Cologne
Cologne - Hall 10.1 | Booth G40-H49

ProSweets Cologne

ACMA: Automation and Sustainability at ProSweets Cologne 2024

In its centennial year, ACMA, a Coesia Group company specialized in packaging solutions for fast-moving consumer goods, will participate at ProSweets 2024 (from January 28th to 31st, Hall 10.1 | Booth: G040 - H049), focusing on automation and sustainability, fundamental pillars of the Group's strategy in the Food & Beverage, Home & Personal Care, and Cross Industry Automation sectors.

GREENMATION is Coesia's response to the current trend driven by consumer demands for reusable and recyclable packaging, as manufacturers face labor shortages and production cost increases. "In this complex situation, Coesia believes that the answer to this profitability-threatening challenge lies in supporting a revolution in production which is capable of combining the principles of automation and sustainability in the industries of Food & Beverage, Pharma & Personal Care, and Cross Industry Automation," says Alessandro Parimbelli, Coesia Chief Executive Officer.

ACMA will showcase three technological innovations at the fair: a robotic distribution system, the CW 600 multi-style packer with the new protected double twist packaging, and Material Gate, a testing unit for paper-based materials. The Cologne fair will also be the ideal stage to introduce the new "ACMA CARES Programme" service.

Robotic Distribution

ACMA has developed three "smart handling" systems for Confectionery, designed considering the type of chocolate pralines to be handled, how they need to reach the machine, and the production line's speed. ProSweets will show a demo of a single-pick-up and multi-pick-up robotic distribution system for flat-based products, capable of orienting and arranging chocolates in rows. The system is available in two configurations and is aimed at picking up random products, sorting them and finally feeding them correctly oriented into the machine. It is a modular solution characterized by space-saving design, thanks to features such as the integration of electrical components directly into the machine, eliminating the need for additional electrical cabinets.

Taste and Product Protection

The CW 600 is the machine chosen by ACMA to represent the company's Confectionery portfolio at ProSweets. It is a unit for packaging flat-based chocolates, capable of working with various packaging materials, including monomaterials such as aluminum, PP, PVC, cellophane, and paper. The machine can handle up to eight different packaging formats, addressing market demands for product diversification and making it one of the most versatile platforms in the industry. The model on display in Cologne will be configured to produce the new protected double twist packaging, a particular style of double twist sealed with cold welding. This design has two major advantages: firstly, it better preserves the product's aroma, and secondly, it protects it from external factors such as water, heat, humidity, dust, and pests.

Material Gate: A Key Asset Supporting the Green Revolution

Material Gate will also be on display – a testing unit born within ACMA's Sustainability Lab and dedicated to experimenting with new wrapping materials with twist. Material Gate can conduct tests with sustainable wraps, an essential part of developing new packaging materials. Specifically, it can test materials for flat or spherical products with double twist style, verifying machinability and behavior in terms of resistance to mechanical stress. Through Material Gate, ACMA not only collaborates with primary packaging producers in developing new sustainable materials but also precisely identifies adjustments to introduce on customers' machinery so they can handle the new materials with the same efficiency as the previous ones, ensuring excellent packaging quality.

ACMA, Cares

ProSweets will also be an opportunity to present ACMA CARES, a program designed to consistently support customers in improving productivity and reducing maintenance costs for their installed base. Leveraging extensive field experience and a strong commitment from the research and development department, ACMA can offer various solutions to extend the lifecycle of its machines, innovate its models – expanding also equipment capabilities, for example, by adding new accessories – and keep updated the electronics of models that require alignment with new production needs, a natural consequence of technological evolution. Key aspect of the program is alignment with the latest safety standards and a focus on sustainability, promoting environmentally responsible solutions. Another important focus of ACMA CARES is to develop active synergies with customers, forming partnerships to support technological progress, a fundamental basis for the development of future machines.

 

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