Sacmi Whiteware recently announced it will be celebrating 30 years of success by showcasing its latest innovations at Tecnargilla in Rimini, Italy. The showpieces at this international event—which will be held September 22-26—will include high-pressure, one-piece WC casting solutions.
Two modules will be on display, the first of which consists of 4 AVM units and a robot that allows automatic mold-on-mold gluing of the bowl to rim and tank. The advantage of this solution is that it forms a single casting line and, more generally, provides full automation of the various stages, thus ensuring process repeatability and improved finished product quality. The AVB, which is the hub of the second casting module on display, is also equipped with a robot that allows the various parts of the WC to be de-molded and deposited separately on the conveyor via a multi-mold system. In this case, the operator performs the gluing, while the possibility of making different types of pieces during the same cycle makes the AVB solution flexible enough to handling large volumes.
Both solutions were developed by Sacmi to meet specific international market requirements, such as the manufacture of large WCs with stick-on tanks. These solutions go hand-in-hand with the second mainstay of the whiteware range: automated glazing modules. Designed with a layout that reportedly allows greater productivity than that attainable with traditional modules, Gaiotto’s handling and glazing solutions reduce the number of tasks that require handling (and, as a result, the risk of breakage or defects). A needleless glazing spray gun gives greater repeatability over time and consequently results in consistent quality standards and less maintenance. Because it is much more compact than traditional solutions, it can easily reach into even the deepest recesses. Improved glaze automization performance reportedly eliminates the need for dual-gun installations.
The latest Smart offline software allows for fast programming and optimization of nozzle-fed glaze trajectories and delivery rates, minimizing the glaze wastage caused by excess deposits or over-spray. Once executed, the program can be simulated and optimized without having to intervene directly on the line. Improvements on the current software version include optimized spraying trajectory and parameter simulation algorithms as well as parallel control of multiple glazing robots. Moreover, the user interface has been redesigned according to strict ergonomic criteria to enhance operator user-friendliness.
Energy saving is crucial to the firing department: this is where Riedhammer solutions are used, such as the tunnel kilns of the TWS range, equipped with an energy management system (EMS) and HWS shuttle kilns with high-efficiency Reko self-recuperating burners. Featuring hardware and software solutions that optimize the firing curve, these machines cut gas and electricity consumption and significantly reduce CO2 emissions. At Tecnargilla, Sacmi sales personnel and technicians will demonstrate these advantages, as well as the characteristics of the latest generation of isostatic presses design by Sama, the Sacmi group company specializing in the provision of technological solutions for the tableware industry.
Casting machine operator interfaces come complete with use and maintenance manuals to ensure fast troubleshooting to make the operator’s work as easy as possible. In the event of a malfunction, the user immediately receives an alarm message defining the reasons for the shutdown and then gives the user access, via a simple click, to the manual page that provides instructions on how to resolve the problem. Where necessary, the customer can also use the remote assistance service, which connects the user with a Sacmi technician, who can link in via PC and identify the problem in order to provide the necessary instructions for its solution.