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Digital Decoration Solutions in Closure Manufacturing

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The development of digital decoration solutions in closure manufacturing generates new opportunities for industry players and points the way towards new challenges for technology providers. We took stock of the situation with Iacopo Bianconcini, Marketing and Business Development Manager of the SACMI Closures, Containers & PET Division.


What innovation and technology does the SACMI Group offer in this field?

“As is the SACMI tradition, the overriding goal is to intercept the latest market trends and harness them to create value for customers. SACMI aims to respond to concealed demand within the industry to meet the needs of bottlers, brand owners and cap makers. Working alongside the world’s biggest cap manufacturers on a daily basis has highlighted a need to combine on-product technological innovation with a platform capable of maximising - in a way that is simple, versatile and economical - the cap’s potential in terms of bringing out the best in the brand and customisation for the final user.

The solution lies in digitalizing the industry; our initial response took the form of SACMI COLORA CAP, a machine capable of storing up to 10 million different logos, with an unlimited colour range and minimal product and size changeover times. Digital technology, in fact, lets manufacturers change the graphics and decoration on every single cap, making product personalisation child’s play. It also makes the manufacture of personalised, decorated caps economically viable for small-scale production runs or individual events/ customers”. This offers a clear insight into what the future holds: digitalization is taking us towards very close contact and interaction with the final consumer.


What are the main advantages of this machine?

“Alongside huge versatility, it offers very high productivity, up to 36,000 caps/ hour, can put a different image on each cap and ensures ultra-fast changeovers. These technical features allow, for example, manufacturers to switch from decorating still water caps to decorating carbonated drink or fruit juice caps in just a few minutes, without having to act on the print heads. In short, all decoration requirements downstream from cap-making lines can be covered by a single technological solution”. This was just an initial step: SACMI technology is ready to be implemented with new, even higher-productivity models.

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