SMI S.p.A. is the leading business within the SMI Group.
Founded in 1987, the company has established a global reputation and is a worldwide renowned provider of PET-bottling systems and packaging machines for the food and beverage, household cleaning, personal hygiene, chemical and pharmaceutical products industries, committed to providing the most innovative and sustainable solutions, either as single machines and complete lines.
Today, SMI offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging machines designed to satisfy the compliance and productivity requirements of beverages and liquid food producers.
The equipment range includes innovative stretch-blow moulders, and integrated system of blowing-filling-capping, shrink-film packaging machines, wrap-around casepackers and palletisers.
The role of producers of bottling and packaging technology such as SMI is particularly important for the success of companies operating in the food and beverage sector.
Success can be achieved through an optimal combination of competitiveness, cost-effectiveness, efficiency and environmentally-friendly manufacturing.
In 30 years of business, SMI has always distinguished itself in the market for the high level of technological innovation and operating flexibility of its range of machines and systems. SMI's most innovative developments recently came into effect in the new ERGON series of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging equipment.
Design ergonomics, automation technology, system robustness and modularity are only some of the elements that feature in the new series.
One of the latest innovations rolled out by SMI's technical team is named EBS (Electronic Blowing System) ERGON and represents a flexible approach to the customer's needs for the production of PET containers up to 36,800bph.
This machine range is the result of a challenging two-year research and development project that introduced innovative concepts into the design and manufacture of SMI products, enabling them to stand out in terms of low power consumption, high performance, and a quality/price ratio that is among the best in the market.
The stretch-blow moulders of the EBS ERGON series are equipped with motorised stretching rods controlled by electronic drives with no need for mechanical cams.
This new technology enables a precise descent of the stretching rod, an accurate control of its position at any time, remarkable energy savings and no mechanical interventions (cams replacement) in case of a bottle format change.
The advanced technology employed also features low dead volume valves that deliver great advantages in terms of machine efficiency and bottle quality.
SMI innovations in the secondary packaging machines sector keep up with new market trends with the aim of ensuring competitiveness, efficiency and flexibility, along with energy savings and environmental sustainability.
That's why SMI most innovative technology came into effect in the new ERGON series of shrink-film and wrap-around case packaging machines. Ergonomics and automation are the key elements featuring in the new line of equipment marketed by SMI.
The new curved style of the sliding safety doors enables every motor to be mounted on the outer edge of the machine's frame, making maintenance operations much easier for the operator.
Moreover, SMI shrinkwrappers do not need gearmotors, as they are operated by brushless motors (driven by digital servodrivers) directly connected to transmission shafts with the paramount advantage of reducing energy consumption, noise and maintenance.
The new ERGON range of secondary packers includes a large variety of models in single, double and triple lane configuration featuring a compact and ergonomic design, encompassing the best of packaging technology and capable of satisfying production requirements up to 450 packs a minute (small packs in triple lane configuration).
SMI's product portfolio includes a wide range of fully automatic packaging machines feautring advanced control and automation solutions as well as operation supervision and monitoring tools.
The ergonomics of SMI's new machines is further enhanced by the cutting-edge technology of the MotorNet System® automation and control platform, which ensures optimal working parameters all along the manufacturing cycle and automates machine settings adjustment when carrying out format changeovers.
Both the design and manufacture of SMI range of products are inspired by industry 4.0 innovative concepts, which allow the full integration of SMI machines into brand-new or existing bottling and packaging lines, and the most effective mix of advanced engineering, sustainable production processes, and high-efficiency monitoring and supervising operations.
In a global market where competition is becoming increasingly fierce, the possibility to ensure a 'next door' service is for SMI a key factor when effectively and successfully supporting customers wherever they are by providing them with immediate help in case of technical aid and spare parts requests.
In the light of this goal, SMI has been setting up over the last 20 years a wide network of branches and representative offices in the five continents where local staffs take care of customers' needs and requirements in the shortest possible time.