Research

ASO and STELMI’s Research and Development departments collaborate thanks to the Hi_Up project

Paolo Seraggiotto

Paolo Seraggiotto after some experiences in different industry both as mecha- nic installer and technical manager for food production faci- lities, in 2001 Paolo Seraggiotto arrives in the galvanic sector.

For some years he worked on the design and realization of the production facilities for the STELMI Group both in Europe and in USA. He then collaborated with an important Italian company operating in the tap and ttings industry that en- trusted him the project of creating a highly automated wa- rehouse able to check, on a timely basis, stocks of material and to optimize the logistics of the entire productive process.

Thanks to this collaboration he was able to re ne his knowle- dge and skills in the machines eld for the nishing of steels. In 2011 he came back to STELMI and, from that moment on, Paolo focuses on both new and unique innovative products, and in the study, design and experimentation of technical solutions aimed at improving the production system.

Coordinating a team of quali ed staff and working alongside universities and external research organizations, he managed to introduce into the world of galvanic some technologies initially born to improve production processes belonging to other industrial sectors. His goals for the future?

Make further progress with the project that Hi_Up entrusted him; experi- ment with eco-friendly technologies, use new products and continue to develop innovative processes not yet explored in this industry.

Research

The Hi_Up project in the research of innovative technologies to be introduced into production processes and in the market

The Research and Development department of ASO and STELMI collaborate thanks to the Hi_Up project in the research of innovative technologies to be introduced into production processes and in the market; this appears to be essential nowadays in a scenario always in continuous evolution, where global competition, digital revolution and technology are having a leading role in every sector; the project that ASO and STELMI are carrying on jointly aims at innovation, anticipation of times, active and dynamic participation in the development processes imposed by the industrial revolution 4.0.

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This is realized through a strategic plan that is applied to more “areas”, internal and external to the two companies. Indeed, in addition to the expansion strategy into new markets, to customer services increasingly personalized, and to improvement of manufacturing excellence, there is a deep research into innovation of processes and materials; in particular, some of the most significant goals of the project are:

  • Using new materials in industrial applications:
    The use of new materials is a key point in the research, leading up to the realization of the project itself; as a matter of fact, the material innovation supports the process innovation, that is the other important goal of the project. Therefore the primary goal is the research of new materials that will be applied to the production with the aim of improving the quality of the final products and significantly reducing the environmental impact.
  • Using nanotechnology:
    Nanotechnology includes all the methods and technologies for the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale, aimed at creating materials and products with special and superior chemical and physical properties. With the use of nanotechnology it is possible to replace previous technologies, to introduce new products and processes and to use more and more “enhancing” technologies, like electricity, internal combustion engine and Internet, with wide and unpredictable effects on the society.
  • Innovative galvanic processes:
    Innovation and process optimization is possible also in the case of mature technologies, like galvanic processes. It is indeed possible to apply all the technologies included in 4.0 industry to these processes as well, making them automated and interconnected. This innovation supports the research of new material and eco-friendly technologies that could improve not only the material quality and the cost optimization, but also the environmental impact.
  • Integration of photon processes into the workflow:
    Photonics is the leading factor for technology innovation and one of the most important sciences for the 21st century markets; its economic impact exceeds the simple growth of photonics industry in terms of components, systems and optical products. The integration of photon processes into the workflow makes it possible to apply technologies like laser cutting, welding and drilling of any kind of material. Specifically for the metal sector, it allows the development of microstructural surface treatment, incision, flexography, finishing, etc.
  • Advanced process tracking and augmented reality for predictive maintenance:

    RicercatriceThanks to the development of Augmented Reality and the use of sensors, the whole production process will be strictly monitored, with several advantages typical of 4.0 industry, as for example the possibility to apply Predictive Maintenance, the capacity to manage in a better way the production and the warehouse, and the development of a dynamic price system.

These important innovative goals are backed up by the constant commitment and the leadership in relevant markets that have identified ASO and STELMI for years, along with a consumer-oriented approach and the high transparency with which these companies have always operated on the market.