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Industry 4.0 opportunities within secondary packaging

The impact of Industry 4.0 is proving to be significant even within the secondary packaging sector.

Now more than ever, manufacturers of automatic systems for the secondary packaging sector are faced with requests from their end clients for greater energy savings, maximum production efficiency, and packaging production solutions with an original design that are practical, ecologically sustainable and profitable.

If mass customization and circular economy are key factors for the coming years, Industry 4.0 and digitalization are all the more a priority for those working with automatic packaging systems.

The importance of Industry 4.0 on secondary packaging

What exactly does engineering, designing and manufacturing highly innovative machines and automated lines mean from an Industry 4.0 point of view?

– Firstly, it means the virtualization of processes – from the initial design and prototype phases – through the use of virtual machine models (digital twin).

– Secondly, Industry 4.0 results in a degree of hyperconnectivity and hypersensitivity, not only between devices in the field, but also between machines and entire lines, with maximum use of the IoT (Internet of Things) concept.

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– Thirdly, but perhaps first in order of importance and its revolutionary nature, Industry 4.0 means both the manufacturer and the end user work cleverly to apply artificial intelligence and analytics software algorithms, to use and manage the large amount of information generated by machines. This is not only to optimize energy and production performance in secondary packaging processes, but also to introduce new types of services to the market and therefore create new business models.

When Industry 4.0 generates real benefits for the end user

Cama Group, a manufacturer of automatic secondary packaging machines since 1981, interprets Industry 4.0 as both innovative and revolutionary. Today, the company is a fast-growing group with ambitious objectives for the next two years.

“To really feel the benefit of Industry 4.0, two approaches must be considered,” explains Daniele Bellante, CEO of Cama Group, in this video interview.

“A human approach – by means of virtualizing the operator’s resources – and a system approach – from a data collection point of view”.
It is only when “you perfectly bring together man and ‘foolproof’ machine that you achieve concrete value from Industry 4.0”.

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