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Business success story: Barilla Smart Factory (Italy)

E80 Group S.p.A. Hall: Hall 2 Stand: B2-42
The Barilla Smart Factory in Pedrignano (Parma) is an excellent and sustainable model of Industry 4.0, where all our technologies are perfectly integrated. The Italian multinational, worldwide symbol of Italian products and market leader in pasta, ready-made sauces, bakery products, flour, and bread, started a complete transformation of its supply chain in 2012. Over the years, the plant, which doubles as a distribution center, has implemented all the main systems made by our companies, without ever shutting down production and in complete safety, becoming a state-of-the-art example of a smart, integrated and sustainable factory. One of the most significant of our innovations addressed the creation and installation of pallet-free palletizing cells in the production area. Our cutting-edge solution fully responded to Barilla's need to renew the existing group of palletizers, increase production and storage capacity, maintaining top-level quality and safety of the handled products. In this system, the pallets are inserted by a robotic system during warehousing. The system offers multiple advantages, including avoiding product contamination, which is especially important in the food industry while increasing system flexibility and leaving the decision of which pallet type to be inserted just before warehousing, while also reducing the footprint of the cell.
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