There will be more than 300 billion extra pieces on the shelves of large supermarket chains by 2024
This is what emerges from the predictive analysis carried out by Mecs-Centro Studi Ucima on the growth prospects of packaging machinery. The market survey highlights that the most dynamic sectors will be those related to the production of soft drinks, dairy and confectionery and, as regards the packaging, those related to recyclable plastics.
The research is a confirmation of the fact that the great worldwide debate concerning sustainability of packaging solutions has become a key factor in the growth strategies of food and beverage manufacturers.
Environmental sustainability and innovation go hand in hand
Environmental protection is a primary objective, that can be achieved only through the joint action of companies and consumers. Companies are increasingly introducing technical innovations in order to produce in an environmentally friendly manner, while consumers are adopting lifestyles and behaviors capable of preserving the environment and enabling the collection and recycling of empty packaging.
Connected with the environment
SMI has always been at the forefront of the design of innovative and flexible packaging machines for handling the packaging process efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner. For instance, shrink tunnels of shrink wrappers have been re-designed in key green, adopting several technical innovations that allow to save on electricity and improve the quality of the packs produced.
The new shrink tunnels by SMI stand out for many new design features:
- the electrical cabinet has been installed in a longitudinal position with respect to the direction of travel: greater thermal insulation is ensured, therefore there are less heat dispersion and savings on electricity consumption; - the longitudinal position is more ergonomic; an aspect that ensures easier and faster access by the operator and which translates into greater optimization of the production process and savings in maintenance and management costs; - the section of the tunnel used for the passage of the air flow has undergone a series of improvements to allow an increase in the power of the air flow, a reduction in losses and consequently greater energy saving; - the motorization of the tunnel conveyor belt is equipped with a high efficiency SEW gearbox, which allows a significant reduction in electricity consumption; - the regulation of the heat flow for each area of the pack is made by means of a greater number of lateral deflectors and infra-chain (depending on the tunnel model). In this way the air flow control allows a significant reduction of energy consumption and a perfect shrinkage of the bundle, even with the use of printed films.
SMI offers a wide range of shrink tunnels for shrink wrappers, fed by both electricity and methane gas, available in standard or special version for the packaging of metal cans at high speeds. For further information on the packaging solutions offered by SMI, do not hesitate to contact our sales department.
The European Regulation 679/2016 (GDPR) on the protection of personal data has been fully applicable since May 25th, 2018. This is an important goal, because it lays down rules relating to the processing of personal data for all Countries within the Union. Every company of the SMI Group planned a series of activities, assets or operational modes to comply with the regulation and put into practice the protection of personal data. Here is a list of actions taken to comply with the European Regulation and our policy on personal data processing.
Lawfulness of processing All activities relating to personal data processing shall be lawful (consent, contract obligations, vital interests of the data subject or of third parties, compliance with legal obligations to which the controller is subject, public interest or exercise of official authority, legitimate interest pursued by the controller or by third parties).
Information document The information statement has been improved and updated to the new regulations (art. 13 and 14 GDPR).
Rights of the data subjects (right of access, right to erasure-right to be forgotten, right to restriction of processing, right to object, right to data portability) Technical and organization measures have been adopted to ensure the data subject's exercise of his rights and to meet the data subject requirements.
Controllers, processors Based on the new principle of “accountability”, SMI Group organization was re-defined, in order to proactively ensure integral compliance with the Regulation. Redefinition of the role of data processors and service suppliers whose activity implies personal data processing.
Risk of data processing; accountability measures taken by controllers and processors (Impact assessment, record of processing activities, security of processing, data breach) The “Conformity document”, including records of data processing activity, plans, adopts and demonstrates all technical and organizational measures taken to adequately perform the data processing activities and specifies the necessary procedures to be adopted to notify data breach.
Transfer of personal data to international organizations Smi Group adheres to the general principles and guarantees concerning the transfer of personal data to third Countries.
The Controller is: SMI S.p.A. Head office: Via Carlo Ceresa, 10 - 24015 San Giovanni Bianco (BG) - ITALIA VAT nr: IT03942700166 - R.E.A. 421708 For further information, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the European Regulation 679/2016, the data subject is entitled to exercise the rights set forth in the Regulation. The integral version of art. 15; 16; 17; 18; 20; 21; 77 of the European Regulation is attached to this document.
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