentations and five molding demonstrations on SEEV-A machines ranging from 56 to 562 tons of clamping force. The machines were selected to show off the versatility of the technology, with presses capable of micro-molding all the way up to shot sizes over 75 ounces, and for diverse applications including automotive, packaging, closures and medical.
The SEEV-AHD presses range from 247 to 562 tons of clamping force, and the SEEV-A presses from 56 to 202 tons.
The design of the presses allow them to accommodate bigger, heavier and more complex molds in smaller, more efficient machines. That saves on plant space, as well as energy consumption.