GP Progetti is continuously evolving in the field of tools for industrial management. The proposed software packages are designed to improve the productive efficiency of companies and are able to meet the needs of different sectors. GP Progetti’s solutions are able to follow the analysis phases, customer and supplier order inventory coverage, supply and more. The centralized management of production flows is the basis of a process that offers quality products or services: this is why it should involve all professionals whose priority is the streamlining of production phases, the limitation of various wastes and the general improvement of all planning stages. Thanks to the workflow management systems it is useful for keeping track of workload, all documents and all data; a correct methodology for implementing the tools for industrial management can be summarized in five main steps:
- Identify the process to be analyzed
- Define input and output exchanged between the protagonists of the process
- Define the activities and procedures that control the progress
- Define expectations
- Define the responsibilities of the process
The production scheduler: planning methods
Thanks to the production scheduler it is possible to manage all company resources whether they are workbenches, operators or external resources. GP Progetti has created ten scheduling software packages and three data collection modules: they are completely customizable data collection and production monitoring programs that become a real monitor for real time planning supervision.
Would you like to improve your business using tools for industrial management? Contact us for a fact-finding meeting.
After the standstill occurred in April, industrial production returned to growth in May, marking + 0,7% compared to the previous month. This was noted by ISTAT, pointing out that the index adjusted for calendar effects increased by 2,1% compared to May 2017 and that all the main groupings of industries recorded a positive result, with the capital goods that continue to stimulate the growth both on an annual basis and compared to April.
On average for the first five months, production grew by 2,8% on an annual basis. On average in the March-May quarter, Italian industrial production decreased by 0,4% compared to the previous quarter. In May, the monthly seasonally adjusted index shows cyclical growth in all sectors, with positive changes for energy (+ 1,2%), intermediate goods (+ 0,9%), capital goods (+0,4%) and consumer goods (+ 0,2%).
The correct indices for the calendar effects recorded positive trend variations in all groupings in May 2018: the increase in capital goods (+ 3,1%), energy (+ 2,2%) and consumer goods (+ 2,1%). The manufacturing sectors with the highest annual growth are: manufacture of electrical and non-electric household appliances (+ 7,3%), production of basic pharmaceutical products (+ 6,6%) and machinery and equipment (+5,1%).
Data confirm the objectives set by the Industry 4.0 Plan which is really working as proved by the results gathered in the last few months.
The technology industry continues to represent an important economic accelerator for Italy. The proof of this statement is the processing, related to 2017, by Anie, a federation representing electrical engineering and electronic companies within Confindustria. DATA show an overall increase in revenues of 3, 8%, to 78 billion euro for electrotechnics and electronics, with an increase of 7, 8% for the first (58 billion) and 2, 7% for the second (20 billion) compared to 2016.
The uncertainty that characterized the early years seems to have been set aside, thanks also to the restart of investments, supported by the National plan and software for industry 4.0. A positive feeling that also extends to the export field: the annual increase in the Anie sectors is equal to 5,2% – about 30 million euro – with a +4,7% for electrical engineering and a +7,4 % for electronics, thanks to the growth in demand both from the European Union (+4,7%) and from abroad (+5,4%).
In 2017, total revenues increased by 3, 8% to 78 billion euro. The year 2018 confirms the positive trend, both in terms of turnover and orders
On the other hand, Anie technologies are directed towards the trends in the end markets which are variable: those for the industrial market confirm in 2017 a driving role and a decidedly dynamic trend, with an increase of 9, 1% in the previous year. Good news also from the construction sector, after a decade of strong weakness in conjunction with the global economic crisis: in this case the growth is 3, 9%, in line with the restart of construction investments. The energy market also sets aside the slowdown of 2016, both for traditional and renewable sources: the total turnover increases by 2, 9%.
The data processed by Anie (Confindustria) highlight the recovery of the strategic sector
On the contrary, negative news comes from Infrastructures and Transports, which show a decrease of 5, 8% linked also to a temporal misalignment in the orders accounting. The latter actually continues to grow and the turnover linked to the export of the sector rises by 9, 4%. Data from Anie Observatory, conducted on a sample of 130 representative companies, shows a positive point of view for the first half of 2018: 58% of companies show a growth in revenues compared to the first 6 months of 2017, while the increase in orders are about 63% of the sample.
ON THE FOREIGN FRONT there is a 46% increase in turnover. Encouraging news that should cover the second part of the year. Finally, employment: 86% of the organizations involved report stability.
Bresciaoggi July 15th, 2018
The business grows thanks to software for industry 4.0. This was revealed during the last congress of Brescia organized by industry associations. “The valves and fittings sector is going through a positive period, and the value of investments in 2018 is destined to increase, stimulated by the 4.0 plan”. These are the words of Ugo Pettinaroli, chairman of AVR (Associazione valvole e rubinetti) and Ceir (Center for Exhibition Industry Research).
The two associations have promoted the “Ceir Congress 2018” held in Hotel Saoy in Gardone Riviera, with the participation of some important Brescian companies such as Carlo Gnutti, Almag and Rubinetterie Bresciane, and 12 represented nations of the world. These organizations have also developed thanks to the inclusion of software for industry 4.0 in the production chain. Among the many analyzed topics, we mention: the innovations concerning the sector, the revision of the framework directive on drinking water and the management of investments at national and global level.
The 2017 full year forecast on valves and fittings recorded a production equal to € 7,285 billion which is equivalent to an increase of 4, 1% compared to 2016 (€ 6,995 billion) and foresees a further increase of 1, 8% in 2018. Exports, on the other hand, met a slight decrease from € 4.46 billion to € 4.44 billion (-0, 4% on an annual basis), however, a net increase is imminent during this year (+ 3, 3%).
Employees on the Italian territory have grown from 27,180 to 27,285 (+ 0, 4%), as well as investments, despite the general uncertainty: from € 88, 5 million to € 98, 5 million (+11, 3%), with the possibility of another improvement of € 112 million in 2018.
Chairman Pettinaroli goes on saying that “Despite the climate of general uncertainty, these are positive numbers that give us confidence for the future; mainly for the industrial, sanitary and heating fittings sector, where Italy occupies a strong position in all three sectors: particularly in the Brescian and Novara areas”. Another topic of interest is that regarding exports, where Saudi Arabia occupies the first place with € 152,5 million in 2017 which marks a substantial increase compared to the previous year (+24,7%).
The United States, occupies the third place with € 138, 8 million (-32, 5%), outclassed also by Germany with € 146, 8 million, another country that suffered a heavy drop (-27, 1 %). However, the EU remains the most important outlet area with 36%, followed by Asia with a difference of only one percentage point. The difference with North America and the non-EU European countries, however, stands at 9%. Nowadays, a company can only grow if it takes a path towards the 4th industrial era, relying on the innovative software for industry 4.0.
Source: Bresciaoggi, 12/06/18
“There are no suitable profiles to support 4.0 exports and investments all over the Northern area. Companies are competing for the new graduates”.
This is just one of the headlines that have been discussed in recent weeks. While there are those who point the finger at the fourth industrial revolution, on the other hand there are also new figures included in the world field thanks to the National Plan. Industry 4.0, which led GP Progetti to develop new software to improve industrial production, is the new frontier of the world industry, a scenario no longer so far that is taking shape day by day. Some experts have elaborated an interesting research that identifies the new professions brought forward by this industrial revolution.
What is Industry 4.0?
Born from a German government project and presented for the first time in 2011 during a fair in Hanover, the term refers to the progressive process of automation of industrial machines, with consequent significant advantages regarding production optimization and improvement of the human labor conditions. After the fulfillment of the project in Germany in 2013, today the 4.0 industry is no longer an impossible innovation. Today, in fact, the Italian government has made available an incentive plan for the companies willing to invest in this project.
New job opportunities
Industry 4.0 has been seen by many as a threat to labor. The cutting-edge machines and software for improving the industrial production would gradually replace the people currently working at the factory counters. A distant possibility, but on the other hand a growing demand for highly specialized and qualified figures is progressing.
This was demonstrated by “The Lombardy industries towards Industry 4.0: evidences of the evolution of occupations and skills” study, which highlighted with a statistical model not only the emerge of these new professions, but how in fact the companies are searching for them.
ISTAT notices a delay in the use of IT tools, especially in the Center-South; for this reason GP Progetti focuses on the promotion and digital literacy of companies in the area. The software for improving manufacturing output has brought the expected results from client companies, but there is still a long way to go and wide edges for growth.
In fact, investments in the Italian production system are still limited, especially in terms of human capital, a circumstance that also becomes an important brake for the competitiveness of companies. The level of digitization also goes hand in hand: 63% of companies, especially if small, traditional and Central-Southern, have a very low digitization rate. 32% are at medium levels, and only 5% of companies, mostly medium-large reach a high degree of digitization regarding electronics, telecommunications and information technology.
This information was provided by the 2018 edition of the Istat Report on the Competitiveness of the productive sectors. In any case, the “connection” improves: from 2012 to 2017 there has been an increase from 10% to 24% of companies, although with a variance that has widened between SMEs and large companies. «In Italy there is still little investment in human capital» declared the Istat president Giorgio Alleva. «The average employees have only completed compulsory schooling. This affects the competitiveness of companies». Explain the Report that we have only «3% of companies, about 5.000, fully digitized and therefore with an important investment and also a support of human capital and material capital. We then have 30% of companies that have understood the importance of transformation, but which have constraints precisely in the allocation of material and human capital, and more than 60% rather indifferent to this strategy».
Investments are more sustained in the two-year period 2016-2018 compared to the previous one. The innovators are rising: 48,7% of the Italian companies of industry and market services with at least ten employees, have carried out innovative activities; 30% are defined as «strong» innovators (in products and processes), and 25% as product innovators. The Istat report then traces a first evaluation of the National business plan 4.0: for 62,1% of manufacturing firms, the super amortization has played a «very» or «sufficient» role in 2017 in the decision to invest and the hyper amortization for 47,6% (53% in medium-sized companies, 57,6% of large companies). The tax credit for research and development expenses was significant for 40,8% of the companies.
Do you need an estimate for software to improve production? GP Progetti has the ideal solution for manufacturing companies and can support the customer in the search for incentives and facilities provided by the National Industry 4.0 Plan.
Source: Bresciaoggi 24/03/2018
GP Progetti, together with partner Agomir, will be present at the “ALTECNOLOGIE” Trade Fair (High Technologies), taking place on 23-24-25 November at Lariofiere, Erba (CO).
Altecnologie is a BtoB Salon dedicated to businesses that deliver innovative product or process solutions, with proposed applications for a wide variety of economic sectors.
Altecnologie’s focus will be on:
- ICT and the Digitization of business processes
- Internet of things
- Industrial automation
- Sensor technology
- Integrated logistics
- Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
- Innovation in production materials and equipment
- Plant engineering and machinery for additive manufacturing
- High-tech applications for production and logistics
- Innovation of products, processes, technology transfer and the spread of innovative business models
The event aims to provide operators with opportunities for growth and development by illustrating what the market has to offer in terms of innovation, new technologies, and the latest generation of business solutions.
Thursday 23 | Hours 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 24 | Hours 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 25 | Hours 9:00 – 14:00
Lariofiere Como Lecco
A demo area set up in the Technology Village will host sessions organised by experts on current topics and case histories of excellence.
We look forward to seeing you in Pavillion B, Stand 101-108.
In July 2017 industrial production, also thanks to software for optimising the process and the 4.0 Industry Plan, grew 4.4% over the year. Istat notes that the trend index has been growing almost uninterrupted since August 2016, with the sole exception of January 2017. Capital goods are the driving force, having seen a sharp increase of 5.9% on the year, and “are the only sector well above the 2010 level.” Consumer goods (+ 4.1%), intermediate goods (+ 3.5%) and energy (+ 3.3%) are also up.
The motor vehicle sector has seen a sharp increase over the year, up by 9.1% in July. Also mining activities, machinery and the food industry are doing well. Among the sectors that are struggling are clothing and leather. Gentiloni: “The country is recovering, albeit with difficulty.” Calenda: “Resources for Business are creating jobs”.
“Among the sectors, the one that stands out is automotive production, which saw a rise of 9.1% in July 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.” In the first seven months of the year, the increase recorded by ISTAT was 10%. On a year by year basis, also mining activities (+ 8.4%), machinery and equipment manufacturing n.e.c. (+ 8.0%), the food industry, beverages and tobacco and transport manufacture (both +6,9%) are going well. Decreases have instead been recorded in the sectors of electrical and non-electrical household appliance manufacture, the manufacture of computers, electronics and optics, electro medical appliances, measuring devices and timepieces (both -0.6%) and the textile industries, clothing, leather and accessories (-0.5%).
Overall, the figures most certainly confirm a trend towards recovery of the Italian economy, Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni also points out: “The figures on today’s industrial production are figures that only one or two years ago, we would have considered impossible to achieve, the country is recovering albeit with difficulty.” Meanwhile, former Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi underlines this with a tweet: – “Industrial production + 4.4% (Istat).
The Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda also underlines the continuing recovery, in addition to the need to support it with appropriate policies: “The annual growth of 4.4% in industrial production, indicated by Istat is a new positive sign of recovery in Italy’s manufacturing system. Notably, the Capital Goods index (+ 5.9%) and even more significant growth in the manufacturing of machinery and equipment (+ 8.0%) indicate that the Industrial National Plan 4.0 is working to encourage and support company investments. The figures confirm the efficiency of the decision to eliminate ineffective incentives by introducing automatic tax breaks which are not tied to a specific industry sector or scale. We should continue to work on supply polices, focusing resources to help companies that can produce and create jobs. ”
Contact GP Progetti to find out what and how to improve your company internally, thanks to software for optimising production processes.
Source: Repubblica.it 11/09/2017
The GP Progetti course continues, which, thanks to software to optimize industrial production, accompanies its customers in the Industry 4.0 process.
After Elvi, the Termoplast Group will be the subject of a next video to illustrate the steps that accompanied the GP Progetti customer in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Termoplast Group is composed of three distinct companies that deal with plastic injection molding and aluminum die-casting for the automotive industry.
Elvi, a client of GP Progetti’s since 2014, has embarked on a process that looks up to Industry 4.0, also thanks to the software for optimising GP Progetti’s production.
The Customer Company is involved in the development and production of DC motors with special gear motors following consolidated processes to ensure competitiveness and reliability. To further improve the production process, Elvi, with the collaboration of GP Progetti, realizes “continuous improvement” effectively.
To do this, the main tool is eSphere, a finite capacity planner, interconnected to the Mes through eFlexiMes, an integrated hardware and software system specifically designed for the operational management of manufacturing production that can collect industrial production data.
The improvement process takes place on a daily basis as regards the following points:
- Complete management of the production plan
- Order advancement from Mes
- Continuous monitoring of processes
- Synchronous generation of the production performed
- SPC performance and efficiency analysis
Do you want to set up an uncompromising meeting with GP Progetti’s experts to understand how to optimise your company’s production process?
Contact the sales department to find out in detail all the facilities provided by the European Plan Industry 4.0: you have time until the end of 2017.