Italian Innovation: SACMI’s Breakthrough Technology & Compression Blow Forming Machines (CBF)
Posted by Machines Italia North America | 11 May 2012
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Sacmi (www.sacmi.com) the industry's leading manufacturer of compression molding equipment for closures, created a breakthrough process which combines compression molding and blow molding that delivers significant advantages over conventional processes, providing enhanced quality, higher productivity, sustainability benefits and the potential for lightweighting.
Sacmi, the original developer of the process, collaborated with Amcor Rigid Plastics (world's leading producer of rigid plastic packaging) in year long project to adapt the technology for pharmaceutical packaging and have commercialized the industry's first Compression Blow Forming (CBF) machine for the production of rigid HDPE pharmaceutical bottles.
"For the pharmaceutical industry, compression blow forming is one of the most significant technological developments for rigid packaging in decades—it's a game-changer for an industry that demands risk-free performance," says Tod Eberle, vp, quality and engineering, for Amcor Rigid Plastics. "Compression blow forming is the most advanced processing system for the production of pharmaceutical containers, delivering high-quality, reliable and defect-free parts," according to Bob Israni, Amcor's technical manager for the pharmaceutical market.
Amcor has an exclusive arrangement with Sacmi to use the technology in select market segments and global regions. The company has already commissioned a 12-cavity platform (CBF-12), and is producing HDPE packer (over-the-counter and prescription) bottles at its Youngsville, NC, facility. Three additional machines are on order and will be in production by the end of the year.