Comexi automation allows remote-installation in South East Asia

Brand-new S1 MS slitter for big output reels

Comexi's remote-installation of a slitter in South East Asia

In March 2020, Comexi successfully finished the first -completely remote- installation and commissioning of a machine during the COVID-19 pandemic. This installation has been a success thanks to the collaboration between the headquarters in Girona (Spain) and the South East Asian sales and service hub based in Bangkok.

During the installation of the brand-new slitter, an S1 MS state of the art slitter conceived for big output reels, carried out in Indonesia, the distance between the plant and the headquarters was not a problem. This has been thanks to Comexi’s early adoption of the Industry 4.0 and IoT technology, which is present in all the Comexi equipment.

Trying to make customers’ life easier, Comexi has been facilitating the startup and the operation of its equipment as one of the key pillars of the company’s strategy. Now, during the pandemic this approach has had great success in making the remote installation a reality.

Comexi has been working towards automation for a long time in all their product line, but if one has been shining with its own light that is the slitting business unit, which has been focused towards automation to differentiate from its competitors and offer not only slitters but also the end of line automation.

Following this successful remote installation, Comexi is already working in the next three commissioning’s, two in Central America and another one in Thailand. The extensive presence of Comexi’s local technicians around the globe, and the use of Industry 4.0 technologies, such as the augmented reality smart glasses will support the process leading to successful installations not only during these hard times but also whenever needed in the future.

This has not been an exception to the rule, but the way to go in the future of the installation and commissioning of Comexi equipment.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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