High-speed rotor achieves greater packaging sustainability
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH, Schwaig, is bringing a small version of its El-Exis SP 250 packaging machine series to Fakuma 2021. Available worldwide, the El Exis SP range, now comprises ten machines, with a clamping force range of 150 to 1,000 tons. At the trade fair in Friedrichshafen, a cup application, made from a ISCC Plus-certified polypropylene material, will impressively demonstrate the high speed, user-friendliness, sustainability and durability of this hybrid machine.
“The opening and closing sides of our machine are the fastest on the market,” asserts Arnaud Nomblot, business development director for packaging. “Achieving injection speeds of 1,000 mm/s with short cycle times is a direct result of the hydraulic accumulator. Further supporting the sustainability agenda, processors can produce ever thinner and lighter packaging items, significantly reducing raw material requirements, packaging waste and carbon footprint.”
Unveiling the company’s new trade fair slogan Act! "Sustainably", the El-Exis SP series underpins Sumitomo (SHI) Demag‘s efforts and future production innovations. Integrated firmly into the company’s mission statement, only machines and equipment that are compatible with these ecological and corporate social responsibility credentials will be considered for production projects moving forward.
Examining the key post-pandemic packaging trends, Nomblot highlights that environmental compatibility and multi-purpose capability are now the most important decision factors for packaging moulders, along with price of ‘green’ packaging and how product quality is perceived. Additionally, with the introduction of the EU Packaging Levy on non-recycled packaging waste within EU Member States, a shift towards more sustainable and single material packaging is inevitable.
“Thanks to our diversified machine portfolio and our high performance machines, we are in the position to meet all requirements and are therefore involved in nearly all new packaging projects,” says Nomblot. “Measured against competing technologies, not only is the El-Exis SP’s processing cycle time significantly shorter, the hybrid design also offers discernible energy efficiency advantages.”
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