Following the success of the last edition, the Group is now preparing for Chinaplas 2017. Taking centre-stage will be the Group's technological and plant engineering solutions for the industry, including those specifically designed for the strategic Chinese market where Sacmi has been a key player for over 30 years.
For Chinaplas - the international plastics-rubber fair, the last edition of which drew 148,000 visitors and 3,335 exhibitors from 39 countries - the figures look decidedly encouraging. Sacmi, following its successful participation in 2016, is now warming up for the event's 31 st edition (Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex, 16-19 May 2017) where the starring role will be played by a broad range of technology.
A stand measuring a good 240 m 2 [HALL 4.1 – C41], located inside the collective Italian area (run, as in previous years, by Assocomaplast, the Italian association of plastics&rubber machine manufacturers), will host the best the Group has to offer the Closures industry, such as the new CCM24CS compression press, being showcased for the first time on this market. Key improvements to mechanics, hydraulics and automation have given the new 24-head version of the press higher output (with a record cycle time for the industry of just 1.44 seconds), without penalising the cooling time; moreover, consumption has been reduced further and cap quality has been raised. The machine on show at Chinaplas will produce an HDPE single-piece 30 mm water bottle cap weighing 85 g, with an output of 800 caps/minute with just 24 heads (cycle time 1.8 seconds).
Present in China for over 30 years, Sacmi has had a local branch, Sacmi Nanhai, since 2007. This, in addition to providing after-sales assistance services, operates as a true labelling machine manufacturing facility.
One of Sacmi's key strengths is its ability to provide, alongside individual technological and plant engineering solutions, advanced quality control systems. All Sacmi vision systems (developed by the Group's Automation&Service Division) are designed to operate in line with the machines at ultra-high speeds: from the CVS 052, the cap vision system integrated downstream from the CCM, to the PVS002 Plus, capable of testing no less than 1100 preforms/hour; the latter also has optional weight and body control features.
Fully aware of the far-reaching changes affecting both the market and the manufacturing methods, Sacmi will also be taking part in the Industry 4.0 conference, an event linked to the fair itself. Here, Sacmi will give a talk on the Sacmi 4.0 and H.E.R.E. (Human Expertise for Reactive Engineering) projects. The latter is a solutions set that networks production processes, supervising and exchanging information with interconnected machines to provide production process advantages and sharpen smart factory growth strategies.