#HygienicDigitalGlazing: SACMI-Gaiotto’s answer to the new challenges of the sanitaryware sector

SACMI presents the latest development in robotized systems for the application of sanitising glazes with the aim of guaranteeing optimum application quality and efficiency thanks to fully digital process control.

The sanitisation of surfaces is an ever-more pressing necessity of the sanitaryware market and has become a standard requirement in the manufacture and sale of quality products. With the digitalization of hygienic glaze application SACMI offers a new service to its customers all over the world to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the process and thus the added value given to the product.

The sanitising glaze consists of a special layer of just a few tenths of a millimetre applied to the glazed piece before firing. Ensuring uniformity of application to the piece and repeatability of the operations are the essential conditions for obtaining a truly effective “protective covering”. With the launch of its latest kit for the robotized application of anti-bacterial products on the glazed piece, SACMI eliminates all manual operations from the application process thereby guaranteeing maximum uniformity and repeatability, as well as optimizing raw material consumption.

For many years SACMI has made and sold, throughout the globe, various solutions specially designed for the automation of anti-bacterial glaze application; operations which are difficult to control manually due to the extremely thin layers required making it highly problematic to apply the glaze evenly. With the new development proposed, on the other hand, the application of the sanitising glaze is handled through a different independent “channel” of Sacmi’s tried-and-tested “mass control” system for the control of flow rate and quantity of glaze delivered during the robotized glazing process.

In addition to ensuring even application of the product, the new system also offers the possibility for off line programming of the robot spraying parameters and paths, thus saving time and optimizing raw material consumption (typically, the anti-bacteria glazes have a relatively high unit cost).

The benefits for the customer are vast as, without any “structural” change to the lines (the kit can simply be installed on the standard SACMI-Gaiotto robot), this new system can respond to different market needs in real time with a solution whose distinctive features include simplicity, efficiency and high level of automation. The whole system has been conceived to maximize the results which can be obtained starting from the specific anti-bacteria glaze formulations in use by the different manufacturers.

With this proposal, SACMI-Gaiotto consolidates its position as international market leader in robotized glazing technology having acted quickly to satisfy market demand in the area of quality and hygiene, safety and sanitisation of surfaces – which has always been a primary consideration in the sanitaryware field but has now become even more essential in the light of new developments in lifestyles and social awareness.

Advanced 3D simulations of the solution – developed in recent weeks by the SACMI Sanitaryware R&D Laboratory – represent a further guarantee for the customer who can evaluate all the advantages of installing the new kit on its production lines in detail and in advance.

Source: sacmi.com