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.

Operation Clean Sweep: Reducing Plastic Pellet Loss

Summit are proud to support Operation Clean Sweep, an international initiative from the plastics industry to reduce plastic pellet loss to the environment. In the UK it is led by the British Plastics Federation.

The initiative’s aim is to ensure that the plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled with the care they deserve and do not end up in our rivers or seas.

By signing up to Operation Clean Sweep, Summit have made a commitment to adhere to best practice and implement systems to prevent plastic pellet loss — and we will play our part in protecting the aquatic environment.

Here are a few reasons why you should sign-up to Operation Clean Sweep:
– Forms part of your sustainability/environmental initiatives
– Maximises the use of feedstock
– Prevents slips and falls
– Improves operational efficiency
– Ensures compliance with regulations
– Contributes to improving water quality and wildlife
– Protects the reputation of your company and the plastics industry.

Sign up today http://www.bpf.co.uk/Sustainability/pledge-your-support.aspx

MD Mike Jordan in the ‘Hot Seat’

Summit Systems supply the world’s most advanced ancillary technology. Mike Jordan founded the company in 1989, after 10 years working in the plastics industry. Mike’s ambition has always been (and continues to be) keeping Summit the most innovative and customer focused supplier within the industry. He is the next PlastikCity Partner to face the HotSeat…

What trends do you think will shape the future of UK plastics? How will Summit Systems respond?

The UK have great designers and engineers, albeit not enough, I believe the industry will be more technology focussed and the emphasis will shift towards a better understanding of the moulding process in order to make better products, faster and with less energy and scrap waste. I also believe more recycled feed stock will be produced and as a result the production processes will adapt to manage the change in characteristics.

How has Summit Systems developed during your tenure?

It’s always been under my tenure, so customer service and delivering the world’s best technology options by not being tied to one supplier is a passion, plus the No1 company in our field with genuine 24/7 back up, but if you are asking how we are continuing to develop then looking at the people we have recruited in the last 18 months explain the focus on total machine integration and a broader R & D view of material drying and the goal of the ultimate drying process.

What do you credit as the key to your success?

Amazing suppliers and a passionate team of people from sales through to delivery that are interested in the business. It is impossible to credit one element but if you are fair and honest and are prepared to stand up and be counted success follows.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

Setting up a quality recycling plant which I closed down after constantly being knocked back by either poor overpriced feedstock plus (at the time) a government and community that was not genuinely committed to recycling. Added to a massive drop in polymer prices, the perfect storm.

What advice do you wish you’d had on entering the industry and does that differ from the advice you would give to an Apprentice joining now?

Personally I wouldn’t change a thing, and would give similar advice to an apprentice & that is – get a good grounding across each processing discipline and material type, plus ask lots of questions of those that know. We are generally a terrific community who love sharing our passion!

What hidden talents do you have?

Don’t ask anyone from my Rugby Club! (Or the directors of Aquapurge!)

Polymer Training & Innovation Centre

Polymer Training & Innovation Centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of polymer training, education and expertise. A technical training and consultancy business, owned by the City of Wolverhampton College, Polymer Training specialising in injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion training.

Polymer Training emphasised their requirement to create a showpiece, state of the art training facility replicating the industry standard. They wanted to give students a more in-depth training experience, while focusing on maximum efficiency and more economical equipment. Polymer Training were after solutions to reduce clutter around the site, reduce their manual labour and improve efficiency throughout.

With the support of a project manager, sales engineer and two technical design engineers, plans were created to implement a fully centralised loading and drying station, thus increasing flexibility of material around the plant to up to four different machines, significantly improving plant efficiency.

Summit Systems, as per the brief, managed to install a fully centralised loading and drying material system consisting of 6 material bins and a 6×4 manifold table produced by Summit Systems fabrications department. Alongside this, Summit Systems installed a range of VISMEC equipment including a pump filter, 2 dryers, a control server and a state of the art supervisory system. Intelligent pipework was installed by Summit pipework engineers, using glass components to create a super hard wearing solution.

On completion, the newly installed system gave flexibility for material to be distributed to more than one machine throughout the plant.

Technical Trainer Neville Dudley comments “Our new material central feed system has enabled us to create a true lean/5s environment on PTIC’s journey towards becoming Europe’s number one supplier of training to the Polymer Industry. Our continuing partnership with Summit Systems is proving invaluable in achieving this goal. The Summit Systems central feed system is cutting edge equipment, and fully represents the commitment of PTIC in maintaining a state-of-the-art training facility.”

Project manager Richard Dean says “We made a conscious effort to ensure Polymer Training’s system was designed and installed to give the trainee the best like for like training platform. This central system replicates an Industrial system, fully labelled to assist the operator in material/ IMM connection selection coupled with a material management area.”

The VISMEC supervisory system also allows us to control and operate machinery from tablets, mobile phones and computers outside of the Polymer Training site.

All material storage bins were labelled and incorporate an A4 sized pocket to allow the operator to place a laminated ‘Material Safety Data Sheet’ against each machine.

Polymer Training Neville Dudley concludes “The project delivery, installation and commissioning was managed by Summit with a high level of professionalism and care, and has proven to be of great interest to our students and more in line with equipment used in our industry…. not to mention a show piece”.

Restructure, recruitment and returners mark successful H1 for Summit Systems

Summit Systems has undergone a restructure, recruitment drive and seen staff return to the business as it concludes a busy first half of 2018.

The Tamworth-based ancillary equipment provider says that along with its newly-launched website, which highlights the restructure of its technical divisions and competencies, it has recruited four new staff members and welcomed one returner.

Wade Grindley, an electronics and control specialist, joined earlier this year, and the company says he brings “a vital skill to the integration and connectivity aspect of the engineering team”.

Grindley comes with a vast experience in technology integration and control systems, which Summit says is an important part of its continued development and in-house capabilities.

Technical Manager, Neil Watton, joined the business in late March after many years working in the plastics materials automation sector. His previous positions include field service and Technical Project Engineer with Motan Colortronic and Technical Manager at Piovan. He was later followed by Service Engineers Daniel Jeffries and Lee Griffiths.

John Sinar, who first started his career in the plastics industry with Summit Systems, has now returned following a break of sixteen years.

Sinar, who has worked at Motan Colortronic for two years, then Piovan for six years and TH Plastics for four, will use the knowledge acquired from his time away from the business in his new role as Technical Lead Engineer.

He will support the technical department with new installations and project management on site with the customer, as well as responding to the breakdowns and service requirements that Summit offers 24/7 across the country.

“John has returned with enhanced skills and he’s hit the ground running here at Summit,” explained Mike Jordan, Summit’s Managing Director. “He’s going to be reporting to Neil Watton, someone he previously alongside for six years at other companies – so there’s already a good connection there.”

“The other new starters have invaluable mechanical and electrical backgrounds gained working for companies including Vauxhall and Toyota, so we’ve got some skilled individuals on our team.”

The company says that the first half of the year has seen it build upon the successful launch in 2017 of its Summit Chilled brand, through which it offers temperature control equipment from Frigel.

In addition, the company has introduced a new, advanced technology to the business that enables machine connectivity in keeping with the Industry 4.0 and smart factory concepts, not the obvious but a system that includes any manufacturing brand wirelessly with one router with a range of 3km and 1000 devices, that is why we are different!

“This is something completely new to the business, but something that we can offer as part of our portfolio that will help our customers become more efficient in the ways that they run their operations, not only in terms of production, but also processes,” Jordan continued. “Networked operations and communications is becoming increasingly important in the plastics industry and the product we’re offering combines both these aspects with affordability.”

Summit Systems launches new website, new look and new products

Tamworth-based plastics ancillaries supplier, Summit Systems, has launched a new-look website dedicated to improving usability for its customers.

The website has been tailored to allow easy navigation through its product offerings from each of its suppliers across materials handling, temperature control and process control and monitoring, including access to support, troubleshooting and technical specifications.

“We’ve always been very IT conscious so with this our aim is to give the customer a better experience and benefit from the vast amount of knowledge and experience contained within the new website,” explained Mike Jordan, Managing Director of Summit Systems.

“Previously the website didn’t have any detail about our suppliers and partners and why we use them. We have worked hard over the years to ensure our offering is the strongest it can be across each product area, so including technical breakdowns and operational performance examples will enable our customers to see that they are investing in genuinely top-end equipment.”

The new site also reflects Summit Systems’ commitment to service, with contact details for its 24/7 breakdown and assist operation clearly accessible. It has recently taken on new staff to enable it to offer this service 365 days a year, across all product areas, with visible profiles of its engineers and their direct contact details available.

“We offer a genuine 24/7 service, which shows our dedication to our customers across the country, no matter the day or the time,” Jordan continued. “This is a bold claim, but unlike some competitors, we can genuinely say we live up to it.”

In addition to its portfolio of new machines, the website also carries pages dedicated to the sale of second-hand and used machinery, with the future potential for interactive videos allowing interested customers to view 360-degree footage of the equipment for sale. The used machinery pages will be regularly updated, with customer support in the form of online chat and ‘enquire-now’ functions.

Finally, the website includes detail of the newest offering from Summit Systems, an Industry 4.0-based monitoring and process control system, something that can offer major efficiency gains both for manufacturing and on-site operations.

“Our website reflects the rapidly advancing IT-based technologies within the industry. We’ll be updating it regularly as our portfolio grows and intend it to be a portal that customers find increasingly useful,” Jordan continued.

Summit Systems’ crowned winners at PIA Awards!

Summit Systems is celebrating having won a prestigious Plastics Industry Award for Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Equipment with their Polymer Training and Innovation Centre project.

The Plastics Industry Awards took place on Friday 27th October at Hilton on Park Lane. Launched in 2001 and held annually in London, the PIA Awards are dedicated to rewarding innovation and exceptional performance in an increasingly competitive market.

Jane Alexander Photography
Plastics Awards 2017

Formerly having won the prestigious award eight times, the winning streak was broken in 2014 with Summit narrowly missing out on the title.

The project was headed up by Technical Sales Engineer Steve Tranter and Project Manager Richard Dean. The project focused on providing the training centre with the best machinery possible to ensure all students have the best in-depth training experience while focusing on maximum efficiency and more economical equipment.

In the same category, Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery, were an additional four nominations.

The award was presented by TV presenter Nick Knowles, in front of approx. 700 plastic industry professionals. Summit’s MD, Mike Jordan and Technical Sales Engineer Steve Tranter accepted the award, with judges commenting on an ‘impressive and industry encouraging’ entry.

MD Mike Jordan comments “We should all be very proud. It’s a team effort and this is a great sign for the next 12 months as we improve and develop our business.”

Summit Systems was established in 1989 and is now the market leader in the plastics ancillary sector, meeting customers’ needs for more efficient and less wasteful production.

Summit also announced their latest venture at Interplas this year, their new temperature control division: Summit Chilled which will be covered in the November/December issue of BP&R.

What do plastic ancillary suppliers do with their demo equipment?

Industry leading innovation allows Summit Systems to continually design and manufacture new products that propel the company to the forefront of the plastic ancillary sector. As part of Summit’s promise to provide high quality products that are value for money, the company has diversified the website to include an online shop for your convenience.

This brand-new feature of the company’s responsive website (meaning its viewed with ease on mobile devices as well as desktops) allows visitors to the site to purchase ex-demo units at discounted prices in a few simple clicks.

Operating since 1989, Summit Systems is well established in the field of plastic ancillary equipment and manufactures a broad range of apparatus such as blenders, dryers, dosing equipment, hopper loaders, conveyors and more.

With over 20 years of experience, Summit Systems’ reputation amongst manufacturing companies is based on the quality of its products and services.

Up to 50% off on plastics auxiliary (ancillary) equipment from a trusted distributor

All of the equipment in the shop has been significantly reduced – huge savings are available. This equipment has been used in various demonstration environments and is routinely checked to ensure that the products abide by strict European standards. Products are of fair to good standard and the condition of each machine is clearly specified in the product information.

Examples of the demo products on offer…

Dryplus rotordryer

  • 6-month warranty
  • ‘The drying system with the highest energy saving: more than 40%’
  • High performance, dust free dehumidifying rotor
  • SMART MODE system that automatically adjusts airflow
  • Was £8,045 now £5,999

Click here for the model number

Low speed granulator

  • 6-month warranty
  • Low dust & very low energy
  • Quite & compact
  • Easy to clean
  • Extremely robust
  • Auto reverse facility
  • Was £6,250 now £4,999

Click here to find out year of manufacture

WSB micro series blender c/w removable hoppers

  • 12-month warranty
  • The WSB MicroBlender is the smallest weigh scale blender in the world and features the latest technology in gravimetric blending
  • Makes the benefits of gravimetric blending accessible and affordable to plastics processors operating small machines
  • It is capable of blending up to 4 components at a rate of 60 kg/hr
  • All material hoppers are removable for fast and convenient material changes
  • Was £7,250 now £5,999

For more information click here

This is a small sample of ex-demo equipment offered here at Summit Systems. For more savings and exceptional deals, take a look at the online shop.

All products are provided with warranties and an aftercare team that are dedicated to providing an excellent service all year round.

Please note that all equipment is first come, first serve and product stock is continually changing.

Summit Systems are first choice in the plastics industry – get in touch today!

If you have any questions, big or small, feel free to pick up the phone and call one of our friendly staff members on 01827 265 800 for free advice.

Alternatively, if you haven’t purchased from us before and want to find out a little more about us click here to discover our FIERCE values and to meet the team.

Summit Systems Implement E-Learning Programme

When Summit Systems first signed up to The British Plastics Federation initiative ‘SIMPL’ Safety in Manufacturing Plastics back in 2011 it resonated with their focus on the years ahead and their commitment to reduce accidents within the workplace.

Commencing with the implementation of an Internal Health & Safety Committee two years ago, the Company saw a reduction in common minor accidents and near miss reporting. However, not letting the impetus falter, the Committee, steered by Ian Lowe, Operations Director at Summit Systems was key to implementing the first E-Learning programme.

With the assistance of their Insurance provider, the online training tool covers a wide range of health and safety topics from Slips and Trips, Manual Handling to Stress Management.

Employees are encouraged to utilise their training time to complete their tutorials and exams in their specific fields of work on an annual basis.

Speaking earlier, Ian Lowe commented that he was encouraged to see the take up of the initiative and the high pass rates. “It’s important to deliver knowledge in an environment conducive to learning that has an impact on the culture in our business that is time and cost effective.

Not only does it show we value our employees, their safety is key along with the focus on mental health too from pressures both in and outside of the work environment”.

Some of the key aspects of Summit’s success over many years has been employee engagement whilst a more commonly used phrase today, the actual sentiment has always been at the core of the business.

Summit Systems recently won the ‘Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery’ award at the Plastic Industry Awards for their recent project with the Polymer Training and Innovation Centre. The project focused on providing the training centre with the most up-to-date equipment, ensuring students have the best in—depth training experience while focusing on maximum efficiency and more economical equipment.

Jane Alexander Photography
Plastics Awards 2017

Summit Systems at Interplas 2017, we’ll be there!

We’re extremely excited to return to the NEC for our tenth appearance at Interplas! Summit Systems has taken the opportunity to exhibit at every event since being founded in 1989, returning with a stronger, more dynamic presence each time.

Summit Systems’ strong portfolio and new makeover:
Market leaders Summit Systems supply the World’s most innovative ancillary technology. Not being locked into one manufacturer allows us to supply the very best equipment available for your application. This means we can give you the edge over your competition by developing bespoke solutions that make your production faster, more efficient and considerably less wasteful.

Our 2017 stand will feature our range of top equipment from World class manufacturers, plus a few surprises to reveal our new makeover which we’ve been working hard on all year!
Managing Director Mike Jordan comments “Having spent over two and a half decades scouring the world for new technologies, we now have an incredibly strong portfolio for our clients to choose between and Interplas is the number one event to showcase these products.”

We have a couple of new faces within the Summit team who are extremely excited to experience their first Interplas, as well as our strong technical sales team who are looking forward to welcoming current and future customers to the stand.

Alongside our top equipment, our stand will feature a unique and private hospitality area where customers can meet with our technical sales team to discuss current or future business, whilst sipping on a nice strong coffee or of course, some bubbles!

In line with our ‘new look’, we’ll have some promotional gifts to help you through those icy winter months! Visit us in Hall 4, stand E30 from 26th – 28th September to find out more.

If you wish to book an appointment in advance with one of our technical sales engineers, please email meghan.jordan@summitsystems.co.uk and we’ll happily arrange a suitable time for you.
We’ve been doing this for 28 years now, so pop by to see how our drying, dosing, blending and conveying machinery can help you. We look forward to seeing you in September!