IM Group completes a double ink mixer installation at Italy-based Samograph

IM Group, formerly Inkmaker Group, has completed a double ink mixer installation at Samograph’s international headquarters in Sant'Anastasia, Campania, Italy.

11 Aug 2021 | By Noel D'Cunha

The two mixing stations will automate and speed up production at Samograph

The two mixing stations, commissioned through Samograph, were purchased specifically to automate and speed up production.

Samograph, a manufacturer and distributor of inks and materials for the graphic arts for over two decades, specialises in various printing techniques such as - offset, UV, flexo and food in both the commercial and technical-scientific industries.

“The precision of the automated-dosing combined with the production speed and traceability of work-orders of the two IM Group mixing stations has given us the advantage we were looking for,” said Salvatore Montella, director of Samograph. “IM Group’s quality and service has always put them in a league above their competitors, and with the expertise of so many companies within one group, who inevitably benefits most from this synergy is us—the clients.”

The mixing stations come complete with IM Group’s Polare offset dosing heads controlled by the group’s proprietary software, Inkpro.

The two mixing stations will automate and speed production at Samograph

The dosing heads, capable of dispensing up to 20 colourants and additive components, have an output of up to 30 litres of offset inks, distributable across pails or drums, using a 30kg scale of up to 0.1g resolution with a precision of detecting weights as low as 0.1g. The automated production line also comes equipped with full traceability conforming to ISO Food certifications, registration of formulas and processing history—with optional customisation of dosage parameters to optimise production times and conditions when required—and  production reports throughout the process. Powered by IoT and Industry 4.0 technology, fourteen pumps are dedicated specifically to food packaging while another fourteen are aimed at conventional inks.

“We are very proud of this installation; it is a remarkably flexible and efficient system made all the more powerful due to the sophisticated technology that drives it. Thanks to the efforts of our award-winning software team, Inkpro has distinguished itself as a leader in the industry,” said Alessandro Tallone, the area sales manager from IM Group responsible for securing the project.

In a rebranding exercise, Inkmaker Group became IM Group, the official launching of which was held in April 2021.