Manufacturer of injection moulding equipment Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is showcasing 12 ‘active’ technologies to help moulders improve product precision and productivity at PDM this year. On stand CO27A, Sumitomo will demonstrate how the economical plug-in innovations can be easily retrofitted to existing hydraulic, hybrid and electric presses, giving aging equipment a new lease of life.

Buying new machines is a major investment and not always warranted. Sustainability is at the heart of all Sumitomo innovations. Designed specifically to reduce energy consumption, increase reliability and enhance performance, Sumitomo’s 12 ‘active’ technologies can be adapted and quickly integrated into existing equipment minimising downtime.

At the stand visitors can discover how the newest technologies – activeFlowBalance and activeLock – can help to improve productivity for the most challenging applications, making your machines more profitable, both solutions are especially compatible with precision moulding applications.

Balancing pressure ratios between mould cavities, activeFlowBalance from Sumitomo helps improve cavity balance in difficult to mould multi cavity tools, helping to reduce waste, eliminate part defects and prevent costly mould damage. Simple to set up, activeFlowBalance can offer an immediate improvement in quality. Further improvements in part quality and scrap reduction can be achieved by using activeFlo technology, by digitally monitoring individual mould cooling circuits, quickly identifying poor cooling performance. Operators can quickly establish if each mould circuit is operating within the flow tolerances set. The system has the ability to record data on both flow and temperature, and gives manufacturers greater control and confidence in the production process.  

In the production chain, non-return valves are regularly cited as the weak spot when manufacturing high-precision parts. Sumitomo’s activeLock tackles this by securely closing the non-return valve during the entire injection and hold pressure process. As a result, process consistency is increased, ?uctuations reduced and the risk of rejects minimised.