Stainless steel, integrated drive, connection capacity, design: mini motor – from the great success of 2017 to the new projects for 2018

It’s been a year of hard work and great success for Mini Motor, leading company in the electric motors, drives and brushless gear motors based in Reggio Emilia. “Growth has been our keyword for 2017: new products, new functions, a higher integration and new markets”, tells the managing director, Andrea Franceschini. “Our expanded range of products has helped us to establish our presence in the international market”, explains Franceschini, “not only in more traditional markets such as Europe,USA and India, but also in the Middle East, South America, Russia and China, a country that is getting more attentive to quality, innovation and new technology”.

During Simei Drinktec in Monaco and Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Mini Motor presented to the international public the new on going projects, especially the new DR product: an evolution of the single phase and three phase asynchronous motors, the motors of the DR series will feature the integrated drive, connection capacity and especially a brand new design – the motor will be much smaller than the actual options.

Among the available products there is the DBS series, an excellence in the automation and motion control, which has been enlarged in 2017 with some new models: it’s a brushless servomotor with integrated drive and magnetic absolute encoder able to save in its system up to 6 months the last functions used, making it easy to restart after a breakdown.

Every product is easy to fit into an Industry scenario because all models are equipped with outstanding connection capacity, which permits  configuration with the following primary protocols: CanOpen, Ethercat, Modbus, Ethernet/IP, Profinet and Powerlink. Their compact  design is synonymous of small dimensions and makes them easy to install, access and maintain.

In the particularly demanding sector of food&beverage, the motors of IP69K series are important products for the market given their small dimensions and the use of the stainless steel: with a totally smooth surface, these motors are ideal to be used in aggressive environments and where high hygiene standards are required. The stainless steel is similar to glass and porcelain, and it ensures:

  • corrosion resistance, especially to detergents, solvents, and disinfectants;
  • surface consistency with no porosity;
  • effective bacterial removal during the clean ing process and low bacterial retentiveness after the cleaning process.

MiniMotor has always been up to date with the technological evolution, both in terms of production processes and regarding the characteristics of the materials. The constant commitment in looking for innovative solutions has allowed Mini Motor to realize the core concepts of the smart manufacturing: working in an intelligent way with its resources – both human and robotics increasing the speed and the flexibility of the manufacturing process. Mini Motor can guarantee great customization as well as high quality at competitive prices even in standard productions, making each product with high levels of quality, precision and efficiency, and therefore greater performances at lower costs.

Mini Motor is active in more than 55 countries around the world  with 4 branches in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA (a new branch in the Emirates will open soon), and a widespread network of distributors. Today the company can offer thousands of items, including worm gear motors, coaxial geared motors and planetary reduction units, brushless servomotors with integrated drive, brushless servo gear motors, drives and frequency converters.

www.minimotor.com

Drinktec worldwide “ a global network with an eye to local markets ”

Interview with Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director Messe München

2018 comes under the banner of drinktec world- wide. The network comprises several events all around the world. food & drink technology Africa (fdt) will get things started in September in Johannesburg. A short time later, in October, CHINA BREW CHI- NA BEVERAGE (CBB)

and drink technology India (dti) will be held almost si- multaneously, in Shanghai and Mumbai respectively. As preparations are moving forward at full speed, Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director Messe München, speaks about the features of the network and what visitors can expect at the three fairs.

Editrice Zeus: This is a busy year for you. fdt,dti and CBB all take place in 2018. How do you organize so many foreign fairs in such a short time?

 Petra Westphal: That is a challenge, indeed. Three fairs in two months! But our teams in Munich, Mumbai, Johannesburg and Shanghai are well positioned here. The drinktec worldwide team in Munich is in constant and close contact with our colleagues on site. Together we develop the strategy, the supporting program and the communication. Our subsidiaries are essential to the success of the events, because they are in close contact with local industry and are the country’s experts. It would not work without them!

 

Editrice Zeus: The three trade fairs, together with the flagship drinktec in Munich, form drinktec worldwide. What does it stand for and how did drinktec worldwide start?

Petra Westphal: drinktec worldwide stands for a global network, but always with an eye to local mar- kets and it offers a meeting place for local industry. It combines drinktec, with drink technology India, CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE and food & drink technology Africa. The events are international and provide a networking opportunity for the industry around the world. With drinktec we had already established a strong and world-re- nowned brand in Munich. Our goal was to bring the know-how of international exhibitors to additional markets. We started our foreign activities in 2007 with drink technology India in Mumbai.Since 2011, we have coorganized CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE to further expand our market position in China.

In 2014, we further expanded our portfolio in the promising market of Southern Africa with food & drink technology Africa. In doing so, we build up the expertise of drinktec in key markets, but we also offer tailor-made platforms for the regions.

Editrice Zeus: China, India and Africa: three large and therefore multilayered countries. How do you currently asses the market potential for the industry?

Petra Westphal: The forecasts are quite  positive for all three countries. In China, the beverage industry is developing very dynamically. In the Indian market, the soft drinks and alcoholic beverages sectors are growing at extraordinary rates of increase in sales. With our current three locations in India in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru – we are superbly positioned on the subcontinent. The economy of South Africa is, after some challenging years, developing well again. I’m sure that it is an attractive market also for international companies.

Editrice Zeus: How do you respond to the developments in the countries when you plan the fairs?

Petra Westphal: All three markets bring exciting op- portunities and challenges. What I find particularly remarkable is how fast the markets in the countries are developing. So, we are constantly refocusing ourselves to take account of local conditions.

For example: In China, high quality products become more important – rather than mass products. At CBB, we are meeting this with, among other initiatives, our extensive supporting program. It explores themes that are affecting the sector and give our participants a range of perspective for future trends.

Another example is dti in India, where we are not simply rotating annually, but we are also changing venues between Mum- bai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. In the future, we will be able to reach even more targeted relevant visitor groups in the metropolitan regions.

And starting in 2019, our trade fair in South Africa will be co-located with analytica Lab Africa and IFAT Africa. Our new concept creates a joint platform where participants can explore trends and innovations in the environmental, beverage and food industries and in the field of analysis. Synergies that will create added value for both, exhibitors and visitors.

Editrice Zeus: 2017 was a record year for drinktec in Munich. What do you

think will you say in retro- spect at the end of 2018? Petra Westphal: At the end of this year, we’ll be say- ing to drinktec worldwide: after the show is before the show. We will then be looking back on three suc- cessful events with happy visitors and visitor and we’ll already be getting ready for our first drink technology India at Bengaluru, which will take place there at the end of February. And preparations for food & drink technology Africa will also be well underway for its first edition as co-location with anaytica Lab Africa and IFAT Africa.

www.drinktec.com

Supply of turnkey bottling lines for water and soft drinks

BBM SERVICE was founded in 2005 as a natural evolution of the personal history of the three partners who, for more than 20 years, have woven their careers in the world of automated beverage- packaging. For more than ten years BBM is a wellestablished name with a long and renowned experience in the sector, specialized in the supply of turnkey bottling lines for water and soft drinks.

Flexibility is the strong point and the company’s flagship product: in fact, BBM proposes itself as the only contractor on which to count for a 360° support ranging from engineering-design to the supply, for example, of a complete line composed of used- overhauled-guaranteed machinery, completing with a team of highly specialized technicians on the machines of the main manufacturers and on the processes, and with the supply of original and compatible spare parts.

An important player in the beverage sector and not only, both for the Italian market and for the international market. BBM’s engineering department is able to offer technological solutions that allow customers to improve production performance (for example by reducing costs related to raw materials, electricity, etc.), with the pos- sibility of not replacing the machine but to adapt it to the improvements implemented on the lat- est generation ones.

With a team of more than 50 qualified technicians, BBM also offers a range of services to sup- port customers through- out the entire life cycle of the machines, operating on multiple models. In order to keep the individual components of a bottling line efficient and to anticipate break- downs that could com- promise its functioning, BBM offers the Life- cycle Service Contracts, check-up packages that allow the customer to have a detailed report with maintenance activities and spare parts,distinguished by priority.

LcS can be on an annual, half-yearly or quarterly basis and thanks to the flexible configuration, can also be customized with other constituent elements such as on site training, through which BBM’s technicians will share valuable information to help line operators to operate on machines autonomously,solving problems quickly.

Whether it is normal wear or urgency, BBM represents a valid alter- native for the supply of spare parts thanks to the large range of items available in stock, speed of shipment and com- petitive prices.

Visit our website

www.bbmpackaging.com

Vls technologies: the technological partner for the filtration of liquids

The markets of wine, beer, spirits, juices and soft drinks are constantly evolving, and the technological solutions adopted for the filtration of liquids require continuous processes of growth aimed at researching, develop- ing and innovating.

VLS Technologies is a leading company in the market of the solutions for the filtration of liquids, capable not only of providing technologies for filtration in that specific field, but also of designing and developing customized solutions based on individual needs, new products, new markets. VLS Technologies represents worldwide a single reference point for the client for both the aspect of  filtration and more complex needs that involve the whole process of liquid treatment: that is made possible by the production plant in San Zenone degli Ezzelini in the Province of Treviso, northeast Italy, as well as by an established worldwide network of agents, authorized reselling and assistance.

The partnership with the client is based on a definitely advisory- oriented approach: an in-depth knowledge of the processes for liquid treatment is a key requirement in order to offer expert advice in the field. Even if it’s just about a single machinery that is going to be part of a more complex system.

Also design and production are “bespoke” activities based on the client’s needs, realizing customized solutions starting from the analisys of the requirements and characteristics of each single company. Applications can be traditional, as sheet filters or pressure leaf filters, or innovative, as cross-flow filtration systems and reverse osmosis.

Innovative technologies guarantee a number of advantages. For example in cross-flow filtration the liquid is pushed by means of pressure through the particular pores of a membrane: thanks to this system the clients are able to improve the obtained quantity of product, decreasing energy consumption and production costs, for example avoiding the usage of clarifiers and adjuvants.

In recent years VLS Technologies has produced also “exclusive” solutions destined to particular uses or types of clients. Among those Unico filter, a solution designed for small/ medium manufacturers that need to filter their products (wines and lees) with a single solution, obtaining a filtered product of excellent quality with a turbidity below 1 NTU. That is why VLS Technologies has created Unico filtration system: thanks to our filter it becomes possibile getting a good filtration of the product and reducing the microbiological flora; all of this by saving all the organoleptic characteristics of the product. Our filtering media can stand repeated regenerations with warm water and detergents: this means a longer lifespan. Unico has recently won the “Innovation Challenge Lucio Mastroberardi no” at SIMEI Drinktec 2017.

Another widely appreciated technology, winner of the New Technology Award at SIMEI 2015, is “Lees-stop”, a solution meant for filtering products with high content in solids that replaces the traditional polymeric membranes of the cross-flow filters with sinterized stainless steel membranes.

Thanks to several tests, we have verified that this kind of material perfectly fits the cross-flow filtration of “difficult” products with about 70% of content in solids.

The added value is focused on the capacity to attentively listen to the client, and subsequenlty to act effectively and quickly: VLS  Technologies, also thanks to its 35- year experience in the market, can  guarantee a dynamic and flexible approach, realizing long-term partnerships with both medium and small production companies as well as with major brands worldwide.

www.vlstechnolo- gies.it

Smi spa: smart bottling and packaging systems in order to be more competitive

110ersfBy manufacturing machines with an innovative design equipped with IoT technology, SMI pro- vides customers from all over the world smart solutions, able to satisfy their needs concerning production efficiency, operational flexibility, energy saving and ease of managing and monitoring bottling and packaging lines.The latest developments and the considerable and continuous invest-ments in Research & Development have led to the realization of even more compact, ergonomic, eco-friendly machines, like the new EBS K ERGON rotary stretch-blow moulders and the ECOBLOC K ERGON integrated systems: innovative and unique solutions which can be installed even on small bottling plants and ensure advantages such as the ease of manage- ment and control for the line operator.Thanks to the new EBS K ERGON rotary stretch-blow moulders series, SMI has recently been chosen to repre-sent Italy in the category

“Innovation Awards” at the European Business Awards.An example of the new EBS K ERGON range will be also showcased at the exhibition Brau Beviale, which will be held in Nurenberg from November 13th to 15th, 2018.

The EBS K ERGON stretch-blow moulder is available in 2, 3 and 4-cavity versions and al- lows the users to benefit from all the advantages of the rotary technology in a speed range (from1.000 to 9.000 bottles/hour), traditionally served by linear stretch- blow moulders. Compared to these, the EBS K ERGON features important advantages, such as:

  • extremely reduced dimensions: the letter K comes from the German word “kom- pact” and underlines the compactness of the machine module, which integrates the preform heating section and the stretch- blow moulding section in a single structure;
  • high technological content, inspired bythe Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) concepts;
  • completely electronic production process with transmission sys- tem that uses brush- less motors equipped with integrated digital servo-driver;
  • low operating and maintenance costs;low energy consumption and eco-friendly processes: the stretch- blow moulding carou- sel is equipped with motorized stretch rods, controlled by electronic drives which do not require mechanical cams; this solution ensures precise control of the path of the stretch rod, significant energy savings and reduced mechanical interventions.

ECOBLOC K ER-

GON: the most compact rotary combi in the world Resulting from an innovative project characterized by the use of tech- nologically advanced solutions inspired by Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT), the ECOBLOC® ERGONK series developed by SMI is an ultra-compact system for stretch-blow moulding, filling and capping PET containers up to 3 L.The ECOBLOC® K systems offer all the advantages of the rotary technology, even for production requirements from 1.000 to 9.000 bottles/hour and are suitable for bottling lines for milk and still water ( EV models) and edible oil (EM models). In ECOBLOC® version, combined with a filling and capping module, the new EBS K ERGON indeed offers even more advantages:

  • optimal performance with reduced costs for manufacturing, filling and capping contain- ers up to 3 L, since this configuration does not require the rinser and the conveyor belts between the stretch-blow moulder and the filler;
  • precise and fast filling high performance: the stretch-blow moulding system uses high-performance, low-dead volume valves, allow- ing to reduce preblowing and blowing times, thereby improving the machine efficiency and the quality of the bottles pro- duced.and capping process, thanks to the electronic control system of the operations and the use of high-efficiency valves controlled by flow meters;

  • reduced time for preparing the machine for the cleaning operations, thanks to the use of false bottles integrated in the valve itself;
  • new design with modular frame, without welding, equipped with safety doors made of tempered, very resistant, long-lasting glass;
  • great quality-price ratio: the “combi” solution does not need the rinser, the conveyor belts between the stretch-blow moulder and the filler and the accumulation convey- ors;
  • innovative and unique solution allowing to install the system even on small bottling From today cap posi- tioning is easier Automation procedures on bottling and packag- ing lines concern every machine on the line, including the ones thatcarry out simple opera- tions; for these reasons, SMI has created the gravitational cap grapper EASY-CAP, which takes the caps from the hop- per, orients them prop- erly and transfers them to the bottling line.Mechanical functionality and technological know- how are integrated into the new EASY-CAP system, whose main feature is the integration in a single structure of three different devices, each one devoted to a specific function: the motorized hopper for the loading of loose caps, the elevated conveyor for the handling of caps from a loading to an unloading height and the the outfeed cap discharger linked to the cap channel.The advantages of the new EASY-CAP grabber.
  • very compact structure, made of AISI 304 steel, suitable for any layout solution;
  • fluid and linear movement, allowing to transport only correctly positioned caps, while the others fall back into the hopper through gravity;
  • system suitable for several types of plastic caps;
  • “user-friendly” operator interface, allowing the operator to use the machine easily and efficiently
  • www.smigroup.it

BBM Packaging Solutions

BBM SERVICE was founded in 2005 as a natural evolution of the personal history of the three partners who, for more than 20 years, have woven their careers in the world of automated beverage-packaging.

For more than ten years BBM is a well-established name with a long and renowned experience in the sector, specialized in the supply of turnkey bottling lines for water and soft drinks.

Flexibility is the strong point and the company’s flagship product: in fact, BBM proposes itself as the only contractor on which to count for a 360° support ranging from engineering-design to the supply, for example, of a complete line composed of used-overhauled-guaranteed machinery, completing with a team of highly specialized technicians on the machines of the main manufacturers and on the processes, and with the supply of original and compatible spare parts.

An important player in the beverage sector and not only, both for the Italian market and for the international market.

BBM’s engineering department is able to offer technological solutions that allow customers to improve production performance (for example by reducing costs related to raw materials, electricity, etc.), with the possibility of not replacing the machine but to adapt it to the improvements implemented on the latest generation ones.

With a team of more than 50 qualified technicians, BBM also offers a range of services to support customers throughout the entire life cycle of the machines, operating on multiple models.

In order to keep the individual components of a bottling line efficient and to anticipate breakdowns that could compromise its functioning, BBM offers the Lifecycle Service Contracts, check-up packages that allow the customer to have a detailed report with maintenance activities and spare parts, distinguished by priority.

LcS can be on an annual, half-yearly or quarterly basis and thanks to the flexible configuration, can also be customized with other constituent elements such as on-site training, through which BBM’s technicians will share valuable information to help line operators to operate on machines autonomously, solving problems quickly.

Whether it is normal wear or urgency, BBM represents a valid alternative for the supply of spare parts thanks to the large range of items available in stock, speed of shipment and competitive prices.

Visit our website www.bbmpackaging.com

Fruit and vegetable processing lines

The company Navatta, founded by Mr. Giuseppe Navatta in 1983, produces and installs fruit and vegeta- ble processing lines and boasts references across the globe.Navatta Group is center of excellence for the produc- tion and installation of processing machines and turn keys with capacity ranging from 3 to 120 t/h of incoming fresh product. MANUFACTURING RANGE kind of package or in aseptic; diced, puree, juices (single strength or con- centrated) from Mediter-ranean / tropical fruit, all filled into any kind of package or in aseptic;

  • Fruit crushing lines from IQF, frozen blocks and frozen drumshigh yield PATENTED fruit puree cold extraction, fruit purees / juices equalized in aseptic.
  • Wide range of evaporators to produce tomato paste, Mediterranean and tropical fruit concentrates, multifunction evaporator: falling film and forced circulation
  • Evaporators for coffee and milk: evapora- tion before spray driers,freeze dryers or other dryers
  • Evaporators for cogen- eration industry (waste treatment)
  • Aseptic sterilizers
  • Aseptic fillers for spout bags/ spout-less bags from 3 to 20 liters, Bag- in-Drum 220 liters, Bin-in-Box / IBCs 1.000 –1.500 liters;
  • Spiral pasteurizer and cooler
  • Formulated products productions (jam, ketchup, sauces, drinks) start- ing from components unloading to dosing, mixing, mechanical / thermal stabilizing, to filling into any kind of package or into aseptic mini-tanks;
  • Processing pilot plants;
  • Vegetable processing
  • receiving, rehydration, cooking, grilling and freezing

Navatta Group’s headquarter and the two production units are located in Pilastro di Langhirano, Parma, with a total pro- duction area of 10,000 square meters.

www.navattagroup.com

Our vision, our mission and philosophy of excellence

Our philosophy is very simple: “give the best to people who expect the best. (D.Z.)”

Following its philosophy PIGO srl set a goal and became an initiating force in technological and consequently economical progress in food processing  industry, a world-class leader in the design and  manufacturing of high technology freezing, freeze drying and drying equipment, as well as fruit and vegetable processing machinery.

PIGO srl can proudly say that its machines achieve excellence, both from operating characteristics and energy efficiency point of view. Furthermore, they are user friendly, feature that together with the above gives many privileges to the Users.

The key advantages of PIGO Technologies that allow to the user a money saving process are: FASTER PROCESS WITH LESS ENERGY Our proprietary method reduces process time up to 15-20% while consuming less energy LOW TEMPERATURE OPERATION – Uniquely designed features allow the low temperature operation cycles which are crucially important for preserving the natural in- tegrity of the product.

FOOD SAFETY

FRIENDLY – great care and determination was put into designing a system that makes accessing and cleaning every component very easy, ensuring that bacteria or residue will not get entrapped on any equipment or food surfaces. PIGO designs only machinery with fully accessible and cleanable machine interior.

OPERATOR FRIENDLY – all steps in the pro- cess are designed to facil- itate the simple. Fast and efficient operations and maintenance.

Following the above guide lines PIGO srl manufac- tures EASY Freeze – IQF Fluidized bed freezers (Redefining IQF Technology with  adaptable air flow), EASY Freeze SPYRO – spiral freezers/ proofers/coolers, EFD family of Freeze Dryers/ Lyophilizers (introducing innovative design and establishing a new  level of final product  quality), Adiabatic Multistage Belt Dryers PG 135 (with separate temperature and humidity zones control), PG 103 / PG 104 Pitting Machines and complete fruit and vegetables pro- cessing lines.

EASY Freeze family is a perfect solution for IQF freezing of great variety of fruits, vegetables, sea, meat and cheese prod-

ucts while EASY Freeze SPYRO freezers are most suitable for the freez-ing of doughy products, meat, fish, pizza and much more. PIGO srl Freezers are built in modular sizes with all components entirely realized of stainless steel, with fully controlled fluidization method that keeps the product constantly suspended above the belt in a cushion  of air, providing the perfect IQF product even when dealing with delicate prod- ucts like cooked rice, raspberries, etc.

EFD Freeze Dryer allows to save delicate aromas while drying the frozen product under vacuum producing a premium quality product. Freeze Drying technology  allows to have the sensorial properties  of the finished product perfectly superim- posable to those of the fresh product.

 

Adiabatic Multi- stage Belt Dryer PG 135, with adjusta- ble individual zone drying allows to dry the product with very low tempera- tures with up to 2-3 times shorter drying time, preserving the product color and quality. As all PIGO srl machinery the entire machine is realized of stainless steel and materials ideal and approved for use in food industry.]

Besides the above men- tioned machines PIGO srl also manufactures the PG 103 and PG 104 pitting machines. The PG 103 us the high-capacity automatic machine that has at least 50-100% higher capacity than any other pitting machine on the market, achieving this capacity with the optimal tact of 60 cycles per min.

PIGO srl systems are designed to create a “High Tech” solutions that contain dozens of innovations allowing small and large improvements.

To get a better idea of what PIGO srl does please visit the website www.pigo.it or just send an e-mail to info@pigo.it. Some short video clips of PIGO machines in opera- tion are available also on: www.youtube.com, look for PIGOsrl or follow them on social media for news.

Makro Labelling: technology in evolution on the small and large scale

Modularity, flexibility and practicality are key concepts in a company whose strong point is technological innovation and development. This is what the market wants and this is what customers get from the Italian based Makro Labelling, international standard setter for industrial labellers in the beverages, food, detergent and pharmaceutical sectors. The thirty years’ experience of its founders, a team of 90 people, a dense and wellorganised sales network consisting of the branch offices Makro UK for the United Kingdom and the new Makro North America in Saint Philippe (Montreal) for Canada and the USA, together with agents and representatives in the most important countries throughout the world, plus an impeccable assistance and spare parts service guarantee satisfaction of every labelling need and constant expansion on all the most important international markets.

A range of labellers for production speeds of

1,500 to 50,000 b/h The range includes labellers able to process from 1,500 to 50,000 bottles per hour, applying up to five labels per bottle and available in wet glue, hot melt, self adhesive and combined versions. For companies with limited production requirements, the MAK 01, MAK 02 and MAK 1 labellers provide speeds of up to 12,000 b/h with mechanical or electronic rotation of the bottle plates. With special applications and able to cope with production speeds of up to 50,000 b/h, the MAK 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 labellers, on the other hand, satisfy the needs of medium to large companies. The range includes a high speed self adhesive labeller with reel winders and non system enabling production to continue at maximum speed even during reel changes and a combined labeller to apply the fiscal guarantee seal.

For the high volume PET market, such as the water and soft drinks sector, Makro Labelling has developed the MAK Roll Feed series of rotary labellers. The 6,000 b/h to 40,000 b/h production speed and use of wrap round plastic labels on a reel with hot melt application guarantee maximum economic benefits in the production process. The modularity of the machine also allows the roll feed unit to be replaced with a hot melt unit for precut, wet glue or self adhesive labels. Again designed for the  water and soft drinks market, but needing between 6,000 and 16,000 b/h, the new series of MAKLINE Roll Feed labellers features motorised axles and brushless motors to minimise costs while maintaining meticulous labelling quality.

The new double station self adhesive MAKLINE is, on the other hand, designed for the beverages, food, detergent and pharmaceutical sectors. It packages large and small containers and offers the same high quality labelling as a rotary machine.

In common with the entire Makro range, the MAKLINE is fitted with the Vision Control system to verify the quality and correctness of the packaging and manage rejects. The Follower optical guide system (an exclusive patent) enables the bottles to be aligned for application of the labels in precise positions with respect to a reference on the bottle and reduces format change times and costs. It is available in carbon fibre and fitted with a line scan camera.

Thanks to a special, patented paper delivery system, the new MAK AHS2 self adhesive labelling module responds to the need for faster, more precise machines. It guarantees a linear speed of 100 metres a minute at a label pitch of 20 mm.

The technical and R&D departments monitor the market closely to understand its demands and anticipate them with new solutions able to offer efficiency, speed and a concrete response to specific labelling needs. The latest developments include the C Leap prototype, the M.A.I.A. (Makro Advanced Inline Analysis) optical guide system and the A.L.I.C.E. (Advanced Label Inspection and Control Environ ment) system.

www.makrolabelling.it

Equipment for refrigeration, storage and transportation of fresh and frozen food

For over 50 years, Zanotti Spa has been designing and manufacturing equipment for the refrigeration, storage and transportation of fresh and frozen food. Founded in 1962 as a family-run business with the conception of the new and revolutionary “uniblock” system, a complete cooling system that is autonomous and ready to be used for small needs, the management changes made in 2002 led the Zanotti company towards international grounds and turned it into a managing structure that was better prepared to face competitors worldwide.

Over time, Zanotti has improved its series, which are now the most complete offers available on the market. Zanotti can meet the food cooling needs of the entire cold chain, thus, of the pres- ervation of raw materials, of their processing, storage and distribution to supermarkets, specific shops or restaurants.

The units designed for refrigerated transportation complete the series and ensure foods are handled safely. The products developed by Zanotti cover the needs of small to medium-sized cooling necessities, as well as the needs of logistic and storage centers: monoblocks, multicompressor stations, condensing units and cooling systems for food, but also for the aging of cold meats and cheeses, to refine wines or to dry grains in silos. The diesel unit completes the cooling chain with its split battery system or others, which were specifically designed for the short, medium to long dis- tance transportation of food.

The industrial division designs and implements equipment for ice tracks, like the new ones of Courmayeur and the Arena of Minsk, which is the biggest one in Europe. Recently, the company acquired a new contract to make a track, with Olympic features, in the new ice stadium of Ka- zakistan. The works will soon begin.

The installation will be implemented with the latest free-cooling technologies that use the cold from outdoors at certain times of the year. Re- cently, Zanotti was chosen by a major airline of the United Arab Emirates to make a system for their new catering center for a value of 21 millions of dollars; in the international airport to increase the production of 260,000 meals a day that will be distributed on board of the new Boing fleet. It’s one of the biggest and most modern structures of this kind world wide and, therefore, it requires highly reliable systems, top notch final touches and strict hygienic conditions with regards to the equipment.

As a result of this important contract, Zanotti recently won the tender for the supply of a similar installation; which should be implemented in the new airport of Muscat, in the Sultanates of Oman.Other successes ensure the reliability of the Zanotti installations, implemented worldwide, such as the one of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic to design and provide an installation to preserve apples in a controlled atmosphere for long periods, up to 7 months. Here, Zanotti has crushed the German competitors by presenting projects with advanced technologies that use intermediate non- toxic fluids from a nutritional viewpoint.

Nationally speaking, Zanotti has completed works with a leading Italian cheese manufacturer by implementing an aging system of the highest level thanks to the latest technologies; maximum energy savings with low operating costs, maximum reliability to reduce maintenance and to ensure the continuity of operations through central- ized management and with a supervision system. Today, Zanotti Spa is an International Group with production plants in Spain, England and it counts on a strong network of certified suppliers who provide expertise and assistance worldwide.

The quality of the Zanotti products is the primary concern of the production unit. Actually, the products have been ISO 9001 certified in Italy, they have received the EC marking in Europe, the Gost in Russia and the UL in the US for several years now. These markings and certifications are based on the local standards of quality. The attention devoted to customers and the flexibility of the products are essential characteristics for Zanotti: investing in research and development to better meet customer demand by providing more convenient solutions in terms of energy savings and reliability of use is a priority. The know-how Zanotti acquired over 50 years also concerns the environ- mental aspects involved since the products are developed

to provide low energy con- sumptions and reduced noise levels; as to meet the current technological trends that aim to contain greenhouse gas emissions. This is how the BESTCOP® technology was created. It is applied on themotorized condensing units that are manufactured by Zanotti to improve the efficiency and energy consumption levels of the cooling equipment. This basically can be translated into energy savings (from 15 to 20% depending on the different environmen- tal conditions).

The technological research is at the base of the investments Zanotti allocates every year to better meet the needs of the customers’ requirements by taking their work needs and the greenhouse gas emission standards into consideration. Innovation, energy savings, quality and competence are the key words that best de- scribe the works implemented by Zanotti up to today and they also represent a promise for the future.

Recently Zanotti is joining the Daikin Group. This special event symbolizes the 3rd phase of evolution of Zanotti and can now be truly considered to be one of the largest, if not THE largest refrigeration Company in the world today, with certainly the most diverse product range imaginable. Zanotti is still the head office for the refrigeration field, but is now stronger with a great partner like Daikin.