Boxing with the giant Agent of packaging robots are not just cardboard cut-outs

CITTÀ DI CASTELLO, Italy (Reuters) – Amazon’s new recruit has been taken from a medieval walled city in central Italy, and to box, and the seal is at least 600 items of various shapes and sizes at any time. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

A CartonWrap machine, which packs the orders of the client in a custom made cardboard boxes to be displayed in a facility of the Italian packaging company: CMC Srl in Citta di Castello, Italy, on the 25 of June, 2019 at the latest. Picture, of 25 of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Which sites are the CartonWrap, a distinctive feature of CMC is a small company that is located in one of the top 630 companies in italy to create the automated machines, one of Italy’s fastest-growing industries, raking in almost 8 billion by 2018, or roughly a quarter of the global market.

The machine is out of Italy’s top exports, at a value of nearly 50 billion euros ($57 billion) last year, a rare bright spot for a slow-down in the economy has been plagued by low productivity and high rates of unemployment.

The leaders of the pack – automatic packaging, and growing nine times faster than the economy as a whole, according to the industry association, UCIMA.

“We have doubled our turnover in the last three years, and I think we’ll double again in the next three years,” said CMC’s Chief Executive, Francesco Ponti.

His father, Giuseppe, an engineer with a local packaging company, which was founded by CMC in 1980 in a home garage, not far from the frescoes in the 16th century, the buildings of Città di Castello.

Right now, there are more than 300 people and has an annual turnover of 50 million euros, mainly due to the CartonWrap, which measures a property at the bottom of a conveyor belt through a scanner, and wrap each one in a custom made box.

Both Amazon (AMZN.D) and Walmart (WMT.(N) to its customers, even though Ponti said the relationship was confidential. For others, the Italian fashion group, Gucci, the French retailer, Leclerc, and in the online shop


Up to 1000 cartons per hour, CartonWrap machines, which not only pack in a lot quicker than human beings; they are also saving money by reducing the amount of packaging waste, the CMC said.

“We’ve been doing it manually, but the problem was how to handle the volume,” Tim Fronzek, the co-founder of German online retailer that it sends up to 25,000 items a day, said a CMC, and client presentations.

“The machines have given us, for the management of the packaging process to be more efficient, and the processing of all incoming shipments in just a few short hours with the help of two or three employees.”

The machines can’t eat it, but they need to be pit stops for the on-site technicians to resolve issues and to clean away the excess hot glue that can clog the machine.

The production capacity is limited, CMC may be the only of the five or six machines a month, with plans to double the speed.

“The scale is a real problem for our industry, the consolidation has been going on,” said Maurizio Marchesini, the president of the Marchesini Group that specialises in the packaging of pharmaceutical products.

Even though the Italian and German companies to dominate in the automated packaging market, the Chinese competition is growing.

The German robotics company Kuka, and to the Italian Romaco group, have both been purchased by Chinese companies in the past three years, and in the industrialized countries, the person will soon be fired at a lot of the packaging lines.

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Back in the CMC, and Francesco Ponti, is to relax.

“There are more and more people who are willing to get this to work is to do it by hand,” he said.

“As automation grows, the number of people who work in ict have been growing, and the quality of their work will be much better than it is now.”

Reporting by Silvia Aloisi; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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