RESEARCH AGAINST PLASTIC

Opem Spa, a leading company in the packaging for granular and dry products sector with almost half a century of experience, has for some time been competing for customers with larger competitors thanks to its avant-garde machinery and technologies. Opem Spa designs and builds packaging machinery for food and beverages (with a particular focus on coffee, the company’s core business), and for some time it has been trying to reduce the use of plastics preferring alternative materials. Just like in other sectors, the coffee sector is promoting the use of less plastic. 

For this reason, the internal Opem Spa R&D department has been making considerable investments to research alternative materials, especially biodegradable, recyclable or completely compostable materials. In view of this, Opem Spa developed a project which was submitted to the European Commission for validation. 

The goal of the project was to create a capsule machine and production line that not only use less energy but can also handle recyclable (such as aluminum) and compostable materials. 

The company submitted a project to the EU for a machine that subsequently received an award. 

INNOVATION 

The project submitted to the European Commission (and for which Opem Spa also received an award), shows how much the company cares about putting forward technologies that provide high production levels with the lowest possible use of materials and energy. The machines designed and manufactured by Opem Spa employ highly energy efficient electric and electronic components as well as Artificial Intelligence control systems combined with top performing mechanical components with minimum weights and clearances. This means each packaged product can be manufactured at an extremely advantageous cost. However, Opem Spa is not just about economic savings, it is also very interested in using more sustainable 

Opem Spa, a leading company in the packaging for granular and dry products sector with almost half a century of experience, has for some time been competing for customers with larger competitors thanks to its avant-garde machinery and technologies. Opem Spa designs and builds packaging machinery for food and beverages (with a particular focus on coffee, the company’s core business), and for some time it has been trying to reduce the use of plastics preferring alternative materials. Just like in other sectors, the coffee sector is promoting the use of less plastic. 

For this reason, the internal Opem Spa R&D department has been making considerable investments to research alternative materials, especially biodegradable, recyclable or completely compostable materials. In view of this, Opem Spa developed a project which was submitted to the European Commission for validation. 

The goal of the project was to create a capsule machine and production line that not only use less energy but can also handle recyclable (such as aluminum) and compostable materials. 

The “smart” version of packaging 

Artificial Intelligence has now permeated many companies improving performance and making machines more efficient. Opem Spa has certainly not lagged behind in this area. In fact, by adopting key words such as packaging integration, productivity and flexibility, the company has played a prominent role in the development of its technological innovation projects. Some Opem Spa machines are already equipped with Artificial Intelligence to make sure the company reaches its goals to reduce its environmental impact and manufacture impeccable products. 

COMPANY VALUES 

Attentive to its customers 

One of the characteristics that defines Opem Spa is its ability to always be attentive to its customers’ requirements, as well as offering a team of experts who are great at solving customers’ problems. The company is not particularly interested in manufacturing mass produced products, but prefers to offer a customized solution. Therefore, Opem Spa treats its customers to a warm and attentive embrace, offering the opportunity to create a highly developed customized product. Not an easy project when employing high quality technology on an industrial level. Customization and attention to detail do not always match well with mass production (in terms of pods or capsules, Opem Spa can also produce thousands per minute). 

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