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!

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.

The Best Company To Work For In The Plastics Industry!

Summit Systems has been crowned one of ‘The Best Companies to Work for in the Plastic Industry’. The award was presented at last week’s PDM exhibition in Telford during an exclusive prize giving lunch.

Summit Systems Managing Director, Mike Jordan says:

“This is a fantastic achievement for the Summit Systems team, who make our business such a great place to work. I am fortunate to be surrounded by such a positive culture which encourages performance and ensures our people enjoy coming to work.”

The best company to work for awards are organised by PRW and Best Companies Group. The programme is designed to recognise outstanding places of employment in UK Plastics. Entry comprises a survey completed by Summit Systems (worth 25% of marks) and one completed by a random sample of company employees (75% of marks), which are used to produce the industry ranking.

Mike Jordan continues:

“Most of the ranking is based on what our staff think about us which makes it so much more meaningful. We have a great team with many staff having been with us for a decade or more. It’s a real honour to work with such a dedicated group of people.”

In a week of highs, Mike Jordan was also personally recognised for his contribution to UK plastics by making the ‘PRW Most Influential People in Plastics’ list. The 70 strong list, unveiled at PDM, consists of individuals whom PRW readers and a panel of experts believe have had the most impact on the sector in the past 12 months.

Mike Jordan opened Summit Systems for business in 1989 to help manufacturers increase production and efficiency by providing plastics ancillary equipment, installations and aftersales services. Today it is sole distributor for many products in the UK providing clients with solutions that best matches their needs rather than being tied in to a particular brand or system.

Summit Systems was the first plastic ancillary supplier to provide 24/7 support, boasts the highest number of regionally based engineers and has the highest volume of stock available on a next day delivery. Most equipment is provided under warranty.

To find out how you might be able to join one of the best companies to work for in the plastic industry, please email info@summitsystems.co.uk.