Summit Systems is ISO9001:2015 Certified

In November 2021, Summit Systems were pleased to announce that the business has achieved ISO9001:2015 certification.

Continuous Improvements Officer, Andrew Jones, joined the business in January 2021 with his first key objective to get Summit ISO certified; and after 10 months of process reviews and planning, was able to accomplish this. 

Summit Systems ISO Certification
Continuous Improvements Officer and Managing Director, with ISO Certification

Mr. Jones, “Attaining ISO9001 means a lot to the business, it demonstrates to customers that we are dedicated to quality and the delivery of our service. Having achieved this certification has significantly improved our internal processes and ultimately the value of the service we provide to our customers.” 

Ongoing implementation of the ISO systems and quality improvements will directly increase value to our loyal customer base, increasing customer satisfaction rates, which is crucial to Summit Systems. 

By undertaking the ISO certification process, potential business risks are monitored, identified, and prevented before any problem arises, and business processes, goals, opportunities, and objectives are efficiently managed.  

Ian Lowe, Operations Director, “Achieving ISO9001 certification is affirmation of the quality levels Summit Systems has strived to deliver for over 30 years and will now frame this desire to keep enhancing both our products and service levels we offer our customers for many years to come.” 

The ISO certification gives Summit Systems the foundations to manage the company to the highest standards, and it further demonstrates to our clients that we are an industry leader who will be consistent in delivering high-quality products and services, and continual improvements. 

Summit Systems Ltd worked with Swift Certification to achieve this ISO certification. 

Plastic Packaging Tax – How can we help you?

To tackle the issues of Plastic Pollution, from April 2022 plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic will be subject to the Plastic Packaging tax (PPT). Companies face being charged £200 per tonne on any plastic packaging containing 30% or less recycled material.

Plastic Packaging Tax Am I liable? 

If you are producing packaging which predominantly (by weight) comprises of plastics components, and does not contain 30% or more recycled material, you will be liable to the tax. 

Examples: 

  • If you produce a bottle top ready to be placed on a bottle, you will be liable to pay the tax.
  • If you produce food packaging which is predominantly made of plastic, you are liable.
Am I exempt? 

There are several reasons why you may be exempt from the tax, but it is worth checking to ensure that you are compliant.  

If you manufacture packaging for licensed medicines, but not for medical equipment, you are exempt. If your packaging is used as aircraft, ship, and rail stores for international journeys, you are also exempt.  

If you are a business producing or importing under the 10 metric tonnes threshold, you are not liable to pay the PPT, however you will still need to maintain sufficient records. Likewise, if your packaging contains over the 30% recycled content threshold, you will also need to keep the evidence of this to support your tax return, but you will not be charged. 

If your plastic packaging is manufactured for export, you can defer paying the PPT, but again your records will need to highlight this. Alternatively, if you have paid tax on packaging which has later been exported, you can apply for a credit, but will need sufficient evidence to support this. 

NOTE: You must keep your records for 6 years from the end of the accounting period they relate to. 

What do I need to do to prepare for the PPT? 

You will need to have registered for Plastic Packaging Tax by April 1st, 2022, and by April 30th you will need to have told HMRC if you are liable to register, because you meet any of the following criteria: 

  • If you have manufactured or imported 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within the last 12 months, or if you plan to do so in the next 30 days. 
  • If you are a non-resident taxpayer who imports finished plastic packaging into the UK on their own behalf or manufactures finished plastic packaging in the UK. 

You should check each month how much finished plastic packaging you have manufactured and imported, and if you meet or exceed the 10 tonnes threshold, you will be liable from the first day of that month. You will have 30 days to register from the date you met or exceeded the limit. 

Note: Businesses that manufacture or use more than 10 tonnes of plastic packaging a year should register for the tax, whether their plastic packaging is 30% recycled or not. 

How do I complete my Plastic Packaging Tax return? 

Your returns will need to be submitted to HMRC, and include the total weight of finished plastic packaging manufactured in the UK, and must cover the following accounting periods: 

  • 1 April to 30 June 
  • 1 July to 30 September 
  • 1 October to 31 December 
  • 1 January to 31 March (2023) 

For further information on how to complete your tax return, click here. 

How can Summit Systems help me incorporate 30% recycled material? 

Summit Systems are working with UK Plastic Recyclers to help businesses avoid the tax and utilise higher levels of recycled material in their production process. We have a range of granulators and dosing units from 4 global suppliers designed to improve the percentage of recycled material within your plastic production processes: Maguire, Movacolor, Tria and Zerma. 

As is our role within the plastics industry, our aim is to provide the most efficient and cost-effective ancillary equipment on the market, and with the products in our portfolio we can provide a multitude of options to enable your business to exceed the 30% recycled content threshold. 

Blending & Dosing Units

With the use of a blending or dosing unit, regrind can be reintroduced back into the manufacturing process. Summit Systems supplies Blenders and Dosers from leading suppliers Maguire and Movacolor, both of which boast phenomenally short payback periods. 

These blenders and dosers are designed to accurately mix multiple materials including regrind and recycled polymer. At the same time, the exact weights of each component are monitored extensively, using touchscreen and smart software technology, which can then be recorded for full traceability, which is critical for completing your Plastic Packaging Tax Return. 

The Maguire WSB Gravimetric Blenders are configured with the appropriate size hopper and dispense device for the required material. The new dispense devices were designed to help manufacturers with new sustainability challenges, making it easier to handle difficult materials, and increasing the usage of regrind in their processes. Covering applications for up to 12 materials, customers benefit from precision mixing, simple operation, and minimum set up time. 

The Movacolor Gravimetric Doser series uses loss-in-weight weighing system and dosing cylinder technology. Feeders are equipped with a touchscreen controller with MCSmart software, which gives you full control over your extrusion, injection molding or blow molding process. To broaden the successful gravimetric feeder product line, Movacolor placed their focus on the difficulties plastic producers faced when dosing hard to handle materials like regrind, powder or liquids; the MCTwin was developed to dose additive masterbatch and regrind simultaneously. The uniqueness of this system is that any waste material produced from the product is immediately returned into the process. As the material is already coloured, the responsive system automatically adds fewer colour granules, avoiding the over consumption of additives and reusing the maximum of regrind which results in significant costs savings. 

Granulators & Shredders

If you are producing regrind in-house rather than purchasing from a third-party, our range of granulators guarantees the right product for the right application: low speed granulators for beside the press operation, edge trim and thermoform specialist, miniature machines for low volume recycling or engineering plastics and large heavy-duty granulators for general recycling. 

The Tria Multi-Purpose Granulators are ideal for recycling both rigid and flexible materials such as sprues, injection molded, or extruded parts. The range has the lowest running cost per kilo of any machine on the market and offers extremely robust and reliable machinery, creating quality regrind for re-use into production processes. 

 

An alternative option is the Zerma Heavy Duty Granulator GSH, this model is ideal for tough applications which include 24/7 recycling. A dependable machine with a typical throughput of 300-700kg/hr. with heavy-duty bearings and V-cut knife design gives efficient cutting with low dust. 

Areas of Uncertainty 

Whilst we endeavour to provide accurate information, there will always be areas of uncertainty. 

It has not been confirmed by the Government whether using your own regrind in your facility is acceptable. However, it is our understanding (following advice from the BPF) that you can utilise your own regrind providing it is used on an alternate product line to its original purpose.  

For example, if you have two production lines within your facility, one for plastic bottles and one for plastic boxes, you could use the regrind from the plastic bottle line and recycle it on the plastic boxes line, and vice versa. 

Why should I choose Summit Systems? 

For over 30 years Summit Systems has been supplying and installing plastic ancillaries and recycling machinery. We are passionate about ensuring that our customers have the most cost-efficient and advanced technology which ensures their plastics processes run smoothly and without fault. And with the introduction of the Plastic Packaging Tax, we are even more driven to help our customers adapt to the changes of meeting or exceeding the 30% recycled material threshold. 

If you would like further information on how Summit Systems can help you improve your granulating and dosing processes, email us at info@summitsystems.co.uk. 

The New Generation of Chiller/TCU is born!

The legendary and unique Microgel and Turbogel Chiller/TCU ranges have been re-engineered.

Material Handling Temperature Control Chiller/TCU

An already proven product in the field, renowned for improving process control and throughput, this industry-leading range of Chiller/ TCU combination with its high flow capability is now increasing its lead further over conventional technologies.

An improved colour HMI layout creates a better user experience and enables intuitive interaction to the extensive range of standard features and monitoring points such as pressure and flows with graphical analysis in real-time.  

Behind the new styling, the Microgel range has been re-engineered with a better environmental footprint as the refrigeration circuits now contain (model dependant) up to 72% less refrigerant and moved onto R410a. 

Solid-state relays are incorporated across both ranges and mould drain kits are incorporated into each model. 

The popular dual circuit model options are still available enabling different flows and temperatures to be set on each zone. 

The temperature control precision of the new range is even better than the already solid performance of the existing models, with 50% improvement against setpoint on certain models. 

A multitude of options such as flow meters, VFD pumps and Watt meters are available. These features enable operators to calculate the true operational costs and to know precisely the flows and temperatures, ensuring repeatedly successful processing conditions. 

An unrivalled array of machine interface communications is available with OPC-UA also now being rolled out and additionally for full system remote control the units can be integrated into the Frigel MiND system. 

Rob Pritchard, Sales Manager for Summit Process Cooling “Our partners, Frigel, have invested an enormous amount of design time and detailed analysis into improving this already market-leading range of innovative equipment.  

Once proven through Summit’s no commitment trials, the quality and cycle-time reduction benefits of turbulent flow, all deliverable via the latest in control, monitoring, and communication technology, are changing the mindset of even the most traditionalist processors across many industry categories.  

Summit has all the in-house knowledge and the tools available, within the Frigel system, to help our clients optimise for tomorrow’s production and energy efficiency expectations.”  

The RSM/RSD models up to the 210 model are already available, and RSM/RSD models up to 80 are already in standard production, with the rest of the range becoming available throughout 2022. 

For more information on the Microgel and Turbogel range from Summit Systems click here or call the Summit Process Cooling team to discuss the new generation temperature control units on 01827 213 401.