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IMA DIGITAL
Make It Real

IMA Digital is our desire for innovation. The force that drives us in the creation of new digital services to enhance and support manufacturing world.
The goal to be achieved and that pushes us to innovate quality, strengthen reliability and develop a new way of producing.
IMA Digital aims at being an innovative thinking and an extraordinary way to grow. A project, an idea, a concept that has given life to digital products, virtual tools, intelligent services and applications, available today, to obtain full production efficiency in the manufacturing world.

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IMA Digital, creating Digital Value

Born from our digital lifeblood, IMA Digital is the global project of the Group to give life to digital activities and innovative services for the manufacturing world.

IMA Digital covers a series of projects, activities and actions aimed at optimizing internal and external processes.
We integrate technological know-how and new digital skills into classic production paradigms.
We implement Smart Technology in our flows and we train our operators in the use of the most innovative digital tools.
We generate value with improved machines and services, created to offer a predictive and personalized experience.

EXPLORE OUR DEVELOPMENT AREAS

DIGITAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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  • CONNECTED MACHINES
  • Digital Services
  • Advanced Cobotic
  • Virtual Training
  • Digital Engineering
  • Connected Enterprise
  • Digital Organization

IMA CONNECTED MACHINES

The packaging industry today is strongly influenced by available technologies and from the development of new processes: not by chance, machines and organizations have been revised to increase the efficiency and the flexibility needed to satisfy ever more rapidly the market requests.

And it’s exactly here that IMA Digital came to life and the most fascinating challenge is found on the digitalization process of the Group:

the Smart and Connected Machines realization, equipment capable of autonomously manage the production and self-regulate through empowered algorithms and superior control logics.

Thanks to the creation of Smart Systems, doable only through the collection and analysis of production data, IMA Digital gave life to the realization of an advanced Smart Factory based on the analysis capacity and the autonomous reworking of data and information coming from the machines.

IMA CONNECTED MACHINES

We are immersed in a reality in which new digital discoveries are radically transforming production areas. The manufacturing world gives life to machines increasingly connected and capable of producing and collecting large amounts of information.

The use of Smart Machines guarantees countless advantages:

  • early detection of problems
  • possibility of performing debugging or preventive maintenance activities
  • guided implementation of changes or format changes

The IIoT is increasingly proving to be the right way to reach the full potential of this new production approach.

IMA SENTINEL

IMA Sentinel is the platform to autonomously monitor machine conditions in real-time 24/7, collecting raw data and translating them into meaningful and valuable information.

Sentinel provides: Intelligent and dynamic action lists for the operator to help improve efficiency, machine data statistics for smart line harmonization, real average performance for accurate production planning.

Monitor whenever you are your installed base with IMA Sentinel.

IMA CONTROL ROOM

The Industry 4.0 model cannot ignore the data and the value they can generate. Connections via digital networks, information organization and interpretation are the ways to obtain optimized production results through event analysis, preventive and predictive maintenance.

IMA Group carried out various projects concerning the interconnectivity of machines and their direct communication with the Control Rooms. Throughout these protected digital spaces (located in production facilities or on cloud platforms) data is collected, analyzed and re-processed to generate new technological solutions and improve production results.

A4GATE FOR THE CYBER SECURITY

In recent years, cyber security has become a dominant theme in the manufacturing world. Hacker attacks are increasingly frequent and put data, systems and people at risk.

The problem is now solved with A4GATE, the integrated hardware and software solution to protect data confidentiality, system operations and operator safety.

A4GATE is the safe place between your smart machines and external remote uncontrolled accesses.

IMA DIGITAL SERVICES

In the era of the Internet of Things, Smart Products are starting to govern many of the aspects related to Manufacturing, making us able to monitor potentially the status of any product.

And it is precisely through ‘Smart’ products that new opportunities are opened up for companies. By making your installed base interconnected and intelligent it becomes possible to perform activities such as:

  • Self-diagnosis,
  • Remote maintenance,
  • Preventive identification of problems.

These operations make possible a cooperation between field operator and remote product specialist to recognize the causes of a problem and the remedies to be implemented.

Thanks to the data and the knowledge of the context dynamics, it is also possible to devise advanced services with high added value.

Expanding its range of Smart Services, IMA offers ancillary services to make the production experience ever more complete and easy.

IMA REMOTE ASSISTANCE

IMA Remote Assistance is the IMA Digital service aimed to offer remote support and restore production quickly. Through selected tools, an IMA operator will be able to promptly support the resolution of technical problems that have occurred on the machine, remotely.

IMA Remote Assistance guarantees:

  • remote support to the operator on-site in real-time ;
  • immediate response to emergencies;
  • an increase of the technical assistance efficiency;

to record/archive solutions found for subsequent use.

IMA REMOTE FAT

In the past, FAT was an activity that had to take place in the factory. But today, with the help of advanced communication technologies, FAT can also be performed remotely.

Through dedicated platforms, IMA is able to offer the opportunity to carry out the checking procedures of the plant testing without the on-site presence of the commissioning technicians. Through streaming mode, the customer actively interacts by participating in online webinars equipped with all the most advanced tools. A live connection is activated between the IMA production plants and the customer’s technical staff connected remotely, ensuring continuity of operations.

IMA SMART SERVICE SUITE APP

Through the IMA Smart Suite Suite APP, IMA customers have full access to a wide range of services, tools and indications to: facilitate and simplify the production activity, speed up and improve the systems management, obtain a more advanced quality of the product.

One solution to facilitate operators and engineers, guaranteeing direct and immediate access to the relevant information: Digital Documentation, Spare Parts e-commerce, Maintenance, Troubleshooting.

IMA CUSTOMER SERVICE PORTAL

IMA Service Portal is the web section to track your installed base and the right place to report malfunctions and request offers. Thanks to an intuitive web interface, users explore their facilities, with the possibility of formulating requests for technical assistance.

IMA Customer Service Portal is available 24/7 with a simple click from any place with a web connection. The service allows the customer to download updated line/machine documentation, open new requests to solve problems on the installed bases, standardize spare parts and upgrade requests.

IMA VIRTUAL TRAINING

IMA Virtual Training enhances the process of learning to teach intervention procedures on machines and verify operator comprehension, with or without the physical presence of the machinery and trainers. Innovations born from Industry 4.0 can really improve and develop this kind of operations, through Traditional Digital Classrooms and Immersive Technologies as Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Interaction and learning activities are built with gamification influences, making learning and engaging processes more immediate and intuitive. Furthermore, IMA Virtual Training allows the operator to learn independently on the device language.

IMA CONNECTED FIELD FORCE

Digitization changes the way we serve our customers. Digital tools support our technicians on duty in their daily work, starting from problem management to get to the different tasks to be performed.

Connected Field Force APP makes our services and customer support more and more efficient in the management of machines and equipment.

Technicians use the APP to track maintenance interventions, interact with the machine, access equipment documentation (also in 3D) or spare parts, obtain instructions for repairing mechanical parts or proceed with a format change.

The application also allows the closure of the request for technical assistance before leaving the customer’s site. The Connected Field Force App guarantees increased productivity, efficiency and competence of operators, reduced downtime, a mobile support for access to digital documentation.

IMA COBOTS

Among the various advanced technologies that it is possible to exploit thanks to data, the collaborative robots – or cobots – seem to see a remarkable peak of popularity.

The main reasons could be their relative convenience and the possibility of working safely in contact with the operators. The Group has introduced collaborative robots within production lines to facilitate work, transferring the heaviest and most repetitive operations to the robot.

Pilot projects are currently ongoing involving different divisions, and which see the experimentation of new forms of collaboration between cobots and operators.

Thanks to highly sophisticated software and a 3D vision system, cobots are able to recognize the right objects, collect them and install them directly on the packaging machine.

IMA COBOTS

Cobots count on sophisticated vision systems, pressure and force sensors, distributed intelligence to quickly interpret what happens in the adjacent three-dimensional space and act accordingly. The smart technology they are equipped with enables them to learn during the work phases to watch, memorize and replicate the gestures made by the operator.

A series of physical advantages such as a lighter structure for facilitated movement and an anthropomorphic appearance allow cobots a better human/machine integration.
The multiple plus systems allow cobots also the anticipated collision prediction and the handling of fragile objects (thanks to pressure sensors capable of simulating human touch).

IMA VIRTUAL TRAINING

Disruptive technologies – from sensors to IIoT system integration, crossing the advanced analysis of data – everyday find new space inside production flows: on one hand, they contribute to making production more complex and on the other, they allow a relative simplification. In a continuously developing digital world, the training of all the actors included in the processes is a fundamental aspect.

Keeping these aspects in mind as well as the corporate complexity of the Group, IMA widely invested on platforms and technologies that support the employees training at any organizational level and regardless of role and tasks to be performed.

Digital training applications in a traditional way have been part of the Group’s training offer for long time, and they see involved employees in training activities, starting from basic courses to increasingly complex training for the specific competence area.

In addition to these activities, over time different and more articulated classes have been added, aiming at guaranteeing a 360 degrees training of operators in all phases and processes, decreasing the on-boarding times and filling eventual skill gaps.

IMA VIRTUAL TRAINING

IMA Virtual Training enhances the process of learning to teach intervention procedures on machines and verify operator comprehension, with or without the physical presence of the machinery and trainers. Innovations born from Industry 4.0 can really improve and develop this kind of operations, through Traditional Digital Classrooms and Immersive Technologies as Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Interaction and learning activities are built with gamification influences, making learning and engaging processes more immediate and intuitive. Furthermore, IMA Virtual Training allows the operator to learn independently on the device language.

IMA DIGITAL ENGINEERING

Smart Factories are no longer a dream. They are born from the convergence of virtual and physical worlds as integration between production processes and artificial intelligence, giving life to a wide number of problems and potentialities.

IMA Digital Technologies are the answer to the different digital needs of productions and supply chains. The use of new prototyping (3D printing) and production (AM) systems, integrated with existing plants, allows greater agility, flexibility, better quality and precision in the realization of the final product. 

The Smart Factory includes also a combination of production, information and communication technologies, with a great potential for integration along the entire supply chain.

Cyber-physical devices become machines, warehouse systems and “smart” production facilities able to exchange information independently, interact with trained operators, activate actions and control each other, with a consequent improvement in industrial processes. 

IMA vision of Smart Factory – enhanced by the Digital Engineering – is a place where the main production elements are connected to achieve more fluid management and greater flexibility and reconfiguration.

IMA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning models can improve almost every aspect of a company, from marketing to sales to maintenance. In the manufacturing field, the rise of the IoT and the unprecedented amount of data it generated has ushered in numerous opportunities for using ML.

Machine learning allows predictive monitoring, with automatic learning algorithms that include numerous types of use: from preventive maintenance (with the prevention of faults before they occur), to the automation of document digitization (effectively reducing flow times of work), passing through quality control (through reading and viewing activities) and logistics.

IMA Group has launched a series of collaborations, partnerships and projects concerning Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Among the various activities IMA supports AI in the Additive Manufacturing through Inkbit, a startup born from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Cambridge MIT. The company works on a 3D printer that using Machine Learning techniques is able to correct printing errors in real time, guaranteeing the geometry of the finished product.

IMA VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING

Using systems design methods that guarantee time saving and cost saving is one of the emerging needs within modern industrial markets.

Among the different options available, virtual commissioning is starting to be one of the most versatile ways to obtain highly functional industrial plants. The system design on a digital platform can become a valid ally in the realization of complex industrial systems thanks to numerous advantages.

The real potential of virtual commissioning lies in recreating a digital model (or digital twin) which, connected to the controller and sensors, allows the system to be digitally reproduced to bring out design errors and improvements to be implemented.

The virtual commissioning advantages are many:

  • problems and system bugs solved directly in the design phase
  • shortened production times
  • parallel activities on the same project
  • processes optimized for each contact person involved

IMA ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Additive Manufacturing (or AM), also known as 3D printing, is the set of processes for creating objects starting from digital 3D models, with layer upon layer approach.

IMA has decided to adopt this type of technology, constantly implementing new technical solutions and using innovative processes at all stages of design and production.

The advantages of additive manufacturing are many:

  • the use of the strictly necessary material for the creation of the piece allows the recycling of the excess material (with a reduction in waste, a saving in costs and a lower environmental impact)
  • the versatility of technology allows the creation of an object starting from any CAD project (for greater flexibility and customization).

The AM then opens the way to innovation, by creating new designs or revisiting existing product versions. By introducing the material only where necessary, lighter structures are created with further energy savings to move the components themselves.

Discover more details on the potential of Additive Manufacturing.

IMA CONNECTED ENTERPRISE

Making factories connected and communicating means enhancing a myriad of information flows from partners, products, plants, machines, devices, systems and applications.

Digital innovation makes it possible to connect processes, products and people. The management of this large amount of data opens to the processing and interpretation mechanisms enhanced by Artificial Intelligence and all its derives: from Machine Learning to Deep Learning.

The application of decision models supported by algorithms built for each individual business allows the world of manufacturing a proactive, predictive and, in its most advanced form, prescriptive.

CONNECTED ENTERPRISE

In a Smart Factory, each platform or system acquires its own identity in the digital world through self-identification.

The automated systems develop and enrich: they see, learn and adapt to the environment, guaranteeing superior quality control and interacting with the work of the operator.

With the implementation of digital infrastructures, new wearable devices are created and new human-machine interfaces support operational activities. New areas of application and new treatable materials find space to achieve superior mechanical finishes and strengths.

IMA DIGITAL ORGANIZATION

IMA is a company with an innovative and global vision, in which people have the power to drive change. The Group bases its growth on the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals, the real strength to face the ambitious challenges of the business.

In IMA Smart Factory the individual is increasingly at the center and involved in a dynamic context and devoted to the concepts of Industry 4.0.

And by reflecting on the new IMA Smart Factory, we also thought about the growth and reskill of the most valuable resources for the Group: people.

Within IMA Digital, projects have been launched with the aim of strengthening skills and enhancing know-how. We integrate, train and develop the potential to make learning processes more efficient and facilitate growth.

DIGITAL ORGANIZATION

IMA aims to be a sustainable organization that values ​​skills and people. We plan a thorough and in-depth training for the development of human resources in the various functions. Using Digital Tools and Innovative Approaches, we schedule a wide development of our people on multiple levels.

We adopt a flexible structure to maintain the agility of individual companies within the Group, to better support people’s growth and business innovation.

Digital technology integrates and contributes to the company’s skills mobility, allowing people to be in the right places at the right time.

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Sensing Future Days – IMA Digital Native, now Reloaded!

Find out the world of IMA Digital through the IMA Digital Sensing Future Days, IMA event entirely focused on the Digital Manufacturing World.

Just a few months after the debut of the very first virtual event marked by innovation, manufacturing processes and top trending topics during the time of social distancing, IMA is back again with a new edition of the Sensing Future Days, two days entirely focused on the Digital Universe of the Manufacturing. During this edition, experts in Digital Industry and established academics made their scientific contribution blended with our technological expertise to give an all-round view of the digital industrial scenario

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A.I. IN MANUFACTURING

In manufacturing, the use of AI must be seen within the broader evolution towards digitalization, that is, increasing attention to DATA made possible by the integration of information technology (IT) into Operation Technology (OT).

Dive our vision of the Artificial Intelligence Evolution applied to complex systems with the Editorial by Dario Rea, Research and Innovation Director at IMA Group.

The article is part of our first digital magazine: Sensing Future.

Projects and Partnerships

The Group boasts numerous prestigious Projects, Partnerships and Collaborations with the aim of contributing to technological progress and constantly increasing the quality of its final product.