Packaging and filling company Sacmi has become a strategic partner for Milan-based coffee pod company Mitaca, helping it to realise an ambitious investment project for the manufacture of pods with improved aesthetics and performance.
The result is two installed CCM compression presses and a technology deemed to offer the best productivity and pod quality on the market, Sacmi said.
Mitaca has installed two Sacmi-developed CCM 32-cavity compression presses at its production facility, offering benefits in terms of process linearity, high productivity and total quality control over every single pod that Mitaca produces. Compared to other models, the compression presses halve cycle times for the MPS products and boost productivity rates to around 600 pieces per minute.
Further intrinsic advantages of the technology, Sacmi said – including plastic extrusion at lower fluidity indexes, at lower temperatures and with accurate, fully independent control of each individual cavity, eliminating waste – have made increased lightweighting of the pods possible.
The company continued: “Thanks to movement of the dose in a more viscous state than with injection and accurate monitoring of each cavity via an integrated vision system, the Sacmi machine ensures improved thickness control of the pod bottom, allowing maximum repeatability of ‘opening performance’ over time and guaranteeing the hermetic seal of every single pod. Last but not least, the production process is simpler and repeatable thanks to the absence (with respect to the alternative technology) of the heat chamber. Mitaca, which for some years now has decided to take a more aggressive stance on the drink pod system production market, has drawn further strategic advantages from its partnership with Sacmi, a key one being the ability to develop solutions right from the start by working in close collaboration with the Sacmi Group R&D Center to ensure optimum product quality and design.”
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