OMET printing machines to offer higher operative efficiency

OMET printing

According to the Italian manufacturer OMET, ‘Transparent Factory’ is the real key to ‘Industry 4.0.’ With more and more devices coming in for machine connectivity and the evolution towards the Internet of Things and Big Data, OMET printing and converting lines is providing its customers the opportunity to boost their competitive advantage through higher operative efficiency and consequent business growth.

Gianni Gerosa, electronic research and development manager, explains, “OMET is among the pioneers of the Industry 4.0. Taking inspiration from the concept of smart factory even before it became the pillar of the fourth industrial revolution, OMET research and development have been always committed to design and produce interconnected machines, thanks to software able to display and control all production data and working conditions. Providing our customers with this valuable opportunity has been for years a priority for our company as well as the main purpose of several innovations, which led us into the era of industrial automation.

More and more operations are now easily managed by remote control, the diagnostic is even more precise and allows quick and focused assistance, production data are always traceable and available and the supply chain is oriented towards the complete digitalization. The use of RFID devices applied to the printing sleeves helps optimization of the whole process through a chance to memorize the parameters of every job and recall them any time.

This technology is essential to take the leap into Industry 4.0, which has become the objective of the global economic and industrial scenario: this huge change is based on connectivity, automation, and the integration between human labor and ‘intelligent’ machines.

Explaining the technology evolution, Gerosa says, “The pursuit of excellence depends more and more on quality and timing of information. OMET R&D has been developing sophisticated systems to integrate into our lines, conscious that our customers need immediate and intuitive information to improve their production, because innovation is the only possible strategy to a constant growth. Moreover, the investment on ‘machines 4.0’ is now supported by consistent tax breaks in many countries. This is a critical challenge for everyone. So companies should take this opportunity as a way to strengthen their business and increase their market share.”

Being part of the Industry 4.0 can bring huge advantages in terms of production maximization and sales improvement, reduction of time to market, maintenance costs and production down-times.

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.

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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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