The SMI Group is today one of the world’s largest producers of bottling plants and packaging machines for food & beverage, household cleaning, personal hygiene, chemical and pharmaceutical products, able to meet production requirements up to 33,600 bottles per hour.
New age of bottling
With the launch of the ERGON technology, SMI has pioneered the “new age of packaging” and the “new age of bottling”, being, once again, able to supply advanced solutions to the market and to provide efficient, flexible, eco-friendly, ergonomic, easy-to-monitor and easy-to-manage bottling lines and packaging machines, even more inspired by Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) principles.
Solutions for the tertiary packaging
The tertiary packaging of beverage, food or chemical/pharmaceutical products needs even more versatile solutions in order to:
-improve the handling of containers and avoid damages
-reduce the changeover times in order to quickly adapt the production to the new palletizing patterns
-increase the performances saving space
SMI palletizing systems set a new standard in the industry of two-Cartesian-axis fixed-column robotic palletizers. The APS series results from an intense activity of research and innovation, which has allowed to produce technologically advanced systems capable of providing each user with the solutions which best fit their needs.
SMI palletizing systems enable to streamline the end-of-line operations of countless industrial sectors: beverage, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, detergent, glass, paper and many more.
SMI palletizers meet production needs from 35 up to 90 packs/minute (according to the size of the product handled and to the palletization pattern selected) and are available in 8 different configurations, both in “stand-alone” version and in integrated version (combined with a SMI packer, thus forming a Packbloc system).
SMI palettizing solutions stand out for:
Multifunctional central column
The central column of the APS ERGON palletizer combines all the main functions of the system:
– feeding of the empty pallets
– insertion of the interlayer pads
– palletizing operations
The infeed section is equipped with a layer pre-composition system consisting of mat belt system.
– compact solution
– a specific area for the layer composition with static pack-turning device (traditional solution) is not required
Customized palletizing patterns
Possibility to integrate handling systems to turn and/or translate the loose packs arriving on the infeed belt and to set them on multiple rows according to the palletizing pattern
Simple and fast assembly and start-up operations
The modules are assembled, prewired and tested in factory in order to reduce the operations for the customer and minimize the maintenance costs and the energy consumptions.