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Industrial education: a value for companies and an opportunity to always be at the forefront

For manufacturing companies training is a fundamental aspect for the growth and development of skills in design and production. And to interface with an interlocutor who is also competent in training – and therefore is capable of making his know-how available – represents a great competitive advantage, as well as being distinctive.

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    Being a Smart Factory at the time of Industry 4.0: this is what it means and what happens in the tightening sector

    Being a Smart Factory at the time of Industry 4.0: this is what it means and what happens in the tightening sector

    We often hear about Industry 4.0. But what is this term referred to?

    The Industry 4.0 plan aims to promote a new stage of the digitalization of industries that should lead to a growth in productivity and to a cost reduction. With the term Industry 4.0 therefore, we refer to a series of changes in production.

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    The meaning of “poka yoke”: why it is becoming increasingly functional in Lean production processes

    The meaning of “poka yoke”: why it is becoming increasingly functional in Lean production processes

    POKA-YOKE is a Japanese term. But which is its real meaning? It is used to indicate a design choice or apparatus that imposes restrictions on how an operation can be carried out to force the user to do so correctly. This composite word literally means “avoid (yokeru) careless mistakes (poka)”.

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    Are you sure the electric screwdriver you use every day is fully compliant?

    Are you sure the electric screwdriver you use every day is fully compliant?

    We often take it for granted that all products available in the European market meet the requirements of EU safety directives, but this is not always the case and hazardous situations are frequently encountered, even in the industrial arena, putting operator safety at risk.

    For instance, when we talk about electric tightening systems, it is worth remembering that any such systems put on the European market are required to meet the following directives:

    EMC directive: 2014/30/EU relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC);
    Machinery Directive: 2006/42/EC relating to product safety.

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    Dual Training: a gateway to the job world

    Dual Training: a gateway to the job world

    In a job market, where the news are continuously reporting the issue of young people looking for better opportunities abroad and, on the other hand, the difficulty that companies meet in finding qualified staff, we consider important to contribute to this project, which helps future generations in being competitive in the job world.

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    Industry 4.0: what does it mean to be a Smart Factory?

    Industry 4.0: what does it mean to be a Smart Factory?

    Since Industry 4.0 has become a daily topic nowadays, in this article we will elaborate the argument and discover what does it mean to be a Smart Factory.

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    The Lean project in Fiam: interview with the Sales Manager Nicola Bacchetta

    The Lean project in Fiam: interview with the Sales Manager Nicola Bacchetta

    The Lean Production, which is the philosophy having as its objective the waste minimization in production, was born in Japan in the automotive company Toyota in the half of the 20th century. From there it spread quickly in all the major world economic realities, overcoming the mass production principles.

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    Work stations and compressed air systems. How to help workers through ergonomic solutions.

    Work stations and compressed air systems. How to help workers through ergonomic solutions.

    The different air supply systems that we can find in the production sites can influence the correct use of air screwdrivers by operators. It can indeed happen that the incorrect position of the worker’s hand-arm system, because of the feeding hose position, can cause fatigue during the tightening process…

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    Welcome to the new Fiam blog!

    Welcome to the new Fiam blog!

    It’s in this spirit that we’d like to welcome you to the new Fiam blog: a space organized into four subject categories that we thought would interest you, with people who work at Fiam – and who are in daily contact with the manufacturing world – doing the actual writing…