The quality and sustainability of packaging in the wine industry

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Defranceschi to showcase a comprehensive range for the industry: from winery design and technology to Bag-In-Box solutions that deliver market-leading sustainability, plus a versatile modular range of FLEXI-KUBE labeling machines that are perfect for the wine world.

The 29th edition of Simei – the International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition to be held at Fiera Milano from 15 to 18 November 2022 – will focus on the union of enology and ecology. SACMI Beverage will offer visitors an opportunity to get a close look at the full range: a range that combines winery engineering – which aims to create an ‘experiential’ place of technology and design – with complete Bag-In-Box packaging solutions, the most sustainable on the market, now with important new features. And then there’s the highly versatile labeling provided by the Flexi KUBE range, specially designed for this industry… and already a recipient of awards from the main Italian and international wineries.

Designer tanks and autoclaves, all the latest in the Defranceschi range
Defranceschi – the SACMI brand that specializes in winery engineering and architecture – will be exhibiting at Simei 2022 following an exceptional two-year period in which it completed major projects in Italy and abroad and further developed its products. At the heart of the Defranceschi range lie its vertical twin-compartment, segmented and dual-material (steel and concrete) designer tanks, intended for wine-making and maturation.

Offering stylish features such as exclusive pigmented steel, they’re now available in microporous ceramic. Their outstanding design transforms wineries from simple places of production to ‘experiential’ places where customers can play an active role. On the technical front, the new vertical twin-compartment, multi-cell tanks with layered domes revolutionize tank accessibility, allowing staff to work ‘from the ground’ and store different musts where space is limited.

Built meticulously, these tanks can incorporate eye-catching design elements, such as cooling jackets made of pigmented steel, giving the Defranceschi range a stylish touch of exclusivity. The new ‘segmented’ tanks are particularly appreciated: patented by Defranceschi, these all-new tanks can even be designed around the structural elements (i.e. columns) of a winery building, thus optimizing use of space.

Defranceschi incorporates the steel or ceramic layered domes into the access framework, making the tank itself a ‘walkway element’. This makes cleaning easier and, more importantly, provides advantages in terms of ‘hospitality’, as customers can now be welcomed into a place that was once a strictly technical environment to experience the wine maker’s unique heritage.

The year 2022 sees the launch of the very first 32hl ceramic tank prototype, the result of SACMI’s vast expertise in this area. This tank exploits the extraordinary properties of ceramic to refine the wine via micro-oxygenation. That process has been carefully performance-evaluated by Defranceschi, and the market has already responded positively with purchases.

Sacmi Line for Bag-In-Box

Sustainability and performance: Bag-In-Box opportunities
SACMI Beverage has been developing a complete Bag-In-Box range for several years. Its tried and tested solutions are appreciated worldwide. Yet why go for Bag-In-Box? This will be the topic of SACMI’s talk at Simei, to be given on 16 November, from 1 to 1:30 pm, taking place Sala Convegni – Pad. 3 titled “One-stop-shopping approach to BIB technologies: a complete approach to sustainability & performance in packaging-beverage sector”.

It begins with a description of the outstanding properties of BIB packaging, which optimizes the storage, transport and pouring of bulk wine. From a sustainability perspective, the first advantage is that this type of package holds the maximum effective quantity of product, thus reducing use of packaging materials while optimizing logistics and transport. Above all, modern BIB solutions preserve the product’s organoleptic qualities. Both at the filling stage and after opening, special design features extend the shelf-life by preventing contact with air and, therefore, the risk of oxidation.

With the SACMI solution, for example, the amount of oxygen the product comes into contact with is, even after opening, below 0.75 ppm (parts per million). BIB by SACMI can process any type of bag on the market. Ultra-high configurability and numerous options ensure solutions can be adapted to the needs of the specific process and product. Excellent filling precision (<0.3%) makes SACMI BIB ideal for premium products. From a quality and performance viewpoint, the design allows – in addition to preventing post-opening product oxidation – near-complete consumption, thus avoiding the problem of high levels of non-consumable residue that typically affect traditional BIBs.

SACMI BIB solutions have also been specifically designed to reduce maintenance costs and make management and changeovers more flexible. These product features go hand in hand with high-added-value assistance, such as customized maintenance plans and advanced technical, training and spare parts services. BIB draws on the unique SACMI Beverage ability to provide complete automation solutions for every part of the packaging line. From this perspective, customers can fully integrate the lines that feed, form and fill the bags and the line that inserts them in the boxes (which are also formed automatically).

Sacmi FlexiKube

FLEXI KUBE, precise labelling, versatility, ‘plug&play’
One technology, an infinite variety of labels: this is SACMI’s FLEXI KUBE, developed to meet a vast range of industry-wide needs. Offering output rates as high as 25,000 applications per hour and installable on mixed packaging lines (self-adhesive, hot melt, cold glue), FLEXI KUBE lets bottlers get the most from their products, starting with a marketing and communication tool that is crucial in the wine industry: the label.

A modular framework lets customers configure the labeler according to their exact needs. This is done by installing optional devices – specifically designed for different product-container types – suitable for self-adhesive or cold glue applications. Wine-specific advantages include shorter changeover times, thus allowing the efficient management of small batches and diversified sizes via the use of adjustable starwheels or motorized axes. Precise and user-friendly, the system makes setting the container size and shape easy.

This is done directly via the HMI, which controls the motorized carousel axes positioning and adjustment system. The advanced control system also lets users save the different recipes on the machine and recall them as needed. Alongside streamlined settings and shorter changeover times, which maximize flexibility, this solution also has minimal maintenance requirements thanks to easy machine access and ergonomic design.

SACMI’s innovative platform design, based on a plug & play approach, means that FLEXI KUBE is designed to allow incremental investments over time according to specific production requirements. Using the same platform, customers can, in fact, optimize the configuration by installing additional modules and/or optional devices, or reconvert them to suit different production needs.

FLEXI KUBE is available with an integrated bottle orientation system and LVS (labeling vision system) software, developed entirely by SACMI. This makes the labeler ideal for premium products as it ensures total quality control. It also means purchasers have a sole provider for all assistance and support services before, during and after the sale.

Get your free ticket 
Visit the SACMI Defranceschi stand at Simei 2022! [Pad. 03 stand N.12].
Click here to sign up for the workshop (16 November from 1 to 1:30pm at Sala Convegni – Pad.2).