Sacmi Packaging & Chocolate confirms machinery for Fachpack event

Sacmi Packaging & Chocolate has confirmed plans for the FachPack event in Germany, with systems focused on delivering fast, high performance and environmentally-friendly machinery targeting sectors including confectionery and bakery, writes Neill Barston.

The sector showcase, taking place between 28-30 September in Nuremberg, has operated for four decades, highlighting some of Europe’s most advanced industrial solutions targeting the packaging sector.

Underlining its commitment to the regional market, Sacmi strengthened its Neuhausen am Rheinfall branch, which is managed by Herbert Hahnenkamp, with the unit of the business acts as a hub for the entire DACH area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

More specifically, the 2021 edition of Fachpack will see the company present JT ADVANCE (below), which stands as its top-of-the-range model in SACMI Packaging & Chocolate’s new horizontal flowpack machine series, produced and marketed under the OPM brand.  Extensive configurability – a key feature right across the range – has seen its design target product ranges including chocolate and cereal bars, snacks and pralines, items that require high output rates (up to 150 meters of film per minute).

Low running costs, minimum operator involvement and simplified maintenance with easy access to the machine (all operator tasks can be carried out from the front) have been combined with shorter changeover times, the latter being made possible by tool-free adjustments with quick release/lock systems, reference points that speed up the changeover process and a fast belt tensioning system.

Hygienic design is a key market requirement, hence its prioritisation at the design stage. This led to specific measures such as minimization of crumb deposit points and guards equipped with supports to allow easy residue removal.

Alongside its latest-generation flow wrapping machines, SACMI Packaging & Chocolate offers a full range of traditional wrapping machines under the Carle & Montanari brand. Taking centre-stage at Nuremberg will be the H-1K. This new double-twist wrapping machine was born out of the previous generation of Carle & Montanari standard Y871 wrapping machines, well known on the market for their high speed, solidity and reliability.

Fully redesigned, this new wrapping machine offers higher performance than previous solutions thanks to servomotor-controlled feed and a new efficiency-enhancing disc handling profile. With its ‘adjustable pitch’ feature, the lin goes beyond traditional mechanical cam-based principles, offering optimal versatility for the wrapping of vastly different products.

For customers, that means being able to calibrate the investment over time by purchasing the machine to wrap a specific product (e.g. a rectangular jelly) and then, at a later date, converting it to a totally different product in terms of size and characteristics (e.g. small, spherical solid candies).

As with the JT Advance, hygienic design and usability are pivotal, with users benefiting from easy cleaning access and a new user-friendly HMI touchscreen developed according to 4.0 standards.

Putting sustainability first is another priority for SACMI Packaging & Chocolate. Thanks to effective daily teamwork with the main film producers, the company has succeeded in building new features into its range. Such features are needed to manage new eco-sustainable films on both the lightweighting (reduction of raw material quantities, performance remaining equal) and new ‘paper-based’ material compatibility fronts. Sacmi can be seen at Fachpack in Hall 1, stand 222.

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