Italy towards the turning point 4.0.
The market of Industry 4.0 projects in Italy in 2017 – between IT solutions, enabling technology components on traditional production assets and related services – reaches a value between 2.3 and 2.4 billion euro, of which 84% realized towards Italian companies and the rest as exports, showing an increase of 30% compared to last year which: read in a multiannual perspective, ratifies the almost doubling of the market in just three years. The 4.0 projects include an induction of around 400 million euros in “traditional” digital innovation projects.
These are some of the results of the research of the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the School of Management of the Milan Polytechnic. The Industrial IoT (referring to the only components to connect the machinery to the network) confirms itself as the most widespread 4.0 technology, with a value of around 1.4 billion euros (60% of the market, + 30% on the previous year).
Following Industrial Analytics with 410 million euros (20% of the market, + 25%) and Cloud Manufacturing with 200 million euros (10% of the market, + 35%), but among the first for growth.
8% of the market is represented by Advanced Automation solutions (145 million euros, + 20%), while the Advanced Human Machine Interface, even with a low total value (around 30 million euros), is the first for growth compared to last year (+ 50%).
Among the IT solutions, enabling technological components and related services, the project market has a value of 2,400 million euros.
90% covers industrial IoT, Analytics and Cloud Manufacturing.
The national plan is bearing fruit. Now focus on SMEs.
The photograph taken by the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the School of Management of the Milan Polytechnic
The level of knowledge increases on Industry 4.0: only 2.5% of the companies say they do not know the topic (two years ago it was almost 40%); 15% are in the exploratory phase, while 55% say they have already implemented 4.0 solutions: numbers that bear witness to the ferment of the Italian scenario of Industry 4.0, in which a good level of basic technology “literacy” (on average 90% of companies know the individual Smart Technologies).
The impact of the National Industry 4.0 Plan appears very positive: on a sample of 236 companies, 92% know the measures (84% a year ago), half say they have already used hyper and super-amortization for the renewal of their assets and one in four plans to do so shortly.
The distribution of investments that exploit these forms of incentive is varied, with 25% of the companies investing more than three million euros and 20% that has appropriated less than 200 thousand euros. With reference to the tax credit foreseen for 4.0 training, six out of ten companies declare that they will want to take advantage of it.
“Over the past two years, the market for industrial digitalisation has almost doubled, driven by a modern industrial policy and reinforced by incentives, while the awareness of Industry 4.0 and the knowledge of new technologies are now widespread in almost all the productive realities of the country – explain Alessandro Perego, Andrea Sianesi and Marco Taisch, Scientific Managers of the Industry 4.0 Observatory – Now it is necessary that every company align this digital maturity to its business objectives, starting from the fact that new technologies are the foundation of Industry 4.0 and not its point of arrival, rethinking processes and organizational models in the difficult balance between operational management, continuous improvement and radical innovation “.
“The National Plan has played an excellent role as an accelerator of the transformation 4.0 so far, both by spreading their knowledge and by favouring private investments in fiscal terms,” Perego, Sianesi and Taisch continue, “but it is likely that their stimulus can not continue. indefinitely: the next big challenge to consolidate and keep growing in the market will be to identify the right path to involve SMEs, which represent the true heart of Italian manufacturing, in the digital transformation. ”
One of the most significant findings of the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the Polytechnic of Milan is the extensive presence of Italian start-ups on European soil — we are talking of 24 companies out of 80, active in the first trimester of 2017.
In Italy, Industry 4.0 is increasing dramatically, both economically speaking— 25% more than last year— and as regards the number of people who know about the plan: in fact, only 8% of entrepreneurs don’t know what the expression means— as against 38% in 2016—, and a whopping 61% of companies are thinking about how to benefit from it.
Among these, an example is GP Progetti, with its software for industrial production. It was one of the first italian companies to believe in Industry 4.0, long before the European Plan and its tax concessions had come into force.
According to the census of the Industry 4.0 Observatory, the startups created all over the world between 2011 and 2015 are 245, but always according to the data, there is an increase of 15% between 2016 and 2017, with Cloud and Analytic solutions having a great impact, being offered in 50% of the cases.
These startups can get remarkable financial backing: a total of 2 billion dollars, of which 71% from emerging North American businesses, almost three times more than their European counterpart — 10.9 and 2,0 million respectively. This demonstrates that North America is currently the ideal cradle for these new startups, whereas for Europe there is still margin of growth.
We are now allowed to say that the first cultural battle of Industry 4.0 has been faced and won, because people are aware of the plan’s functions and benefits. All this is thanks to the National Plan, which, in addition to spreading information to entrepreneurs, is also promoting the 4.0 transformation by suggesting it to the companies that deal with logistics and software for industrial production.
Industry 4.0 is also turning out to be a proper revolution also as far as competences are concerned, given that the Industry 4.0 Observatory has catalogued more than 100 new technical jobs to define, manage and design the processes and the business models of Industry 4.0. According to the data, these competences are considered important by Italian businesses, in particular, the ability to “define an adoption plan of technology for the enhancement of production processes.”
The software programs designed by GP Progetti deliver guaranteed results to streamline production in various sectors.
“The development of solutions addressing a variety of client needs has resulted in a wealth of skills and expertise acquired on the field and available to be invested with the aim of optimising your company’s production”
For a company supplying thermal treatments, significant advantages may be had by introducing the eNX suite. A client recently contacted GP Progetti to request software designed to manage thermal treatments that was able to oversee furnace charge planning and to survey produced charges, with detailed data on processed pieces. GP Progetti consultants suggested the installation of eSphere + eFlexiMES, two software programs capable of planning production hence optimising the work process.
GP Progetti provides flexible solutions for advanced production management
How do eSphere and eFlexiMES streamline production management?
Below are the advantages achieved by the client company after installing the software recommended by GP Progetti.
- Real time production control (“I know what is happening in the department from the office desk”);
- Finite capacity planning of furnace charges;
- Control of production in real time;
- Production progress directly on the charge order;
- Filing production progress sheets, i.e. field data such as: quantities, times, downtimes and waste;
- Search and display of field data.
Thanks to the technological implementation, Gp Progetti’s client has eliminated the risk of losing precious data during processing, thus allowing the company to optimise management by controlling production in real time.