Cama set to showcase key packaging technology developments at Interpack
Pic: Cama's Alessandro Rocca, and Paola Fraschini at its HQ near Milan. Pic: Neill Barston
Italy’s Cama Group has confirmed its presence at this year’s major Interpack event is set to focus on the company’s technological packaging equipment advances made since the event was last staged six years ago, reports Neill Barston.
As the business explained to Confectionery Production, it has experienced significant growth in recent years, which it has built with notable levels of investment and R&D that have led to a number of key machinery developments for the company.
Among its major areas of progress is the continuing work on its new headquarters near Milan, which we reported on last summer ahead of the company’s participation in our World Confectionery Conference event in Brussels (see our exclusive video with group sales director Alessandro Rocca here).
As the company noted, for its appearance at this year’s Interpack, taking place between 4-10 May in Dusseldorf, its 500 m2 stand will feature a turnkey chocolate packaging line, which was developed for a leading North American confectionary brand.
Moreover, as the business added, even with just a quarter of the full 1,500 ppm line on the stand, visitors to the major event will get a real appreciation of the perfect partnership between advanced mechanical design and high-tech digital automation. The resulting solution being capable of handling 14 different packaging formats, with rapid changeover between them.
Cama specialists will also be on hand to highlight elements such as the machine’s full Industry 4.0 architecture; extremely quick RFID-managed part changeovers; comprehensive augmented reality (AR) capabilities, for training, operation, maintenance & spares; and a line-supervision and data-collection system for machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics.
Indeed, the company’s extensive AR capabilities will be the subject of a separate display area, where specialists will take you on a journey through a wide variety of machines and packaging technologies installed all over the world.
Alongside Cama’s digital capabilities, it will also showcase its real-world specialisms, with an array of packaging styles, types and materials from industries across the entire food, beverage, home & health and petfood sectors. All shapes, all sizes, all counts, all flavours and all volumes.
Another element of demanding packaging lines around the world will also be on display in the shape of Cama’s best-selling FW Case Packer. Capable of packaging corrugated cases at the rate of 25 per minute, the FW series has proved to be a real workhorse across multiple industries.
As Alessandro Rocca, Group Sales Director explained to Confectionery Production for our previous feature, the business has continued to enjoy strong fortunes, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “We never slowed down during the pandemic and Interpack 2023 will show the fruits of all our hard work. Our AR solution has proved immensely popular on both existing and new-build machines, and the line supervisor solution on the showcased machine is illustrative of our next evolution, which will see us leveraging machine data and AI to extract every possible percentage point of efficiency out of our solutions.”
Furthermore, the business is now accepting meeting requests for the show, where visitors will be able to explore solutions with local representatives from Europe, North America and Asia. There will also be a hotline to the company’s systems engineering team in Italy, which will turn around system design ideas in 24 hours, so visitors can see their own potential solutions in action.
“We have so much to exhibit this year,” Alessandro concludes, “and next year we may need an even bigger stand. I personally cannot wait to show off our sustainable solutions and expanded capabilities and then showcase how we have solved so many customer challenges over the last six years. We look forward to meeting everyone there.”