One hundred thousand specialised industry operators getting together with 1500 exhibitors, all with one precise ambition: to make “intelligent packaging” a reality, from raw materials to finished products. This, then, is the mission of Emballage, the packaging fair now in its 40th edition, to be held in Paris from 19th to 22nd November.
And it is integrated packaging solutions specifically designed for the needs of the beverage industry that will be playing a starring role in Sacmi’s display area (hall 4, stand 4 C 001). Here, in an area covering 104 m2, visitors can take a close look at the latest solutions to be developed by Sacmi Beverage, the Sacmi Division that, for some time now, has brought together the best of the excellent developments on the stretch-blowing, forming, labelling and filling fronts under an integrated production-marketing logic.
Systems for the injection production of PET preforms will be particularly evident thanks to the introduction of the new IPS: characterised by flexibility and rapidity of size changeover, ergonomic solutions, energy savings, reduced overall dimensions and, lastly, a worldwide network of sales and after-sales services.
From preform production, then, to the new Sacmi SBF stretch-blowing machines, highly efficient, reliable tools designed to shape bottles the way customers want them. The rotary blowers in the SBF range have from 6 to 24 blowing stations and are at the very apex of their category, ensuring hourly output rates of over 64,000 standard half-litre bottles.
Following we have the mechanical and electronic fillers by Sacmi Filling, that stand out not only for their extreme specialisation and working flexibility (from carbonated drinks to hot and cold-fill products, from PET to glass) but also the ultra-clean filling technology, the automatic CIP system and the rapid format changeover: all in line with the most stringent safety standards.
The Sacmi Group has developed considerable synergies by combining know-how in continuous compression technology for closures with innovations achieved in stretch-blowing: hence the arrival of the CBF (compression blow forming) range, forming units that can pass directly from resin to bottle, from raw material to container by making the most of the advantages offered by compression.
And that’s not all. There are also innovative labelling systems, where Sacmi Verona provides high-performance, optimal-efficiency solutions making the labelling process better, more flexible and cleaner. Leading the way is the MOD (Modular) system, an effective response to labelling needs requiring more than one technology (self Adhesive, Cold Glue, Hot Melt, Roll Fed). Meanwhile, the OPERA RFST series continues to go from strength to strength, thanks also to the FORMSLEEVE+ system, which applies shrink-wrap labels directly from the reel of film.
These are just some of the Sacmi-developed gems that will be flanking the CCM (continuous compression moulding) machine range for closures production. Characterized by extremely short cycle times and very low energy consumption, these machines have now been improved even further and can provide output rates of 1600 caps per minute with just 48 cavities.