With over a century of history, a strong tradition of family ownership and a careful policy of investment in innovation and technology, this long-standing firm appears to be heading for a new period of growth. This is Spain-based Gómez-Oneker, which will be putting its faith in Sacmi – 10 years after the installation of the first production line – to complete its development plans for the porcelain and glazed porcelain floor tile business.
All the main machines making up the new line are, naturally, ‘Made in Sacmi’, starting with the PH 6200 hydraulic press (which ensures high output of medium and large size tiles, from 450 x 450 mm to 300 x 600 mm, from 500 x 500 to 600 x 600 mm) operating in conjunction with an EVA 984 vertical drier. A 105-metre-long FMS 3150 kiln completes the line.
This kiln is characterised - as is the rest of the line - by outstanding productivity and contained consumption, thus allowing this Spanish firm to limit energy costs considerably while boosting the productivity of the whole plant, especially as regards larger tiles. With an effective width of 2,910 mm the kiln can be fed with more, wider tiles than other same-length kilns with narrower inlets: this design feature makes its particularly suitable for 450 x 450 mm tiles, which can be introduced in rows of six.
What makes the difference is the kiln’s energy performance, especially in light of the fact that we are currently experiencing a period of high cost energy that is having considerable impact also on the Spanish market. The cost-cutting systems installed by Sacmi range from heat recovery to product-specific firing curve optimisation, thus eliminating any energy waste. Such winning features prompted this Castellón-based company, once again, to put their trust in Sacmi solutions, thus reinforcing the mutually rewarding partnership that proved so successful during installation of the first line.