Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s launch of SAM-C robots instantly attracts positive customer feedback and sales

Schwaig, December 2021 – After the world premiere of the new SAM-C robots at Fakuma, interest
in the first in-house automation solution from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH,
Schwaig (SDG), continues unabated. The two handle & place systems were the real crowd
pleasers on the company’s Fakuma booth, attracting a great deal of attention affirms Jürgen
Schulze, Director Automation SDG. He explains: “We continue to receive extremely positive
feedback and sales, with customers assured about the technical and aligned processing benefits.”

As part of the inaugural unveiling, two of the new scalable robots from the SAM series were showcased at
the trade fair in Friedrichshafen. The SAM-C10 integrated on an IntElect2 130/520-450 demonstrated the
value and flexibility of deploying robotics on an LSR application. In another groundbreaking automotive IMD
showcase featuring an IntElect2 220/660-1100, height optimisation was accomplished using a compact
telescopic axis.

The SAM-C series focuses on addressing standard injection moulding applications with moderate
complexity, yet offers the option to adapt our handle&place solutions to market requirements as required,”
reports Schulze. “Designed specifically to optimise production on a Sumitomo (SHI) Demag machine, our
proprietary SAM-C robots can significantly reduce the overall footprint of a self-contained cell, while
simultaneously improving user-friendliness of the machine controls.”

Redefining the SDG automation platform, SAM stands for “Sumitomo (SHI) Demag. Automation. Machine.”
and comprises both the robotics components as well as the company’s complementary strategic and
pragmatic support. The debut Cartesian “C” kinematics are currently available in four payload sizes. The
company anticipates rolling out additional robot kinematics and adapted options as early as K-2022 and
further expanding the SAM platform within this short timeframe.

“With our SAM-C robots, we offer our customers an attractive price to performance ratio, enabling plastic
manufacturers to deploy CE conforming automation solutions into production lines faster and more
intelligently to help address current labour and skills challenges”, states the Automation Director.
Responding to increasing demands from customers for flexible automated solutions that requires minimal
human intervention and low maintenance costs, Automation SDG has helped to fill a critical gap in
standardised production. “By minimising the footprint, manufacturers are able to increase their machine

estate. This in turn enables them to boost their capacity, repeatable precision, component quality and
efficiency and consequently reduce defects and waste.”

Having used robot technology to automate the company’s injection moulding machines since the middle of
the 1990s, Schulze regards the launch of the Automation SDG platform as a natural extension of its
processing expertise. He confirms: “Applications like the standard SDR Sepro robots used since 2009 will
continue to form an essential part of our new automation platform. However, the addition of our ownbranded SAM robots reasserts our strategic vision and ambitions – optimised system technology
engineered specifically for SDG injection moulding machines.”

Alexandra Schaper
Marketing Manager
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag
+34 674 365 956

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has shaped the development of the plastics industry from its very beginning. As a
specialist for injection moulding machines for plastics processing, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and its Japanese
parent company are leading the industry.

The global development and production network of Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Sumitomo (SHI)
Demag is comprised of four facilities in Japan, Germany and China with more than 3,000 employees. The
product portfolio includes all-electric, hydraulic and hybrid injection moulding machines with clamping forces
of between 500 and 15,000 kN. With more than 149,000 installed machines, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is
present in important global markets and ranks among the largest manufacturers of injection moulding
machines in the world.

At Sumitomo’s headquarters in Chiba, Japan, the company manufactures machines with clamping forces
in the small to medium range. Nearly 95 % of all delivered machines are equipped with an all-electric drive
concept. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s German facilities in Schwaig and Wiehe produce the Systec Servo
range with hybrid drive as well as the El-Exis SP and Systec SP range of high-speed, high-performance
machines. The all-electric IntElect range for international customers is also being produced in Germany.

As early as 1998, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag set up its first production site in Ningbo/China. In 2015, the
Chinese subsidiary Demag Plastics Machinery (Ningbo) Co., Ltd. installed a new facility with a 13,000 m²
floor space. It is earmarked for the production of the Systec C range with clamping forces of between 500
and 10,000 kN for the Asian market

In addition to injection moulding machines, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag offers customised and standardised
systems for the part handling automation, technical and process solutions for special applications, tailored
services and service concepts as well as a range of financial options to support investment in injection
moulding machines.

With its comprehensive sales and service network of subsidiaries and agencies, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag
is present in all major markets.

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