Sacmi will showcase the CONTINUA+ technology at Tecnargilla 2014, the international ceramic and sanitaryware technology fair to be held in Rimini, Italy, September 22-26. The technology reportedly has the ability to produce a continuous bed of spray dried powder and transform it into a material ready for firing. CONTINUA+ is reportedly a response to ever-growing market demand for large tile, which has evolved from a niche product into standard sizes that include 60 x 60 cm and 80 x 80 cm tiles, plus ceramic border and strip pieces up to 2 m long.
CONTINUA+, which can be integrated with dry digital decoration (DDD) solutions and the all-new COLORA HD PLUS 1808 ink-jet printer developed by INTESA, reportedly ensures excellent finished product quality without penalizing productivity, which can be as high as 14,000 m2 a day. Moreover, the design features of CONTINUA+ optimize energy use and give a specific consumption efficiency of up to 0.06 kWh/m2. Different sizes can be managed with flexibility with variable thickness, further pre-firing cutting to make sub-multiples and changeover times of less than 20 min.
Sacmi’s ceramic division will also showcase a second product at Tecnargilla: the PH10000. The large tile press reportedly offers a pressing force that ensures it can handle even the largest sizes with precision and repeatability. Another key feature is its modularity, which minimizes transport costs, while advanced electronics ensure control of all process parameters and minimization of downtimes. Like the CONTINUA+, the PH10000 features energy-saving devices, such as the kinetic energy recovery system which cuts press consumption to zero in the event of a line shutdown.
At Tecnargilla, CONTINUA+ and the PH10000 will go hand-in-hand with the innovative glazing and digital decoration systems provided by INTESA and the high-tech sorting, vision system and automatic handling solutions from Nuova Fima and Surface Inspection; these solutions reportedly ensure “total quality control” of the production line plus incomparable process automation. Sacmi will also present the new EkoSort dynamic packaging system, which introduces flexibility throughout the product sorting process, together with the EkoRoll packager, which gives significant product packaging savings in terms of individual pack costs and cardboard stocks and storage.
Consumption control is also a priority of Sacmi Forni, which will be presenting the energy management device (EMD), a system that gathers kiln electricity and fuel consumption data and makes it available on handheld devices. Completing the picture at Tecnargilla will be the molds from Sacmi Molds & Dies and Keratech’s ceramic roller solution.