Automation

Being rooted in the heart of a network of companies strongly specialized in packaging, from which our territory also takes the name of “packaging valley”, industrial automation is an integral part of our research activity.

Our EXPERTISE

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing or rapid prototyping, is a manufacturing technique that allows products to be obtained by the generation and addition of layers of material. One of the great advantages of additive manufacturing is the design freedom that it offers. In principle, any object that can be designed by CAD can be manufactured, even with very complex structures. This leads to greater flexibility and design possibilities; in other words, it makes it possible to offer specific solutions for each type of application.

Related projects: Development of advanced mechatronic solutions for additive manufacturing in collaboration with MarkOne.


Sloshing

The term sloshing refers to the stirring of a liquid contained inside a container subject to external excitations. This phenomenon has been studied since the 1960s, first in the field of aerospace engineering and then in transports (e. g. tankers). Nowadays, sloshing is also investigated in the industrial automation sector, to study motion laws to move containers filled with liquid products avoiding fluid leakage. In particular, in the field of automatic packaging machines, high productivity and thus highly dynamical motion profiles are required. The drawback is that high accelerations increase sloshing: our challenge is the study and implementation of anti-sloshing trajectories.

Related projects: Robotic devices for pick and place operations assisted by vision systems for the feeding of automatic machines with high dynamics in collaboration with Marchesini Group.


Servo-controlled machinery

A servo-mechanism, sometimes abbreviated to servo, is an automatic device that uses feedback to control a mechanical quantity continuously over time. The fields of application of servo mechanisms are the most varied, such as industrial automation, automotive and naval applications, material handling, etc. In particular, servo-mechanisms are used in automatic machines to realize movements with a high level of complexity, maintaining, at the same time, a constant level of monitoring of all the kinematics quantities.

Related projects: Analysis, Layout definition, Simulations and Performance of drivetrain functionalities for PHEV-TYPE hybrid vehicles in collaboration with Lamborghini.