Galdi designs and manufactures complete food paper packaging solutions. The company is predominantly present in the international market, exporting over 80% of its turnover abroad and having subsidiaries in Russia, North Africa and the United States.
With over 800 machines installed around the world, Galdi supports its customers by offering them technology, training and technical assistance services to help them achieve maximum production efficiency.
Food safety is one of the greatest strengths of Galdi solutions, which package products such as milk, eggs, water, fruit juices but also dry products such as flour and cereals. The acquisition of Artema Pack S.r.l. has completed the possible packaging solutions that Galdi can offer, including the engineering and optimization service of the production line, also managing the subsequent stages of the process.
What are the expectations of joining IMPROVENET?
Antonella Candiotto, CEO and President of the company tells us the reasons that led the company to join the Network.
“We immediately believed in the project of the Regional Innovative Networks as a tool to support industrial development policies in industry 4.0 of the territory. The commitment to build an ecosystem of partners to share innovative technological projects with, is strategic.
Thanks to IMPROVENET, it is possible to establish a continuous cooperation with the network partners, which are universities, research centers, manufacturing companies. All of them can contribute to accelerate the process of mutual learning, raising the level of skills and improving the quality of the solutions adopted. The sharing of experiences also serves to spread knowledge and create greater value for all, even for those who did not participate directly in the project”.
What innovations is GALDI implementing within the VIR2EM Project?
The project involves the implementation of some enabling technologies, in addition to those already used by the company, both to allow the “dematerialization of products and services” and to make accessible the information and digital models developed, regardless of their geographical location.
The expected outputs are:
1. the realization of a Digital Twin of own products through the virtualization of the Engineering;
2. the remote and virtualization of after-sales services, through the implementation of a new IIot architecture and multimedia platforms for remote support;
3. artificial intelligence, to increase the part of predictive maintenance and anomaly detection.
With which other RIR partners are you collaborating on the project?
In order to realize the innovations described above, Galdi is collaborating with Statwolf (for the part related to artificial intelligence) and with the University of Verona (for the realization of the Digital Twin).
How do you see the company at the end of the project?
Galdi has always focused on people and innovation, the continuous updating of skills and the attractiveness of the best talents are essential to maintain and develop the competitiveness of the company.
Furthermore, the respect for environmental resources and the constant dialogue with the territory are important priorities for the company that for years has invested in environmental and social sustainability projects.
With the Project VIR2EMGaldi aims to become a Smart Factory, implementing the transformation of the company from a place of physical spaces to a virtual one, in which software platforms, products, services, projects and people are connected in synergy through a digital flow of information.
In addition, the project will enable the company to achieve quality and speed in product development and an improved after-sales support service for customers.
Antonella Candiotto, CEO & President
A second-generation entrepreneur, she became President and CEO of the family business, Galdi, in 2020. Oriented to innovation and growth, of the company and of people. She is stimulated by team work and by involving the team to overcome its limits.
The Department of Informatics (DI) was founded in 2001 and promotes numerous educational and research activities based on skills ranging from mathematics to physics through computer science.
In DI there are 70 structured professors, and about 250 people among Professors, Researchers, Phd students and Administrative Technical Staff.
DI as a Department of Excellence
Since 2018 the DI is recognized as a Department of Excellence thanks to a computer engineering project for Industry 4.0.
The aim of this project is to target specific skills towards the industrial world by closing the current gap linked to digital transformation and by making available the figure of the IT engineer, which took on an increasingly central role with the advent of Industry 4.0.
The Role of the Department within IMPROVENET
The role of the University of Verona within IMPROVENET is linked to the promotion of research activities related to Industry 4.0, where computer engineering is precisely at the center.
Among the initiatives there is the ICE Laboratory (Industrial Computer Engineering), which aims to design solutions and computer methodologies to automate and optmize the different production lines. The lab was created to raise the current industrial standards and increase the adoption of high-level engineering technologies in different production contexts.
The ICE Laboratory was realized with 2 million euro investment and it is a real small production line, able to completely simulate real environments, where all computer tests are carried out.
What is DI developing with project VIR2EM?
Within the project VIR2EM the Department provides an environment where you can develop the IT techniques applied to the industrial sector with pilot tests. The production line is standardized and fully reconfigurable according to the needs.
The methodological approach used is in line with the needs of Industry 4.0, linked to the transition from large batch production to modular batch production focused on the customer.
This setting allows you to easily change the recipes and the respective configuration of the production line.
Moreover, among the lines of research within the project VIR2EM we find the Digital Twin (the double digital of a system). To realize the digital twin is fundamental for making prediction, for reconfiguring the production process, for the virtual commissioning (virtual predisposition of my machine) and for the optimization of the production.
On this topic DI is currently working with:
Galdi to realize a part of digital twin product, so as to develop a replicable methodology
Sperotto Rimar, together with Unipd to put together the most classic techniques of physical production processes with techniques related to the functionality of the machine.
What other collaborations have been activated?
Through the PREMANI Project, DI has collaborated with Edalab, a company that manufactures Iot devices. Together they joined IoT and IIoT, developing an architecture for data collection from the production line that unifies data from the surrounding environment.
What is the advantage of participating in these projects in partnership?
The DI is very involved and engaged in the projects promoted by RIR IMPROVENET. VIR2EM is a very beautiful example of excellence, functional to empower computer engineering in the industrial sector. The next investments are directed to the design and implementation of protocols and networks to convey data on the cloud.
Prof. Franco Fummi, Department of Computer Science
Information Processing Systems
Research Area (ERC) Computer architecture, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing Computer systems, parallel/distributed systems, sensor networks, embedded systems, cyber-physical systems
The automotive sector is experiencing strong changes related to the implementation of new technologies, which are revolutionising the concept of mobility and the approach to driving through the use of advanced driver assistance systems and innovative user services.
To test the real impact of these changes also in relation to the theme of safety, the Politecnico di Milano has installed a new driving simulator in its headquarters in Bovisa, built by the Italian-German company VI-grade.
The results are very satisfactory and the system appears to be extremely effective, so much so that the university is already using it to carry out tests on the assisted guidance systems and as a key tool for the European research project Ai@edge, which aims to create a digital twin of an ecosystem in which self-driving cars move along with those driven by real people. In addition to this, the simulator will also serve to conduct studies on electric cars and sports vehicles.
The Department of Information Engineering (DEI) of the University of Padua has collaborated with the company Vi-Grade to the development of the control systems of the simulator, realizing in particular the motion cueing algorithms.
Through them, the simulator performs movements that allow to replicate as faithfully as possible the driving sensations that the pilot would have on board the real vehicle during the maneuvers.
Algorithms use sophisticated control methodologies, based on optimization paradigms that meet strict real-time computability requirements.
The total investment of the project amounts to EUR 5 million, partly financed by the Lombardy Region and the Lombardy Cluster for mobility.