The best Sacmi tray-forming technology played a central role at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the international exhibition of fruit and vegetable processing technology that, from 4 to 6 February, attracted a record 65,000 visitors from 130 countries.
The first new product was the industrial version of the automatic TF 70 modular tray forming machine, presented at the Sacmi stand (a 102-square-metre exhibition area) complete with the TS 60 stacker. Launched on the market back in 2013 as a prototype, this is now the flagship model of a series that has won widespread market acclaim on account of outstanding productivity, reliability and flexibility. A key feature of the machine is, of course, its modularity, which allows, starting from the different base modules – magazine, press and corner – manufacturers to obtain a standard tray former (TF 50) and the new TF 70 forming machine, currently the market’s most competitive, highest-performing solution for corner-post trays.
In addition to remarkable productivity (up to 50 pieces per minute thanks to the double feed chain and other technical devices), the strong points of the machine include its ability to operate together with the new TS 60 stacker, which Sacmi has redesigned to cope with the high output of the new former; this allows parallel production of two trays, up to a maximum length of 800 mm, and stacking without any upper height limit.
Low maintenance requirements, ease of use, quick size changeovers: these are just some of the advantages offered by new Sacmi solutions for the fruit and vegetable sector, advantages that have, in recent years, put us ahead of the competition. Just consider, for example, the distinctive qualities of the latest Sacmi proposal, the new Multibox, capable of forming up to 15 RSC or telescopic cases per minute, with fast, practical size adjustments and a high-capacity magazine.
Flexibility, productivity and - once again - extreme compactness were the key features of another solution showcased by Sacmi in Berlin, the TF 80, an automatic tray forming machine that can simultaneously cope with two different sizes and offers output rates in the order of 120 pcs/minute. Similar characteristics were also seen on the GD 25, the last machine to be presented on the Sacmi stand: compact and fast, the version presented at the fair featured the special kit for forming boxes with corner posts in the hopper.
A not-to-be-missed event, then, for Sacmi, which decided to attend what is the most important European fresh produce packaging and processing fair with no less than four new high-tech solutions: the best possible way of leaving a positive impression and to continue playing a lead role in an industry characterised by growing international competition. This increasing competitiveness is evident in the rise in the number of exhibitors at Fruit Logistica: this year there were 2,785 (200 more than last year) from 83 countries, more than 90% of them foreign.