Search by year
Search by keyword
Search by sector
Search by category
Sacmi RSS Feed
Find out how to subscribe to Sacmi RSS feeds
The “Continua” evolution of Sacmi

The world ceramic industry focuses its attention on an innovative tile production technology

Much talked-about during the last edition of Qualicer and Cevisama 2004, Continua has captivated the attention of the world’s ceramic manufacturers. Following Twinpress and Monolithos, Continua completes Sacmi’s comprehensive range of porcelain tile production technologies. Unlike traditional press feed systems, Continua (presented and launched last Autumn) combines high productivity with outstanding flexibility: it does this thanks to a technology that allows modification of both aesthetics and size and leaves the producer plenty of margin when it comes to customisation. The innovative powder compaction system provides both on-the-surface and total, full-body decoration. Randomisation of decoration makes each tile absolutely unique, as in nature. Moreover, improvements on traditional press filling systems have speeded up output and augmented line flexibility, thus allowing production of large slabs which can then be reduced to any required size.
Continua produces tiles with through-body effects, does not bind the producer to the geometry of the grating and eliminates the problems of powder re-mixing and poor definition of effects. These results are achieved by depositing a continuous bed of spray dried powder on a conveyor belt, with the desired effects. The belt then feeds this bed into the PCR compactor (made up of two belts which taper to compress the powder) to obtain a continuous, compacted strip of a density and bending strength comparable to the pre-compacted item in Twin Press technology. Moreover, thanks to elimination of the grating, producers are freed from pattern repetition. The pre-compacted article cannot, at this stage, be used as a tile and requires a secondary pressing. Above all, since it is a continuous strip, it can be sub-divided into slabs; as the slabs have to be inserted in a downstream press die with the play normally used on standard Twin Press lines, a TPV cutting machine is installed after the PCR compactor. The TPV trims the strip parallel to the direction of feed and cuts it at right angles, doing so continuously without having to halt the strip.


Technology News

Sacmi Heroline - Superlight packaging "all-in-one"
Unique design, proprietary technology for every stage of the process, total upstream integration, and an all-in-one solution to handle all blowing, filling, closing, and labelling operations.  >>

Sacmi CRS (Fast Mould Changeover), a global standard for high tonnage presses
More than 100 such solutions have now been sold worldwide. Markets appreciate not just the rapidity and versatility of the system but also its outstanding safety and compactness  >>

Sinter-aid for electronic components, innovation by Alpha Ceramics
New sinter aid out of magnesium oxide spraydried powder successfully developed and tested: provides outstanding insulation, boosts sintered product quality and extends the lifespan of the applied kiln furniture.  >>

Food&drink multinational chooses CVS360-3D reliability
International player invests in Sacmi inspection systems for correct cap application on the dairy and ready-to-drink products made in its US plants  >>


This website uses "cookies". If you choose to continue using the website, you are authorising the use of cookies according to our cookie policy. For further information or to deny the use of some cookies, please click here.

accept cookie policy