Good young news from UK: Evtec Automotive, an electric vehicle automotive supply specialist, has set out plans to bolster the future of the UK car industry and shore up the supplier base with a new ethical, sustainable approach to business.
The newly formed, Coventry-based company makes car parts for many of the major players in the UK automotive sector with a major focus on supporting Britain’s growing electric vehicle sector.
«Our mission – said David Roberts, Chairperson Evtec Automotive – is to source, make, deliver and then sustainably dispose of all EV technologies, helping to drive social change and the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. We are rebuilding with purpose. That is our ethos. We are employing more disadvantaged people, driving profit to create social value and making the planet a better place for our children and grandchildren. It can’t get any better».
Evtec Automotive recently acquired Arlington Engineered Systems, that was part of Arlington Industries Group and has been working hard on filling its Coventry plant’s order books. Monthly sales are now back to pre-crisis levels, and it is on target to achieve its employment strategy by end of March 2021, with 35% of jobs being given to disabled workers.
Evtech’s 80,000 sq. ft plant has long employed disabled workers. Originally it was part of Remploy, a scheme formerly sponsored by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide on-going sustainable employment for disabled people.
Good young news from UK: Evtec Automotive, an electric vehicle automotive supply specialist, has set out plans to bolster the future of the UK car industry and shore up the supplier base with a new ethical, sustainable approach to business.
After just five months since the work beginning, last January the first manufacturing line of AC charging cables was inaugurated in record times inside the new Phoenix Contact E-mobility site in the Polish city of Rzeszów.
The structure, taking up 15,000 sq. m., has performance in line with the dynamics of constant growth of the electric mobility on the market, with almost 200,000 new registrations of electric vehicles in Germany in 2020, 400,000 taking also hybrid plug-in vehicles into account.
“Each of the new vehicles is supplied with an AC charging cable in the trunk. Moreover, the incentives provided for by automotive companies and by the various States are favouring the expansion boom of the private charge infrastructure in whole Europe, with the consequent sale increment of AC charging cables, too – stated Christoph Paetzold, project manager of the new Rzeszów factory.
The plant will become one of the most important manufacturing sites for Phoenix Contact E-Mobility due to its strategic position in the Scientific and Technological Park of Dworzysko and to the well-developed infrastructure; besides, in the next future the staff is expected to grow up to exceeding 250 employees.
The General Assembly of ANES members– National Association of Specialized Publishing has chosen its new President for the 2020-2023 triennium: he is Ivo Alfonso Nardella, Sole Director of Gruppo Editoriale Tecniche Nuove. Former Vice-President of ANES since 2013, Member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and Director since 2009, he has been member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Graphics Union in Milan since 2020, too.
Ivo A. Nardella in the top management of ANES
During his installation speech, Ivo Nardella, who first thanked the outgoing President, Andrea Boni, for the excellent work carried out, affirmed he was honoured by the trust and appreciation expressed by Members and aware of taking over the management of the Association in an extremely complicated time for the publishing field and the entire Country system.
“Going through the amber light – stated Nardella – is the ambitious achievement where I would like to drive the field in the course of my mandate: we have to be able to change in a difficult time, to support the Country by making all professional chains increasingly updated and trained to be able to face the recovery and to maintain the leaderships acquired on an international scale. We will operate with institutions to consolidate the fundamental role played by ANES associated companies in the culture-productivity relationship”.
The neo-president then presented his wide work programme for the 2020-2023 triennium, developed according to three fundamental values: representing all, training to inform, evolving to change, supported by a direct involvement of Members, also through the strengthening of the presence in Territories, and by the enhancement of people before personas.
Utmost attention will be still paid to the Association’s assets, from consulting to members, from training to Digital and CSST sections and work contracts, as well as to new valuable initiatives like B2B Marketing Conference, set up in 2019 as starting and evolutionary point for the challenges of B2B communication, which is generating an excellent ranking of ANES and of its associated companies towards the target of B2B marketers.
The other turnovers
Ivo Nardella, in the management of ANES, will collaborate with the Vice- Presidents Alessio Crisantemi from GN Media and Carlo Latorre from Cronoart, as well as with the President of the ANES Digital Section who will be elected by the Association’s digital component during next weeks.
The major international trade fair, a landmark for industry 4.0 and the specialized mechanical engineering sector, was already preparing to host over 1,350 exhibitors over an exhibition area of 60,000 sq.m.
Huge damage to the trade fair and to Italian Manufacturing
MECSPE is assessing the damage caused by the sudden U-turn announced in the new ministerial decree of 25 October, which forbids the organization of “fairs of any kind”.
A landmark for innovation technologies and industry 4.0 in manufacturing, today the fair will begin to dismantle the stands and uninstall the machinery that was already being set up for display. Scheduled to be held in Parma, Italy, from 29 to 31 October, MECSPE had been confirmed by a previous ministerial decree of 18 October and, on 24 October, work began on installing an exhibition area of 60,000 sq.m. in 6 different pavilions. All the current health regulations were followed to host visitors in safety and guarantee compliance with government norms to combat the pandemic.
“This is a hard blow, both for the fair and for the companies in the sector who have been coming to MECSPE for the last 19 years and have found new technologies, solutions for all kinds of production chains and ongoing training, as well as a unique opportunity to do trade and exchange ideas,” comments Ivo Nardella, President of SENAF, Gruppo Tecniche Nuove.“The new decree contradicts the previous one without considering the amount of time involved in planning a trade exhibition like MECSPE. For the specialized mechanical engineering sector, it represents three days of work that are vital for planning recovery. Mechanical engineering accounts for 8.1% of the added value of the whole Italian economy, 6.1% of employment and, when you consider that in Emilia Romagna, the region hosting the exhibition, mechanical engineering represents 56% of exports, you can understand the extent of the damage inflicted by this decision. What’s more, as far as we know, no discussions have been planned either with Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industry) or with AEFI (Association of the Italian Exhibition Industry), for that matter. A trade exhibition impacting the professional lives of almost 90 thousand workers, from entrepreneurs, skilled workers and technicians to engineers, and driving a strategic sector for our country’s recovery, cannot and must not be treated in the same way as a village festival, with all due respect for such events. We hope to receive an invitation from the Finance and Treasury Minister, Roberto Gualtieri, to assess the extent of the damage. We would also like to thank all the companies and associations, both professional and territorial, who have chosen to be part of MECSPE. We apologize immensely for the inconvenience caused by the decision announced yesterday by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte”.
MECSPE Exhibition Halls
Macchine Utensili – Machine tools | Equipment | Tools | Design software; Fabbrica Digitale – Industrial computing | IoT | Industrial sensors | Cloud-manufacturing | Automatic identification technologies | Applications, devices, instrumentation and intelligent components for interpreting and interconnecting processes; Motek Italy – Automation and Robotics | Assembly | Mounting and Handling; Power Drive – Mechanical power transmission systems | Oil-pressure | Pneumatics | Mechatronics | Motion control | Maintenance | Compressed air; Control Italy – Quality certification and control | Metrology | Measurement instruments | Laboratory tests | Calibration | Analysis equipment | Vision; Logistica – Wrapping | Packaging | Handling | Material handling | Lean manufacturing | Warehouse management software | Supply chain management | Outsourcing | Safety | PPE; Subfornitura Meccanica – Precision mechanical processing | Metal carpentry | Mechanical construction | Fasteners | Foundries | Small parts | Wire working | Outsourced industrial processes | Micro-processing; Subfornitura Elettronica – CEM (contract electronics manufacturers) | Cables | EMS (electronics manufacturing service) | PCB (printed circuit board manufacturers) | Engineering and design firms; Eurostampi, Macchine e Subfornitura Plastica, Gomma e Compositi – Plastics, rubber and composite processing | Machines and plants| Innovative materials| Moulding | Extrusion | Packaging | Blow Moulding | Moulds | Models | Normalised parts for moulds | Design, Simulation and design software | Micro-processing | Auxiliary equipment ; Additive Manufacturing – Rapid prototyping | Rapid manufacturing | 3D printing | Systems and services for reverse engineering | Additive technology | Materials | Services | Hardware: 3D printers and scanners, accessories | Simulation and design software; Trattamenti e Finiture – Furnaces | Galvanic, Chemical and Electronic Processes |Washing | Metallising, Glazing, Galvanising | Products and Accessories for Treatments | Heat Treatments | Coating; Materiali Non Ferrosi e Leghe – Non-ferrous materials processing (Aluminium, Titanium, Magnesium, Light Alloys) | Die-casting | Foundries | Outsourced industrial processes | Technologies | Design | Engineering.
GKN Automotive has announced joining forces with Tata Technologies, a global engineering and product development digital services company, to establish and set up an advanced global e-mobility software engineering centre in India.
The new centre, based in Bengaluru, will utilise Tata Technology’s expertise in electric and embedded systems and its ability to attract India’s software engineering talent.
A widespread recruitment drive has now started to attract world-class talent to develop GKN Automotive’s next-generation e-Drive technologies, reshaping the future of e-mobility for forthcoming electrified vehicles. Once established and fully operational it will become a dedicated GKN Automotive facility.
«This is a crucial milestone for GKN Automotive. Working with Tata Technologies – said Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive – is essential in helping us establish this centre in India and draw upon the world-class software engineering talent there. Our e-Drive technologies have already put us in a market-leading position but this programme will help us accelerate our growth, expanding and improving our products and widening our customer base. We are excited about our collaboration with Tata Technologies in an increasingly electrified future».
Following delays brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the new software engineering centre was completed in just six months and houses a design studio and laboratories. By the end of the year it will be home to over 100 world-class engineers and support staff.
The protagonists of a decennial strategic partnership are Polaris and Zero Motorcycles that together foresee the development of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. The intention of Polaris is proposing within 2025 vehicles with electric motor inside each of its main segments, with the first debut forecast by the end of 2021.
It is a revolutionary partnership that avails itself of two talented work teams, oriented to widen notably the offer of electric vehicles in the world of motor sports.
“Due to the progresses in results, price strategy and performances in recent years, and customers’ ever-rising interest –Scott Wine, president and CEO of Polaris, declared – it is now the time for us, thanks also to the collaboration with Zero Motorcycles strategic partner, to implement our rEV’d up programme and incisively accelerate our ranking in the electrification sector in motor sports.
The choice fell on Zero Motorcycles because it plays a pioneer role in electrification, with advanced technologies and notable know-how.
“Zero Motorcycles – stated Sam Paschel, CEO of the company – is pleased and honoured to give birth to this strategic collaboration that will change the sector, while we are collaborating and developing the vehicle technologies and platforms that will enhance the electrification future in motor sports.
From 05 to 10 October 2020, within its first Virtual Open House, for the first time GROB-WERKE present their extensive portfolio of technical innovations and machine highlights and thus set a new milestone in their customer communication and digital marketing.
This virtual event is the substitute for the cancelled fairs this year. This is a good occasion for the customers and interested parties: they can collect information on universal machining center and system machines digitally and the visitors can also take a peek behind the curtains in a virtual tour, or exchange information directly with GROB experts via live chat.
GROB will also show its smart service products, innovative training concepts and intelligent applications for the GROB-NET4 Industry software solution developed in-house.
In the Electromobility range, aside from exhibits on electric motors, battery module assembly and new techniques such as impregnation can be seen.
GROB starts its Virtual Open House with a whole series of digital technical presentations: the new G150 machine version will be presented in the new web seminar online daily at 08:00 CEST.
In the field of electromobility, the focus is on the latest automated solutions for the assembly of battery modules and packs while at GROB-NET4 Industry everything revolves around smart digitalization in production.
In the After Sales area, on the other hand, the question is being addressed as to how “new approaches can further increase economic viability”.
In a virtual showroom analog to the already existing Technology and Applications Center (TAZ), GROB presents the whole variety of its product range and services, which give customers an advantage in their production. Ranging from the G150 universal machining center, to the G350, the G350T with PSS-R15 and additional tool magazine TM 374 and the G550 with PSS-L as well as the G750 and two access machines G350a and G550a, visitors can see a comprehensive extract of the universal machining center portfolio. Furthermore, the G700F system machine and a G520 twospindle machining center including pallet changer can be seen. Since GROB also offers manufacturer-tested and certified used machines from this year on, this area is also part of the virtual showroom.
Resilient, ready to change and to accept challenges, even the most unexpected ones, relying on their resources and capability of looking ahead, despite the particular time: this is the picture portrayed by MECSPE Observatory survey.
We are certainly facing an unprecedented period, which marks a decisive gap between those who had been able to adopt in advance the digital change and those who found themselves unprepared, so being more affected by the effects caused by the pandemic on industry.
The analysis reveals a transitory phase, where the confidence in one’s own corporate situation almost reaches the sufficiency but scepticism and uncertainty about the general scenario remain. Almost two thirds of the sample fixes one year maximum of time to restart at full rate.
Innovation remains the key factor to recover, together with the training of specialized young and a growing attention to sustainability.
Desire of living normality again: 35% of interviewees believe that exhibitions should necessarily involve the alive participation.
Covid-19 pandemic has unavoidably influenced the performance of Italian SME, exerting a negative impact on almost 9 companies out of 10. However, if 14% of entrepreneurs state they have already recovered normality completely and 65% are going to do that within one year maximum (23% within 6 months), the general confidence index surveyed by the investigation makes Italian enterprises’ sentiment, in a scale from 1 to 9, rank on an “average” level versus the current situation.
Digital and new technologies to react to the crisis: resilience weapons
Last months have witnessed a necessary digital acceleration, especially in lockdown phase, for those who were not compelled to stop manufacturing activities for a period, corresponding of 62% of interviewees.
A boost promptly suited by 6 companies out of 10, succeeding in reacting promptly to the crisis through the investments made some time ago in new technologies and the deployment of useful instruments for the social distancing:
· platforms for the remote management of meetings, adopted by 36%;
· design technologies to redesign the new spaces of the 4.0 factory in conformity with safety requisites (10%);
· virtual systems that allow the control from remote of operational activities (7%);
· platforms of collaborative design and manufacturing process simulation for the development of the whole product (5%);
· apps and software to localize and to trace the paths of people in the factory (4%).
Moreover, the resilience of manufacturing companies is proven also by the choice, already made or under evaluation, of shifting the production towards other sectors (12%), as well as by timely provisions carried out in the course of the emergency phase, such as safety plans drawn up to avoid contagion risks (55%), the introduction of smart/flex working modalities (43%), with 34% providing for the reduction of operating costs, 29% who went on investing in innovation and new technologies and 19% who focused on the corporate training from remote.
Consequences that have probably led to the choice, for almost half of them, of going on investing, by the yearend, up to 10% of their turnover in innovation, with 17% of interviewees who are going to achieve from 11% to 20%.
Mecspe Observatory: staking on sustainability and on specialized young
To overcome this moment and to start growing economically again, almost 8 entrepreneurs out of 10 believe it is important to focus on sustainability, too. Among the aspects already most cared, the consumption reduction ranks first, indicated by 61% of interviewees, followed by social responsibility projects (53%), by the attention to pollution and environmental impact, by the ethics in the relationships with suppliers and customers (52%). Importance is acknowledged also to the support to the territory economy (35%), and to the product eco-sustainability (30%).
The new phase, in the name of the fast race of digital processes, has consequently disclosed new opportunities to engage and to train more young workers in factories. If on one hand 26% prefer not providing for employments of this kind at present, 20% are evaluating the engagement of young specialized in the field of 4.0 technologies, coming from Technical Institutes or Universities, or with a basic working experience. Furthermore, 13% are organizing in-house training courses for the young workers already engaged by the company while 9% are evaluating to employ young even without a previous scholastic or working education but providing for in-house specific training courses.
Exhibitions and events, astride on and off-line experiences
Digital talks, webinars and virtual events. Users seem to appreciate the numerous business initiatives conceived in digital version in recent months for companies and professionals owing to the imposed situation, mainly for safety matters (21%), but the off-line remains the preferential channel.
Although they judge the online a valid alternative, 27% of interviewees continue to attend live events, and 35% believe that soon the digital experience of exhibitions will necessarily be combined with the physical experience again, already since next Autumn, with traditional trade fairs.
Automation and Robotics 2020 will not be a simple Web Conference, but an all-round structured virtual project with different involvement levels for companies and participants.
Automazione Integrata review and Tecniche Nuove publishing house have decided repeating for 2020 the meeting with the robotics and automation world, this time with an innovative virtual formula of convention lasting 90 days.
Date on SEPTEMBER 17th 2020 – ONLINE
“Automation and Robotics 2020” conference (in Italian) will be organized in various complementary stages.
The Plenary session: it will provide participants with updated information about the technological and market scenario, with an insight on economic aspects related to investments in robotic technologies, too.
Workshops: they will master topical issues contextualized in the world of industrial robotics and automation.
More in detail:
· Intelligent Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, 3D printing
· New frontiers, IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning
· Robotics and collaborative factory
· Vision and Artificial Intelligence
· Digitalization and simulation
In Workshops, all participants will be allowed to collect more information and updates about the solutions and technologies presented whereas in the Company Area they will have the possibility of deepening and interacting with a corporate reference person, visualizing dedicated videos and documents.
Born from an intuition of the Italian physicist Cristiano Galbiati and devised for fast and simple manufacturing, MVM innovative device for assisted breathing has been developed in just over a month through a broad international scientiﬁc collaboration, with the support of some Italian companies like the leader Elemaster. An excellence free-access project, which in just 6 weeks has obtained the emergency certiﬁcation by the United States certifying body FDA, Food and Drug Administration
In these last months, mechanical ventilation has become very topical again, unfortunately owing to the eﬀects of Covid-19 virus diﬀusion, turning assisted breathing devices into indispensable necessary equipment. A context in which the diﬃcult provisioning, dictated by a demand exceeding the availability of devices, has caused not few problems, putting the healthcare system to hard test on a national and international scale.
MVM, acronym of “Milano Ventilatore Meccanico”, is an international project conceived in Italy precisely as solution also to these criticalities, and developed in just over a month due to the collaboration of a large group of scientists, clinicians and healthcare professionals, as well as thanks to the support of some Lombard companies that have allowed its feasibility in a very short time. An all-Italian manufacturing chain of which Elemaster has been leader company and coordinator since the early phases, enabling the implementation (in record time) of the ﬁrst prototypes. Precisely at Elemaster headquarters at Lomagna (LC) we met Cristiano Galbiati, creator of the project, professor of Physics at Gssi (Gran Sasso Science Institute) and at Princeton University in New Jersey, member of Infn (National Institute of Nuclear Physics), for ﬁfty years engaged in the international collaboration “The Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration (GADMC)”, with research activity on dark matter, an invisible component of universe, with experiments at Infn National Laboratories of Gran Sasso and at Canadian Snolab and Triumf laboratories.
«The implementation of sophisticated experimental instruments for the research in fundamental Physics –Galbiati states – has allowed the development of specific competences in the ambit of gas management systems and of complex control systems, similar to those used in lung ventilators equipping hospitals, and also other precision medicine branches. The challenge consisted in succeeding in designing, manufacturing and certifying a safe efficient ventilator, equipped with an advanced control system permitting different ventilation modalities, yet at the same time characterized by simple design. A design based on components easily provisioned on the market, to be quickly produced in various Countries».
From the project to the prototype
Temporarily set aside their studies on dark matter, scientists have made available know-how and experience to start the development of a ﬁrst ventilator prototype by ventilator repair and support centre of Sapio Life company at Vaprio d’Adda (MI).
The synergy and the direct constant collaboration with the Department of Physics of the State University of Milan contributed in speeding up all project stages, as well as the support by Elemaster and by other Italian companies involved, such as Nuclear Instruments, AZ Pneumatica, Saturn Magnetic, Bel Power Europe and Camozzi.
MVM ventilator draws inspiration from the ventilator developed by Roger Manley in 1961, based on the principle of the “possibility of using the pressure of the gases from the anaesthetic machine as the motive power for a simple apparatus to ventilate the lungs of the patients in the operating theatre”.
In terms of functions, the diﬀerence is also made by the electronic control unit and the whole management software, it too fruit of a circular collaboration that operated in open innovation free-access environment, to allow the fast progress of design and testing, shortening the times needed by production.
The cooperation among particle physics laboratories in Italy, Canada and United States has allowed deﬁning common international standards for the device, maximising the beneﬁts that derive from the sharing of information. Therefore, neither a patent nor the release of exclusive licenses are foreseen. «After accurate tests –Galbiati adds – and qualification processes of the first prototype performance with breathing simulators, carried out with the Medicine Department of Milano-Bicocca University at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza (MB), it was possible to implement in few weeks the first industrialized ventilator that has proven the correctness and the viability of the conceptual design». A design developed upon precise indications provided by who, like prof. Antonio Pesenti, specialist in resuscitation and coordinator of the Crisis Unit of Lombardy Region for Intensive Cares, daily operates on the ﬁeld.
From production to the new challenge for the second generation
In MVM project, which benefitted from the support and the contribution by CNR and other Lombard Universities (Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Pavia and Insubria), also the researchers of the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of Pisa University and CNR IFC, supported by the staﬀ of Tuscan Gabriele Monasterio Foundation and Sra Instruments, collaborated to exclude the release of noxious substances during the operation and to obtain the approval by certifying bodies.
Concerning assessment and certiﬁcation procedures, competent institutions in Italy and abroad were involved (FDA, Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada).
The primary responsibility of the project submission to FDA for its certiﬁcation was taken by Elemaster, through its International Design Center.
«In early May –Galbiati speciﬁes –MVM ventilator, in just 6 weeks, obtained the emergency certification, i.e. Eua, Emergency Use Authorization, by FDA, Food and Drug Administration the United States certifying body. This means that since then it has been authorized to join the hospital equipment of the Countries that acknowledge the American certification».
An important step. Undoubtedly, a great satisfaction for the eﬀorts lavished until now by all protagonists at stake, but certainly not a ﬁnishing line, as Galbiati in person conﬁrms: «The project – he ends – is not accomplished at all. If on one hand the production in Italy is a concrete fact, due to the joint coordination with Elemaster, the large-scale one in other parts of the world is constantly evolving. We have defined some provisioning chains and identified some qualified companies that have shown interest in supporting this project of global scope. Companies that, like Elemaster, must be also certified to meet the very high standards required. As interesting is the development in course of MVM+, a second generation of MVM, more integrated, implemented by pursuing the same philosophy focused on user-friendliness and low-cost feasibility, but provided with even more advanced functions».