In these weeks marked by the Coronavirus emergency, large-scale retail sales have increased compared to the same period of 2019 (Source: Nielsen). The categories of products that are the most involved are the ones related to the trend to stock up on food and beverages, to focus on prevention and health through the purchase of detergents and soap and to stay at home, which has generated a great increase in the consumption of basic foodstuffs.
Many food and beverage manufacturers are planning to convert production and logistics in order to be ready to change production lines according to the new consumption patterns and ensure at the same time the compliance with the rules in force in the plants.
For instance, consumers' buying habits in the points of sale of large-scale retail trade focused before the virus on small formats, while now, considering that people are staying at home longer, preferences have shifted to bigger formats; therefore, production processes of agrifood companies have to become more flexible in order to adapt as quickly as possible to new market demands.
A great competitive advantage in this process of adaption is represented by the possibility to have flexible and versatile machines within production plants, like the new SMI automatic palletizing systems for the tertiary packaging of beverages, food, chemical and pharmaceutical products, that are able to:
- quickly adapt the production to new formats required by the market, with palletizing patterns optimized for the truck loading - reduce the time for format changeover - improve the handling of containers and avoid damages - increase performance with reduced dimensions
The advantages of SMI solutions!
-smart operation: innovative, ergonomic and functional solutions that enable to reach high levels of production efficiency and reduce the workload of the line operator -smart management: easy and intuitive control, that can be further optimized with SWM supervision system,designed to collect, monitor and analyze production data with advantages in terms of plant efficiency -smart saving: cutting-edge technical solutions, like ICOS motors equipped with integrated servo drives, that ensure eco-friendly and energy-saving production.
Precise and continuous synchronization of the pallet loading, layer formation and insertion of interlayer pads guarantees a continuous production flow and consequently ensures the plant efficiency.
Palletizers from APS ERGON range are extremely versatile, since the system with Cartesian axes, with which they are equipped, can be automatically configured to control a wide range of palletizing patterns and to easily adapt to several needs of format changeover, change of product and logistic configuration of the end-of-line.
APS ERGON range is composed of single-column automatic systems with two Cartesian axes for palletizing cases, bundles, trays and packs of any kind; palletizers are composed of different modules that can be combined in a customized way, in accordance with the logistic conditions of the end-of-line and the works requested on new and existing installations.
The European Regulation 679/2016 (GDPR) on the protection of personal data has been fully applicable since May 25th, 2018. This is an important goal, because it lays down rules relating to the processing of personal data for all Countries within the Union. Every company of the SMI Group planned a series of activities, assets or operational modes to comply with the regulation and put into practice the protection of personal data. Here is a list of actions taken to comply with the European Regulation and our policy on personal data processing.
Lawfulness of processing All activities relating to personal data processing shall be lawful (consent, contract obligations, vital interests of the data subject or of third parties, compliance with legal obligations to which the controller is subject, public interest or exercise of official authority, legitimate interest pursued by the controller or by third parties).
Information document The information statement has been improved and updated to the new regulations (art. 13 and 14 GDPR).
Rights of the data subjects (right of access, right to erasure-right to be forgotten, right to restriction of processing, right to object, right to data portability) Technical and organization measures have been adopted to ensure the data subject's exercise of his rights and to meet the data subject requirements.
Controllers, processors Based on the new principle of “accountability”, SMI Group organization was re-defined, in order to proactively ensure integral compliance with the Regulation. Redefinition of the role of data processors and service suppliers whose activity implies personal data processing.
Risk of data processing; accountability measures taken by controllers and processors (Impact assessment, record of processing activities, security of processing, data breach) The “Conformity document”, including records of data processing activity, plans, adopts and demonstrates all technical and organizational measures taken to adequately perform the data processing activities and specifies the necessary procedures to be adopted to notify data breach.
Transfer of personal data to international organizations Smi Group adheres to the general principles and guarantees concerning the transfer of personal data to third Countries.
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According to the European Regulation 679/2016, the data subject is entitled to exercise the rights set forth in the Regulation. The integral version of art. 15; 16; 17; 18; 20; 21; 77 of the European Regulation is attached to this document.
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