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.

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Morsettitalia script@m

Morsettitalia introduces today the new product line for Industrial Marking and the innovative Script@MI printer based on the thermal transfer printing technology and realized to optimize the marking efficiency in all its aspects. The marking of an electrical panel, both internally and externally, has always represented quite a various problematic, for both diversity of the components and complexity of the proposed solutions.

Starting from the traditional plotters, passing through the bulky and expensive inkjet printers, up to the recent “direct thermal transfer printers” the existing systems are many and very different one from the other. Also MI, as a manufacturer of electrical terminal blocks has always dealt with the marking concerning the connections itself, presenting itself to the customers with its dedicated solution. However, in this era of globalization, where the needs gradually become more pressing, the flexibility required to the systems pushed to the extreme for both linguistic and technical reasons and the simplicity a creed irrefutable, it seemed urgent to propose an innovative solution able to integrate the most important plus required by the actual market.

This was the genesis of the “Script@MI” system, a mix of simplicity, speed and inexpensiveness truly amazing, patented by MI in some parts.

In this system, MI has enclosed the strategic “plus” such as:

  • Absolute inexpensiveness
  • Integrated automatic loader for the cards
  • No printing scraps
  • 300 dpi four-colors printing
  • Card printing without support
  • “User friendly” plug & play software with UNI- CODE support
  • “Welcome page” always active for info and

Script@MI is now available for sale. Equipped with an automatic loader it can also print on single tags or stems, minimizing scraps, waste and misprints without using plates and accessories. Script@MI is an “intelligent” multi-purpose solution which automatically manages the Software settings for printing on different types of tags. Its modern and compact design (only 39 x 20 x 25 cm) is designed to ensure an attractive appearance and minimize the overall dimensions.

For speed (1 module in 15 seconds), for electric consumption, (less than 30W), for tape consumption (about 2.000 modules with a black ribbon) for printing versatility and simplicity of use, Script@MI is the ideal choice for optimizing continuous printing processes and not, for labeling systems and switchboards of big and small dimensions. It is the only thermal transfer printer in Industrial Marking that uses four-color ribbons, capable to produce high quality color prints.

Script@MI is distributed with the homonymous “plug & play” software that can be easily installed without any configuration, a versatile tool with an intuitive interface, allowing to quick realize the labeling of the electrical panel. The program is user friendly and enables you to import files from other software, import images, information from Cad Electric, it allows to insert sequences of characters and symbols adaptable to specific user needs and, thanks to the Unicode support, allows to generate texts in the various languages that do not use the European alphabet, such as Chinese and Cyrillic. The Script@MI Software, thanks to the intuitive interface and the graphics elements allows you to see in preview the result and does not require specific computer skills.

A Welcome Page, an integral part of the Script@MI Software, allows the user connected to the Internet, to receive any Software updates, news on products and free remote assistance, simply activating the registration part available on the same Welcome Page. The range of printable products with the system Script@MI includes tags of various lengths for cables identification, tags for terminal blocks usable, with adapters, also on the common types of terminals (Cabur, Phoenix, Weid- muller, Klemsan, Wieland, ABB, etc.), universal tags for tag holders and rails, tags for Siemens and Telemecanique contactors, adhesive labels for equipment, modular tags for distribution boards and switchboards, adhesive tags for distribution boards.

Last but not least, thanks to the connectivity of this new marking system, MI guar- antees to all customers a prompt and effective after- sales Customer Service.


In conclusion: Script@MI MAKES WRITING EASY!

Level regulation without blem ish

Smart level sensors in chocolate paradise

Capacitive sensors are a fine thing in and of them selves: They can detect levels of liquids, powders and granular materials through non-metallic container walls without the sensor coming into contact with the media. However, conventional capacitive sensors also have a number of disadvantages. The sensitivity of the sensor must be adjusted in a time- consuming process so that the signal is triggered not by the container itself, but by the container wall together with the medium. And if you ever try to accurately detect the level of chocolate, ketchup, etc. using a conventional capacitive sensor, you will discover that these media do not drain without leaving residue, and deposits regularly lead to sensing errors, which make error-free measurement impossible.

This challenge was faced also by Gysi, the renowned chocolate manufacturer in Switzerland, when seeking to equip the agitators of various tempering machines for heat treatment of chocolate when retrofitting new sensors for level regulation. The previous level detection system based on measuring the pressure difference was getting up in years and repeatedly had to be checked and cleaned at regular intervals, which incurred considerable effort and downtime.

Therefore Gysi looked for a new solution. First attempts with a built-in sensor from the machine manufacturer, however, did not look promising because the application could not be left unattended. Then a Balluff  sensor with smart level technology was chosen finding an error free solution.

Smart level sensors operate at an oscillator frequency significantly higher than conventional capacitive sensors. In addition, the patented electronic processor unit gathers more information than is usually the case with capacitive level measurement. It evaluates not only the capacitance, but also the conductivity value of the medium. Since compact media have high, thin films of the same medium, but only low conductivity values, the new sensors have no trouble distinguishing between thin deposits and the real level. This means that sensing errors with media that do not drain without leaving residue, such as chocolate, are largely prevented.

Gysi now has 6 machines retrofitted with the new sensors and there are already plans to retrofit additional systems. The sensor in the container wall detects the level of the chocolate directly through the end face of the plastic sleeve in the container wall. If the chocolate falls below a certain fill level, the sensor triggers and after 30 seconds liquid chocolate is refilled until the optimum fill level is reached.

Unlike conventional capacitive sensors, these fill-level indicators do not have to be readjusted, neither during operation, nor when changing the recipe. Thus the switch point between white and dark chocolate, for example, differs by only three millimeters.


QVision-Tech srl, artificial vision systems

Vision-Tech Srl comes from the desire to create a company highly specialized and focused in the research and development of systems for the automation of quality control of industrial production. The main field of activity of the company is the design and production of artificial vision systems for quality control in the packaging industry, especially for the food and beverage sector, dedicated to the inspection of closures (plastic and aluminum) and of vials/bottles/ preforms.

These systems, through the use of digital cam- eras and image process- ing systems, allow the automatic quality control at the end of the production line, with the ejection of defective parts, on the basis of the control tolerances set by the supervisor/ operator.

With a specialized staff operating for years in the field, QVision offers:

  • Experience, gained over 25 years in the field.
  • Reliability, ensuring maximum availability and maximum personal commitment at all stages of cooperation, from the initial feasibility study, to the realization of the product, its installation, training to the personnel working on the machines, the after-sale and the possible update of the product over the years, also according to the changing needs of the
  • Attention to the specific needs of the customer, in the belief of the fundamental importance of a personal direct relationship, intended to transform the simple supplier-customer duality in a constructive and proactive co-operation, aimed at achieving a common goal.
  • Willingness to growth and innovation in the search for ever higher quality standards, putting in first place the study and the development of increasingly advanced projects, using the most modern technologies in the field of images acquisition and QVision also carries on a particular imaging application, dedicated to the Cultural Heritage world, through the creation of a scanning system for infrared reflectography, Scanner IR, of particular interest for art historians, restoration centers, institutions such as museums and cultural heritage authorities.

Caps Inspector Vision systems for 100% automatic detec- tion, during produc- tion, of the typical defects on aluminium and plastic closures, properly orientated and moved by a han- dling mechanical sys- tem.Caps Inspector is a modular vision system, which can be equipped with one or more stan- dard inspection mod- ules. Caps Inspector can be installed on existing production lines, or it is possible to offer «turnkey» solutions, supplying the vision system complete of a proper mechanical transportation unit.

Caps Inspector offers an objective and repeatable control, allowing to obtain an improvement of the production quality and an optimization of the production process. The inspection software is fully owned by QVision.It is therefore possible, on request, to provide customized versions, together with dedicated hardware configurations, to meet specific customer needs.

Bottles Inspector Vision systems for the inspections of bottles and vials, in glass and plastic material, and PET preforms, to detect the typical defects of these types of productions. “Standard” modules are available for the inspection of the opening of the bottle, of the bottom external surface of the vial and for the inspection of the external side surface of the vial. This product line includes also a special system for the on-line inspection of bottles bundles, enclosed in heat-shrink film (QVi- sion-HSB).

Custom solution In addition to the standard products, QVision offers the possibility to supply “custom” systems, designed according to particular customers’ specifications, to allow performing special requests of inspection.

Thanks to the know- how acquired in years of activity in the sector of industrial applications of machine vision, the use of the latest technology and a proprietary software completely developed inside our company, we are able to analyze specific issues and offer “turnkey” solutions, innovative and reliable.


Efficient end-to-end solution for dosing membranes

Liquid silicone (LSR) dosing membranes are frequently used to ensure that viscous fluids can be dispensed cleanly. These membranes are particularly common in the food industry, where they are used to stop products such as ketchup and honey from leaking or dripping. Dosing membranes can also be found in shampoo bottles. Thanks to the technology, bottles can be turned upside down without the contents leaking out. Fluids can be dispensed, usually through a cross-shaped slit in the membrane, by squeezing the bottle.

The production of dosing membranes involves combining elastomers and thermoplastics. In a one-component (1K) process, the elastic dosing membrane is molded out of silicon and then modified in a number of stages depending on the required application. Two-component (2K) procedures are used to join the elastic membrane with a solid plastic ring.

This makes it easier to work and fit the membrane. Precision mold production technology is the most decisive factor in this process, although considerations such as the right choice of material as well as automation also play an important part. Innovations such as temper-free materials mean that there is an ever-stronger focus on 2K processes.

Based in Thalheim bei Wels in Austria, RICO Elastomere Projecting GmbH has spent years developing the required mold manufacturing technology, and is firmly established as an expert partner for custom elastomer projects.

1K – the standard technique

Membranes are still commonly produced using 1K injection molding. This requires complex assembly stages following production, such as attaching the membrane to the bottle closure. The drawbacks of this procedure are clear. After production, the parts drop into a container below the machine. The next step involves post- operational processes such as tempering and talc-powdering of the LSR membrane, in order to stabilize the material, extract excess siloxane and stop the individual parts sticking together.

Then the membranes are separated so that they can be positioned and fitted on the closure. This is followed by slitting the membrane. The entire production procedure is time- consuming and also cost-intensive due to the various processing stages. Controlled processing of elastic parts increases the cost and time required still further. 2K processes: unrivalled precision in mold production technology Rico has been producing membranes using a 2K process for more than a decade. Two injection technologies are combined in a single mold: in one half, a ring is produced, from polyamide (PA) for example, using a conventional injection molding approach, while in the other half, the LSR membrane is mounted on the thermoplastic ring using a liquid injection molding or LIM technique. This 2K process demands spe- cial know-how in mold design.

Precise temperature control and accurate separation of the mold’s cooled thermoplastic side and heated LSR side are essential. Rico has built on the comprehensive expertise of its RICO GROUP partner HTR. The heat treatment specialist advises Rico on the options for refining the various types of high- quality steel that Rico uses in its molds. This guarantees outstand- ing product quality and long useful lives.


Choice of material a decisive factor

The choice of materials is especially important when it comes to elastomer processing. Rico has access to materials data collected over the past 20 years, and also works closely with raw material producers, meaning that newly developed materials can also be taken into consideration. When using temper-free materials that comply with food safety regulations, a slit can be made in the LSR membrane immediately after injection molding. This removes an entire work step, with the slit made straight after the production process. The combination of LSR and a solid plastic ring as a means of support simplifies processing of the membrane during the manufacturing process, right through to the final assembly of the sealing cap.

Effective automation concept

The PA rings are made using a hot runner nozzle over a sub-runner. An automated rotary mold carries the premolds to the LSR side of the mold, where the components are injected directly onto the PA ring, using a single cold runner nozzle for each component. At the end of each cycle, the 2K membranes are removed from the mold under controlled conditions by a handling system, which allows the form to close again, meaning that production can continue.

There is enough time during the subsequent closing and injection process to make cross- slits in the membranes outside the machine. For this purpose, a removal robot carries the molded parts to a special cutting and punching device. After the parts have been centered “online”, the slit is made. This procedure is suitable for both 2K components and pure LSR articles. Finally, the parts are removed from the processing unit on a conveyor belt. This approach removes the need for assembly and processing later on, as the dosing membrane is ready for application and can be mounted directly in the bottle closure. With a view to further innovation and the interlinking of industrial manufacturing processes in accordance with Industry 4.0 principles, industry leader Rico is also considering connecting the production of sealing caps and dosing membranes. In line with the group’s strong reputation for production efficiency, this would mean that most of the required processes were carried out during production.

The use of 2K technology to manufacture dosing membranes makes implementing such a highly automated process far simpler. A number of possible design proposals are already on the drawing board.

Development and construction as basis for production

In this context, Rico is also concentrating on production-driven serial and assembly construction, providing customers with end-to-end project support in its role as a primary contractor. Shrinkage and distortion can be calculated in advance for a wide range of materials with the help of simulations. Finite element method (FEM) calculations, which are best known for their aerospace applications, are also used. These calculations allow for realistic simulations of parts, such as assembled seals, on a screen, as well as component optimization. All developments are assessed and tested by means of manufacturability checks before the parts are produced. Customers also receive support and training during the commissioning and handover of production plant, enabling them to take advantage of the complete service portfolio. Clients can either manufacture parts themselves or have them produced at one of the RICO GROUP’s high- end production facilities.

Favorable outlook in niche market Specialized plastics processing – the automated production and refining of 2K LSR parts – is growing in importance, especially in the packaging industry. The group is focusing on the combination of plastics and conventional elastomers such as silicone and rubber. There are only a handful of processors worldwide with such specialist knowledge. This is an attractive, high-potential market – demand for such combinations is rising in more and more industries, such as the automotive and medical technology sectors, and materials manufacturers are constantly bringing new materials with higher performance standards onto the market.


Mold manufacturing technology and top-quality materials are the cornerstone of dosing membrane production. Depending on the num- ber of items, stable and automated processes almost always outperform semi-manual solutions on account of their superior quality standards and by removing the need for subsequent assembly work. Greater investment in such equipment often pays dividends in the short term, if all of the related variables are taken into account.


Drinktec review: the solutions inspired by industry 4.0 presented by Smi

With over 76,000 visitors coming from more than 170 countries, Drinktec 2017 has exceeded all expectations and has confirmed to be the world’s most important innovation exhibition. For SMI, it was a crucial event; a real showcase of innovation whereby the most advanced bottling and packaging solutions were displayed: the ECOBLOC® ERGON integrated system, the CWP ERGON casepacker and the MP ERGON overlapping cardboard sleeve packer.

Machines and systems of the new ERGON technology are designed for Industry 4.0 automated and interconnected production. Indeed, the ERGON range stands out for its state-of-the-art solutions that provide more flexibility, efficiency, eco-compatibility, management and monitoring simplicity within the production lines.

New age of bottling Among the solutions for the blowing and bottling processes, at Drinktec SMI has exhibited the EBS ERGON stretch-blow moulder in ECOBLOC® version with an electronic filler. The new EBS (Electronic Blowing System) ERGON is the result of a research and development project, which has introduced innovative concepts for the design and manufacturing of the new SMI rotary blow moulders. The current EBS ERGON range includes both models suitable for the manufacturing of PET containers up to 3 L with a maximum output of 33600 bottles/ hour and HC (High Capacity) models for the manufacturing of containers up to 10 L with a maximum output of 7200 bottles/ hour.

The stretch-blowing module of the EBS ERGON series is equipped with motorised stretch rods, whose functioning is controlled by electronic drives and does not require mechanical cams; this ensures a precise control of the stretch rod’s path and position, as well as significant energy savings. The EBS ERGON series also uses high-performance, low dead-volume valves that reduce pre-blowing and blowing times, thereby improving the machine efficiency and the quality of the bottles produced.

The motorisation of the mould mechanical assembly is integrated with the electronic stretch rod, making the EBS ERGON stretch-blow moulders a “cam-free” system, with considerable advantages in terms of greater kinematic accuracy, less maintenance, less vibration, less noise and increased system longevity. The stretch blow-moulders of the EBS ERGON series is equipped with a newly designed preform-heating tunnel, featuring very compact dimensions, with a horizontal prefom-holding mandrel chain and with optimized ventilation and aeration systems.

The new heating module is equipped with a system of thermo-reflective panels made of a highly energy- efficient ceramic material, situated both in front and behind the infrared lamps units responsible for heating the preforms; this innovative solution ensures a high reflexion of the heat generated by the lamps and consequently a more uniform distribution of the heat over the entire surface of the preforms. Thanks to their technically advanced solutions, the new SMI EBS ERGON blow-moulders stand out for their low energy consumption and the total environmental compatibility of the stretch-blowing process.

New age of packaging The secondary packaging solutions exhibited by SMI at Drinktec 2017 included a new overlapping cardboard sleeve packer of the MP ERGON series and a new casepacker of the CWP ERGON series. The packers of the MP ERGON series are suitable to pack a wide range of containers in a high number of different configurations, responding in an efficient way to the variable present and future end- users’ demands. The continuous cycle packaging system ensures a fluid production process, without jerking movements, which protects the containers from damages, ensuring integrity of the product, high-quality of the package and reduced mechanical wear of the machine com- ponents.

The pack bottom sealing with hot melt glue ensures a precise and long-lasting closure, with the possibility of using different types of cardboard. The SMI MP ERGON cluster packers are the ideal solution to create packs with a captivating graphics and a strong visual impact, able to capture the consum- er’s attention: moreover, cardboard blanks are very resistant to hits and easy to manage, open and store. The model, which has been shown at the exhibition in Munich packed 0,33 L beer bottles in 2 x 2 OTT packs with flap inside. The clusters realized were packed in cardboard boxes, completely closed by the new CWP ERGON case- packer in the 4 x 4 pack format.

The CWP ERGON project arose from SMI’s desire to launch on the market a compact version of the WP packer featuring the same design and manufacturing principles as  CSK ERGON shrinkwrappers. Adopting some of the main features of the CSK series, the new CWP series has been designed as a technologically advanced packaging machine, which stands out for advanced automation, excellent quality-price ratio, high flexibility, energy savings and environmental safeguard. The series currently includes just the model CWP 40 for the packaging of a wide range of rigid containers in wrap- around cases or in only tray packs with the maximum output of 40 packs/minute (according to the container dimensions and the package format).


Elmiti srl, electric heaters

Our company ELMITI SRL is a leading reality in electric heaters sector. It was founded in 1979 and now it is well known for its high quality, technology and flexibility. Our equipped warehouse permit us to ship the goods in a few days from the order reception. Our great versatility allow us to manufacture customised heaters, using different tube diameters (6.5; 8; 10; 12.1; 16 etc. ) and various materials as mild steel, AISI 304, AISI 321, AISI 316 and INCOLOY 800.
We work for a lot of sectors,
for instance:
• Food and canning industry-
• Spray nozzles
• Electric steamer boilers
• Shoes factory – machinery
• Boatyards
• Chafing dish trucks
• Dairy factory – machinery
• Tannery – machinery
• Distillation
• Confectionary sector Machinery
• Drying systems – machinery
• Annealing ovens – cables
• Bakery, pastryand pizza ovens
• Idustrial electric ovens
• Paint drying ovens
• Fryers
• Galvanisation – machinery
• Hot air and vapour electric
• Big kitchens
• Packaging – machinery
• Smoking machinery
For speck/cured meats
• Washing machinery
• Oil machinery
• Dishwashers – washing machines for big communities
• Laundries / dry cleaners – machinery
• Meat and cured meats manufacturing – machinery
• Hot millwork – machinery
• Cables enamelling – machinery
• Wire drawing – machinery
• Cables hot treatment – machinery
• Industrial ironing – machinery
• Industrial cleaning – machinery
• Medical and electromedical
– machinery and devices
• Honey – machinery
• Golsmith’s shops – machinery
• Hospitals – supplies
• Hairstylists – supplies
• Pasteurization
• Gastronomy / pizzerias – machinery
• Industrial and vapour cleaners
• Solvents recycling – machinery
• Sauna and turkish bath – equipment
• Sterilising – machineryelmiti-2

• Roasting – machinery
• Cooling towers
• Metals thermal treatment – machinery
• Painting – machinery
Our main products are the following:
• Tubolar armoured heating elements
• Heaters for heat-shrinking tunnel
• Cartridge heaters for hot levels and for bag closing

• Finned heat-generating units and sets
• Immersion heaters
• Heat-generating sleeves
• Nozzle heaters
• Heat exchangers
• Heating elements for defrosting
• Heating cables
• Self-regulating heaters with water tray
• Anti-condensation heaters
• Infrared ceramic heaters
• Electric heaters for ovens (big communities)
• Heating elements for ventilated ovens
• Electric heaters for coffee machines
• Electric heaters for chocolate manufacturing process
• Heating elements for the toasting of nuts
You can visit our new website,
translated in different languages including Arabic, where you can find our big products range.

“Post washer coating” by Arkema for returnable bottles

Combining economical savings and properties improvement: Impact of Kercoat® solution on returnable glass fleet

Glass usually conveys a message of quality for the filling of beverages and beer. No other material than glass can convey this message as convincingly as glass does. Indeed, most of the time, premium brands are actually filled in glass bottles. Unfortunately returnable glass immediately reveals a big drawback when in use. It is a common knowledge in the industry that unprotected glass bottles scratch very quickly due to bottle to bottle and bottle to the line contacts.

This leads to the building of white scuffing marks on glass surface, what weakens bottles and negatively impact visual appearance. To solve this, ARKEMA with its more than 35 years experience in glass coatings and container glass protection has developed a technology that is capable to tremendously reduce the negative aspect of scuffing of returnable glass bottles. This technology, which is called “Kercoat® Post Washer Coating” is able at least to double the service life time of returnable bottles. In addition, this coating enables to maintain glass bottles physical properties at a significantly higher level than uncoated bottles.

The principle is to renew the washed-off glass plant’s coating by applying a new protective coating every time the bottles are leaving the washer. The Post Washer Coating System of ARKEMA ensures a contactless and efficient application of the unique protective solution: Kercoat® 500. This coating protects the bottles from the outlet of the washer even through a Pasteurisation step further on to the packer, to the consumers and back to the filling plant until washer inlet. In the caustic bath, bottles protected with Ker- coat® are washed off without issues and residues.

As a result of this protective Post Washer Coating application, the bottles keep their un-scuffed surface for much longer. The bottles are conveyed over the line more smoothly, with less friction. Scuffing is significantly reduced by at least a factor of 2 or more and the burst pressure strength is kept at a significantly higher level, thus providing more safety. As added values of this coating, noise level of the line diminished due to a lower friction between bottles on the line and power consumption is reduced thanks to an easier movement of the bottles pack.

Cost Savings due to implementation of ARKEMA’s Kercoat® Technology: Kercoat® does not only improve the bottle fleet look and safety. Depending on the yearly filling rate and number of refills the expected cost savings can be significant and reach 20 % or more of the yearly bottle renewal cost.

Indeed, bottlers do not need to renew their bottle fleet as often, and to significantly reduce the new glass bottle purchases.

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Industrial automation solutions

Camozzi Spa realizes solutions for industrial automation for more than 50 years and has grown throughout the years up to becoming one of the main international companies operating in the sector of pneumatic components for industrial automation. Total quality of products, efficient production processes, flexibility and continuous research in technology are the pillars on which the company is based and which are declined in terms of miniaturization, energy efficiency, plug&play solutions and mechatronic devices that are able to operate in the context of Industry 4.0.

The strategy of Camozzi is based on the development of sector-specific expertise along with a multi-technological approach integrating pneumatics, electrical actuation and proportional technology. Camozzi is a leading multi-technological supplier of industrial automation, starting with the conviction that in automated systems

there is no driving technology that is absolutely better than another, but each application has different requirements that can be satisfied thanks to the use of a specific technology which can be pneumatic, proportional or electric.

In order to complete its offerring, Camozzi created C_Electrics; a new division dedicated to the development of electric actuation, proposing solutions that include electromechanical cylinders and axes with auxiliary motors, drivers and accessory components, combined in configurable systems in order to guarantee maximum flexibility to the user.

As a result of the work of this Division we can name the Series 6E electromechanical cylinders, the Series 5E electromechanical axes, the Series MTS brushless motors, the Series MTB stepper motors and respective drivers with the newest DRCS driver, especially studied for stepper motors. Using the microstepping technology (up to 1/128 step) it is possible to considerably reduce the natural resonance of the motor. Moreover, eight input modalities are available that allow to realize a table of 256 commands, for each of which it is possible to set position, speed, acceleration and deceleration. The Series DRCS drivers are equipped with a CANopen serial protocol through which you can run commands for motion control and monitoring of the driver’s state. The operation can be configured wireless or through a USB cable, according to the Bluetooth standard (BL-BLE).

Part of the C_Electrics range is also the Series 6E which is a mechanical actuator with rod in compliance with standard ISO15552, among which the new versions with protection class IP65 can be found, suitable to be used also in dusty environments or in presence of strong water jets.

The wide range available, their high precision and easy assembly make the Series 6E the ideal solution for the most diverse applications, in which control of position and/or of dynamic movement is required, like for example Pick & Place, sorting, palletizing, tensioning, pressing and lifting.

To make the transition from pneumatic to electromechanical actuation easier, Camozzi has developed QSET, a software that allows to easily configure the motor system and the elec- tomechanic actuator.

QSET interfaces with the Camozzi drivers and enables to program these very easily, without necessarily knowing complex parameters and options that would increase set-up times, at the expense of other activities with a high added value. The development phase of the man-machine interface has been the subject of a dedicated research: the aim is to have an intuitive program that is easy to use, in order to considerably reduce the configuration times through simple and quick guided choices.


Herti, your brand tomorrow is our business today

Herti is a leading European manufacturer and reliable partner for developing new products and distinguishing trade-marks in unison with the company’s slogan “Your brand tomorrow is our business today”.

Founded in 1993 as a start-up company specialized in metal packaging and producing only two kinds of aluminum caps, Herti is now a public company with five daughter companies in the UK, France, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria.

Herti offers more than 40 different sizes of closures and also advises on packaging solutions to clients producing wine, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, olive oil and pharmaceutical products. The company focuses on creating innovative solutions and close collaboration with clients at every stage of development of their products and brands, combining unique design and high- quality appearance with functionality.

The company does not make any compromises with the quality and strictly controls every step of the production process. Herti applies ISO 9001:2008 to guarantee the hygiene and safety of the closures and strives to eliminate or minimize any potential risk for consumers’ health. The company is certified by BRC/IOP – The global standard for

packaging materials. Every year the production sites and premises are audited by a certain certification organization to check and confirm the compliance with these standards. Herti offers a wide range of aluminum and composite closures for bottling spirits with capacities from 50ml to 4.54 l. Closures with EPE liner, typical for the alcohol drinks, have numerous possibilities for decoration. They give perfect air-tightness and contribute for the attractive appearance of the bottle.

For brand safety and to avoid the risk of counterfeits Herti offers composite closures and aluminum closures with non-refillable pourers that prevent the bottles from refilling. Following the world trend in the wine industry Herti researched and invested in innovative products for the wine producers. The company offers different liners as saranex and tin-saran which are typical of the wine sector and preferred by producers. They ensure perfect air tightness and control of OTR according to the chosen liner.

“VINSTAR” is the trade mark under which Herti sales its wine designed aluminum closures, among which is “VINSTAR SMART” – an innovative product, first of its kind on the market with PVC-free granulate gasket VinTellox, suitable for still and fizz wines(such as frizzante, perlwein, and cider), and compatible with existing equipment for capping wine bottles.

The liner is suitable for pasteurization and keeps the internal pressure up to 0.8 MPa-the most suitable liner for a wide range of fizz wines. Herti provides the two most preferred sizes PP30x60 mm BVS and PP 28×44 mm. Recently, more and more popular for bottling wines become other sizes of aluminum screw caps that Herti can offer: PP25x33 mm, PP22x30 mm, PP25x43 mm, 30×24 mm.

For the market area of bottled mineral waters, carbonated drinks and juices, Herti provides different solutions – aluminum and plastic closures 28х15.5mm; 30х25mm; PCO; 48×41mm and plastic handles as well as our latest innovative composite closure named DORADO. The aluminum closure with safety plastic ring that is tamper-evident and pro- tects from injuries is de- signed for capping high and middle class quality still and sparkling mineral waters in glass bottles.

This solution is suitable for ozone and sensitive waters as the compound it uses is PVC-free. Raw materials used to manufacture plastic caps meet EU regulations that guarantee origin and have organoleptic characteristics. Herti offers aluminum closures PP28x15.4 mm with PVC or PVC free compound and with or without side-split. Both types are suitable for pasteurization of juices and carbonated drinks.

All plastic caps produced by Herti could be used for bottling mineral and table still waters, while PCO closures find application for sparkling waters and carbonated soft drinks. Our new closure “Vinstar Smart” in sizes PP28x44 mm and PP30x60 mm can be an elegant decision for sealing not only wines, but also water, juice and other beverages.

Herti produces olive oil caps in several sizes: PP31.5×24 mm, PP31.5x44mm and PP31.5×60 mm with different pourers. The closures could be used also for capping vinegar, sauces or liquid spices. The numerous possibilities for offset and foil printing and glossy, matt or semi matt finish, contribute to the premium look of the bottle. For the pharmaceutical industry Herti offers mainly plastic caps PSO, aluminum caps with special liners and plastic measure caps.

In the course of many years our R&D specialists work in close collaboration with customers in pharmaceutical industry at every stage of the development of new products, selection of materials, creating designs, ensuring reliable information for the chemical stability and sterilization suitability. They give advice and provide all necessary certificates at each step required for medical and pharmaceutical needs for approving a product. The long standing partnership with famous Bulgarian medicine manufacturers helps Herti to better understand the needs of the industry and to improve its products and services.

The modern production facilities and machinery of the company are situated on 8 hectares own land, that provide for the full production cycle, meeting all business and ecological requirements. Herti constantly invests in new technologies that boost energy efficiency and improve environmental performance. Herti’s management is committed to the idea of creating innovative products and finding original decisions for its customers. The driving force of the Company is the growth of intellectual property. The R&D and quality assurance department puts efforts to organize and to improve all processes connected with developing new products, explore new materials and technologies and implementing them in production.

The understanding, determination and leadership of the management have secured strong commitment by the employees of the company. The gained experience is a basis for originating innovative products, ideas, technologies and managing processes. The knowledge management is of high priority and is kept in an information system, innovative by itself. The understanding and executing this approach contribute for the competitiveness, sustainable development and contentment of the clients and the employee of the company. The management is convinced that following the responsible and ethical business practices in the supply chain, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, protecting the environment and supporting social projects will help to build a strong and steady company and ensure constant growth.

As a SEDEX member Herti uses responsibly sourced materials from suppliers with ethical business prac- tices. Being a shareholder and a partner in Ecopack Herti follows all principles for protecting and recover- ing the nature.

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