In this historical era where e-commerce is taking over retail sales and in which the demand is increasingly “just in time”, inventory management and knowing how to respond promptly to customer needs is strategic to determine the success or the failure of a company. Having a warehouse with high technological efficiency, able to better manage both incoming and outgoing flows of goods, and, above all, stocks, becomes the indispensable plus to be competitive in the current market.

Cassioli automated warehouses allow to combine accuracy and speed of operations in a single system: thanks to the profitable integration of stacker cranes and warehouses vertically developing, it is possible not only to reduce errors and the risk of damage to goods, but also to significantly shorten the time required to stock and prepare orders.

Cassioli offers to its customers different types of double and multi-depth warehouses, miniload warehouses for light loads, warehouses with stacker crane for pallets and euro pallets, tire and green tire warehouses and special warehouses for bulky loads such as wooden panels for the furniture industry. Compared to the standard warehouses in which manual intervention and human management is essential, automated warehouses reach higher levels of reliability, thanks to the complete traceability of the products and the total control over each phase of the physical and computerized flow, characterizing both internal and external logistics.

It is also important to underline the fact that the software supplied by Cassioli complete the system and permit an advanced warehouse management: the automated warehouse is in fact integrated with all the other company functions, such as automatic picking systems, creation of a real-time inventory and continuous inventory control. Furthermore, as previously mentioned, double-depth or even multi-depth warehouses, thanks to the work carried out by satellite and stacker crane, guarantee an intensive use of surfaces and volumes, allowing to store large quantities of goods even in spaces limited in size.

 

Undoubtedly, another element to take into consideration is the saving of both economic and human resources. In fact, when we talk about automated warehouses, we also refer to all those working environments that do not need lighting or heating inside the buildings intended to storage, because of the machines working automatically and often remotely.

This occurs especially in particular environments, such as in the Food and Pharma industry, where it is often necessary to use refrigerated warehouses that keep the room temperature unchanged and constant. In addition to a greater safety for products, the automation of incoming and outgoing operations represents improved safety for workers, who otherwise would have found themselves operating in difficult and potentially risky conditions for their health.

Furthermore, the productivity and precision of the entire warehouse operations increase considerably, as the machines can operate over long shifts, even during holidays and without night interruptions: the so-called “dead times” are thus reset and the storage, handling and order preparation operations significantly shortened.

 

We can therefore say that investing in an automated warehouse brings numerous benefits to modern companies, including:

  • Maximum exploitation of available surfaces
  • Greater organization and production efficiency
  • Significant reduction of company operating costs
  • Reduction of personnel and re-assignment to more qualified operations
  • Greater control over the incoming / outgoing flows of goods and inventory monitoring
  • Reduction of errors
  • Greater flexibility
  • Real-time inventory
  • 24/7 operation, even in harsh environments (e.g. refrigerated warehouses)

 

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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).

 

It is with great pleasure that we present the new Cassioli website, completely renovated in graphics and updated with new and unpublished content.

Since the foundation of our company, innovation has been the engine that has allowed us to grow, to progress and to find cutting-edge solutions to better meet the needs of our customers.

It is for this reason that we thought that this innovation should also be represented by our website, a new portal, capable of best expressing what Cassioli is now, narrating its growth, its expansion in the world and the main sectors in which it operates.

From the Home page, it is possible to have a general overview of our company: the map allows you to view the headquarters and production sites, the subsidiaries and the most important commercial partners spread across the various continents.

The most important thing, however, is the presentation of the 5 Cassioli Divisions, the main areas in which Cassioli operates. Compared to the previous site, mainly centered on intralogistics and manufacturing, our original core business, the new site presents airport, tire and service divisions, with dedicated sections that explain in detail the main aspects and systems.

Clear, exhaustive, with a user friendly navigation, as well as aesthetically appealing.

The layout chosen to represent the new Cassioli reality is modern and strong impacting, with large images and short descriptions: technical characteristics and more informations can be found downloading the related brochure.

There is also space for the Cassioli story, the softwares internally developed, the News and the “Work with Us” section.

The new Cassioli site is already available in Italian, in English and Portuguese: the other two sites in Polish and Spanish will soon be available.

A new ATRS line with the ActivePure® device for sanitizing hand luggage trays has been installed

Cassioli, always looking for innovative and cutting-edge solutions to best meet the needs of the market, on the occasion of the last year’s health emergency, promptly worked to find an effective solution in order to minimize the presence of viruses and bacteria inside airports.

Thanks to the collaboration with major universities, companies and study centers throughout Italy and beyond, our company has experimented various sanitizing methods within its production plants, subjecting them to important laboratory tests to verify their effectiveness.

One of these methods was selected by Turin-Caselle Airport for the new ATRS line, whose works began in mid-September and will be completed by the end of 2020.

The new Fast2Check Continuous Cleaning by Cassioli have been studied and tested in collaboration with MDS Srl, a company specialized in products and devices for environmental sanitation, which exploiting the innovative ActivePure® technology will allow to continuously sanitize the trays of carry-on baggage during security checks.

The trays used for objects and hand luggage during security checks will undergo a continuous sanitization process, thanks to a state-of-the-art system that will purify both the air during recirculation and the surface of the trays itself from viruses and bacteria.The ActivePure® sanitation technology installed inside Fast2Check Continuous Cleaning combines three different sanitization processes: air purification with forced air, sterilization with ozone-free UVC rays and the continuous release of 0.02 ppm hydrogen peroxide. This process allows a sanitation capacity up to 90% in a few seconds.The effectiveness of ActivePure® has been proven by several independent studies and tests and by the action demonstrated against bacteria, viruses, molds, dust and fungi in the air and on surfaces. The ActivePure® disinfection technology has also the advantage of being a 100% natural sanitation process, safe for humans because it is chemical-free and designated a Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation.Another novelty introduced in Cassioli’s Fast2Check Continuous Cleaning will concern the design, completely renewed and integrated with plexiglass to facilitate spacing and better separate one passenger from another during check-in and, in particular, at the time of luggage storage inside the trays.

 

A modern and completely renovated space with new furnishings and a new management system

Cassioli, which has always been very devoted to environmental protection and the well-being of its employees, is preparing to inaugurate the new company canteen, which will be inside the recently built production plant and was started and completed in less than a year, despite the interruption of work due to COVID-19.

The new canteen will be a completely renovated environment, both in terms of furniture and company philosophy, increasingly oriented to reducing waste and, in particular, the use of single-use plastic. Cassioli’s commitment to environmental protection had already started a few years ago with the separate collection of paper, plastic and cardboard both inside the offices and in production. In recent months, however, plastic has been gradually eliminated from coffee and hot beverage vending machines and replaced with compostable paper cups and biodegradable stir sticks.

In other words, no more plastic coffee cups, but it doesn’t end there.

The biggest change in the new canteen will be the complete elimination of disposable plastic tableware, which will be replaced by ceramic plates and steel cutlery. Plastic bottles will be replaced by reusable stainless steel bottles, given to each employee by the company. The water bottles let people get water from the water fountains located in various parts of the building and will drastically reduce waste.

The restyling of the rooms has combined image, ecology and comfort, focusing on offering a lunch break in a pleasant, beautiful and modern environment.

With the new canteen comes a new way to reserve meals, which will be completely digitized thanks to special software designed internally by our developers. Each employee will be allowed to access and exit the premises by using their badge.

The canteen spaces, which are completely new and improved both from an aesthetic and functional standpoint, have been designed following the health guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 contagion. The seating at the tables will be more than one meter apart, and plexiglass will be installed to divide one diner from the next. An important innovation will be the Krion tabletops, a cutting-edge material that can be easily sanitized with disposable sanitizing wipes once the meal has been eaten.

Canteen shifts will be extended to avoid overcrowding and to make it easier to maintain safe distancing.

To promote energy savings and increase the share of electricity from renewable sources, photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the new industrial shed, with a latest generation system that will produce clean energy with low environmental impact.

“Our company has invested enthusiastically in the new canteen, a renovated space for employees, but also the beginning of a sustainability project that aims at reducing the use of plastics, which is currently a huge problem for the global ecosystem”, commented CEO Carlo Cassioli. “It is a small gesture which we hope will also be an example that will spread the culture of respect for the environment that surrounds us, a precious resource for all of us and for generations to come”.

Once again, Cassioli has confirmed the high standards offered to its employees in terms of quality, safety and innovation, providing a state-of-the-art environment, served by a digital reservation system that guarantees flexibility and optimal time management.

The very decision to eliminate plastic tableware and containers was an important initiative, capable of looking to the future and, in this way, also preceding the European directive that requires a ban on single-use plastics by 2021.

The new Smiths Detection X-ray machine will ensure greater security and streamlined check-in procedures

Cassioli has recently completed the installation of a new Fast2Check ATRS line for passenger check-in at Rome Fiumicino International Airport.

A big step forward for our company and for security procedures, thanks to integration with the innovative X-ray machine produced by Smiths Detection. The distinctive trait of this cutting-edge system lies in the three-dimensional scanning technology of this X-ray equipment, certified in accordance with “C3” regulations, which, compared to traditional systems, will allow passengers to carry out the usual inspection procedures without having to take anything out of their hand luggage.

But let’s take a closer look at the features of this new X-ray technology.

During security checks, airport staff usually ask passengers to remove objects such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and liquids from bags and trolleys, as well as anything else that they consider “unsuitable” for automatic identification and control with traditional X-ray machines.

The new Smiths Detection X-ray, with computed tomography technology, is able to inspect these types of objects even when they are inside hand luggage. The result is a substantial streamlining of security procedures because passenger procedures are faster due to the considerable time savings that can be achieved by not having to remove objects before going through the machine and then having to replace them inside bags at the end of the security check.

All this, with a substantial increase in security, thanks to the more effective threat detection capability of these new devices.

An important innovation for Cassioli that is completing the first installation of this new system at the airport in Rome and the first standard 3 X-ray integrated with a Fast2Check.

FAST2CHECK EASY will allow significant streamlining of hand-luggage checks

Venice’s Marco Polo Airport has chosen the new FAST2CHECK EASY solution to increase capacity and optimize security procedures at passenger checking areas.

Effective handling and screening of hand luggage is a top priority for airports the world over. Luggage must be moved, handled and checked with precision, speed and security.

CASSIOLI Airport Division offers specific automatic systems both for the handling and sorting of checked baggage and for hand-luggage inspection systems. Control lines must ensure not only efficiency in terms of security, but also process speed and ergonomics for passengers and operators.

FAST2CHECK EASY satisfies all of these needs and space is the critical factor in increasing performance stats and security processes.

Following previous installations in the airports of Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Florence, Bologna, Madrid, Seville and Santiago, at Marco Polo airport Cassioli will install this innovative system for hand-luggage checking that, in addition to ensuring high security standards, will optimize space and speed up the flow of passengers.

How? A new tray-recirculation and management system, specially developed to meet flow-optimization requirements, FAST2CHECK EASY represents the ideal solution for airports with particularly limited space. Most tray-recirculation systems on the market need an area between 16 and 20 metres to ensure significant increases in flow and performance.

Cassioli FAST2CHECK EASY allows airports to benefit from the advantages of parallel and simultaneous management of up to 4 passengers, with a total length of less than 12 metres.

Venice’s Marco Polo airport, with seven new Cassioli lines, aims to manage the expected increase in traffic over the next two years, awaiting the new terminal, which will meet the impressive development plans of the third most important airport in Italy.

 

The Italian leg of the Michelin Le Mans Cup took place on Saturday in Monza. This was one of a series of international endurance car races inspired by the 24 Hours of Le Mans and organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).

Cassioli will be present all season long for this prestigious competition alongside with the DKR Engineering team, winner of the last two seasons, and its two drivers, Marco Cencetti and Marcello Marateotto, who yesterday finished the race in fifth place.

The Michelin Le Mans Cup was created in 2016, through the efforts of ACO, the creator of this new competition which takes place over six rounds, with drivers and teams from all over the world competing for the title in ten GT3 class prototypes and 21 LMP3 class cars.

Five of the six events will be held alongside the European Le Mans Series while the Road to Le Mans will be the highlight of the season.

The Road to Le Mans will be the next stage in June, where teams and drivers will compete in two 55-minute races at the 14 km La Sarthe circuit, with the second race held on the morning of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only opportunity in the world for GT3 and LMP3 competitors to compete in front of 250,000 motorsport enthusiasts.

Cassioli will accompany and support the team during all 6 instalments at the European level with its logo on the official clothing of the two drivers and the livery of the Norma M 30 Nissan that the two drivers will race in. This partnership confirms the great passion, drive and commitment of the company in supporting a dynamic and challenging sport such as motor racing which, like the Cassioli brand, is founded on strong and natural values, such as loyalty, courage, enthusiasm and healthy competition.

So let’s wish the best of luck to the DKR Engineering team and its drivers for the next stage of the championship, the “Road To Le Mans 2019”, which will take place on the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans from 13 to 15 June 2019.

 

 

Cassioli has contributed to creation of the Arctic household appliances factory in Ulmi, Romania, which has recently obtained the prestigious recognition of the World Economic Forum as a model for application of Industry 4.0 principles.

The World Economic Forum announced the addition of 10 new factories to its global Lighthouse network, a community of manufacturers who are demonstrating strong leadership in applying the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution to generate financial and operational impacts.

The factories join a network of 16 existing lighthouses in several areas around the world. These serve as beacons to guide other enterprises through the challenges of upgrading systems and applying cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, big-data analysis and 3D printing. Factories were selected based on their success in integrating these technologies to increase efficiency and drive innovation.

Since 2002, when the majority shareholding was acquired by the Arçelik group, Arctic has become the largest producer of household appliances in continental Europe, above all thanks to the substantial investments made in implementation of new technologies and modern production-management systems, which have made it possible to significantly increase the production capacity of the Găești facility.

Cassioli, responsible for realization of automated warehouses for the storage of raw materials and finished products at Arctic’s Romanian plant, as well as assembly lines for washing machines, is pleased to share this important international recognition with Arctic.

At the Ulmi plant, our company has installed automatic systems for the storage of the four main components that make up the washing machines, i.e. outer drums, doors, inner drums and casings. All of these components, once manufactured and checked at the testing islands, are transferred by special conveyors and SLS automatic vehicles to the warehouse.

In addition to the storage of these four components, Cassioli has also created special lines and automatic systems for handling and storage of the other components required for assembly of the washing machines.

Components arriving from the suppliers are transferred by conveyors to the warehouse and from there transported via RGV shuttles to 84 dropping points, where the operators receive the assembly materials.

From an Industry 4.0 perspective, the Arctic plant in Ulmi represents a perfect example of fully digitalized industry, where all processes are interconnected, respecting the technology and automation principles that characterise the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

All processes take place completely automatically, with man-machine interfaces that provide real-time information to operators on current processes, thus increasing production efficiency and minimizing the risk of errors.

The plant has been designed twice as fast as the previous-generation factories and, since its creation, automation of low-value tasks has reduced operating costs by 11%.The 10 companies selected, including giants such as Ford, Nokia and Renault, were chosen on the basis of their success in integrating the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to increase production efficiency and drive innovation.

 

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