SACMI is warming up for Drinktec, the most important international beverage technology fair being held in Munich from 11th to 15th September 2017. The Group’s goal? To illustrate everything it has to offer the industry, starting with unmatched technological and plant engineering solutions than provide a high-level response to the needs of both bottlers and converters.
The star of the SACMI stand (hall B5, stand n° 302) is heroLine, the new dynamic cap and preform buffer that achieves total integration both upstream and downstream from the bottling process. “Decades of experience and expertise in the manufacture of caps and preforms and unequalled know-how in integrated filling, labelling and stretch-blow moulding systems have allowed SACMI to develop an innovative solution that synchronises and integrates these two process sets”, explains Vezio Bernardi, general manager of SACMI Beverage. “Thanks to our advanced CPB cap and preform magazine, we offer converters something extra: the ability to move closer to bottlers by using wall-to-wall or in-house manufacturing solutions”.
Visitors to Drinktec 2017 will have a great opportunity to see this line in operation and get a close look at what is a completely new manufacturing approach. “We aim to send out a dual message”, points out Mr. Bernardi. “On the one hand, we shall be presenting the world’s first cross-process platform, capable of integrating both these process sets and offering potential added value to both bottlers and converters. On the other hand, Drinktec gives us a welcome opportunity to show the market all the latest individual machines, which still constitute the core of our technological and plant engineering solutions”.
A look at the latter reveals that, alongside the tried and tested IPS (preform manufacture) and CCM (cap manufacture) units that operate upstream from the CPB magazine, SACMI shall be presenting HeroBlock. This all-new quadblock combines stretch-blow moulding, filling, closing and labelling - all on one machine. This solution offers unique compactness, efficiency and versatility: “Total elimination of conveying systems and intermediate stages”, explains SACMI Beverage’s manager, “allows process optimisation in terms of both efficiency and costs”.
And then, there’s the final frontier, digital labelling. Thanks to the expertise already gained in digital cap printing with the successful COLORA CAP, SACMI will be offering Drinktec 2017 visitors a sneak peek at its digital label printing module. The latter is perfectly integrated in the labeller, allowing for agile customisation (with logos, codes etc.) of pre-printed labels but without the difficulties that come with the installation of complex machines designed to print directly on the bottle. “This choice”, sums up Vezio Bernardi, “means our customers can test all the advantages of ‘digital customisation’ immediately with an affordable device that can be retrofitted on existing solutions and can, above all, be used whatever the shape of the bottle as the module operates directly in line with the labeller”.