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Caps and quality control, the best of Sacmi technology at Chinaplas 2015

CCM48 SC equipped with COOL+ mould for the manufacture of once-piece still water caps showcased

Sacmi CCM technology - the world’s most competitive solution for the manufacture of single-piece caps for CSD, water, hot filling and cold aseptic filling – will play a starring role at Chinaplas 2015, the international plastics and rubber fair being held this year in the city of Guangzhou (20-23 May). Developed by Sacmi at the end of the late nineties, the CCM (continuous compression moulding) press range has, in little more than a decade, achieved absolute market leadership and has even gone on to ‘out-perform’, in terms of the number of machines installed worldwide, the alternative injection technology.


The advantages of the Sacmi range include greater specific productivity, better cap quality and optimized energy consumption, as the technology allows the process to be completed at lower temperatures. The CCM 48SC on show at Chinaplas 2015 (hall 4.1, stand C41) will be equipped with a mould for the production of HDPE (high density polyethylene) one-piece still mineral water caps (type AB29W) with a diameter of 29 mm; these weigh just 1.35 grams and have specifically been designed for the mineral water market.


The press will also be equipped with COOL +, the innovative ‘enhanced cooling’ mould which features a dual cooling circuit that acts closer (and therefore more effectively) to where it’s needed (i.e. on the tamper band and plug). Launched on the market a couple of years ago, dozens of these mould sets have already been installed all around the globe. On the one hand COOL+ lets manufacturers obtain capsules of excellent quality in terms of size consistency (benefits that, already tested in the field, boost efficiency and reduce bottling line waste). On the other hand, it’s possible to make 2000 caps per minute with just 48 moulds thanks to a cycle time that is 35% shorter with respect to alternative solutions, as demonstrated by testing in major production plants.


Thanks to the tidy outflow of caps from the press, Sacmi-developed compression technology also makes integration with the vision system possible, with the latter inspecting 100% of output in real time. Alternatively, Sacmi can also provide stand-alone quality control systems and/or ones installable on alternative technologies, such as the CHS (cap handling system), a new version of which, recently redesigned using 'LEAN' methodology, achieves inspection rates of up to 3000 caps per minute: indeed, such outstanding performance levels have boosted its market shares worldwide. Extremely compact and reliable - and with a modular structure that means it can be fully customised to meet manufacturers’ individual needs - this solution inspects every part of the cap (inside and out) directly on the line with a high-res camera, minimizing false rejects while making sure, thanks to the Failsafe Rejection System, defective caps are effectively discarded.


In addition to the innovative press (the one at the fair will be coupled with a downstream CHS inspection system), visitors to Chinaplas will have an opportunity to get a close look at Sacmi’s integrated solutions for the beverage & packaging industry. More specifically, the international exhibition in Guangzhou will be attended by Sacmi Shanghai and Sacmi Nanhai; the latter are of pivotal importance in China as they include production facilities and spare parts/after sales services, clearly demonstrating Sacmi’s ability to work alongside customers directly in the target country, right from the initial planning stage and throughout the entire working life of the machine or plant.


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