Interview with Lorenzo Di Salvatore, CEO of Technolog

Good Morning Di Salvatore, thank you for this interview and for participating in #GLMSummit17. What do you expect from this event? In what spirit are you preparing to take part?

We continue to participate in the Global Summit, now for 3 editions, because we believe it is a valid moment of confrontation with our guests. Listening to them allows us to offer them our wide range of solutions tailored to their needs and our 20 years (and more!) of experience in the sector.

Are there any news that you will present to the #GLMSummit17 or a product or service that you will highlight in some way or that you want to mention in these lines?

I would like to talk about an activity, in some cases mistakenly considered of secondary importance, in which we strongly believe and for which we are highly competitive: the revamping (and / or retrot) of dated plants or that in any case have functional or performance deficiencies. Renewing means innovating, so we can talk about innovation even when we want to give a new value to something obsolete. In the specic sector, with the revamping of an automatic warehouse (or more generally of a plant) it is possible to revitalize and implement the functionality and performance of its systems. A modest economic commitment translates into a very high return investment. In other cases, the performance of the system, even if not optimal, is satisfactory despite the fact that the system is no longer so recent, but any obsolete components are replaced to avoid the risk of incurring unsustainable plant downtime caused by the unavailability of spare parts. The revamping is also an opportunity to adapt the machines to current safety standards.

There is a lot of talk about Industry 4.0, an important challenge for a future (which in many ways is already present) that reserves us enormous changes. How are you facing this challenge and what do you recommend to your customers, to grow in this direction?

Business models are often disrupted or reinterpreted and new ones are constantly being born. Our sector, in all its branches, has the duty to adapt to these new models, to reinvent itself if necessary, and to be able to meet the diversified and increasingly changing demands that the market submits to us. Speaking of Industry 4.0, we are actually talking about what has always been our mission, which is to support the evolution of industrial processes, in this case logistics and production processes, under the banner of information sharing and automation. What has really changed for us is that now all this is enclosed under the name of Industry 4.0 and that, thanks to the airport facilities in force, it also enjoys the support of the institutions. In this regard and referring to the previous question, I think it is interesting to remember that even a revamping intervention can benefit from the airport facilities promoted with the Industry 4.0 plan.

When you look to the future and the possible next scenarios of your sector, how far can you go? 5, 10, 20 years?

What do you think will be the most impactful change for the sector in the next 10 years? Without going too far, the innovations in logistics planned for the next five are already many: new generation self-piloted vehicles, augmented reality, geolocation, collaborative robots, etc. The real revolution in the technological field consists in the mutation of the old model of rigid, static, monolithic automation towards an extremely dynamic and exible model that can have an ever-increasing number of devices that allow us to create highly technological solutions that are scalable and easily remodelable, satisfying the needs that distinguish the production models of our time.

Thank you for giving us this interview, see you on 15 and 16 November in Lazise.

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