Cama joins key Italian businesses for Smart Packaging hub venture
The Cama group has joined six other Italian industrial businesses for a new Smart Packaging Hub, designed as a virtual meeting place forging technology-based innovations, reports Neill Barston.
As the company explained to Confectionery Production, the collaborative venture will enable users access to decades of competence and experience across the food and drink sector – including confectionery, bakery and snacks markets.
Among the participating firms alongside Cama (below) are Baumer, Opem, Zacmi, Clevertech, Makro Labelling and Tosa – all of which are considered leaders in their respective technology fields.
The meeting place will enable end-users of automated packaging machines or lines can interact with class-leading manufacturers to discuss manufacturing efficiency, configuration flexibility, product safety & quality, traceability, ROI calculation, eco-sustainability and energy saving.
In addition, it will also give help to those at every stage of the digital transformation journey – from the very first steps, through implementation and on to expanding and improving existing Industry 4.0 initiatives.
Together, the businesses have a combined turnover of €400 million, 1,200 machines deliveries per year, 2,000 collaborators, 90 % export pa, 5.4 % of turnover pa invested in R&D activities, as well as 2.1 % of turnover pa invested in training activities.
Their primary aim is to send a strong message of support and collaboration and to put all available technological competences in front of industry end-users.
Visitors to the hub will have access to a massive array of capabilities, knowledge and services and will benefit from the “Made in Italy” technological connotation, which implies utmost flexibility in the customisation of automated packaging plants.
In the hub, visitors will discover how to adapt their machines to best match future requirement, not just in terms of components, programming, diagnostics and operations, but also for process virtualisation, advanced robotics, hyperconnectivity and IoT solutions.
They will also discover how to apply Artificial Intelligence and analytics to collect, process and manage the data generated by machines, in order to optimise energy and manufacturing performance or to discover new service typologies and business models for an ever-evolving market.
Finally, by joining the Smart Packaging Hub, end users will find the best service offer for a global after-sales service, delivered by skilful, multi-language teams in all across the globe. For more information on the platform, visit