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Sacmi AVM, Betta places new order to gain greater flexibility and compactness

Following the 26 already-installed solutions – the first of which came on line in 1997 – the South African company has gone for Sacmi again and ordered a new WC casting cell

Betta Ceramic Industries, Africa’s most important sub-Saharan manufacturer of ceramic sanitaryware with a market share of over 50%, has once again expressed its confidence in Sacmi high pressure casting machines. This latest order (which has just been successfully tested and joins the many other Sacmi machines installed there over the last twenty years) is for an all-new casting cell consisting of 4 AVM machines and an anthropomorphous de-moulding robot.

Key features on this new plant engineering solution include the extremely compact layout and the enormous flexibility typical of Sacmi AVM casting modules. This cell, in fact, allows the user to simultaneously produce up to 4 different models with 7-part stick-on rim moulds.

The design characteristics of the individual modules, which work independently, and robotized de-moulding also allow for the installation of highly complex models and the optimisation of casting cycles independently from the operation of other machines and, therefore, from the production load on the rest of the line. In addition to WC de-moulding, the robot is also designed to control glue distribution, any suction of water from the bottom of the U-bend and, lastly, to deliver articles to the worker for out-of-cell finishing tasks.

No less than 26 Sacmi machines – not including this latest one – are already in operation in this South African firm: 13 AVE, 5 AVM, 1 AOM and 7 ALS units, the first of whuch were installed back in 1997. With this new investment decision, the Group, based in Krugersdorp near Johannesburg, has gone for steadily evolving Sacmi high pressure casting solutions that offer automation and output flexibility plus a compact, innovative layout that optimises floor space usage and maximises line production performance.

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