Papini Officina S.a.s. sas was born in Perugia, a city of arts rich in history and monuments and the capital of the Umbrian region: the “green heart of Italy” and the “land of Saints” (Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi, Saint Benedict of Norcia, Saint Rita of Cascia).
The history of Papini Officina’activity started at the beginning of the 20th century in the workshop of Ruggero Papini, a skilled mechanical craftsman, expert in the construction of molding machinery to be used in various productive sectors. Ruggero worked in his own workshop with his children and transmitted to them, in particular to Elio, the passion for mechanical art.
Elio, after his father’s death, continued the family business, and thanks to his resourcefulness, he specialized in the maintenance of machines for the textile sector, thus acquiring a vast clientele among the religious communities, in which the sewing machines were often used.
At the end of the 50s, during one of his business trips, Elio met the Mother Superior of the Dominican Monastery “Beata Colomba” of Perugia, who showed him the different processing stages of the packaging of Sacred Hosts.
For the first time Elio watched cutting the Hosts, which was carried out by the Sisters with the help of obsolete tools. While observing the tiring and prolonged working procedures, Elio wondered how to exploit his technical experience and creativity in order to make the work of the Sisters less difficult. In this way he proposed his idea to the Mother Superior: the creation of a machine for cutting Sacred Hosts with an electromechanical movement.
The Mother, who was incredulous and enthusiastic at the same time, trusted Elio and instructed him to carry out the project.