The company, based in Pinerolo, in the province of Turin, is recognised today as a pioneer in the construction of systems for assembly, robotics and packaging in the automotive, electronics and general mechanics sectors. In the last ten years or so, however, it has begun to diversify its range of solutions, opening up to other sectors - such as medical/pharmaceutical, eyewear, luxury, white goods, electromechanics, cosmetics – thereby achieving a multi-sector approach.
The growth strategy in the medical field being achieved by Bonetto follows a very precise roadmap, which consists of the development of a platform of pre-configured modules that enable the simple creation of a large variety of machines as if they were standardised.
In particular, there are two solutions designed for this sector: a linear system and a rotary system. "The first," explains Francesco Fraschetta, Sales Manager at Bonetto Automation, "is ideal for where the flexibility of production is required, while the second is more suited for scenarios where greater productivity is needed. So-called standard operating groups (SOGs), which are chosen and configured according to project requirements, are integrated into these systems. More precisely, each SOG is responsible for a specific operation, such as handling, dosing, gluing, welding and so on.
By comparison, comprehensive solution that is 90% standardised, the customisation procedure for each customer depends on the production process".
It was a platform solution of this kind that Bonetto recently proposed to an important company in the pharmaceutical/medical sector. "A few months ago," says Fraschetta, "one of our customers asked us to develop an automated system for the production of pre-filled test tubes.
"The system had to be capable of filling, capping, labelling, marking, as well as incorporating machines for primary and secondary packaging."