January 23, 2021

Sitma introduces “Fast Pack”: the fastest solution for the fastest-growing sector

The latest machine from Sitma is called Fast Pack. A high-performing and flexible solution for e-commerce businesses, it’s the product of our company’s fifty years of experience in the packaging industry, as well as our expertise in logistics. These two strengths have led not only to Fast Pack’s development, but to an entire portfolio of e-commerce applications for packaging a wide range of goods: from industries like cosmetics and personal care, to clothing, electronics, books, music and media.

Quick and flexible, for constantly changing needs

Fast Pack adopts the same characteristics that have made Sitma a brand leader in machine and system design for the logistics industry. This includes first, its flexibility, meaning it can consecutively prepare packages of various shapes and sizes while working at different speeds, reaching up to 3,500 packages per hour. The machine concept is modular and can be programmed to best suit the line’s layout and the client’s production needs. Fast Pack also handles varying shapes and sizes, measuring the product beforehand to create customized packages. These characteristics make it the ideal solution for fulfillment in the growth-heavy e-commerce industry, where package form and dimensions often vary widely.

Sustainability drives us

Like all machines and systems in the Sitma line-up, Fast Pack is the product of a design philosophy devoted to sustainability. It allows for use of innovative materials with a reduced environmental impact in place of traditional plastic films for packaging, such as paper (from 60 gsm to 150 gsm) or different types of biofilm. The ability to create tailor-made packages also guarantees two advantages: on the one hand, the packaging material is optimized, reducing the amount of product that then has to be disposed of by the end user, and on the other hand, it facilitates transport in later phases of the supply chain, limiting “empty transport journeys” as much as possible and optimizing the load of transport vehicles in order to sensibly reduce their carbon footprint.

The new frontier of traceability

Another added value for the line is the option to include an innovative family of accessory units for managing complex data. These integrate and expand the possibilities offered by consolidated technology such as in-line printers and labelers. Sitma has implemented a hardware and software system that allows information tracking when managing e-commerce orders throughout the entire distribution chain, ensuring it is unique and interconnected.

Track and trace the Sitma way: how it works

In the preliminary phases, product data is collected and then analyzed, linked and further enhanced. Each product, which includes the package and its content, is assigned a distinct ID number, which is then tracked and traced throughout the whole process. The technology Sitma uses is engineered to be perfectly integrated with the client’s WCS and databases, thereby enhancing the already existing information by adding the possibility to carry out a further data control. All of this ensures greater effectiveness and minimizes the possibility of errors, waste and reworkings.   

A family of systems suited to every need in the e-commerce industry This offer perfectly satisfies the needs of Industry 4.0, which doesn’t stop at the packaging phase. The end-of-line proposal is also highly flexible and automated. It can include integration with weighing and labelling systems, or installation of digital in-line printers for printing transportation information or other details directly on the package. As for the packaging phase, in addition to Fast Pack, Sitma’s line-up of solutions dedicated to e-commerce includes: Quick Pack, Thick Pack and e-Wrap. Whatever the type of product or package, Sitma offers the best solution, customized to meet the needs of each individual client.

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