Current Situation:
· Corona Virus spreads everywhere around the world
· Government, people and also companies are acting to prevent the spread of the virus
· Demand of disinfection and protection equipment increases significantly
SN’s Contribution to Support and Help in this Crisis:
· Machines for filling disinfectant in stand-up pouches with center spout (or other pouch styles
with or without reclosure system)
· Machines for further disinfection equipment
SN Machines are flexible and also usable for other applications if required later on.
Example Disinfectant:
· Machine will fill the pouch with the required amount of product
o Approx. 50 – 100 ml to keep the pouch small for take-away
· Machine will apply the spout after the filling process is done
· Speed: Approx. 50 – 60 pouches per minute
o Simplex Application preferred
· Quick delivery possible, within 4 – 5 months
o Manual spout feeding possible for realizing an earlier start of production
(automatically spout feeding could be delivered / integrate later)
· Budget: Approx. 450.000 € (depending on execution)
· Film material could be PE or PP (more layer film) [to be discussed in detail]
· Various spout opportunities for this application: See examples below

Benefits of Hand Disinfectant in Spouted Pouches:
· Small pouches are easy for take-away
· Can be used everywhere in the everyday life (in the office, at home, during travels, etc.)
o Small size allows to put it in the hand luggage
· Easy to store in pockets or handbags due to its small size and flexible packaging
· Reduced volume (packaging volume) when product is used (compared to rigid
· Less product leftovers in flexible pouches than in rigid packaging
· Reclosure system for multiple use

Disinfection Wipes

Current Situation:

  • Corona Virus spreads everywhere around the world
  • Government, people and also companies are acting to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Demand of disinfection and protection equipment increases significantly

SN’s Contribution to Support and Help in this Crisis:

  • Machines for folding and inserting disinfection wipes (incl. disinfectant / liquid) in 4 side sealed pouches
  • Machines for further disinfection equipment

SN Machines are flexible and also usable for other applications if required later on.

Example Disinfection Wipes:

  • Machine will fold the wipes (from roll), separate the wipes and insert it into the pouch
  • Machine is also able to fill the disinfectant / liquid
  • Speed: Up to 180 pouches per minute (duplex)
  • Quick delivery possible, within 4 – 5 months
  • Budget: Approx. 350.000 – 400.000 € (depending on execution)
  • Various folding opportunities possible: See drawing below

Packaging of Disinfection Wipes:

Overview of Possible Wipe Folding Opportunities:

Benefits of Disinfection Wipes in Pouches:

  • Small pouches are easy for take-away
  • Can be used everywhere in the everyday life (in the office, at home, during travels, etc.)
  • Easy to store in pockets or handbags due to its small size and flexible packaging
  • No contamination of other disinfection wipes due to single wipe packaging
  • No waste of other disinfection wipes due to its possible connection in the packaging box

Safety Masks

Current Situation:

  • Corona Virus spreads everywhere around the world
  • Government, people and also companies are acting to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Demand of disinfection and protection equipment increases significantly

SN’s Contribution to Support and Help in this Crisis:

  • Machines for folding and packing of safety masks (example below)
  • Machines for (folding and) packing of disinfections wipes
  • Machines for further disinfection equipment
SN Machines are flexible and also usable for other applications if required later on.

Example Safety Masks:

  • Masks will be delivered in a bulk and needs to be stored in a magazine
  • Machine will separate the masks and fold it two times before inserting in the pouch
  • Speed: Approx. 50 – 60 pouches per minute
  • Quick delivery possible, within 4 months
  • Budget: Approx. 250.000 – 300.000 € (depending on execution)

Packaging of Safety Masks with Eyeshiled:

Safety Mask with Eyeshield:

Safety Mask with Eyeshield in Use:

Safety Mask without Eyeshield:


Characteristics of Safety Masks:

  • Hypoallergenic medical adhesive creates effective seal against pepper spray, blood-borne and airborne pathogens, and other harmful particulates
  • Two-way protection (on inhalation and exhalation)
  • Custom fit and available in three sizes
  • High-tech filter media reduces breathing resistance
  • High-quality audio communication
  • Anti-fog eyeshield with the option of wearing eyeglasses over the shield
  • Portable and individually packaged for weightless protection on the go
  • Latex-free


  • Unique airflow provides up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler breathing air
  • No painful elastic straps
  • No painful metal nose clip
  • Increased comfort and field of view
  • Easy to fit test
  • Flat configuration saves valuable space to support stockpiling
  • Eyeglasses do not fog

Masks protect against:

  • Flue / Virus
  • Bacteria
  • Spores
  • Allergens
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Debris
  • Insulation
  • Pepper Spray
  • Pollution
  • Smoke Particles
  • Hazardous Particles

Masks are typically used in:

  • Emergencies caused by accident, terrorism or natural disasters
  • Hospitals, medical offices and other health care settings
  • Industrial settings
  • The Military
  • Any environment where an individual is exposed, or may be exposed, to dangerous particulate contaminants


Current Situation:

  • Corona Virus spreads everywhere around the world
  • Government, people and also companies are acting to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Demand of disinfection and protection equipment increases significantly

SN’s Contribution to Support and Help in this Crisis:

  • Machines for inserting various swabsticks incl. disinfectant / liquid in 4 side sealed pouches (or other pouch styles)
  • Machines for further disinfection equipment
SN Machines are flexible and also usable for other applications if required later on.

Example Swabsticks:

  • Machine will fill the pouch with disinfectant / liquid
  • Machine will insert the required amount of swabsticks (1 or 3 pcs. / pouch are often used) into the pouch after liquid filling
  • Speed: Up to 180 ppm (Triplex)
    • Simplex: Approx. 50 – 60 ppm
    • Duplex: Approx. 100 – 120 ppm
    • Triplex: Approx. 150 – 180 ppm
  • Quick delivery possible, within 5 months
    • Manual swabstick feeding possible for realizing an earlier start of production (automatically swabstick feeding could be delivered / integrated later)
  • Budgets for inserting of 1 swabstick:
    • Simplex: Up to 600.000 € (depending on execution)
    • Duplex: Approx. 600.000 – 700.000 € (depending on execution)
    • Triplex: Approx. 800.000 – 900.000 € (depending on execution)
  • Machine is able to handle almost every kind of swabsticks or similar products
    • Machine is also able to handle different kind of swabsticks on one machine

Packaging of Swabsitcks:

Examples of Pouch Sizes for Swabsticks:

  • 3 swabsticks in one pouch: 80 x 150 mm (example)
  • 1 swabstick in one pouch: 42 x 140 mm (example)

Benefits of Swabsticks in Pouches:

  • Clean and safe packaging
  • No contamination
  • Can be used for testing of potentially virus infected people (like Coronavirus)
  • Can be used everywhere for disinfection
    • Hospitals
    • Medical offices
    • Other health care settings
    • Laboratory
    • Etc.

The H stands for HYGIENE!

The Emmi Group in Switzerland fills grated cheese with the FMH 22.

Emmi – a global player with a long tradition

With around one billion kilograms of processed milk in 2019, the Emmi Group from Switzerland is without doubt one of the global players in the milk processing industry. The company, which is headquartered in Lucerne (Switzerland), currently generates around half of its sales at home and 50 per cent abroad worldwide. In 2019, the company’s turnover was CHF 3.45 billion. More than 6,400 employees work for the Emmi Group at a total of 21 locations – 13 of which are in Switzerland.
Emmi has been writing a success story for more than a hundred years. Originating from a dairy farmers’ cooperative in 1907, the company was able to maintain its position as a reliable dairy even in times of world wars, phases of economic downturn and increasing industrialization. Today, Emmi is the largest milk processor in Switzerland and has developed over the past 20 years from a medium-sized, regionally-oriented company into a successful international group.

The FMH 22 in Kirchberg

At the Kirchberg site in Switzerland, SN Maschinenbau has also been contributing to the Emmi Group’s success since 2019. A SN FMH 22 packaging machine is being used successfully for one of the three grated cheese lines due to the special hygienic requirements.
Over 23,000 tonnes of cheese are currently processed and packaged in Kirchberg every year. The fact that Emmi relies on the FMH 22 from SN Maschinenbau in Kirchberg is due not least to the high demands that Emmi places on a modern packaging plant. The aim was to be able to offer a new premium product range in high- quality stand-up pouches, replacing the resealable tubular pouches that were previously in use.
The machines of the “H family” are particularly impressive due to their open design. For example, the machine table in the pouch production section has been replaced by square stainless steel square struts turned by 45°. This primarily simplifies cleaning, as product residues can hardly deposit on surfaces and thus fall to the floor. In addition, this concept offers significantly improved accessibility for maintenance work.

SN Maschinenbau’s H-series clearly distinguishes itself from its competitors by its transparent and high-quality machine casing made of Makrolon. All functional areas are very well visible and easy to access. A special lighting concept allows the machine to light up in red, sector by sector in accordance with any faults that may occur. This makes it even easier for the machine operator to locate errors. Meaningful messages on the 19” operating panel are of course also standard on the new FMH 22. In addition, the redesign of the machine has resulted in a reduction of approx. 60% in the length of electrical cables. Increased service life of the machine components as well as the usual high machine availability provide a lasting contribution to reducing operating costs. Setup and format changeover times have also been reduced with the FMH 22 from SN Maschinenbau. This has been achieved by the numerous automatic format changeover features of the machine. The format parameters are loaded directly from setup database and relevant format parts are changed over automatically.

Emmi and SN – a successful collaboration

Knowledge of the dairy industry, many years of experience in the grated cheese sector and, last but not least, a convincing price/performance ratio in a highly competitive market environment were the crucial arguments for Emmi to decide for SN Maschinenbau. According to the Swiss company, SN was also the winner of the supplier evaluation and impressed the jury with its competent and customer-oriented support during the planning and implementation phase. SN is a flexible partner that has found unconventional and rapid solutions, particularly for special requirements. Examples of this are the gassing technology to reduce the residual oxygen in the bags, the merging of the bags, the application of fan-folders and the integration of a thermal transfer printer. The machine’s innovative hygienic design was especially convincing, as product quality and safety are Emmi’s top priorities. From the planning to the production phase, SN Maschinenbau was able to convince the jury with “perfect planning”, “qualified personnel resources”, “constant communication” and “great flexibility” – both on site and via the service hotline.
Thanks to the “proper planning”, there were no unforeseen disruptions whatsoever, according to Emmi.

Additional equipment: FMH 22 with auto-splicer for uninterrupted production.


We confirm that our sales, engineering, technical and after sales departments are fully operative on a smart-working basis, while we have taken strict sanitary-hygiene measures, in full compliance with the regulations adopted by the Italian Government, in order to guarantee the safety of all our employees in the production and logistic departments which are operational.

CFT USA new website is online!

Our US subsidiary has a brand-new website which perfectly describes the whole offer of CFT Group in the USA. Visit the website and share it with your US contacts!

Case Histories: Fruit Processing for Zipperle and Vog

Zipperle and Vog are two CFT Group’s historical customers based in northern Italy: during 2019 we have installed new fruit processing and packaging lines for both companies, with 2 innovative projects. Read the case histories on our blog!

Case History: the re-birth of Dixie Beer

Our company Comac did a great job for the re-birth of Dixie Beer, an historical brewery based in New Orleans (LA) which needed to build a completely new bottling and canning plant. Read the article and watch the video about the Dixie Beer project!

GRUNWALD’s customer magazine no. 46 / May 2020

Included in the news letter:

  • Customised filling technology for Kraft Heinz
  • Maximum hygiene level without using peroxide
  • Deldiche – when food becomes a form of art
  • Univer in Hungary relies on Grunwald’s ultraclean concept
  • Fuchs Dairy 5.0 – going ahead into the future
  • Always the right decision – GRUNWALD-HITTPAC AKH-019
  • Semester abroad at the University of South Wales
  • Together up and running

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You can also find the article in a podcast version on Spotify.

DAIRY – New packaging solutions

A disruptive approach is needed to address the modern demands of the dairy industry!
With class-leading machine concepts already setting the pace in other sectors, Cama is in an ideal position to help its dairy customers cope with increasing marketing creativity and growing sustainability targets

Like many sectors in the food and beverage industry, manufacturers of dairy and dairy free plant-based products are facing multiple business, consumer and operational challenges.

In addition to consumer-choice and marketing demands – which are dictating packaging sizes, formats, flavour mixes and serving concepts – the industry is facing global pressures, too, in terms of sustainability, especially regarding the use of primary and secondary packaging materials.

Added agility
These demands are placing an even greater emphasis on machine builders to deliver not only the agility required to address multiple consumer and market demands, but also the capabilities to handle paper and mono-material packaging formulations… for easier recycling.

“The phrase doing the rounds at the moment is ‘When grocery meets sustainability’,” explains Pierre Therville, Key Account Manager at Cama Group for the dairy industry. “The industry is being challenged to reduce packaging waste, especially single-use plastics and, as a result, is turning more and more to paper packaging and mono-material packaging, such as cup/label/lid combinations made from 100% PET. The challenge is, that the main players in this sector don’t want multiple fixed-cup-format machines, instead they are demanding end of line (EOL) solutions that deliver the capabilities to handle different shapes of cups and pack clusters, grouped in shelf-ready packaging (SRP).”

Cama has an existing pedigree in the dairy sector. Formed in 1981, much of the company’s first decade of operations was devoted to serving the needs of major dairy companies in Europe, where its customer list read like a “Who’s Who” of leading multinational brands. “In the early days, in yogurt and dessert, for secondary packaging, the business model was based on overwrapping machines rented from their carton suppliers, to pack the standard (and iconic) 63 x 63 ERCA thermoformed cups. Cama was one of the few manufacturers selling compact cardboard sleeving machines.

Taking the lead
“During this time and subsequently,” he continues, “we diversified into other industries, many of which had the same demands that the dairy industrial faces today, as a result, were able to take the lead in new ideas and concepts both in products handling and packaging design. We are now bringing these experience back into the dairy industry.

“The modern dairy industry needs the agility and flexibility to quickly address market variety,” he adds. “Manufacturers of dairy products need to have USPs and, as a result, often rely on packaging innovation to differentiate their products. This is why machine agility is so vitally important. Worldwide trends are seeing demands for premium products, in smaller, on-the-go and snack-sized portions.
This variety of primary and secondary packaging formats is compounded by the very urgent need to increase recyclability and reduce packaging waste.What is more, this secondary packaging needs to be shelf-ready in many cases.”

Industry pedigree
Cama is making huge strides to reclaim its dairy industry pedigree, bringing with it all the experience it has gained from other equally competitive and quality-driven markets. “Disruptive market demands can only be placated with disruptive technology,” Therville elaborates.

“Innovation and breakthrough solutions are part of the DNA within Cama – backed up by the fact that 5% of our yearly turnover is invested in R&D. In many of the markets we serve, we are seen as the face of innovation and there is no reason why this cannot also be true of dairy, which currently makes up 11% of our turnover, by industry.

“We already have many relevant solutions,” he continues, “based around similar primary and secondary packaging concepts and have developed state-of-the-art process and technologies to deal with sensitive products, including yogurts, cheeses and ice cream, wrapped in flow packs, bags, doypacks, FS and FFS cups, which we can then package using sleeves, top- or side-load cartons, wraparound, hinged-lid boxes, RSC, trays and case & display packs.”

The company’s capabilities and dairy market standing were cemented earlier this year with the delivery of eight EOL packaging solutions for different European dairy plants, all with common packaging format demands, including snacking, single serve and premium all within shelf-ready packaging.”

The new equipment caters for the new packaging paradigm, as it can handle different shaped and sized packages in multiple configurations, with or without overwrapping, in a variety of arrangements/ clusters and packaging designs. It can also cater for variety packs (flavour) without huge amounts of re-engineering between batches.

“We are especially proud to have been selected to develop a ‘CAMA breakthrough EOL Solution’ applied on preformed cups. What makes this application so special is that the customer is launching the very first yogurt cup made from 100% mono material,” Therville explains. “The cup, label and seal are all made from one material (PET), so this is a major breakthrough for the brand – from both a packaging and marketing perspective – and its future sustainability targets and market standing.

“This line has been designed to handle two different shapes of cups,” he adds, “with three types of pack configurations and designs without any significant adjustments or tool changes. Cama’s ultimate goal is to offer multi-purpose dairy EOL solutions for yogurt & dessert cups.”

For these end-of-line solutions, Cama deployed its ‘Breakthrough Generation’ (BTG) technology, which comprises modular, scalable frameworks that offer easy entry and access couple to a hygienic machine
design. Multiple design pointers such as no horizontal surfaces and electrical cabinets embedded on the corner of the frames are carry overs from other industries that are just as applicable to dairy.

From a quality perspective, the machine’s product-handling process is different to that from other competitors, in that it deploys Cama’s positive-transport principle, which has been developed and optimised over the past 20+ years, specifically for fragile, flexible products that cannot be accumulated. This approach makes it ideal for sensitive products, which, as Therville explains, “will help create new dairy industry expectations”.

“Product changeovers can be achieved very rapidly,” he continues, “which is not always a simple undertaking. By deploying Cama’s portfolio of RFID identifiable, quick-fastening devices – which offer configuration changeovers without adjustment – and multi-axis servo technology – which is easily modified using HMI commands – we have stripped out many of the inefficient mechanisms inherent in competitors’ systems, cutting downtime to an absolute minimum.”

Industry commitment
Cama’s commitment to the dairy industry is part of a larger company-wide programme which will see it evolve its products and capabilities to address multiple sectors. “Each sector will be served by its own vertical industry experts,” Therville explains, “but there will also be significant in-company cross pollination of ideas – from one industry to the others. This means that any breakthrough technology we develop can be shared across other sectors. Dairy is not unique in the challenges it is facing, but with solutions from other food and beverage sectors being just as applicable, we already have the technology and skill sets in place to address these demands, using technology that is ahead of the game in these other industries.”

New Unscrambler Posimat : POSIROBOT

We have just launched in the market our new range of unscrambler: robotics unscramblers POSIROBOT

How does the POSIROBOT differ from other robotic systems on the market?

• It offers one of the highest yields in the positioning of containers, reaching production speeds of up to 115 un/min with a single robot unit.
• Line bottle transition system using technology of optimal cost and maximum efficiency, based on technology designed, manufactured, and tested by POSIMAT over its extensive years of experience. The use of equipment manufactured by third parties (such as magnetic transport) is limited to guarantee the quality and speed of POSIMAT’s standard technical service.
• Without mechanical parts to pre-position the bottles that could damage them (such as brushes, vibrators, etc.).
• For filling lines with and without puck .
• Simple to operate. Low maintenance.

All of the above allows for a more technically and economically competitive robot than other manufacturers.

This robotic unscrambler, POSIROBOT, offers great advantages in the automatic positioning sector, which is increasingly critical given the complex designs of some bottles and their delicate handling. Its main features are:

• INSTANT AND TOOL-FREE FORMAT CHANGES: The format can be changed quickly and instantly, without tools, using a touch screen.

 MULTIFORMAT: It allows you to work from small to large formats of 5000 ml, with different geometric shapes and materials, and without the need to make mechanical adjustments to the equipment.

• HIGH SPEED: It allows you to work at speeds of up to 300 un/min, guaranteeing the stability of the containers delivered to the line at all times.

 COMPLEX LINES: Fast and safe handling asymmetrical containers that require orientation, for subsequent filling or labelling. Possibility of multiple modular configurations for positioning on lines of all types of pucks or godets, and even the possibility of working with or without pucks with the same machine.

• FOOTPRINT: Being aware of the costs posed by space in our clients’ factories, the solution offered by POSIMAT with the POSIROBOT is one of the smallest on the market. Being compact and with small dimensions designed to facilitate transport also allows the client to move it to other lines or factories easily.

• ALMOST ZERO MAINTENANCE: Due to the simplicity of the system and as it does not use complex mechatronic systems, POSIROBOT requires virtually no maintenance or qualified personnel.

• DELICATE TREATMENT OF CONTAINERS: POSIMAT’s extensive experience positioning delicate bottles (cosmetics, PET, screen printed, etc.) has been channelled into POSIROBOT. Any mechanical part that can mark or damage the surfaces of the containers is avoided. Our equipment does not use brushes, vibrators or channels to pre-position the bottles before detection.

 NEW FORMATS: As it does not require tools or complex programming, the costs and deadlines for the introduction of new formats are reduced.

• INDUSTRY 4.0: Consult POSIMAT for 4.0 implementations. We adapt to the particular needs of each client: communication with a centralized list management system, delivery of alarms and other information, traceability, diagnosis, predictive maintenance, etc.