The national Industry 4.0 plan, launched by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, has allocated 1.2 billion euros for the purchase of machinery and software to develop the potential of the Smart Factory and streamline industrial production.
The Smart Factory and information technology for the manufacturing industry have recently been considered a critical success factor for the growth of the Italian production system and to maintain and strengthen its competitiveness on global markets.
Despite having been a topical issue in the last few years, following the German government’s launch of the “Industrie 4.0” programme, the use of these new technologies is not widespread yet, not only in Italy but also in other European countries, including Germany. Indeed, a recent survey conducted by the BDI, the Federation of German Industries, showed that 45% of businesses have not yet fully examined the implications of an intense digitisation of industrial processes and that two thirds of German companies still feel that, on average, they are not ready yet when it comes to digital technologies. However, both business associations and the government believe that this is the direction to take in order to establish the leadership of the German industrial system.
Things have been moving for some time now in Italy as well and the presentation of the National Plan Industry 4.0 is the conclusion of a stage of the process that began in 2012 with the establishment of the Italian Technology Cluster “Intelligent Factories” (CFI).
It is therefore the right time to consider the adoption of new manufacturing 4.0 technologies, also by using the tax benefits that the recently presented national plan has to offer.
In short, two key factors fit together almost by chance: the recent presentation of the eNX 10.0 Suite launched by GP Progetti to streamline production in companies and the subsidies to make companies worthy of the Industry 4.0 brand.
With the eNX system, GP Progetti provides its experience and innovative advanced industrial production management to companies that consider the monitoring of all processes as their primary goal to improve production efficiency.
The eNX Information System is characterised by complete integration, providing immediate and powerful decision-making support in terms of information quality, which streamlines production costs and times, as well as the monitoring and performance of the various production departments.
Feel free to contact the GP Progetti salespeople to schedule a short visit to briefly introduce the new management, operating, technological and commercial features of the 10.0 version of the eNX Suite.
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.
GP Progetti’s sales department is available for an introductory meeting to introduce new managerial, functional, technological and sales features to potential clients. Contact us to schedule an appointment.