Sacmi to showcase LabelCheck-360 at CBC 2018
Sacmi has revealed that it will be attending this year’s Craft Brewers Conference & Brewexpo America in Nashville, Tennessee from 30 April to 3 May 2018. The machinery manufacturer will be showcasing its LabelCheck-360, a solution for total inspection of labelled bottles
Developed by the Sacmi Automation & Inspection Systems Division, the LabelCheck-360 solution features a renewed framework (lightweight alloy instead of the traditional stainless steel). Moreover, it allows total quality control of both the label (presence-absence, positioning, incorrect or mixed applications, colouring, etc.) and the entire bottle body, cap included.
On the US market, the expansion of the craft brewer sector is arousing considerable interest. Infact, it has grown by over 10% since 2015 and the number of brewers recently passed the 5,200 mark (in 2011 there were less than 2,000). Beer enjoys stable popularity among US consumers (a recent GALLUP poll showed that 40% of interviewees indicated beer as a favourite in the alcohol and spirits category); craft beer continues to have the highest development potential and has now reached and surpassed a yearly production/sales volume of 3 million litres.
Alongside the labellers and inspection systems, the Sacmi Group provides a complete range of filling solutions. For example, the company recently introduced a combined filling system for bottles (glass or aluminium) and cans, specifically designed for Craft Breweries. This monobloc solution consists of a rinser and a filler which, thanks to a fast size changeover system, can handle both bottles and cans. These units are followed by a capping unit for bottles and a standard seaming machine for cans.
Two-in-one filling has been made possible thanks to a four-in-one machine block (rinser + filler + capper + seamer). The system (patent pending) has a range of fillers featuring from 12 to 50 filling valves and can provide output rates from 10,000 to 24,000 bph/cph (33 cl format).
Developed to provide the ideal response to the needs of the typical Craft Brewery, this solution stands alongside the comprehensive range of traditional Sacmi fillers for bottled or canned beer and wine; the latter come with both electronic control (flow meter filling) and electro-pneumatic control (level filling).