Chicago — Italian machinery company Sacmi Imola SC serves the plastics, food and ceramic tile manufacturing sectors. And typically the businesses don't have a lot in common.
But there's an exception: The company's Colora Cap technology.
The Imola, Italy-based company gave an update on Colora Cap at the Plastics Caps & Closures conference in Chicago, sponsored by Plastics News.
The technology allows companies to print high-definition digital images onto products, like plastic caps. There are no changeover costs, each cap can have a custom decoration, and the machine is capable of producing 600 22-millimeter caps per minute.
The images can be printed in high resolution, even on colored caps, according to Marco Ferri, key account and area sales manager for closures and containers.
“Almost an unlimited number of images can be printed, 600 caps a minute with 600 different images,” Ferri said. “Imagine the marketing that can be achieved with this machine. How to best exploit the potential of digital? I'm not in marketing, but the first thing that comes to mind is promotion for a sports event.”
Sacmi presented information about Colora Caps at the 2014 Plastics Caps & Closures conference, too. This time Ferri was able to disclose that the machine has been commercialized.