Sumitomo functionality makes processing recyclate easier

Dec. 8, 2023
The company's activeMeltControl will help its all-electric injection molding machines more effectively process recycled-content material.

activeMeltControl Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s all-electric injection molding machines (IMMs) provide precision and energy efficiency, and are well-suited for plastic processing using sustainable materials.

What’s new? The addition of the activeMeltControl (aMC) functionality, which was introduced at Fakuma 2023, to help Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s all-electric IMMs compensate for the shot weight variation challenges that can come with the use of more recyclable content. The aMC software adjusts pressure to compensate for variables such as viscosity fluctuations, drying differences, dosing variations or the use of additional additives.

Benefits Ease of use. Sumitomo’s aMC can be activated with a single click, running automatically in the background. Maintaining consistent part weight allows for longer machine uptime, reduces scrap and provides quick ROI. It also offers greater manufacturing flexibility, allowing for the use of a broader range of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled material types. Sumitomo will initially make aMC available when it launches its new IntElect 2 series IMMs in the first quarter of 2024, with retrofits planned for the future. 

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, Suwanee, Ga., 678-892-7900,

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David Tillett | Associate Editor

Associate Editor David Tillett writes and edits for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. He covers new products, industry news, patents and consumer and business equipment. He has more than 20 years of experience in daily newspaper, online and magazine journalism.