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Concetti will exhibit at MVC Russia

MVCJanuary will be the month dedicated to Russian marketplace. Concetti is pleased to announce its participation at “MVC: Cereals – Mixed Feed – Veterinary - 2017” taking place from January the 31st till February the 2nd, 2017, Moscow. The event is considered the largest professional forum in Russia where experts gather to share and exchange new ideas and knowledge.

Concetti sales team would be pleased to present our latest packaging products.

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Concetti supplied an innovative automatic bagging line of precipitated amorphous silica

Concetti Group is pleased to announce that it has designed, made and successfully tested the first automatic bagging line of precipitated amorphous silica for J.M. Huber Corporation. The excellent engineering and technological level reached by the Concetti in almost 100 years of technological history and the tests accuracy have ensured a high level production performance.

 

Below is the press release issued by Huber Corporation

HUBER ANNOUNCES NEW INNOVATIVE PACKAGING LAUNCH FOR PRECIPITATED AMORPHOUS SILICA

Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces the launch of a new packaging concept implemented at its Havre de Grace, Maryland (U.S.), precipitated amorphous silica production facility.

Huber Silica Recyclable Polyethylene Bagging and FillingThe innovative, multi-million dollar packaging system replaces paper bags with a conversion to more robust polyethylene bags. The improved bags offer stronger tensile strength, minimization of nuisance dust and greater control of moisture to maintain the integrity of the material inside. Elimination of trapped air within each bag yields excellent stacking for more stable pallets during shipment, unloading, and warehousing. The new packaging is also easily recyclable which is integral to Huber's commitment to sustainability.

"Our investment in this area is in direct response to increasing customer and regulatory needs for stronger and more secure packaging," says Jon Fecteau, Global Director of Product Management for Huber's Silica Business Unit. "Not only do the polyethylene bags offer superior performance, they also provide increased printing and labeling options. We are pleased to be able to provide this best in market option for many of our high quality silica products."

The new packaging platform is being introduced systematically across the globe with equipment in place for select production facilities in the European and Americas regions, with the intention to introduce in Asia in 2017.

Huber is a global leader in precipitated silica with seven manufacturing sites strategically located across North America, Europe and Asia.

 

Huber Materials website

Pet food industy "Open House" on September

We would like to invite you to the Concetti Headquarter in Bastia Umbra (Perugia), Italy, for the "Pet food open house days", in early September.

We would be please to present our latest packaging machines:

  • Complete bagging system based on IPF 40 with two bagging spout and multi-head weigher feeding system for bags from 0,3 to 4,0 Kg with double heatsealing closure systems adjustable in height. Capacity up to 1750 bags/hr
  • Complete bagging system based on IGF 1200 with weigher NET/N belt feeding system for bags from 2,0 to 20,0 Kg with double heatsealing closure systems adjustable in height. Capacity up to 900 bags/hr
  • Four Column Robot Palletiser featuring a unique side and top layer compacting device. Capacity up to 1800 bags/hr

More information about Pet Food Industry

Bagging & bulk bag filling system combined

To replace an existing weighing, bagging and palletising system without enlarging or modifying the plant can sometimes be a challenge but it also represents an opportunity for an entrepreneur. Concetti of Bastia, Umbria, Italy recently supplied just such a turnkey solution combining a fully automatic bagging system IGF600 designed for woven PP open mouth bags and a bulk bag filling system to a South American manufacturer of pig and cattle feed.

The customer had requested a high quality bagging solution, robust, reliable and flexible, but adapted to the tight space already available in the plant and capable of filling both 25 kg bags (55lb) and 800-1000 kg (1700-2200lb) bulk bags, required by the local market.

Filling System for Bags and Big Bag

The technical solution offered by Concetti spa has optimized the space, to make the most of the selected machinery, in addition to reducing the capital investment. The installation, for example, uses a single net weigher, meeting the requirement of the customer to have two bagging solutions with a single complete line.

Wheighing: Dosing is by net weight scale NET / N – one for both filling machines - and a conveyor belt. The product is weighed in a separate weigh hopper and is then discharged into the bag, or, alternatively, deposited on a conveyor belt linked to the bulk bag filling station, with multiple weighments making up the 1000Kg load.


Bags: The sacks are filled by a fully automatic IGF 600, specifically designed to handle PE readymade open-mouth bags. Capacity up to 600 bags / hour, depending on the fluidity and type of the product. Concetti supplied the line complete with a PS-3A four-column robot palletiser.

Bulk bags or Fibcs: The big bag filling station has a capacity up to 8-10 big bags per hour and requires the presence of an operator to fit the bag mouth to the bag-spout, close it and remove it with a forklift when filled.

The Concetti pet food lines handle any pack weight

fully automatic IMF petfoodThe European dry pet food market is a sophisticated and highly competitive one, with a wide and constantly expanding range of packaging formats, especially at plants supplying own-label products to other brand owners. Unless a manufacturer invests in several different and expensive packaging systems, a single line must be capable, not only of managing the widest possible range but also be future proofed with the ability to adapt to new bag weights, types and sizes according to changing market demands.

The Concetti pet food lines handle any pack weight between 0.3 - 5kg or 1,5 - 20Kg using open mouth bags made from paper, coated woven polypropylene, PE and aluminium foil, with and without handles or closable zip, with easy opening features, stabilos and so on. All bag sizes, within the limits of the machine, can be handled giving the maximum opportunity to exploit almost every sector of the dry pet food market. Bags can be heat sealed or sewn closed as required. In addition to pre-made bags, the line has a form-fill-seal capability and can produce bags from low cost continuous reels of tubular PE film giving the user the possibility of long production runs without the need to constantly replenishing the bag magazine.

Among others, Befood in Italy, a manufacturer of high quality dry pet food on behalf of third parties (private label), had a very wide range of packaging formats, so Concetti supplied two highly flexible bagging lines, that allows the entire range to be bagged and palletized easily and successfully. All bag sizes, within the limits of the machine, can be handled giving Befood the maximum opportunity to exploit almost every sector of the dry pet food market.
Other Concetti customers are Nova Foods, Bosch Tiernahrung, Maxipet, Cambrian Pet Foods.

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Fine powder bagging with Concetti

The Concetti Group is pleased to announce their participation at the Powtech exhibition, taking place in Nuremberg, Germany, from 19 to 21 April 2016, Hall 1 Stand 612.
This year's highlights include the successful IGF bagging machine range for various types of pre-made bags and the renowned CONTINUA for FFS bags. Both models feature innovative devices allowing fast and accurate dosing and filling of powders, including those that are extremely fine, highly aerated and difficult to handle.

  • Very light powders (below 0,1 kg/l), producing bags as long as 130 cm
  • Fine powders, featuring many devices to guarantee product safety, a clean environment and producing compact, airtight and easy to palletise bags
  • Flour, with a MAP system for flushing inert nitrogen into the bags and so prolonging the product freshness and shelf life
  • Cement, featuring six linear bagging stations for product de-aeration and bag compaction, designed to use standard PE tubular film, instead of costly films with venting systems
  • Corrosive products such as caustic soda/potash in flakes or prills.

CONCETTI Exibition

Concetti also offers combinations of the two machine types able to handle both premade and FFS bags. The product range is completed by a wide range of palletisers from single column robots to high speed, high level layer machines.

The Concetti Group partners with Bratney Companies in the USA

Bastia Umbra, Italy – May 15, 2015

The renowned Concetti Group, innovator and manufacturer of the world's most prominent weighing, packaging, and palletizing equipment announced today the newly formed partnership with Bratney Companies of Des Moines, IA.

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Bratney Companies specializes in providing packaging, processing and conditioning solutions to its customers in the agricultural market, including design-engineering, construction of turn-key facilities, equipment service, and preventative maintenance. Bratney offers turn-key packaging and palletizing lines for products and commodities from seed, grain, animal feed, pet food, and milled materials, to edibles such as dried beans, nuts, and rice from the field to market.

The addition of Bratney Companies' staff of sales managers, designers, engineers, equipment specialists and service technicians supported by our subsidiary, Concetti North America Corporation based in metro Atlanta, positions our group to offer professional sales services, commissioning expertise, after-sales technical support, and local spare parts.

"We feel this partnership fits perfectly with our existing network of distributors, representatives, and agents across North America and the USA in particular. With the addition of Bratney Companies, we are now a 400 employees-strong structure providing services in all 50 states with locations strategically positioned throughout the USA to supply unprecedented sales services and technical support to existing and new customers.
Bratney Companies' dedication to customer service, history of innovation, and culture of integrity is a perfect fit for the long-held values of the Concetti Group. We believe that this alignment will provide a very strong foundation for many years of future success." says Teodoro Concetti.

As Concetti Group, we bring nearly 100 years of combined plant, design, and packaging experience to our customer industries in over 60 countries around the world. The next generation Concetti family managers, Riccardo, Emanuele, and Francesco plan to continue the Concetti Group's long history of design and production while continuing to offer stability, reliability, and customer satisfaction the group is renowned for!

Flexibility is the key for Cambrian Pet Foods

It's not only pets that have an appetite for dried petfoods. Some packaging machine suppliers also have a taste for this highly competitive and ever changing business. In 2010 when Cambrian Petfoods, a leading independent manufacturer of petfoods needed to expand packaging capacity at their Pencader plant, they selected Concetti as the supplier of a complete line from weigher to wrapped and finished pallet.

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Cambrian produce an assortment of standard, premium and super premium dog and cat food in various formats and needed additional capacity in the 1.5 to 15Kg sizes using premade paper, coated paper, PE and Alum-PE bags. The line was also required to fill PE bags made from a tubular reel, a feature that Concetti offer as a standard option.

Above all, Cambrian required flexibility in the range of pack sizes and the ability to handle different types of bag and closure methods which were vital if the petfood manufacturer was to meet the widest possible present and future demands of this complex market.

Closure methods required included simple sewing, heat sealing and pinch top. Concetti were able to provide all of these in a single IGF 1200 machine together with a self-adhesive labeller for the empty bags and a ticket applicator feeding into the sewing head. The result, installed and commissioned in July 2011, is one of the most advanced and flexible petfood packing systems in the country.

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Kemira Chemicals (UK) LTD

PRODUCTIVITY combined with EFFICIENCY and RELIABILITY key factors for KEMIRA CHEMICALS (UK) LTD

It only seems like yesterday when Kemira Chemicals (UK) Ltd first contacted the Concetti Group for ideas and inspiration to increase production combined with greater efficiency and reliability for their automated 25kg weighing and bag filling lines.

Kemira Chemicals are a global 2 billion euro water chemistry company serving customers in water intensive industries, the Bradford site specialising in the production of dry polyacrylamide most commonly used for water treatment and paper making.

The existing packaging lines were old fashioned, limited in packing speeds and problematic with little or no support available. Following product trials conducted in the Concetti test facility and laboratory in 2007, the Concetti Group was awarded with the supply of the innovative CONTINUA Tubular FFS machine designed for handling very demanding products and powders. Now in 2012, Kemira have installed the fourth Continua line completing the program of upgrades to their bagging systems.

The product handling starts with the Concetti electronic net gravity fed weigher designed for handling free flowing powders. In the bag filling industry, the weighers integrated are dynamic in operation meaning the product handled is fed and weighed simultaneously into a hopper prior to discharge into the bag (net weighing). Due to this dynamic operation, although the design of the weighing mechanism is important, and can influence the final performance of the weigher in terms of speed and accuracy, the most vital consideration should be focused on the weigher feed system and control philosophy. Careful analyses should be given to the materials to be handled, their characteristics such as bulk density, particle size, flowability and fluidisation in deciding the most suitable feed device.

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The feed system controls the product from the feed hopper into the weighing machine. The product must be under total control throughout the weighing cycle, most commonly 2 stage feed for main and minor feed, (progressive feed is also available for high speeds using brushless motors). The final product feed cut-off must be carefully engineered and accurately controlled, mainly due to the product feed and "in-flight" material. Control of the feed rate is paramount to enable the "in flight" material to be consistent throughout, should this become erratic or variable, accurate weighing is impossible.

The weigher chosen for Kemira Chemicals was the Concetti net gravity designed for handling free flowing granules and powders, feed gates radial in construction with teflon coated contact parts and featuring internal adjustments to control the feed rates in both main and minor feed cycles.

The unrivalled performance of the Concetti weigher was demonstrated with the final test results showing an accuracy of less than 8gr sigma 1 (68% of weighments within +/- 7.5gr of the 25kg target weight).

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The Concetti CONTINUA bag filling machine positioned underneath the weigher is a Tubular FFS (Form Fill Seal) designed to produce bags formed from a tube of plastic and wound into a reel. Continua is a special machine designed for handling a huge variety of demanding products including fluid powders, abrasive construction materials, corrosive granules/flakes and free flowing petro-chemical plastics.

Continua is available with many features that can be applied to specific applications such as product de-aeration probes, special coatings for product contact surfaces, bag compacting, residual air evacuation, upper edge seal area cleaning, seal cooling and inert gas purging (MAP). Dust problems are confined to history with our new generation of bag holders guaranteeing a dust and spillage free operation.

To increase the bag stability and shape, Continua also features the K-Sealing option, creating a block style bag perfect for palletising highly presentable, safe and compact loads.

For Kemira Chemicals, the accurately filled, clean, stable and square shaped bags are presented to the existing palletiser system, another example of the success of Concetti Group technology.

Dave Goult, Site Manager of Kemira Chemicals (UK) Ltd says "Concetti Continua performance and plant availability through their commitment to the highest levels of professional service made the choice for investment an obvious one. I would have no hesitation in recommending Concetti packaging machinery to anyone thinking of installing or upgrading a packaging facility".

 

Bagging NaOH and KOH flakes

CONTINUA FFS-MACHINE FOR BAGGING NaOH and KOH FLAKES

CONTINUA FFS-MACHINE FOR BAGGING NaOH and KOH FLAKES

 

The system is composed of:

ELECTRONIC "CBC" GROSS WEIGHER TYPE "GROSS/CV", FEATURING A VIBRATING CHANNEL IN-FEED SYSTEM, FITTED WITH CLEANING AND INSPECTION DOOR COMPLETE WITH MICROSWITCH. CONSTRUCTION IN STAINLESS STEELAUTOMATIC BAGGING MACHINE MOD. "CONTINUA 600™" TO FORM, FILL AND HEAT SEAL POLYETHYLENE BAGS MADE FROM REEL-WOUND TUBULAR "PE".

DESIGN DATA

PRODUCT

NaOH / KOH flakes
Concentration: 99,3% total solids
Granulometry: *min. 5x15 mm ÷ 15x15 mm
*thickness: 0,5 ÷ 1,5 mm Bulk density: 0,5 ÷ 0,6 kg/dm3
Characteristic: hygroscopic and corrosive
Temperature: < 65 °C


CAPACITY

- sec. "A+B": ca. 200 bags/h with 25 kg bags Depending on product flow and settling characteristics, bulk density, climatic conditions, humidity level in the work environment.
ACCURACY OF BAG WEIGHT (INSTRUMENTAL): - ± 0,2 % of max. weighing range, average out of 10 consecutive weighments
WEIGHING RANGE OF THE WEIGHER: 10 ÷ 50 kg
WORKABLE EMPTY BAG DIMENSIONS: - Gusseted bags: *Length: min. 550 mm ÷ max. 950 mm *Width: min. 290 mm ÷ max. 400 mm (gussets excluded) *Gusset depth: min. 50+50 mm ÷ max. 90+90 mm
BAG CLOSING: heat sealing
SERVICE CONDITIONS: 3 shift-day (16 hours-day) – 360 days-year


SPECIAL DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS

CONSTRUCTION IN STAINLESS STEEL AISI 316Ti (1.4571)
STAINLESS STEEL OR PLASTIC PNEUMATIC FITTINGS where technically possible
PROTECTIONS OF THE SENSORS WITH TEFLON CUPS
SUPPLEMENTARY DEVICES NECESSARY FOR THE MANUAL WASHING PROCEDURE
PAINTING OF ALL CARBON STEEL SURFACES ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING CYCLE:
Sanding SA 2.5Epoxy base coat (35/40 µm)Polyurethane top coat (130/150 µm)The commercial components, non resistant to corrosion, are treated with polyurethane enamel only (40 µm).
WEIGHING UNIT BUILT AS FOLLOWS:
Electrode welding for external parts (parts in contact with the product);"TIG" welding for internal parts;Seamless welding of all internal and external parts, solely for parts in contact with the productPickling and passivation by means of acid solution (for welded area only);Cleaning and smoothing of weld beads only on parts in contact with the product.The above procedure will be carried out where technically possible.
BOLTS AND NUTS MADE OF AISI 304 AND 316 STAINLESS STEEL
PNEUMATIC CYLINDERS IN STAINLESS STEEL
ANTICORROSIVE CABLE TRUNKING MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL
GUARDING OF THE SOLENOID VALVES AND FILTER UNIT IN NON CORROSIVE
AIRTIGHT BOXES (IP 65)
STAINLESS STEEL OR PLASTIC PNEUMATIC FITTINGS where technically possible EXCLUSION OF ALUMINIUM, COPPER AND THEIR ALLOYS, where technically possible HOLES CLOSURE BY MEANS OF PLASTIC CUPS OR BOLTS where technically possible
COMPRESSED AIR PIPING ON BOARD TYPE "FESTO – PEN
PROTECTIONS OF THE SENSORS WITH TEFLON CUPS
ASPIRATION PIPING IN "PVC"
SUPPLY OF THE INSTALLATION WITH THE FOLLOWING MOTORS:
"SEW EURODRIVE" motors, in aluminium with "KS" anticorrosive protection;"SEW EURODRIVE" gears, in cast iron with "OS" anticorrosive protection.Where technically possible the gearmotors will be installed vertically.A cover in AISI 304 stainless steel will be installed to protect each gearmotor (where technically possible).

DRY ROOM SPECIFICATIONS

The whole weighing, filling and closing system to be placed inside an air conditioned area/room, completely protected from moisture/humidity, wind and temperature changes. The conditioning system will have to be always active and operational, even when the installation is down (at night and during the weekend) or under maintenance and/or periodic washing cycles. In case of damage or maintenance of the conditioning system, it is necessary that the bagging installation is washed and that the temperature and humidity parameters inside the dry Room are restored. This will allow to constantly have an environment with ideal conditions, without the product getting in touch with the outside environment humidity.
The environmental conditions inside the Dry Room requested for the bagging installation (Part 1 of the present technical specification) will have to be:
- winter: *temperature: 20°C ÷ 25 °C *relative humidity: 20% ÷ 25 %
- summer: *temperature: 30°C ÷ 36 °C *relative humidity: 15 % ÷ 20 %
To calculate the conditioning system of the Dry Room, that has a volume of about 900 m3, one needs to take into consideration:
- the quantity of external air entering the Dry Room during the opening of the doors (operators/technical crew)
- the quantity of external air entering the Dry Room from the openings for the full bags exit; - the quantity of air put into the parts where the product flow occurs
- the quantity of air aspirated for the de-dusting process.
On this regard, we suggest that the air aspired by the points "C1-C2-C3", after it is filtrated, can be re-inserted in the bagging area because it is dry; this can limit the consumption of conditioned air for the environment.


Housing frame details

The air conditioned ambient must be completely closed by walls, windows, ceiling, flooring and doors. All doors are kept closed all the time, to avoid loss of conditioned air and the access of humidity.
The door/s should be able to permit the access of the operators, maintenance people and the reels.


Moisture monitoring of bagging room
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The relative air humidity and temperature should be checked continuously by a hydrometer installed inside the conditioned area.

Floor characteristics.

The floor will have to be featured with a slight slope, so that the washing water will be conveyed in a precise point of the area. Inside the conditioned room there will have to be no humidity sources (e.g. channel to collect the water with water inside). If there are channel or basins, they will have to be hermetically closed during the system operation; they will be opened only when the installation is washed.

Daily cleaning.

We recommend to clean each day (16 working hours) the internal weighing-bag-forming machine from the dust by using dry compressed air and/or portable aspiration machine.

Washing.

Based on the above given information, washing of the weighing and bag-forming machine should be done 1 time per week, generally on Friday afternoon/evening and before the week-end. The air conditioned system must be switched on all the time. The dry air into the product flow of the weighing/bagging machine must be in function all the time. The washing operation (internal parts where we have the product passage or the washing of the entire installation), will be done manually by the operators and before the weekend break. After 24/36 hours from the washing, the installation should dry and ready to begin to work. Together with our final documentation, we will supply the manual washing procedure that the operators need to respect.

Dry air into the product flow of the weighing/bagging machine.

To avoid penetration of humidity into the weighing/bagging machine (product flow), will be purged with dry air (dew point -15 / -20 °C). The bearing of the dry air in the three intakes (D1+D2+D3), has to be around 100 m3/h each.
-Line 1: (D1+D2+D3)x100m3/h = ca. 300 m3/h


Dust aspiration during the installation function
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For the bearing of the dust aspiration, we have indicated in the drawing n. 69.51.00 that the:
- Line 1: need an aspiration of 2025 m3/h.


Operator's quality
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The operators (machine operators and technicians) are the key factor for a trouble free operation of the machines. Skilled and motivated operator must be recruited and properly trained in correct operation and control of the machines as well in the daily tasks of maintenance and trouble shooting. The Client will have to guarantee a temporal continuity of the crew assigned to the operation and maintenance the installation, in order to facilitate the correct functioning of the equipment and reduce the possible problems caused by the inexperience of the operators.

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