Cool well, cool with the Microgel

The Microgel Temperature Control Unit is a super-compact mould cooling unit specifically designed for “cycle-cooling time reduction” from Frigel, supplied and installed by Summit Systems to the UK plastics market. 

The Microgel is suitable for multiple plastic processes such as injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion. They are used in various industrial sectors such as automotive, pharmaceutical, chemical, and packaging, with over 35,000 units currently installed globally.

The Microgel is water cooled from a central air-blast, adiabatic or cooling tower system or in some cases it can even be used with an existing central chilled system. *Air cooled versions are available too although these take a more basic form, they can be ideal where central system water supplies are unavailable.

Microgel

Why would you use a Microgel Temperature Control Unit? 
  • Pressure, flow, and temperature control of each individual process
  • Precision in process temperature control
  • Stable and controlled cooling conditions
  • High cooling efficiency and minimal temperature differential on the mould
  • Maximum flexibility to eliminate common process cooling problems
  • Maximum integration between unit, machine, and the operator
  • Perfect repeatability and high productivity
  • Searching and storing the best cooling conditions
  • Complete independence in setting work parameters
  • High reliability

Microgel

This veteran industry proven product combines a water-cooled chiller with one or two high flow booster pump temperature controllers with heating elements and a free-cooling valve, the Microgel will optimise your production processes with minimal cycle cooling times (up to 50% reductions when compared to other models) and reduced operation costs. Thanks to improvements in technology on the major components and constant development by Frigel, the Microgel is now even better than ever!

What latest updates have been made to the Microgel? 

The following developments, put the already leading Microgel, far ahead of alternative solutions when it comes to mould tool temperature control.

  • Improved colour HMI layout creates a better UX and enables intuitive interaction to the extensive range of standard features
  • Monitoring of points such as pressure and flows with graphical analysis in real-time.  
  • Improved environmental footprint as the refrigeration circuits now contain (model dependant) up to 72% less refrigerant and moved onto R410a. 
  • Solid-state relays and mould drain kits are incorporated into each model. 
  • Dual circuit model options are available enabling different flows and temperatures to be set on each zone. 
  • Improved temperature control precision, with 50% improvement against setpoint on certain models. 

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.” 

What are the differences between Microgel and Turbogel Temperature Control Units? 

Both are standalone temperature control units which are easily installed next to your existing machinery, suitable for single or dual zone applications. Both deliver constant high pressure and flow to process resulting in optimal heat transfer and a drastic cut to cycle times. However, the Turbogel unit does not use a Chiller Circuit unlike the Microgel. The Turbogel is recommended for medium to high temperature applications, whereas the Microgel can bring down temperatures down to as low as 8°C.

Why should I choose the Microgel for my plastics processing? 
  • Drastically reduce cycle time by up to 50%
  • Intelligent use of energy consumption
  • High energy savings with automatic free cooling
  • Automatic mould draining
  • Web-monitoring interface
  • Temperature, flow, and pressure digital readings
  • Fast start up times, reducing production hours
  • Super compact mould cooling unit
  • Minimum environmental impact – up to 80% less refrigerant


Microgel

Rob Pritchard, “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.”

Long-standing customer, Prysmian Cables, have 3 Microgels installed on their site and have reported a 50% increase in production output, improved product quality with reduced scrap levels, alongside a drastic reduction in energy consumption, recording as high as a 60% reduction in cycle time.

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

The Microgel is only one component of the ‘Frigel System’ which is revolutionising the plastics processing industry and is changing the way processors think about cooling, being adequate is no longer enough. Reduced energy and water consumption, with improved product quality and reduced cycle times in a complete system which can be fully centrally monitored in-house or remotely – what’s not to like.

For more information on the Microgel 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. 

Why plastics processors are switching from desiccant dryers to Maguire ULTRA dryers

“We’ve always done it that way” Sound familiar? Is this the reason you are still using your old desiccant dryers? What if we told you that the ULTRA low-energy vacuum dryer from Maguire can save you an average of 70% energy, increase sustainability within your plastic processes and provide a rapid return on investment? Continue reading “Why plastics processors are switching from desiccant dryers to Maguire ULTRA dryers”

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. 

Summit Introduces Summit Defence Shields

Mike Jordan, MD of Summit Systems, has developed a new & unique Defence Shield solution for getting you back to work safely and securely during this COVID-19 period.

The ‘Summit Defence Shield’ can be assembled in seconds and acts as an effective barrier between you and others, preventing the spread of germs.

Proudly designed and manufactured in the UK, this is the perfect solution for offices, schools, universities, factories and even restaurants to get back to normal (or as close to normal as possible).

The Defence Shield is quick and easy to install onto any desk without tools. The unique click-release system means it can be installed in seconds and configured to suit any workspace.

Mike Jordan states “there’s nothing like it in the market today. You can’t get the plastic for the majority of designs.”

Summit Defence Shield

The Summit Defence Shield is fully recyclable. Once finished with the product, you can send it back to Summit HQ who’ll recycle the shields and turn them into clothes.

There are 4 products available. The front Desk Shield with a maximum length of 1800mm, the L-Shield and U-Shield, extending to 2600mm and the Service Shield with a cut-out template designed for businesses that require additional contact with customers.

Products are in stock now so we can guarantee quick delivery at a very competitive price. Bespoke shields are available with a 2-week delivery.

For more information or to place orders please contact the team by emailing defence@summitsystems.co.uk or visit www.summit-defence.co.uk to place your order!

Summit Defence Shield

Summit, Syncro & Maguire proud to introduce an exclusive new concept to the plastic extrusion market

Summit, Syncro & Maguire proud to introduce an exclusive new concept to the plastic extrusion market. The ‘Line upgrade program’ can revitalise your existing extrusion line to year 2020 technology.

A complete film extrusion line upgrade would cost approximately 45% v. a new European line. With it carries a 3-year warranty and in most cases, a performance guarantee. The upgrade can be done in stages.

1. With the new WXB Maguire blenders and MAGUIRE+SYNCRO extrusion control, you can have 30% reduction on your weight per metre. The new control gives massive savings with waste reduction and set-up time reduced by approx. 50%.

2. The latest air ring and IBC technologies designed to suit production, resulting in increased throughput of typically 25-30%.

3. High accuracy in gauging systems closing the loop providing AUTO PROFILE CONTROL.

4. The icing on the cake: To link all elements of the line through SYNTROL PLUS, giving ultimate control through a complete new set of electronic PLC control switching from obsolete control to 2020 cutting edge technology.

With full local installation and service back-up by Summit Systems, covered by an extensive warranty, there is no need to replace your old existing extrusion line when you can upgrade it to 2020 technology. #PimpYourLine

Get in touch today if you’d like to talk to us about upgrading your line – info@summitsystems.co.uk or call 01827 265800.

New products from Frigel in stock!

Do you need Mould Tool Water Temperature control up to 120°C ? Do you need the best reliability? Do you need something immediately?

If the answer is yes to any or all of the above then get in touch, we have units IN STOCK NOW! First come, first served basis.

The latest technology developed by Frigel in Partnership with Matsui. TBX8 and the TDK88.

Contact us today: info@summitsystems.co.uk or call us on 01827 265800.


SUMMIT CHILLED PROVES 20% CYCLE REDUCTION

Summit Chilled, the intelligent process temperature control division of Summit Systems, has been selected to supply 18 x Thermoregulators to a Tier 1 Automotive customer.

After extensive trials on one of the customer’s large injection moulding machines, Summit Chilled suggested using a Frigel Duel Zone Turbogel RBD 130/24 instead of existing multiple 18kW tool heaters. Following the successful trial, it was concluded that ONE unit was capable of doing the job better than FOUR original units.

With the Frigel Duel Zone Turbogel, they saw an 11% reduction on their cycle times added to a large reduction on capital costs.

Therefore with reduced cycle time, halved footprint and capital costs payback was a matter of only a few months.

The customer has pin pointed that the dramatic increase in flow rate has resulted in much improved quality, coupled with a reduced cycle time of 20%, which had to be regulated to 11% due to the restriction in downstream operations.

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Wheelie bin storage – how to make the most of it

Disposing of waste can be a time-consuming task and is preferred to be executed with efficiency and ease. Particularly in an industrial environment where time is money, wheelie bin storage can be an unwanted and unwelcomed issue.

The team here at Summit Systems are proud manufacturers of material storage bins, vacuum loaders and more. Summit offer an integrated service with a cohesive operational system that makes waste disposal and wheelie bin storage a quick, fuss-free duty.

Customisable wheelie bins at Summit Systems

Storage space is a common wheelie bin issue. They can consume valuable space (and many businesses often sacrifice the quality of their waste storage solutions for this reason). Summit Systems’ wheelie bins can be manufactured bespoke to their application and, as a result, do not require unnecessary space.

Extra features exclusive to Summit Systems wheelie bins include:

  • Colour coded lids
  • An abundance of inlet options
  • Various shapes and sizes
  • A handle bar for easy usage

Cost effective, industrial bin solutions

For industrial use, there are two main waste disposal solutions: galvanized/metal bins or polymer-based plastic storage bins. Due to our extensive experience over the years, Summit Systems have developed a range of bins that have a selection of benefits:

  • Easy clean process – plastic bins can be hosed down with ease and efficiency. In addition, the process of cleaning them does not need to take place as regularly as metal bins. Nevertheless, it is important to ensure that all waste disposal bins are cleaned at regular intervals to ensure maximum longevity.
  • Chemical resistance – it is important that wheelie bins used in industrial applications are robust and chemically resistant. The plastic material utilised is resilient to a broad range of chemicals. If a business is using a metal wheelie bin on the shop floor, the constant exposure to different chemicals can cause the material to degrade which can overtime become costly.
  • Reasonably priced – our limited stock, wheelie bin storage solutions start at only £77. This is an extremely cost effective solution to an everyday issue. Speak to a Technical Sales Engineer today to find out what you can do to reduce cost and increase the efficiency of your working environment.

The development of our expertise over the years has allowed us to develop a broad range of high quality products. Find out more about our storage solutions by clicking here.