SA Plastics

Progetto’s filler-capper proves popular

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Progetto premiered its latest development, an automated in-line filling-rotary capper system. The multi-head piston filler fills containers from 100ml up to a litre, then conveys the containers to the capper which can be used for a variety of screw cap sizes due to the design of the magnetic clutched heads to ensure a constant tightening torque, and from there the filled containers can exit to a label applicator or packing station

INDUSTRY trade shows provide platforms for machinery manufacturers to introduce new developments, a phenomenon that is common around the world, but this can also create difficult challenges for the machine developers. With the cost of development and extended lead-up times, the development of efficient systems can be daunting.

One of the South African companies that has proved very capable of developing equipment, and in this case automation systems specifically, is Progetto International of Cape Town. The Killarney Gardens-based company specializes in the production of automation equipment for the materials handling, packaging and process industries, whether it be small units or complete turnkey solutions.

A case in point was its introduction of its new filler-capper line at Propak Cape ‘017. The Progetto team had found that the development time for the system was extensive and the team was, prior to the show, slightly worried whether the line would be well received. So it was with great relief that it attracted a number of inquiries from beverage manufacturers during the show, justifying the effort and creating optimism for on-going development with the system’s technology.

 

A-to-Z for automation

The team at Progetto, led by Rocky Stone, manages the process from A-to-Z, from the basic concept of the automation requirement through the research, development and assimilation of all factors involved leading up to construction and assembly of all the necessary components. This often involves extensive technical drawing drafts and close consultation among the team members, often over many cups of coffee, as every component in the assembled systems needs to function perfectly.

“We commit ourselves to fulfill clients’ requirements, from conceptual design to implementation, delivery and after sales service,” said Rocky, who gained valuable experience in the blow moulding sector prior to starting Progetto in 2002. Progetto has since expanded into other fields, notably the pharmaceutical and glass and metal packaging sectors, but plastic containers and component production remains a core market for the company.

“Progetto’s aim is to provide the best solutions and equipment at a competitive price. We deliver this by maintaining a good balance between time, cost, scope and quality,” added Stone, who believes Progetto’s ability to network with highly professional suppliers has been fundamental in the process.

Progetto International has project management, design and manufacturing capabilities to cater for its customers’ specific needs and requirements.

“We have many years of experience working in the plastic, food, chemical and agricultural sectors,” he added.

The company was established in 2002 in the Western Cape and has expanded with service engineers and agent companies in Gauteng and KZN.

“We have successfully supplied equipment and implemented projects throughout South Africa and proudly have crossed the borders to Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania,” he added.

Progetto’s main specialties lie in the full automation and control of packaging machinery; filling equipment; capping systems; labelling equipment; palletizers; leak testers and trimmers and conveyor and auxiliary systems.