Manufacturing of beverage caps

Alucaps purchases the thirty-second CCM from Sacmi

Technology - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Can two different caps be produced using the same die? With Sacmi compression technology the answer is yes, and this is just one of the reasons why the Alucaps Group decided to purchase an all-new Sacmi CCM64MB press.

Renowned supplier of high quality plastic and metal caps to the world's leading beverage players - first and foremost the Coca Cola Group - Alucaps has a long-standing partnership with Sacmi: this latest machine is no less than its 32nd Sacmi press, a model from the CCM series. Installed in several Alucap manufacturing facilities (the group has plants in four central American countries, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador and Guatemala), these machines use both standard dies and dies equipped with the innovative Sacmi Cool+ circuit.

Designed to handle up to 1,600 caps a minute with just 64 cavities, the just-purchased CCM64MB has one of the lowest cycle times in the industry (2.4 seconds) and can manufacture caps of variable diameter up to a maximum of 52 mm. Thanks to Sacmi compression technology, the machine allows the manufacture of caps with different designs (in this case, a cap for water and one for carbonate soft drinks) with the same die. This is because the thickness of the upper cap section can be set independently and directly via the operator interface.

Efficient and flexible, the Sacmi CCM lets manufacturers cover the entire cap range on the market thanks to the enormous variety of designs available. In addition to the capacity to make two differently designed caps with one die, the reasons behind Alucap's continued trust in Sacmi also include the superiority of compression technology compared to alternative solutions such as injection and Sacmi's ability to develop the lightest, best-performing caps on the market.

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