In a world that is increasingly globalised, interconnected and computerised, the Italian manufacturing sector, the flagship industry of the made in Italy brand, is forced to revisit its production model. From design to simulation, from quality control to product handling and warehouse logistics, every step in production in the modern digital factory is integrated and connected. For this very reason, the heart of the 2016 edition of MECSPE - which brought to the pavilions in Parma, from March 17 to 19, 1,592 exhibitors (+24% than the last edition) and 39,656 visitors (+17%), who are professionals operating in the production chain – was the Digital Factory, beyond automation©, the initiative that demonstrated the crucial role of industry 4.0 technologies in the various sectors and application contexts: from 3D simulation and design, to the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality, including RFID traceability and warehouse logistics, in other words all of those technological innovations that make factories smart and streamline production.
“The fourth industrial revolution is happening today. Industry 4.0, capable of responding to the radical change that is affecting the entire manufacturing sector, represents a true opportunity for growth and business: increasingly smarter, computerised, interconnected and automated factories, capable of streamlining the production processes - affirms Emilio Bianchi, Director of Senaf – The question is: how are our business owners approaching this evolution and transformation process?According to our Observatory there is still a long road ahead, but we are headed in the right direction. In fact, approximately 46.4% of business owners in the mechanical and sub-supply sectors believes that their companies have reached a good level of automation, interconnection and computerisation, while 10% admits to being far off the mark”
The technological competitivity of the entrepreneurial fabric and the transfer of know-how also occur through new ideas and projects initiated by University research. A source of business growth and development that is all too often dismissed. To demonstrate the virtuous cycle of this connection, MECSPE hosted the ‘Formula Ata’ project, with Associazione tecnica dell’automobile (the Technical Car Association) and Dallara, where, in addition to showing the vehicles of every Italian University Team signed up for the competition, a workshop area was also set up where the exhibiting companies manufactured, on site, car parts designed by the students, with lightweight materials.
Training young people and structuring their skills at this time of great change in entrepreneurial culture and with the production method being radically changed by the new model of the Digital Factory was the theme of numerous initiatives that concluded with the Round Table with the participation of Fabio Storchi, president of Federmeccanica, Ivano Parmigiani, president of Plastica Gomma Unindustria Reggio Emilia Group, Maurizio Todeschini, National Secretary of CNOS FAP, Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane and Andrea Bianchi, president of Ascomut – Associazione Italiana Macchine Tecnologie e Utensili, Stefano Moro – Production Control Dinamis PRC Polytechnic of Milan, Mirco Rustici – Team Manager PR43100 University of Parma. The growing wave of technological development has made us re-discover the central role of the human resource: if on the one hand schools need to educate young people so that they become a concrete resource of skills and professionalism, on the other hand the businesses themselves are required to become “training grounds” for young people who can then transfer what they have learned to other contexts.
“Training is one of the fundamental assets of businesses. Today more than ever, in order to be competitive and successful it is necessary to have trained staff: it costs to invest in training but it leads to better company performance, we have seen this through the MECSPE Observatory – continues Bianchi – Last year over one third of companies in the mechanical and sub-supply sectors provided their employees with over 21 hours of training per year. In 2016, nine out of ten business owners will invest in updating their employees and almost one in five will increase the dedicated budget.
MECSPE’s 16th edition will be back at the Parma Fairground from March 23 to 25 2017.
The numbers of MECSPE 2016
85,000 sqm of exhibiting area, 39,656 visitors, 1,592 exhibitors, 24 processing islands and demonstrative units, 10 thematic districts, 10 thematic shows, 6 squares of excellence, 72 technical conventions organised by businesses, universities and associations.