Industry 4.0, the boom of orders. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the “Ucimu – Sistemi per produrre” index, with regard to the association of the Machine tools, robot and automation Italian manufacturers, registered an increase of 21,5% on an annual basis. The foreign orders grew by 6,2% compared to the October-December 2016 period, while on the domestic field Italian machine tool manufacturers registered an increase in order collection of 86,2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.
During 2017, the total index registered an increase of 13,7% compared to 2016. The foreign orders grew by 4,7% to the total recovery of the setback registered last year, while domestic orders were increased by 45,9%.
The evolution in order collection in 2017 proves two phenomena that are decisively positive for manufacturing: on one hand, the index shows the recovery of contracts across the border, with a disappointing result in 2016; on the other hand, it registers the excellent investment performance in systems and software to improve production in manufacturing companies that operate in Italy where users, with an increasing pace in 2017, have acquired the latest technology for their companies.
“On the domestic market, –says Massimo Carboniero, president of Ucimu, the impact that the measures contained by the Industry 4.0 plan, and in particular Super and Hyper depreciation, have had on sales and the order collection is obvious”.
Satisfaction was expressed by the Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda. “The increase of over 45% of the domestic orders of Italian machine tools in 2017 compared to last year, registered today by Ucimu is an excellent result because it represents not only an increase in business investment and domestic demand, but also the new path taken by Italian industry increasingly directed towards new products, the streamlining processes and more advanced technologies – says the Minister – Ucimu’s leap in equipment, robot and automation orders is certainly the result of a favorable economic situation and the increased propensity of our entrepreneurs to compete at an international level, but it is also the outcome of the new incentive system – no longer banned but automatic, simple and focused on innovation – launched with the Business Plan 4.0, in particular with the measures of super and hyper depreciation”.
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.
Production is growing in Italy, and according to ISTAT figures, manufacturing industry is expanding fast, with an increase of 60%.
The economic recovery will gain speed thanks to a positive “contagion effect” between various sectors. ISTAT presents a rosy view of prospects over the coming months. “The Italian economy is accelerating due to widespread growth in production and an increase in employment”, writes the national institute of statistics, which just last week confirmed that GDP is at its highest level in six years.
And the growth will not stop there, since the forecasted figures – indicators for the immediate future – indicate a strengthening in growth prospects. Meanwhile, tax revenue is up, with an increase of 1.6% in the first half of the year, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, pointing to the rise in VAT revenue (up 4.4%).
THE CONTEXT. The institute of statistics is talking about a contagion effect between individual sectors. “The recovery will be widespread and concerted”
Overall, then, estimated growth appears to have been exceeded, and now it’s just a case of the most eagerly-awaited indicator of all, the government’s own. The updated Document of Economy and Finance (DEF) is shortly to be published, and the bar of annual growth – still stuck at 1.1% – looks set to rise.
Deputy minister for the Economy Pier Paolo Baretta assures us: “In the next ten days or so, by 20th September at the latest, the task of finalising the plan for growth will be completed”. As yet he has made no comment on the figures.
According to ISTAT, however, if the pace of the past three months is maintained (+0.4%), a GDP of 1.5% is within reach. But where is the recovery coming from? On this occasion there is not one single factor; for ISTAT it’s a question of a “concerted” growth spread throughout production sectors, as explained in the institute’s most recent statement. To the extent that 60% of manufacturing firms are in expansion in the reference sectors, while the service sector is up by more than 50%.
ISTAT: “The Italian economy is accelerating”. Growth exceeds expectations
On the other hand, the latest figures show that in investment terms it’s all systems go: investment is up once again after a difficult start to the year (+0.7%) , and so is self-employment.
Source: Bresciaoggi 06/09/2017
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
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The National Plan Industry 4.0 is the right opportunity for all the Italian companies willing to benefit from the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution.
But what are the actual benefits for the manufacturing companies for which GP Progetti has been developing software for optimising industrial production since 1993?
The Plan allows for solid measures: above all, tax concession to incentive investments and make companies thrive.
Here are the fiscal advantages allowed for in the Plan Industry 4.0 for manufacturing industries:
- Hyper-amortisation: 250% overvaluation of investments in new material goods, digital appliances and technology that are in line with 4.0 transformations, either purchased or leased;
- Super-amortisation: 140% overvaluation of investments in new instrumental goods, either purchased or leased. For those who benefit from the hyper-amortisation, it is also possible to benefit from the tax concession on investments in new instrumental goods (software and IT systems);
- These benefits are cumulative with:
- Nuova Sabatini
- Tax credit for Research and Development activities
- Patent Box
- Incentives for capital gearing of businesses
- Incentives for Start-ups and innovative SME
- Central Guarantee Fund
Among these measures, there is also the “Nuova Sabatini” for instrumental goods: it is a tax concession offered by the Ministry of Economic Development aimed at easing companies’ access to credit and increasing competitiveness in the Italian productive system. The measure supports investments to buy or lease machinery, appliances, equipment, instrumental goods for protective use and hardware, as well as software and digital technology.
Who is the Nuova Sabatini aimed for?
The measure is for all those micro, small and medium enterprises (SME) that, within the date of the request, are regularly established and are not in economic difficulties.
To increase the credit for SME, the Plan Industry 4.0 has provided for a Guarantee Fund. The aim of the fund is to make it easier for SME to access financial sources through a public guarantee that joins and often substitutes the actual guarantees given by the companies.
Thanks to the Fund, companies have a real possibility to get sources of finance without additional guarantees (and so without the costs of guaranties and insurance policies) on the amounts covered by the Fund, that doesn’t offer cash contributions.
According to the latest data, more than 99% of companies lacking real guarantees has got access to finance thanks to the Fund.
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.”
Companies who employ the eNX suite also include manufacturers of taps and fittings who develop heating systems and ball valves for the sanitary and water supply sector – small businesses that have devised a competitive edge. Unlike big groups, they can be more flexible given their lower structural weight. The speed of response to clients’ needs and full customisation are the strong suits of these medium-sized businesses that characterise the average Italian industrial landscape.
The company is a supplier to wholesalers or mechanical workshops. Eighty percent of business is made abroad: Northern and eastern Europe are the main markets, but Asian countries are becoming attractive as well.
GP Progetti’s client was one of the first firms to adopt a management control system: a perfect example of how lean production principles can also be applied in small businesses.
As always, improvement first comes from human resources, then from seeking a technology partner who can provide solutions and streamline production processes. Within the company, the eNX suite – recently presented with its new 10.0 update – streamlines all processes: design, production and packaging.
The client is undoubtedly heading in the right direction, given its increase turnover recorded in recent years. Technology and computerisation are a priority for forward-thinking entrepreneurs who now regard efficiency and product quality as an axiom, steps required to become well-established players in an increasingly competitive market.
eNX is a proprietary framework that embodies the best consolidated management practices and the most advanced management methods, as a result of gradual development according to the highest IT standards for:
- Multi-method planning;
- Automatic collection of production and quality data;
- Referential correlation of processes;
- Usability of data that can be obtained directly from the end user;
- Intuitive browsability of data and system features;
- The application of user profiling features;
- The use of multilingual features, system messaging services and operational graphics.
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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.