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Sacmi to exhibit metal cap solutions at Cannex&Fillex Asia Pacific event

Published 13 April 2018

Sacmi is set to exhibit metal cap solutions at this year’s Cannex&Fillex Asia Pacific metal packaging technology fair.

Cannex&Fillex Asia Pacific, South-East Asia's key metal packaging technology fair, is back for the fourth time at Guangzhou, China, from 15 to 18 May 2018.

The entire Sacmi range, which provides ever-more complete, higher-performing technological solutions based on the use of innovative standards and technologies, will be on show at stand n° 1.323; covering over 50 m2, the stand will showcase machines and complete plants for the manufacture of metal caps.

The flagship of the Sacmi range is the PTC 600, the latest high-tech machine for the crown cap sector in which the Group has led the world for over half a century. Launched in 2016, the PTC 600 boosts productivity by over 30% with respect to the already-successful previous solution.

Optimal product quality and attentiveness to worker safety complete the picture. Thanks to the metal sheet feed system, which is independent from the press, noise and vibration have been reduced considerably (just 3.5 dB) while integration of the inspection system ensures alignment of the decoration with a margin of error below 0.04 mm.

A pioneer of plant engineering integration, Sacmi will - alongside this 6,000-caps-per-minute solution - also be displaying downstream machines for liner application and cap embossing.

Designed to operate directly on the line together with the press, Sacmi's PMC 600 lining machine has been deliberately configured to keep pace with the high PTC output rates; it also features further developments that improve cap handling inside the machine, making the entire process more linear and efficient. Last but not least comes the CCD cap embossing machine, designed to work with both decorated and plain caps.

Sacmi is particularly attentive to evolving market trends and is always ready to intercept them: for example, in several parts of the world long aluminium caps are increasingly popular in the wine sector.

That's why we've developed a specific machine, the PMH, which lets users mould a totally PVC-free liner directly from pellets. Product hygiene and greater efficiency (compared to alternative technologies where the traditional discs are cut from the sheet) mean that the PMH optimises energy and raw material consumption, providing significant innovation on both the process (liner moulding directly inside the cap) and product sides.

With regard to modern twist-off caps, Sacmi has, once again, focused on perfecting a high performance solution characterised by PVC-free liners.

 Called PMA, it stands out from alternative solutions as it allows for the development of liners with a defined annular profile by moulding PVC-free doses directly from the pellet inside the cap; this ensures an early response to what is a growing trend within the food industry. Lastly, Sacmi's PMV and RCM machines (the former applies the liner, the latter moulds and applies the plastic ring with the tab directly on the shell) combine soundness with great design. Just perfect for handling the modern, practical Maxi-P standard which is increasingly popular in the CSD, beer sectors, etc.

All Sacmi solutions can be equipped with advanced cap and metallic packaging inspection systems, designed and developed by the Group's Automation & Inspection Systems Division. These systems form the MVS (metal vision system) range. They ensure total quality control at every stage of production and, what's more, now include important new features such as carbon footprint reduction and improved integration, compactness and more user-friendly installation and use.

Sacmi offers a complete quality control range covering every single metallic packaging manufacturing step (cans, tins, twist-off caps plus aerosol and easy open lids etc.); it consists of carefully-targeted, personalised solutions that can even include all product handling systems (making us the only supplier in the world also able to “cover” this aspect of the service).

For example, the Sacmi stand will be exhibiting the new ULISSE, the name given to the innovative all-in-one MVS 200A. This differs from previous systems in that the electrical control panel and all relative wiring have now been eliminated. With ULISSE, the calculating unit is inserted directly in the lighting/image acquisition unit, a re-engineering of the machine that enhances both compactness and user-friendliness.

This easy-to-install Sacmi-designed solution - which retains the machine's full calculation power, the characteristics of the illumination unit and the resolution of the image capture devices (up to 5 MP) - is flanked by a second solution, the MVS 210 A. The latter is designed to inspect beverage and aerosol lids with diameters of up to 70 mm.

Another new machine on show at the fair is the DECOCAP 360-3D, the new inspection system for twist-off lid exteriors that employs 5 video cameras: one camera inspects the decoration from above and the other 4 examine the side walls. In this case too, the Sacmi illumination unit and software (CVS 3000, incorporated throughout the range) allow perfect 2D reconstruction of the captured 3D image, eliminating any potential distortion that might stem from perspective, the shape of the lid or the reflectiveness of the surface.

Sacmi has enjoyed a strong, decades-long presence in China thanks to dedicated offices and branches. Sacmi also stands out on account of its far-reaching customer assistance network which provides close support right from the design phase and throughout the working life of the machine and/or plant. Thanks to its Global Network and advanced tele-assistance services, the company's specialised staff offer 24/7 worldwide support to guarantee customers get the very best out of Sacmi machines and maximise the returns on their investment.

Source: Company Press Release