Industry 4.0 is not only about technology and software for production control: the actual challenge is a cultural one
In the next few years, the 4th Industrial Revolution will guarantee additional proceeds (500 billion dollars) and fewer costs (421 billion), also thanks to software for production control.
According to some experts, though, Italy is late in this process, which aims not only to connect factories, but also to integrate digital culture and new skills.
Industry 4.0 is more and more at the centre of managers’ plans, but in spite of all the efforts, it risks remaining just a slogan, pace all the potential benefits in terms of efficiency and productivity. Taking part in the 4th Industrial Revolution is nothing but a fancy for a still huge number of companies, curbed by lack of innovation culture, operative visions and the digital skills of managers, who are confused about the actual return of digital investments. Although, in the next few years, they might have surprises in store.
This is what emerges from the global report on Industry 4.0, carried out in 26 countries scattered around the globe. We are dealing with the shift from paradigm 3.0, i.e. the one that brought to the automation of a single machine or of a single process, to its evolution, which regards end-to-end digitalisation of entire companies, from fiscal assets to the value chain that involves partners: not a small challenge. But the benefits are huge, as shown in the estimate on the businesses of those who are already investing or will invest in the near future.
According to the calculations, in fact, Industry 4.0 will guarantee additional proceeds (500 billion dollars) and fewer costs (421 billion), also thanks to software for production control. Just as GB Progetti, a Brescia-based company, had done 25 years ago, when the 4th Industrial Revolution was still not in sight.
In any case, the double line of additional proceeds and reduction of costs will be receive a push by the innovation of products and services from a new digital-native-like point of view and, at the same time, by the reduction of operative times and the best use of assets allowing the maximisation of quality. In other words, a virtuous circle on which companies are expected to invest 907 billion dollars over the next 4 years: on average, 5% of their turnover. This money is destined not only to sensors, connected devices, software for production control and digital appliances, but also to the training of employees and to the changes in the organisational machine.
Great success at the conference promoted by GP Progetti and AGM about software for management and enhancement of production in manufacturing industries
It was a great success in terms of audience for the meeting held in the Villa Feranoli Palace Hotel of Brescia by GP Progetti & AGM to discuss software to manage and enhance production in manufacturing industries.
The conference, organised by GP Progetti & AGM, has involved more than 30 participants, who gathered in Villa Fenaroli on April 12 for an in-depth analysis of the normative framework and the applicative solutions put forward by the Plan Industry 4.0 with an eye to enhancing production in manufacturing companies.
The Plan, which has already started the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe, is actually based on the same foundations as the ones on which GB Progetti has been building its business for a very long time, more precisely for 25 years. Hence, you get an idea of the far-sightedness of the Brescia-based company, which is developing and up-dating software specifically designed for manufacturing industries.
Some speakers of excellence gave their contribution to the conference, discussing management-related topics, which are essential to enhance production.
Lucio Zavanella, Full Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Brescia, spoke about the historical development of Management and Production: from traditional methods to current and future trends; Michele Dolza, graduate in economics and business management from Pavia, spoke about the zero-cost management audit.
Mauro Mazzolari and Roberto Savelli, representatives of AGM & GP Progetti respectively, went on to speak about possibile applicability of the most recent methods of both strategic and operative management, i.e. sharing specifically-designed instruments as possible solutions for the Italian SME.
Vincenzo Cristarella, graduate in economics and business management, an expert in accounting and auditing, ended the conference clarifying the various fiscal and financial incentives put forward by the Plan Industry 4.0.
Taking part in this conference has further underlined the positivity with which entrepreneurs look ahead. However, they are aware that the 4th Industrial Revolution carries many challenges with itself. These can be faced only with the help of appropriate technology and software for the optimisation of production.
According to the “Global SME Plus 2017” research, carried out by American Express on over 3,200 managers, business executives and decision makers of SME in 15 countries, Italian SME come across as more positive about the economic recovery and the growth trend of the main economic indicators for 2017 and for the following 3 years, compared to the other European SME. This allows Italian SME to be more ready to take advantage the opportunities offered by the market as far as growth and internationalisation are concerned, because they are certain that they have put in place the correct strategies to overcome these years of uncertainty on the markets.
Europe is ready to finance the purchase of management software to optimise production within the scopes of Industry 4.0
A credit of €500 million will be made available for companies that invest in research, development and innovation and buy management software to plan and optimise industrial production in accordance with the Industry 4.0 Plan.
This is what the UBI Group is committed to achieve. The resources will enable companies interested in buying software to optimise the industrial production, to access loans and financing through funds made available by the ECB (TLTRO) or by the European Investment Bank (EIB), which will be used according to the type of planned initiative.
THE INTERVENTION: “It is particularly significant,” stated UBI Group, “when considered in the context of the 2017 Budget Law, which provides an extensive range of incentives and tax breaks for the Industry 4.0 Programme. It is in favour of investments in high technology for start-up companies.” In addition to the direct intervention of the Government, companies are supported by other tax concessions: hyper-depreciations, super-depreciations, the tax credit and the provisions of the Sabatini Law. These are all expendable incentives to buy management software for to plan and optimise production in manufacturing companies.
“Industry 4.0 is a framework for the modernisation of the national production system,” explains Frederik Geertman, sales manager of the UBI Group, “for a bank like ours, which is present in the most economically active areas of the country, it is crucial to offer corporate customers legal advice and products to make the most of the legal benefits.”
UBI BANCA, in addition to making the funds available,”supports companies through a tailored consulting service that consists in the analysis of the type of investment required, the quantification of any tax benefits and the definition the technical forms of the most appropriate and affordable financing,” concludes the statement of the group listed on Piazza Affari (Milan Stock).
Source: UBI Banca; Bresciaoggi 7 March 2017