Machines that say “future”

Winning partnerships; prestigious awards for cutting-edge, standard-setting technology; visits at the stand tripled since the last edition and deals finalized at the fair. For Cama, interpack 2017 has been a resounding success across the board. Annalisa Bellante confirms.

Alongside her brother Daniele, Annalisa Bellante has long held an enthusiastic hand at the helm of Cama Group, a firm globally renowned for the reliability of systems offered for application in all primary and secondary packaging processes for food and non-food sectors, from product intake to packaging, end of line and palletization.

Bellante’s enthusiasm is justified by many factors that have been further confirmed during the major German event: «First and foremost, I am proud of the recognition our machines have garnered as Industry 4.0 systems. Our IF318 robotized monoblock loading unit, nominated by Rockwell Automation among its automation partners, has won Best in Show for innovation in the packaging industry».

The pitch-less system was evaluated by a panel of experts that took into consideration modularity, intelligence, ease of use, sustainability, traceability and safety. «This goes to show how our integrated and modular design concept can prove incredibly flexible, adapting itself to myriad applications».

The industry’s new languages: holograms and apps
The machines developed by Cama are smart and interactive, anticipating the wave of 4.0 «which, truth be told, we have already been pursuing for a long time. It’s no coincidence - Bellante adds - that in addition to interpack, Microsoft and Rockwell have also invited us to show our IF318 monoblock at the recent Hannover Messe as an example/tool for augmented reality demos. In addition to the machine, we supplied them with a 3D blueprint of the platform, developed especially for the occasion. Using Microsoft’s HoloLens system (an augmented reality viewer that integrates the necessary components for creating holograms superimposed on real objects, Editor’s note), it is possible to navigate the machine’s interior, discovering features and potential, including for virtual training and assistance services».

On the front of human-machine interface logic, the concern has made important breakthroughs with its line supervisor CamApp. Bellante explains: «We developed this app with complete autonomy. Once it is installed on a device, it enables remotely accessing machine data, displaying operational and production statistics, but also information on components wear - an exciting new level of machine failure predictiveness functionality».

Growth projects
At this year’s interpack, Cama showed two complete packaging lines, satisfying different design and construction criteria, serving as a concrete example of the concern’s flexibility and ability to offer the market distinct solutions tailored to the real needs of each user. The IG Complete Robotic Line for packaging products in multilayer variety flowpacks integrates four Triaflex delta robots on a Bosch platform.

The second solution, developed on a Rockwell platform, is the same monoblock loading unit mentioned above, the completely robotized IF318 for forming/loading/closing food and non-food products in corrugated cardboard or paperboard boxes.
«Our strength, moreover - adds Bellante - lies in our capacity for designing and building complex installations that are high speed and feature high added value.

This knowhow in many ways makes us unique on the international scene and is sustaining our growth every step of the way».
Cama’s steady growth has seen gains in turnover every year, expanding its field of action across multiple continents, and the market appreciates the concern’s quality consulting and support services.

«My brother and I, and of course the whole staff have been hard at work to make the business stronger and stronger, which has grown so much that we will require new spaces. That’s why we have decided to acquire a 50,000 square meter property (land and buildings included), not far from our historic headquarters in Garbagnate Monastero. Following the necessary renovation work, which will take at least one year and a half, we will move all production and management there. Some spaces will be reserved for employee recreation for the sake of our collective and shared wellbeing, which is very important to us».    
Almost a new beginning.    


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