EUREKA project E! 2007 FACTORY PACK 2000 developed much more than a new packaging process for large items such as furniture and stone flooring. The system includes an advanced vision system, uses only one recyclable packaging material, offers additional environmental benefits by using less material and producing less waste - and is set to generate a 30% increase in turnover for the Italian lead partner, Aetna.
The project initially developed a new recyclable plastic packaging material which can be used as beads or compacted into boards. This new material was then used in a highly efficient and intelligent automated packaging machine for large items which features an advanced system to identify the next item to be packed and ensures quality control.
The scanning vision system, a key part of the project’s success, was developed by the Turkish project partners, Sabanci University and Vistek in Istanbul.
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