Combining experience, quality and reliability. These are the coordinates that allowed Macpi to become a big and solid company. From its beginnings in the early 1960s, when the ironing machines for the tailoring industry were designed in the basements of Milan, to the company model of today, with many locations worldwide, Far East included.

A fairy tale that has been unravelling for many decades now, recalling stories of other great innovators who made the history of the industry in the world, starting from nothing. Sixty years of existence that have made it possible for the company from Palazzolo sull’Oglio (BS), to be appreciated in over 100 countries all over the world. A company without any borders, and not only geographically.

The company’s business card is quite meaningful: MACPI manufactures and produces ironing presses, laundry machinery, heat sealing machinery for clothing and accessories, and clothing logistics machinery. The company based in Palazzolo, is a mega machine, and all the product stages are carried out in-house, because as the company manager Paolo Cartabbia says, “in this way we can thoroughly control all the production phases and we can be sure about the quality of the final product.

This allows us to put the customer first. We design customised machinery according to the company’s requirements, offering assistance, support and after-sales service. Our organisation, but moreover all the team of engineers we have at our disposal, allows us to support the customer in the optimisation of their equipment and the construction of factories from scratch”.

The Marketing Manager, Eleonora Cartabbia, is taking us on a company tour. “The flagship of Macpi’s production is the new D 321 Super machine, which moulds on the ironing shapes according to the customer’s millimetric requirements. The customer brings us its jacket, having different requirements like: I would like to have the shoulder like this…, and we are accurately giving it the appropriate shape.

The D 321 is a machine that works on 7 axes. We are the only ones on the market in Italy that have invested in a machine of this type, which allows us to have a high flexibility degree for adapting to the customer’s requirements”. Eleonora Cartabbia then guides us to the last warehouse where thousands of wooden moulds are stored, marking 60 years of long activity.

“We have always been present in the clothing sector, but for many years now we have been presiding over both the laundry shops and the industrial laundries with the Macpi and Fimas brands”. Next to the production facility located in Palazzolo sull’Oglio, there is a nice guest house where the customers, technicians, and Italian and foreign dealers are accommodated, “it is very useful, adds Eleonora Cartabbia, especially for the technicians that are visiting us for trainings and upgrading courses and can comfortably lodge here overnight”.

We return to the production core for seeing the testing department of the company, the part for the products that are not yet on the market, and particularly, the machines making seamless garments, usually T-shirts or sports bodysuits. We can find here all the machines in the testing phase. The specialised workforce it is also a real added value, and it is achieved through work experience but also through specific training courses.

A company that combines sixty years of experience with the extraordinary ability of innovation, represented by the technical and designing department with a team of cutting-edge engineers. Enrico Cartabbia, responsible for MACPI’s foreign relations, shows us all the company’s business partners around the world, represented on a large panel standing out in the reception area, where can be found the world’s biggest fashion brands, sports brands, but also large and important industrial laundries providing an essential service, especially in the hospital sector.

Simone Cominardi, the sales manager for the laundry sector, takes us on a tour of all the ironing machines. You have an extraordinary range of ironing machines; on which ones will you focus the most for EXPOdetergo International 2022? “We are starting with two necessary processing tools for shirts and trousers. The 291 model is an excellence in the shirt ironing as it combines the quality of ironing with the ability to process up to 150 shirts per hour with one operator”. We are squaring the circle.

But let’s enter into more details with the description made by Eleonora Cartabbia: “This is a 4-station unit for ironing the wet shirts. The machine is completed by 4 dummies positioned on a 4-station rotating table, one for loading and the last one for the automated garment loading and unloading.

Equipped with steaming and blowing, both adjustable and customisable. The blowing is also functional during the rotation stage. It has 2 clamps for clamping the cuffs of the long-sleeved shirts and 2 clamps for the short-sleeved shirts, with adjustable automatic tensioning system. The central paddle is electrically heated for performing the drying, with the possibility of adjusting the pressure.

The machine is designed for loading automatically and continuously the hangers on the dummy, and it is completed with motorised feeder. The machine is operated and enhanced by an NX7 touch screen computer control. The machine is prepared to be interconnected with a 4.0 software”.

“The 291 model
is an automatic
4-station unit
for shirt finishing”

For the trousers finishing, we can choose between the crease-free ironing and crease-bound ironing. The trousers without crease are processed on the trouser press topper machine mod. 320, which, same as the coats finishing machine, has a significant energy recovery with high ironing quality. Steam, hot air and cold air, these are the three steps that guarantee the finishing quality. The cold air is fixing the ironing quality. The machine itself is equipped with an accessory for ironing the stretch and the standard garments, which is essential for casual trousers that could be part of the so-called “comfortable fashion”.

All this without changing the machine parameters, but simply by a click of a button, without any time loss, but simply by checking the machine’s electropneumatic sensors. Thanks to the cold air, the trousers can be immediately packed without creating any condense, avoiding mould forming on long term. On the other hand, the trousers with a crease are placed on the horizontal finishing machine mod. 553, that is simultaneously pressing the two legs of the trousers.

It is the only finishing machine designed horizontally, that applies the pressure from the bottom to the top, with the bottom shape moving towards the top board with an adjustable pressure. It is not a scissor press, because of the vertical pressing that ensures a high finishing quality. Ergonomics to achieve the comfort of the operator and to maximise the productivity are the guidelines of all the Macpi machines.

“The trousers
with crease
are finished
on the horizontal
press machine
mod. 553″

Another key element is the energy saving: the overheater inside the machine is not electric but it is functioning with steam, saving some Kilowatts. All our machines are prepared for taking advantage of the 4.0 Industry and Transition benefits. Cominardi is then taking us on a tour to see the Macpi modular industrial tunnel finisher. The model 534 tunnel, “is a modular tunnel, with five chambers in this case, two steaming chambers and three blowing chambers.

“The Macpi
534 Tunnel,
allows a
quality garments

The finishing tunnel that we are producing is a garment reconditioning tunnel, that allows the garment to be reconditioned by adjusting both the steam humidity and the blowing intensity. The special feature of this machine, is the way how the garment enters into the tunnel, called shoulder-to-shoulder, and the garment is processed separately.

The garment enters, passes through two inflatable sheets that allow steam and heat to be kept in the same chambers, but also allow the blowing chamber to be separated from the steaming chamber. The two inflatables are also allowing the garments to be pressed into shape.

Like all our machines, the Tunnel is also prepared for the 4.0 Industry state incentives and therefore has the possibility of being connected to all the packing, transport and even the garment hanging systems. The Tunnel is available from the smallest version designed with two chambers, and up to having a maximum of ten chambers,” concludes Simone Cominardi. •


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Marzio Nava
Detergo Magazine, Number 7/8, July/August 2022