Green Leaf Threshing

How can the perfect products taste be achieved? Everything starts with the right blend of ingredients and its primary treatment. Obtain the best out of your products, in the most efficient way, with state-of-the-art machinery and seamless monitoring at every point in the production process.

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How can the perfect tobacco products taste achieved? Everything starts from the primary treatment. With the right tobacco blend. With outstanding machinery and equipment at every point in the production process. With seamless monitoring and measurement of every stage and value.

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tobacco heated products

Tobacco Heated Products

Heated tobacco products represents a challenging evolution of tobacco business embraced by Garbuio. We support the customers with know-how and innovative ideas to process reconstituted tobacco for THP.

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digital solutions

Digital Solutions

Garbuio boosts the digitalization of Customer’s manufacturing systems and a broad concept of industrial Smart Factory, through a wide set of innovative digital solutions.

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Smart factory automation

Kodis joined the Hauni Group in 2014 and is a specialist in industrial software solutions, including customised Manufacturing Operations Management solutions following the ISA-95 standard for various industries. "We aim to improve processes continuously through digitization. The goals are greater efficiency, waste reduction, more flexibility and shorter time-to-market," explains Dr. Daniel Zamberlan, Managing Director. "We develop fully integrated, mobile solutions that allow our customers to operate their factories locally or remotely in real time."

The digital revolution creates different challenges in every industry and every company – so each individual case requires a specific solution. "Our customers are technical experts so we have to match their technical expertise in their respective fields," explains Zamberlan. Automation solutions from Kodis are primarily designed to address pain points in the tobacco industry. Kodis draws on its in-depth experience and expertise in this sector to develop comprehensive, integrated systems that create added value for its customers.

Digital as an enabler on JTI shopfloor

The company’s latest project is the introduction of a new Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), a system fully conceptualized by Japan Tobacco International (JTI), developed collaboratively with Kodis and providing remarkable insights into manufacturing processes. "JTI carries the DNA of a Japanese company. Continuous improvement (Kaizen), consumer-centricity and state-of-the-art management methods such as lean production are a way of life here," says Zamberlan. JTI has always taken an end-to-end approach; a long-term vision of full digitalization from raw material to finished product with MOM emerging as one of their global solutions. Elmar Schlöder, Process Control & Digital Technology Director at JTI, believes MOM is the future. "Digital tools are enabling flexibility and quicker changes. We started the roll-out of MOM, which makes logistics more flexible and promotes a paperless shopfloor. "JTI commissioned Kodis to upgrade key facilities and processes at two factories, in Asia and Europe, and to identify opportunities for digitization – the global rollout is ongoing. "JTI gave us complete access. We worked together productively in a very open atmosphere," reports Zamberlan. By looking closely at the two factories, JTI, together with the Kodis specialists, were able to spot criticalities and co-create solutions. With colleagues from various JTI locations, a collaborative team of JTI and Kodis developed digitization concepts.

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User-centric design, the key to digital adoption

Kodis was able to design, implement and deliver the new solutions at both plants. "These digital services and smart software solutions offer significant benefits, such as real-time global information, greater operational management flexibility and reduced down-time," explains Schlöder. Above all, they have contributed to transforming the way people work on shopfloors. Moving from offline to real-time online data collection provides real benefit and up-to-date information in an agile environment. A practical example: paper and desktop computers have in many cases been consigned to history and replaced by tablets.

It is important that employees find innovations useful, easy to handle and effective. "We are currently in the middle of a change process that would not be possible without the new MOM system. JTI is connecting apps, machines, materials and people in order to truly manage our end-to-end manufacturing processes with a view to optimizing efficiency" says Schlöder.

"It’s vital to keep the end-user journey top-of-mind when developing digital solutions and the Kodis experts provide us with an exceptional service in that respect," says Schlöder. News of Kodis’ smart factory expertise has spread to other industries as well. Zamberlan considers this a strategic two-fold opportunity: "We are gathering valuable experience in other industries, which opens up opportunities for growth whilst also benefiting tobacco players."

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