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During the interview with Francesca Benedetti

Shortly after the beginning of the interview with Dr. Francesca Benedetti, a message from her production manager arrived on her mobile phone with the words:“Printing test ok!”. We had recently introduced the topic of the interview “Why choose Sipack” and in that message the confirmation of what she was saying “we chose the company, the engineering skill of Walter Pacioni and the real Made in Italy”. Sipack and Mauro Benedetti are both family companies, managed by people with a real passion for corrugated board. The day of the interview, Walter Pacioni, was at Benedetti’s plant to verify the Factory Acceptance Test of the Sipack Royal VB DD Flexographic Printer, during this important event there were not only the testing technicians but also CEO of the company, the one who first drives the company with passion, and success for more than 25 years now. Factory Acteptance Tests are a real challenge and the place around the machine becomes a haven of different colors, various types of cardboard and then… ready to rock and roll: the counting of the lines, the machine speed, the verification of how the letters are written, the logotypes, the images, the cliché, until… to the achievement the desired results and to the words “printing test ok!”.
ZDue, a company specialized in flexo cliché from Modena, and its technicians were also there to support the verification of the machine performance test.
Mauro Benedetti SpA a life dedicated to corrugated cardboard

The history of Mauro Benedetti company is very ancient, the family has always been in the packaging sector, first as coopers, then with wooden packaging and thanks to Francesca’s father, Mauro Benedetti, during his study trip on cardboard in Israel, he introduced this type of packaging to the family business. From that moment the production moved to Perugia, working mainly for a well-known company in the food sector, and only with corrugated cardboard packaging over the years, especially between the ‘70s and ‘80s, the expansion of production plants both in south and in north of Italy, to get closer to its customers, but with the death of his father in 2010, the company wanted to reshape the approach of business, returning to production concentrated on the primary site of Perugia, where they estimate to produce 90 million m2 of cardboard for this 2022. In the last two years we have never stopped the production” continues Francesca Benedetti, “food has been a growth sector, some non food companies have suffered a setback, but we have different type of customers and for this reason the plant was running all the time”. “We have a various range of products: american boxes, die-cut products and also fitments and accessoriesin corrugated board”. We are living through years of transformation, with radical changes: consumer behaviors have changed, the choice of healthy foods, attention to the environment, plastic free packaging, but also the creation of more comfortable home environments with energy saving, e-commerce and the development of family entertainment, a return to the essentials: a new lifestyle… Many companies have undertaken new challenges, in Italy, thanks to economical and financing systems, companies have been facilitated to reinvest in their production sites, with new machinery and services. This has also happened to Mauro Benedetti; infact the company has chosen to make changes to its production with the purchase of high-performance machinery such as the Sipack’s flexographic printer.

The Royal VBDD 12.21 Flexo Printing Machine by Mauro Benedetti

The SipackRoyal VB DD 12.21 flexographic printer installed at the Benedet- ti’s plant is composed by five printing units with vacuum transport from the feeder till to the exit of the sheet, with preparation for the installation of UV dryers on each printing unit, for istant color drying, provided with a transfer unit, but above all with direct drive servomotors on each axis, to ensure maximum accuracy and economy in consumption.

The Sipack Royal VB DD printer is a flexible machine, upgradable over time and suitable for optimizing changeover times; in fact, with this machine it is not required to change anilox rolls depending on the board used, an important aspect for the production: less downtime, less components to be replaced and less maintenance and labour. The fully controlled inking system and the automatic wash up allows the highest print quality and the minimum waste of ink and water, in short, a machine that takes care not only to the quality of the finished product but also to the use of various board types.

The printer is in line with a flatbed die-cutter and is part of Mauro Benedetti SpA’s corporate improvement strategy, along with other machinery recently purchased to respond to changing market demands.

The Future

“Business today means skillfully juggling between an increasingly changing demand but above all being good administrators, with the increase in the costs of raw materials, energy… the stabilition of the price requires few more months, I understand well the situation, because in the company I also supervise costs and purchasing,but I also think that the future is to drive green economy policies”, concludes Francesca Benedetti”.

ONEDRIVE series by SIPACK at service of production flexibility

 

Scatolificio Laurini’s history is imbued with passion and more than 50 years in corrugated packaging; today it is under the management of Riccardo Sbaraini, a young and brilliant entrepreneur, from technician to CEO since 2013.“I remember when I started working, as punishment from my mother!” recounts Sbaraini. “I had interrupted my studies and she thought that working for some months in a company and making boxes would make me change ideas about school.” .
 
The CEO started his career from the bottom, gaining professional experience – at first as a technician, then as production manager, until the day he became aware that he could manage the company, together with a winning team of colleagues. Today, the company is a reference point in the Northern Italy for many customers that require complex packaging for specific types of products.
 
An investment to support the thriving local company
In 2021, the company felt the need to make a step forward, increasing productivity and quality with the purchase of a new Sipack’s machine: a printer slotter ONEDRIVE 1272×3100. 
From a recent study carried out by Brescia’s Confindustria, related to the first quarter of 2021, the territory has grown of more 4.8% compared to the previous quarter.
“Understanding the trend of the local market and interpreting the changes of the last year have been essential to guide important business choices and looking ahead; finally learning that my customers are experiencing a period of growth, it gives me confidence for the future,” continues Sbaraini.
This growth has encouraged Sbaraini in the choice of a machine with high quality and quantitative standards, which was simple in use and automatic, using the latest technology.
“It is clear that the market requires more flexibility than just few years ago,” adds Sbaraini. “The word ‘flexibility’ has become a ‘mantra’ of industry insiders: for last-minute orders, the procurement of raw materials and for production management. In addition to this scenario, also the request of all types of packaging,with different quantities, from few pieces to large lots. 
Thinking about all these variables, the choice was quite simple. I needed a flexible, fast and automatic machine that would saved us on production time, maintenance and consumption.” adds Riccardo Sbaraini
 
Sipack’s ONEDRIVE printer slotter in detail
Sipack, an Italian company with 25 years of corrugated converting machinery experience, responds to the requests of companies such as Scatolificio Laurini, who need high performance, flexible machinery that guarantees excellent quality of the finished product. The Printer Slotter ONE DRIVE has been developed for these kind of needs. It is flexible in formats, fast in product changeover times, but above all, it allows users to reduce costs, especially as it is considered a low power consumption machine. Thanks to the lead edge feeder, the first production process is guaranteed, even with low quality and warped sheets; the top printing units are easy to handle and guarantee good flexo printing quality. 
A motor on each unit combines the precision of direct-drive technology with its application simplicity, and the machine’s maintenance is significantly reduced; less maintenance parts, being life sealed and lubricated components, and there are no oil leaks. 
The slotter, with four pairs of shafts, is equipped with an intelligent system for cutting heads moving. It shifts the knives smoothly, in order to manage the different formats and ensure high performance.
The further advantage of SIPACK’s technology is visible: after years of production, the machines looks new as the first day of production due to less wear of mechanical parts. The machinery remains intact and durable in time and if combined to a special scheduled service packages, the longevity of the machine is even doubled.
“We’ll have years of intense work, but I am aware that thanks to this new machine, I will improve production and it will make easier life for my operators in order to meet customers’ demands,” concludes Sbaraini.