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MECSPE Bari: Training and innovation drive the manufacturing industry of the future

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The second edition of MECSPE Bari, the landmark event for the manufacturing industry in Central and Southern Italy, concluded with satisfaction on Saturday.

A total of 14,715 professionals filled the pavilions of the Nuova Fiera del Levante from Nov. 23 to Nov. 25 for the second edition of MECSPE Bari, the event dedicated to Central and Southern Italy of Italy’s leading trade fair dedicated to the manufacturing industry, organized by Senaf.

With the closure of the Apulian edition, MECSPE is preparing for the 22nd international edition that will return to Bologna from March 6 to 8, 2024.

The fair, with 511 exhibiting companies, featured 150 conferences and workshops and 11 special initiatives aimed at delving into the issues of technological innovation and the training of the professional figures of the future to make the industry increasingly high-performing and competitive. 

During the inaugural conference “The Transformation of Italian Manufacturing between Training, Innovation and Sustainable Processes”, data from the MECSPE Observatory were presented, which showed an industry in good health with most companies looking to the future by forecasting a path of growth in the next two years (70 percent), especially in size. 

The inaugural conference saw the support and collaboration of local institutions, including Confindustria Bari BAT with the Mechanics Section, Federmeccanica, the Apulia Region, and the Municipality of Bari, which helped create value for the area and the sector.

Traininginnovation, and sustainability: these are the guidelines that permeate MECSPE each year and its program of initiatives dedicated to the future of the industry and discussion among industry players. 

The collaboration with ITS A. Cuccovillo Mechatronics Puglia Foundation pushed precisely on the first of the three directions, creating the Training 4.0 Square, a space where ITS and partner companies talked about their collaboration and opportunities for the territory.

The area, which throughout the fair involved and oriented young students and future mechatronics technicians, emphasized the importance of bridging the gap between companies and schools so that more and more companies can take advantage of already trained and competent resources. 

Puglia’s ITSs, also present in the MECSPE Young & Career space, have created opportunities to meet and network with local companies to start professionalizing paths.

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Spot®, the dog-robot created by Boston Dynamics, executes commands by decoding brain responses.

Among the conferences that enlivened the second edition of MECSPE Bari was “The Industry You Don’t Expect”, organized by Federmeccanica to bring young people closer to the industry world. The event recounted a reality consisting of evolved, digital, and innovative businesses, debunking the clichés connected to the sector, where the hope is that young people will play a key role.

There is great excitement for activities dedicated to new enabling technologies, with a plethora of high-tech exhibitors and countless sophisticated innovative systems. 

The theme of innovation characterized this edition of MECSPE Bari, which confirmed the Apulian capital as the heart of digital and technological innovation for industry in Southern and Central Italy, but not only. 

One example is the Bari Polytechnic‘s demonstration area, which brought out very high-tech projects based on Brain-Computer Interface and Artificial Intelligence, such as Spot®, the dog-robot created by Boston Dynamics, that executes commands by decoding brain responses, and the Neural Raceway, an innovative educational and entertainment system that allows users to control the movement of toy cars through their brain activity.

«The just-concluded second edition of MECSPE Bari highlighted how much the manufacturing sector represents a driving force for the development of the area» said Ivo Nardellapresident of Senaf and Tecniche Nuove Group«The fair was an opportunity to give space to excellence in terms of innovation, with new technologies and intelligent use of AI and training, highlighting the central role played by ITS, Universities, and Polytechnics in preparing the professionals of the future who are increasingly key players in the transition that industry is facing. In this regard, great attention has been paid to creating synergies between business and education to adequately respond to the needs of the industry and make the sector increasingly competitive. Manufacturing, as the driving sector of the Italian economy, must be ready to face the challenges of a changing future, challenges that we will explore as early as next March with the annual MECSPE event in Bologna.»

«The return of MECSPE to Bari was a success as evidenced by the number of visitors of this 2023 edition» commented Gaetano Frullipresident of Nuova Fiera del Levante«Stakeholders and institutions highlighted the importance of the manufacturing sector which is fundamental to the economic development of our country. Here, ample space was given to digital and innovative technologies which cannot be disregarded in an industry in step with the times. It is certain by now that focusing on strategic collaborations such as the one with Senaf, a promoter of specialized fairs, is successful in developing the trade fair business, just as it is strategic to hold fairs in Bari, at the Fiera del Levante, considering the success of these specialized events.»

Finally, new to this edition is the Sustainability Objective Path initiative, organized in collaboration with Project Hub 360, which gave visibility and recognition to exhibitors who are committed to a path of improvement in terms of ESG (environmental, social, and governance criteria). The project stems from the principle that sustainability is never an endpoint, but a path of continuous improvement that all companies are required to implement.

The figures of MECSPE BARI 2023

20.000 sq m of exhibition area, 511 companies attending, more than 150 conferences and workshops, 11 special initiatives, 3 halls, and the Exhibition Core Energy “Transition and Industry 4.0: Sustainability in the Manufacturing Industry.” 16,243 professional visitors participated in the last edition (2019).

Facts and figures of MECSPE BOLOGNA 2023

59.845 visitors operating in the trade sector (+52 percent compared to 2022), 92.000 sq m of exhibition space, 2.034 participating companies, 2.000 sq m of the Exhibition Core “Energy Transition and Mobility of the Future”, 20 special initiatives.

MECSPE Bari: sustainability and enabling technologies for Industry 5.0

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MECSPE returns to Bari (Nov. 23-25) with a special appointment at Milan Digital Week (Oct. 6) together with MADE – Competence Center Industry 4.0, to delve into the topics of sustainability and enabling technologies for Industry 5.0.

The manufacturing industry has a positive direct and indirect effect on the socioeconomic fabric of Italy, as well as having an important impact on people’s lives.

Automotive, food, energy, aerospace, and so on, there is no sector where manufacturing companies in recent years have not brought value and innovation.

Therefore, it is important to assess the health of the industry, not only from an economic perspective but also by checking the propensity of entrepreneurs for “growth.”

In this regard, Italian business captains have a very clear idea: according to the latest MECSPE Observatory, the leading manufacturing industry trade show organized by Senaf with an extraordinary stop in Bari Nov. 23-25 at the Nuova Fiera del Levante, nearly three out of four (equivalent to 73% of the companies) are planning a path to growth within the next two years.

In particular, one-third plan to do so dimensionally, one-quarter by expanding production into new areas, and 15 percent by focusing on internationalization.

Moreover, many entrepreneurs (as many as 26 percent), again in the next two years, are looking with interest at extraordinary transactions such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

In terms of how to raise the economic resources, although most will draw from the capital they already have (53 percent), there are an increasing number of companies that will consider participating in public tenders (31 percent) and bringing in new partners (12 percent).

The data thus show a sector—manufacturing—that is alive and dynamic but needs guidance to help companies understand the market in all its aspects.

This is precisely the role of MECSPE, which returns to Bari with many initiatives and events to facilitate companies in this phase of development by focusing on essential themes for the entire manufacturing industry: innovation, sustainability, and training.

Incentives and investments to digitise businesses

What can motivate entrepreneurs to invest in making businesses more digital, green, and with adequate skills?

Certainly, economic aid plays a key role, but it comes with lights (many) and shadows: in fact, 55 percent of companies have already taken advantage of government Industria 4.0 incentives and four out of ten have invested more than €500K, with 13 percent having invested more than €3M.

Yet, according to entrepreneurs, the measures taken are not enough, but this is not a complete rejection: almost half rate the measures as insufficient but still important for innovation, while only 12 percent think they are totally inadequate.

Looking at the incentives that companies will apply for in 2023, the most popular is the capital goods tax credit for digital transformation (47 percent), followed by training 4.0 (37 percent) and incentives for innovation in the research and development area (27 percent).

In this scenario, MECSPE can make a difference with its exhibition platform which has been offering entrepreneurs opportunities for exchange and learning for more than two decades by following precisely the three focal themes for the entire manufacturing industry.

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Macro topics that will develop starting from the new Exhibition Heart Energy Transition & Sustainability in the Manufacturing Industry: from Transportation to Companies” a central area of the event where technology and market experts will explain the new challenges of the industry with a focus on mobility, manufacturing, and the hydrogen supply chain.

In addition, there is a novelty this year: On October 6, MECSPE, together with MADE – Competence Center Industria 4.0, will be among the protagonists of Milan Digital Week with the event “The new face of the manufacturing industry capable of combining well-being, environmental sustainability, and business economics”.

More and more enterprise 5.0

Companies and industry experts will explore the themes of sustainability and new digital-enabling technologies applied to the manufacturing industry, essential accelerators toward a new virtuous way of doing business that is increasingly 5.0 and responsive to the needs of young people and the environment.

«To support the digitization process of Italian companies, the competence centres established by the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy now play an important role» says Federico Ravasio, communications manager of MADE Competence Center. «Companies, through MADE 4.0, can access two important non-repayable financing tools. The first concerns standard services such as training courses, consulting on product and process technological innovation, intellectual property, access to credit, etc. The second is a call for innovation projects of industrial research, feasibility study, and experimental development. Entrepreneurs will thus have €14 M at their disposal and will be able to find all the right tools and skills to implement their sustainable digital transition projects.»

«Italian companies have an extraordinary ability to adapt, and the numbers of the last edition of MECSPE testify to how much these realities have understood the need to evolve» says Maruska Sabato, MECSPE project manager. «Our commitment is to propose a dynamic and comprehensive event, where companies can discover and embrace the most innovative technologies to achieve their goals in terms of growth and digitalization. We believe that by guiding companies toward adopting virtuous practices and promoting cohesion and networking, we can turn challenges into opportunities and open new paths toward a forward-looking industry.»

The figures of MECSPE BARI 2019

20,000 sq m of exhibition area, 16,243 visitors including professionals and students, 656 companies attending, 54 conferences and workshops, 10 special initiatives, 6 exhibition areas, 3 pavilions, 1 exhibition heart “Intelligent WORKSHOPS”.

MVM, an open-source and border-crossing project to fight the pandemic

MVM innovative device for assisted breathing (Courtesy of Giuseppe Valentino)
MVM innovative device for assisted breathing (Courtesy of Giuseppe Valentino)

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 is a new type of pulmonary ventilator designed for mass-production and has been designed to face the need of obtaining the simplest possible device; it draws inspiration from Manley ventilator, developed by Roger Manley in 1961 (Courtesy of Studio Volpi)
MVM is a new type of pulmonary ventilator designed for mass-production and has been designed to face the need of obtaining the simplest possible device; it draws inspiration from Manley ventilator, developed by Roger Manley in 1961 (Courtesy of Studio Volpi)

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.

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)
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)

«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”.

DESIGN DETAILS
The operation of the new MVM just needs a source of pressurized oxygen (or pressurized air for medical use) and power supply. Made up by electrically driven pneumatic valves rather than mechanical switches, with a stripped-down mechanical design that avails itself of readily available off-the-shelf components, the system is designed to work in pressure-controlled mode, which appears to be thecorrect ventilation modality, suiting the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Schematic Design of MVM ventilator
Schematic Design of MVM ventilator

MVM can be operated in both independent ventilation (pressure-controlled ventilation, PCV) and patient-assisted control modes (pressure-supported ventilation, PSV). Directly connected to a line of pressurized medical oxygen or medical air, MVM relies on the flow regulation to deliver medical air, medical oxygenor a mixture of both to the patient, at a pressure in the suitable range for treatment. The pressure regulation of the end-expiratory cycle is achieved through a valve that sets the desired minimum positive end-expiratory pressure (Peep). Another adjustable pressure limiting valve, connected to the inspiratory line, ensures that the maximum pressure delivered does not exceed the pre-set value.


«Designed to similarly meet the requirements of a ventilator as simply as possible –Galbiati underlines – MVM is made up by pneumatic solenoid valves instead of mechanical switches, integrating the advanced features designed by anaesthesiologists participating in the project who work in the medical wards in Lombardy. Its modular design can be adapted to swap up parts based on their availability in different regions of the world. Especially, it is composed by a small number of mechanical components. Not more than one dozen, if we exclude the box, against the hundreds needed for the ventilators currently available on the market».

For MVM project, Elemaster’s team of 40 specialists is fulltime dedicated to the project management, to the design and the production of printed circuit boards, through its manufacturing companies, Eletech and Eleprint, coordinating the other Italian companies involved, too
For MVM project, Elemaster’s team of 40 specialists is fulltime dedicated to the project management, to the design and the production of printed circuit boards, through its manufacturing companies, Eletech and Eleprint, coordinating the other Italian companies involved, too

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.

For MVM project, Elemaster’s team of 40 specialists is fulltime dedicated to the project management, to the design and the production of printed circuit boards, through its manufacturing companies, Eletech and Eleprint, coordinating the other Italian companies involved, too
For MVM project, Elemaster’s team of 40 specialists is fulltime dedicated to the project management, to the design and the production of printed circuit boards, through its manufacturing companies, Eletech and Eleprint, coordinating the other Italian companies involved, too

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».

ABOUT ELEMASTER

Aerial view of Elemaster at Lomagna (LC) (Courtesy of Giuseppe Valentino)
Aerial view of Elemaster at Lomagna (LC) (Courtesy of Giuseppe Valentino)

Founded in 1978, Elemaster stands out in the international scenario as Mechatronics Service Provider, offering services of design and manufacture of high-tech electronic equipment. Thanks to its distinctive know-how gained on processes, today it supports its customers overseeing the entire lifecycle of an electronic product:• Original Design Manufacturing: R&D services, industrialization and certification of electronic devices. • PCB Manufacturing: inhouse production of printed circuit boards. • Cable Manufacturing: in-house production of cables. • Electronic Manufacturing Services: rapid prototyping and serial assembling of electronic boards. • Mechatronic Services: mechanical integration services and testing of subunits and finished products. • Logistic and After Sales: logistic services and after sales assistance.

Detail of the electronic board implemented by Elemaster Group mounted on BMS (battery management system) for electric vehicles. (Courtesy of Giuseppe Valentino)
Detail of the electronic board implemented by Elemaster Group mounted on BMS (battery management system) for electric vehicles. (Courtesy of Giuseppe Valentino)

Operating in Italy, United States, China, India and Tunisia, Elemaster Group stands out on the market as One Stop Shop for its customers who are the major global players in high-tech sectors, such as railway, medical, avionics, automotive, industrial automation and energy. The services offered concern the entire product lifecycle, from the production of printed circuit boards to design, certification, industrialization, prototyping and production of electronic boards and products, to logistics and after sale services.


by Gianandrea Mazzola

MECSPE: over 59,000 trade visitors

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The manufacturing industry community meets at MECSPE 2023. Three days of full immersion between technological innovation and energy transition.

A journey into the future of industry among new technologies, energy transition and digital transformation. The 21st edition of MECSPE, Italy’s leading trade exhibition dedicated to the manufacturing industry, organized by Senaf, closed with a boom in visitors.

There were 59,845,000 professionals (+52 percent over 2022) who filled the pavilions of BolognaFiere in the three-day event designed to celebrate the excellence of the sector, multiply business opportunities for companies and create new connections between companies, institutions and industry players.

A success that involved not only Italian companies, but also international ones, with the presence of as many as nine delegations of visitors from foreign countries (Algeria, Egypt, Germany, India, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey) in addition to the first Italo-German Summit on the themes of reshoring and new mobility.

Now MECSPE is looking ahead to the next edition, which will see the event land in Bari, Italy, at the Fiera del Levante, Nov. 23-25, 2023.

It is scheduled to return to Bologna to continue the exhibitions’ internationalization strategy from March 6 to 8, 2024.

The 2023 edition of MECSPE, which featured 2,034 exhibitors and 20 special initiatives, opened with an inaugural event attended by, among others, Maurizio Marchesini, Confindustria Vice President for Supply Chains and Medium Enterprises.

It was an opportunity to present data from the MECSPE Observatory, which certified the excellent state of health of the supply chain: almost eight out of ten companies closed the last four months of 2022 with a growing or stable turnover compared to the same period last year, to which is added the high level of satisfaction related to the performance of their company (positive for 68 percent of the sample).

In addition, half of the companies believe they have the skills needed for the 4.0 transformation. A major challenge that will contribute a projected 385,330 new employees[1] between now and the end of May.

Community, collaboration and networking at MECSPE

«The transitions the industry is facing, in Italy as in the rest of the world, will change the face of the supply chain» commented  Ivo Alfonso Nardella, president of Senaf. That is why we are especially proud of the large influx of visitors to MECSPE, which is increasingly a landmark for the community of manufacturing systems professionals. Special thanks go to the Emilia Romagna Region and the city of Bologna, which, by virtue of its connections and infrastructure, fosters the growth of MECSPE internationally. With this year’s edition, we opened a window on the future of manufacturing, accompanying institutions, companies and professionals to discover the most interesting innovations and technologies that can make a difference. Our exhibition is designed to foster collaboration among companies through the many networking opportunities, but it is also a unique time to create culture, to support that education without which it is impossible to interpret and govern the great changes that await us. Before returning to Bologna in 2024, MECSPE will be in Bari in November this year, with the aim of actively involving also the many excellences of Central and Southern Italy, which can make an important contribution to the challenges facing the industry.»

«The Mecspe exhibition has not only consolidated its value of international interest, but has delivered the highest quality level for those who want to discuss, learn about and represent the innovative evolution of our country’s manufacturing system. – Emphasized Vincenzo Colla, Councillor for productive development and green economy, labor and training of the Emilia Romagna Region – We want to thank the organizers, the exhibitors of Mecspe for the quality they brought to the three-day event; we are proud to host an event of great quality in Bologna.»

Training, innovation and sustainability were the focal elements of the exhibition and demonstration areas of MECSPE 2023.

It was precisely to the impact on production systems of new sustainable mobility choices that the exhibition core of the fair was dedicated, a 2,000-square-meter exhibition area entitled Energy Transition and Future Mobility, which, with a focus on the production chains of electric, hydrogen and biofuel vehicles, was well attended.

Also on the topic of sustainable mobility, MECSPE organized the international forum “2035 AND THE AUTOMOTIVE CHAIN: Changing the Production Model to Respond to a Technological Transformation”, in cooperation with the Tecniche Nuove Group, The German-Italian Chamber of Commerce, and the Industrial Fairs Division of Messe Stuttgart.

Elettronica Italia’s focuses

A great result for the first edition of Elettronica Italia, was the show held concurrently with MECSPE, which garnered strong interest from visiting companies thanks to its two focuses, on electronics in sustainable mobility and semiconductors, with important growth potential for the future.

Extraordinary participation also for the two events organized by METEF: the Aluminium Energy Summit, among the most successful moments of the exhibition heart, and the International Innovation Award, both dedicated to an element that in Italy constitutes 42 percent of all metal used annually.

Talking of awards, the Solution Award – Robotics Innovation Award for the best industrial or service robotics application made by Italian companies was particularly followed.

Facts and figures of MECSPE 2023

59.845 visitors operating in trade sector +52 percent compared with 2022), 92,000 sq m of exhibition space, 2 ,000 companies present, 2,034 sq m of the Heart Exhibition “Energy Transition and Mobility of the Future”, 20 special initiatives.

[1] Source: Unioncamere-ANPAL, Excelsior Information System

 

France, Stellantis carries on the electric transformation

Whatever action by Stellantis has an unbelievable mediatic effect and can determine real changes of paradigm. Well, during one of his recent visits to manufacturing plants at Trémery-Metz in France, the CEO Carlos Tavares highlighted how the transformations of plants demonstrate the progresses made by the company towards the achievement of electrification targets expressed in the Dare Forward 2030 plan.
Let us remind them: the 100% coverage of sale mix with battery electric vehicles for cars (BEV) in Europe and by 50% of the sale mix of BEV with cars and light commercial vehicles in the United States within 2030.
Since 2018, the company has invested 2 billion Euros in French manufacturing sites. Well, through the investments in two key joint ventures at Trémery-Metz, Stellantis has deployed a vertical integration strategy aimed at increasing the control of the global electrification value chain. It is Emotors, a 50% joint venture with Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding, which in the current year will start the production of a range of forefront electric motors at Trémery factory, in the past the biggest manufacturing plant of diesel engines in the world and now the first Stellantis structure that produces electric motors.
The other is e-Transmissions, a 50% joint venture with Punch Powertrain, funded with an investment worth 57 million Euros, until now it is focused on the production of the next generation of electrified dual clutch transmissions (eDCT) at Stellantis factory in Metz.
The plant, renowned for its competences in the production of transmissions, is expected to increase its yearly production up to reaching about 600,000 eDCT within 2024 for the hybrid portfolio of Stellantis.
The Emotors M3 will be the first electric motors in the range.M3 will supply an efficient and economically competitive electric traction system, designed to operate with 400 V voltage and supply a power of 115 kW, which will make its debut on a Stellantis BEV by the end of 2022.
The eDCT transmission is available with two electrification levels, 48 V and 320 V, and it can be used for hybrid and PHEV applications.

Investment for building a manned multicopter

Source: The Lead South Australia
Source: The Lead South Australia

A South Australian company Alauda that is building a manned multicopter to compete in its flying electric car racing series has been funding from leading technology venture capital firms Saltwater Capital and Jelix Ventures. Leading FX and money management firm Equals and German logistics company DHL have also both backed Alauda with support and funds.
Alauda will use the investment to ramp up design and manufacture of its vehicle, which it aims to test with a pilot aboard before the end of the year.
Alauda also owns Airspeeder, the racing league that plans to host a flying car series at various global locations from as early as next year.
Alauda formed in 2015 and also has an office in London in close proximity to international motorsport bodies and global brands.

3D printing of copper for more efficient electric motors

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Can 3D printing of copper share in gaining a competitive edge by improving the efficiency of an electric motor? The answer comes from EOS, top player in the 3D printing of polymers and of metals with laser sintering technology for the aeronautical, automotive, oil & gas and medical sectors.
In additive manufacturing processes, copper can be used in three different versions: pure copper, the copper-chromium-zirconium alloy and the copper-nickel-silicon-chromium alloy. EOS has used copper in its pure version to produce electric motors by means of additive manufacturing. The result was positive indeed: performances have improved by 45%.
The preliminary condition? Using copper for the additive manufacturing is affected by some criticalities because it is an ambivalent material with features that provide great opportunities but at the same time some hindrances; an example is constituted by the electric and thermal conductivity that make it very interesting but also hardly processed. However, if such obstacles are overcome, copper can be used in manifold applications highly successfully.

EuroGroup Laminations takes over 100% of the share capital of DS4

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EuroGroup Laminations, world protagonist in the design, production and distribution of stators and rotors for electric motors and generators has completed the closing of the 100% takeover of the share capital of DS4 spa.

It is a company operating in the design and implementation of software and hardware custom-made with applications in the industrial automation field, which ended the 2022 financial statement with 7.9 million Euros of revenues and 2.5 million Euros EBITDA, with an order portfolio of 18.4 million Euros in July 2023.

The operation value is equal to an enterprise value of about 16.5 million Euros.

“We are very satisfied with continuing this growth course with DS4, finally part of our Group since today. The operational synergies that this operation will generate will let us reach ambitious results. I thank the management of DS4 for the strong commitment demonstrated in working hard together in next years, finally as colleagues” Marco Arduini, CEO of EuroGroup Laminations, commented.

Virtual Technical Inspection, excellence of Turin Polytechnics

The student team of Turin Polytechnics H2politO stood out in the international competition for low energy-consumption vehicles, Shell Eco-marathon 2021, ranking 7th in the world list with JUNO prototype and 25th with IDRAkronos. However, it is worth highlighting the particular places in the 1st Global ranking Virtual Technical Inspection for the Prototypes category and the Urban Concept category, the 3rd Global ranking Pitch the Future “Decarbonising the home” and the 2nd EMEA ranking Overall Europa & Africa ranking Simulate to innovate Off-track Award.
The Virtual Technical Inspection race required presenting, in a 7-minute video, all the aspects of the vehicle that make it compliant with the regulation, also from the safety point of view, for the participation in the Shell Eco-marathon.
«Despite difficulties – stated the professor Massimiliana Carello, Faculty Advisor of H2politO Team- the Team has worked with passion at this new competition typology, achieving an important result. This goal is the fruit of the team’s effort and of the support by University and partner companies, which have never missed in these two difficult years. However, the development and the testing of JUNO and IDRAkronos vehicles were not given up, as witnessed by the double first place in the Virtual Technical Inspections with our two vehicles. Vehicles are competitive and we are looking forward to competing on the track again. We are waiting for 2022».

The development of the innovative platform by Energica Motor Company

In the ambit of the announcement of the Regional Operational Programme European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Emilia-Romagna, are also framed Energica Motor Company and Simesi, Research for the Efficiency and Safety Improvement System of an electric vehicle with 2 or more wheels. The competitive arena of this market is moderately fragmented and is composed by both small electric bike producers and by big players in the motorcycle industry, currently in a prototype phase and able to offer a single niche product. In a market still highly fractioned and with steeply rising expected volumes, EMC features a top ranking it is going to strengthen and to expand through a new evolutionary step in the technologies connected with electric propulsion systems and with the solutions for the safety and driveability of its own motorcycles. R&D Simesi project precisely aims at developing an innovative electric powertrain platform to enable the diffusion of the electric mobility, by introducing an increase of performances in the electric motorcycles of the range. The electric modular propulsion platform can be reconfigured and provides high performances, easily customizable for different electric mobility applications, not in competition with the company’s core business. The primary distinguishing elements of the platform are an innovative control electronics, with advanced functions of energy recovery and power management, a new technology of modular battery packaging, with optimized management of the control functions of charge/discharge and thermal conditioning of energy storage elements, a newly-conceived mechanical transmission with high efficiency and new aerodynamic solutions to develop in electric superbikes the new functions of power control and of increment of the vehicle driveability and safety.