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Best Practice in Ancillary Processing Machinery

Summit Systems bag opening system

The April SPRA Technical Meeting, sponsored by Summit Systems, a Corporate Member of SPRA, saw a good cross section of plastic processing companies turn out to find out about recent developments in ancillary machinery for the industry. The presentation given by Steve Trainor, Northern Technical Sales Engineer with over 20 year experience in the plastics sector with Summit, was a whirlwind tour of the range of machinery options, systems and capabilities offered by Summit.

Since its formation in 1990 by Mike Jordan, Summit Systems has become a market leader in the supply of ancillary equipment to the UK plastics industry. They are the only ancillary company in the UK with their own metal fabrication division for bespoke projects. With regionally based service engineers, including Scotland, Summit offer a genuine 24/7 service for which they have received multiple awards.

Steve Trainor, Northern Technical Sales Engineer, Summit Systems
Steve began the technical side of his discussion on conveying systems, covering central material feed systems, vacuum hopper loaders and conveying applications, automatic bag handlers and robots and sprue pickers.

Moving on to dryer technology, Steve introduced the latest developments in rotor wheel technology and explained how its reduced energy costs, half the cost of conventional twin desiccant drying systems, has meant it becoming the preferred choice for material drying. For small, trial scale drying of material, low pressure dryer systems still remain the best option.

Steve went on to cover gravimetric dosers and their preference to volumetric dosers aimed at controlling expensive masterbatch & additive materials. He also covered gravimetric blenders, extrusion control and material data management software.
In the area of recycling, Summit offers a range of granulation systems for handling all products from thin film to thick walled pipe systems. Steve discussed a full plant system that Summit developed for Muller dairies, the maker of Muller yoghurts.

Steve finished his presentation discussing Summit’s move into automated plastic factory systems for which they use 3D imaging software for visualisation.

He concluded by showing two videos covering how a fully automated plant can operate from initial filling of silos, through conveying of polymer to either injection moulding machines or extruders and collection and packing of the final product for warehouse storage and export.

Report by Les Rose, SPRA Council Member, April 2012

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