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The importance of automation in the pharmaceutical industry chain.

The efficiency of the production system within pharmaceutical companies is a fundamental aspect to ensure rapid and timely distribution of products. Medicines must be produced in a completely safe environment and above all they must be traceable, in order to guarantee compliance with standards and rapid response to the orders placed.

The automatic warehouses developed by Cassioli are strategic and able to ensure not only high productivity for pharmaceutical companies thanks to the correct storage of raw materials, but also the complete traceability of the latter and the drugs themselves.

The use of automated systems for handling and storage of sensitive goods like pharmaceuticals undoubtedly requires systems with a high level of efficiency and great attention to safeguarding the quality and safety standards.

The pharmaceutical sector also requires strong control over incoming and outgoing materials, which sometimes require special conditions, such as low temperatures.

An automatic warehouse for the pharmaceutical sector may, for example, need specific devices for temperature control, as the products need to be kept within precise ranges to preserve their quality and therefore their effectiveness in absolute terms.

In addition to automatic warehouses in the pharmaceutical industry it is fundamental the use of cobots (collaborative robots) which allow to significantly accelerate production processes in small spaces and with numerous functions.

Robots and cobots can in fact be used not only in the production line, but also for the packaging of goods, for the preparation of orders and for the preparation of shipments to end customers.

The collaborative robot performs repetitive tasks with little added value: delicate in its movements, it manipulates the packaging of medicines by setting up the orders sent by pharmacies; moreover, it does not need large spaces for maneuver, but can operate safely in confined spaces. The robot therefore guarantees a reduction in product costs and standardization of the quality of work, as well as extreme ease of installation.

With the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and with the worsening of the health emergency, pharmaceutical companies have increasingly felt the strong need to react promptly to the demand for hospitals and pharmacies: thanks to automation it has been possible to maintain high productivity even in environments where manpower had necessarily failed. Thanks to industrial automation, in fact, the plants were able to work 24/7 autonomously.

Pharmaceutical companies have thus been able to ensure continuity in the supply of individual protective devices and drugs of primary importance, without losing sight of the objectives of efficiency and preserving the health of the operators.

Cassioli, a leading company in the automation sector, has been the official supplier of the most important Italian and international pharmaceutical companies for many years: an example of this is the numerous collaborations with companies of the caliber of IBSA, Estar and Novartis.

Cassioli offers the customer customized automatic systems for every type of need, from the storage of raw materials and medicines – also for sub-zero temperatures – to automatic handling and servicing systems for production lines, up to packaging and preparation orders, providing cutting-edge machinery capable of guaranteeing speed, precision and safety at every stage of the production process.

AENA, the company responsible for Spanish airports and air navigation, after the works carried out at the airports of Madrid, Santiago and Seville, chooses again Cassioli as a partner for hand baggage control operations through the innovative Fast2Check Cassioli; this will ensure high safety standards and, in addition, will be able to optimize space and speed up the flow of passengers, significantly improving both the travel experience and the airport staff operations.

The Cassioli systems for the automatic management of trays at security gates and their return (ATRS) will therefore be part of the renewal plan of Terminal 2 of Barcelona Airport and will be installed in the new departure area. It will be placed a total of 25 new Fast2Check lines with lengths up to 24 meters. The 25 lines will be divided into 18 Fast2Check Advanced and 7 Fast2Check Easy, already prepared for the installation of the new x-ray computed tomography machines (category C3).

The installation of the new Fast2Check will guarantee important advantages from a safety point of view thanks to the innovative sorting line for suspicious baggage, which will allow the selection of rejected baggage, that is not compliant with safety regulations, in a rapid and completely automatic way; this will also allow the automatic transport of them in a section of the line, intended for more detailed checks or for reconciliation with the passenger.

The innovative design of the lines uses highly technological materials that gives antibacterial and even antiviral properties thanks to the ability of photocatalysis, besides allowing to obtain hygiene certifications (the tests carried out have also confirmed the ability to eliminate coronaviruses such as covid 19).

Ajinomoto is a Japanese multinational manufacturer founded in 1909 in Tokyo that produces condiments, cooking oils, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.

In order to optimize the production of SAZÓN® seasonings, top brand in sales of the category, Ajinomoto turned to Cassioli for the realization of an automatic system dedicated to the palletization of the boxes of products coming from the different 9 production lines with the need to palletize each of these 9 lines separately in their respective pallets. The plant involved in the new automated plant was in Limeira, one of the company’s four industrial plants, located in the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

The reduced spaces and the need for a solution that could coexist with the human operator led Cassioli to develop a system based on collaborative robots capable of automating and speeding up the most repetitive processes.

Through this modality it has been possible to increase the work area of the robot while maintaining the safety requirements necessary for human-machine coexistence.

The system has been studied from all points of view (mechanical and software) putting into practice the theories of Industry 4.0 and the Human – Machine Interaction, HMI.

Thanks to the new Cassioli system, Ajinomoto achieved a 70% production increase making the most of the available space and a significant reduction of operational accidents.

 

 

Cassioli has always been an official partner of the Rolling On Interroll (ROI) program, an international program of the worldwide Interroll group aimed at creating a network of global skills of partners specializing in material handling industry, has been selected by Interroll as Approved Accelerator increasing the multi-year commercial relationships between the two companies and guaranteeing the use by Cassioli of the ROI quality mark.
The Rolling On Interroll program is based on the fundamental belief that in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, no one can do it all alone. It is therefore believed that joining forces with trusted partners and investing in true long-term partnerships will lead to significantly better results for all stakeholders.

Cassioli is pleased to be part of this program and to have been awarded this status in recognition of our experience and expertise in Interroll products.

To learn more about Cassioli’s Approved Accelerator qualification and ROI program visit the link below: https://www.rollingoninterroll.com/en/global-partner-network/explore/europe/italy/cassioli-srl.html

Cassioli has installed a new automatic finished product warehouse for pallet

Cassioli has developed a new automated warehouse for SACI, a major player in the field of detergents for household and professional use that operates internationally. Since 1925, the Umbrian company has had an integrated production system, ranging from collection and refining of fats to chemical saponification, up to the sale. Today the company supplies some giants of retail chains and has exports accounting for 30% of revenues in the major European countries.

SACI has chosen Cassioli for the construction of an automated warehouse for the storage of finished products placed on pallets. The customer need was to have an integrated system that would allow a pre-organization of the pallets to be shipped in the dispatch area.

The warehouse therefore had to be divided into 3 independent parts, each one provided with a stacker crane, so as to have greater flexibility and ensure continuous operation even in the event of partial damage.

The customer also requested that the existing ground warehouse be reorganized and integrated with the new automated warehouse.

Cassioli, taking into account the customer needs, designed an automatic storage system consisting of 3 ICRANE stacker cranes with pallet shuttle ISAT for multi-depth storage.

Thanks to this configuration, the 3 areas of the automated warehouse are independent and work in such a way as to guarantee the continuous operation of the system in the event of faults or when maintenance is required.

Together with the storage system, Cassioli designed and supplied handling lines consisting of automated roller and chain conveyors that manage the entry and exit of goods to/from the warehouse.

Moreover, Cassioli solution features a double entry control system capable of verifying the type of pallet and reading the bar code. This system is also able to identify coupled Düsseldorf pallets, and to ensure that service pallets (Europallet) are inserted under them before entering into the warehouse.

In addition, it was satisfied the need to connect the new automated warehouse with the existing ground warehouse, with a storage capacity of about 6.000 pallet. All this was achieved by integrating the Cassioli WMS management software with the one used by the customer.

The solution implemented by Cassioli has allowed SACI to increase storage capacity, making the most of the available surface, and to have two types of warehouses connected via software.

 

It should also be mentioned that the new automatic system has made it possible to speed up the production process and significantly reduce the risk of operational accidents thanks to the use of fully autonomous machines.

 

 

 

 

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An innovative automatic system for the handling and storage of raw materials has been installed at the Empoli production site

Cassioli realized the new automated warehouse of Sammontana, one of the most important Italian food companies, specialized in the production of ice cream and frozen croissants. The Italian company, founded in Empoli in 1946, where it is still based, holds 20% of the Italian industrial ice cream market and about 40% of the frozen croissant market.

For its main office, Sammontana turned to Cassioli for the construction of an automated warehouse for raw materials within a new rhomboid-shaped building area. The real challenge for our company was to design an automated warehouse making the most of the available space, difficult to manage because of the peculiar shape.

Thanks to the acquired know-how and the investment on the research of increasingly advanced, sustainable and modular technologies, over the years Cassioli has in fact become one of the leading companies in industrial automation for Food & Beverage, with customized solutions for the storage and the handling of products and semi-finished products, capable of perfectly adapting to any type of environment.

After a careful analysis of Sammontana needs, Cassioli designed a storage system consisting of 4 double-depth stacker cranes and a special ICRANE stacker crane with ISAT pallet shuttle, which made possible to make the most of the usable space thanks to the multi-depth storage of pallets.

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In addition to the automated warehouse, Cassioli has developed an efficient handling system, consisting of automatic conveyors, RGV – Rail Guided Vehicles – and special elevators that have allowed to move the pallets on different levels of the warehouse. The RGVs, which move within a closed circuit, are used with a dual function: on the one hand they allow to fill the warehouse, at the entrance, and on the other hand, to pick up the pallet, at the exit. Not just automation and storage systems.

Cassioli has also supplied Sammontana with an innovative fire-fighting system with related tank and water reserve that feeds it: specifically, a sprinkler system with internal and external hydrant network, pumping station and smoke detection systems, in accordance with the current regulations.

The partnership with Cassioli has therefore allowed Sammontana to increase storage capacity by 100%, thanks to the full exploitation of the new available area, as well as to speed up the production process and significantly reduce the risk of operational accidents due to the use of automated machinery working in full autonomy. It is also important to emphasize that all the systems installed fully meet the prerequisites of “Industry 4.0.” (control via PLC; interconnection to factory IT systems; integration with the factory logistic system; simple and intuitive man-machine interface; compliance with the latest standards in terms of safety, maintenance, service and remote control).

 

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