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November 26th 2019

Do you want to gain competitiveness for your business? Look at these 4 ways to do it!

In the coming years, it will be essential for the country to find ways to address systemic challenges. This will be indispensable to gain competitiveness in a global context and to resume the cycle of economic and social growth. In this context, entrepreneurs and managers are looking for ways to gain competitiveness for the industry and make it more profitable, in line with the new demands brought by Industry 4.0 and the market-driven changes.

And the challenge is great, as explained by Dr. Luis Guedes, of the FIA ​​(Foundation of the Institute of Administration).

"The competitiveness of the national industry is absolutely fundamental if Brazil really wants to reach the 21st century. This is because, in many cases, we operate as if we were still in the 20th century, based on just the criteria of efficiency. This is a danger to the survival and success of companies," says the expert.


4 ways to gain competitiveness for your industry

When it comes to assessing how to face this challenge and make your business more competitive, a series of actions can be taken. Among them are:


1. Process Review

In companies as complex as industries, many processes may not have been reviewed since their implementation. However, the costs, inputs, requirements, technologies and objectives have surely changed constantly. And the same should be true for administrative and plant processes. That is, it is necessary to map current processes to optimize, modernize and redesign them according to the new scenario. In this sense, Guedes identifies that the digitalization of processes is crucial.

"Digitizing the processes that integrate everything from purchases to the production process and customer relationships, potentially helps increase the competitiveness of the industry," says the expert. 


2. Identify and correct bottlenecks.

During the process mapping and redesign stage to gain competitiveness for your industry, you should already detect gaps and bottlenecks that reduce production capacity and cause problems such as delays, excessive downtime and waste.

From this, you can correct these problems and make changes to boost productivity gains and the differentials that are important to your industry.


3. Innovate

Innovation is one of the fundamental premises for our industry to overcome the crisis and gain competitiveness. Here, it’s important to remember that this innovation involves not only technological adoption, but also labor approaches, the use of available equipment and resources, productive methods, etc.

For the FIA ​​expert, it’s also possible to do this by being more integrated in the production chain, raising the relationship with stakeholders to a new level and monitoring market movements and trends.

"The competitiveness of the 21st century presupposes the integration of the industry with its supply chain, the ability to look outside and understand what is happening and establish strong relationships with all stakeholders," he summarizes.


4. Have a more strategic HR

As much as Industry 4.0 adopts technology, human capital is and will remain a decisive factor for the business success and competitiveness of its industry.

Therefore, the human resources industry must be increasingly evident, assume a strategic role in the industries, go far beyond organizing operational tasks such as payroll and really work for a prepared, creative, committed and productive human capital. All this actively contributes to the results of the organization.

"Human resources have never been as relevant as they are now for business results. A more strategic human resource that can detect the best talent in the market, involve it, qualify it and retain it in the industry is crucial to gaining competitiveness in the industry," concludes Guedes.

November 25th 2019

Learn more about this management methodology and see how it contributes to industry 4.0.

In industry 4.0, the efficiency of production processes is tested with each new sensor installed in a machine and with each new system that controls a part of the operation. At each stage of adoption of new technologies, systems and solutions, there are risks that can be minimized with the implementation of an agile methodology.

Initially developed in the software industry and then applied to other industries, agile methodology is an alternative to traditional project management, which allows to optimize processes, increase productivity and shorten delivery cycles with the participation of teams more multidisciplinary and focused, resulting in better quality.

Written in 2001 and backed by 17 software developers, the Agile Manifesto emerged from the observation of common aspects of projects that succeeded in their methodologies and also aimed to prevent development failures, such as the 1996 Ariane-5 rocket explosion, which caused a loss of $370 million.

The European Space Agency's investigations into the accident identified that the launch explosion was not caused by a mechanical failure or even sabotage. A simple software error that made calculation errors at launch time caused the disaster.

This episode also brought a great lesson that was carefully observed by the industry: more agility and efficiency was needed in the delivery and execution of a project as a whole, ensuring a high-quality final result. After all, can you imagine if the software that controls the operation of a blast furnace in a steel mill loses some calculation that leads to a mechanical failure? The result could be a big explosion, causing, in addition to financial losses, the death of employees.
 

Aligning Industry 4.0 with Agile Methodology

"Making Industry 4.0 a reality requires the adoption of a set of technologies and industrial automation, with intense digitalization of information and direct communication between systems, machines, products and people. The journey to Industry 4.0 goes far beyond software and hardware, through the construction of strategies, processes, methodologies and the change of approach in relation to project management," says Gilberto Strafacci, Director of the SETEC Consulting Group.

The agile methodology meets the flexibility, speed and security required by Industry 4.0, offering the ability to make design and product adjustments as they evolve. Taking into account the rapid changes in the environment, such as customers, technology and competition, project management is now flexible, generating learning throughout the process. This guarantees the best possible, efficient and sustainable result for the business, while maximizing the customer experience at every step.

The change to Industry 4.0 is not an option and business leaders must seize the opportunity and turn innovative technologies into allies. "Therefore, the agile methodology, implemented from a well-structured project, with the presence of partners with proven experience, fits perfectly into this new scenario, optimizing the results, saving time and resources in project management", concludes Strafacci.

October 22th 2019

Advanced Advanced Manufacturing (or Industry 4.0) technologies provide a great opportunity for companies to adopt energy efficiency programs. After all, the industry uses a large amount of energy to drive a wide range of manufacturing and resource extraction processes.

“There are a number of energy processes and services that are widely used in many industries. Many depend on specific technologies and processes in use in each industrial facility. However, effective energy management in the
industry, regardless of size, technology or process, should increase energy efficiency by at least 5%," says Alexandre Watanabe, Industry 4.0 expert at CERTI Foundation.  

Disruptive technologies that reduce industrial energy consumption

By adopting new technologies, it’s possible to save significantly on the energy budget of an industry without sacrificing the quality of the manufactured product.  
With the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of robotics, industries are exploring the possibilities of increasing the prospects for more efficient energy consumption. 
The ability of AI to compress and analyze large data sets can help managers monitor and interpret the information produced by the industry to optimize energy consumption.

The addition of Internet of Things (IoT), on the other hand, could allow direct energy savings for today's smart factories.

Many experts recommend real-time monitoring systems based on IoT for the best use of energy. Surely monitoring helps track energy consumption, but this may not lead directly to energy conservation. For this, real-time energy
monitoring should lead to better forecasts of energy use and become a guide for implementing the correct load level power equipment.

Another example is Cloud Computing, a more efficient strategy than maintaining local and physical computing. Cloud computing is a more efficient way to operate the computer infrastructure.

“The improvements in efficiency driven by the cloud are many, but the main driver is the greater use. All companies need to provision their IT infrastructure for maximum use,” says the representative of the CERTI Foundation.

The cloud supports many products at the same time, so you can distribute resources more efficiently. That means you can do more with less energy. Therefore, when all the computing load of an industry is housed in the cloud,
the large investment in physical infrastructure and the waste of energy to keep everything connected is avoided.

Therefore, the use of measurement and control devices provides a basis for clear documentation and management of all available energy data. The continuous exchange of information, permanent monitoring and data recording
provide a transparent and understandable energy balance.

And this in turn allows the direct identification of the sources of errors and the appropriate improvements in the individual systems. These measures, together, help ensure that energy efficiency in the industry remains
permanently focused. In this way, it’s possible to efficiently manage energy, store renewable energy and influence sustainable development for the present and the future. 

Did you already know the potential of new technologies for energy efficiency in the industry? Do you know other examples of disruptive innovations that can optimize energy consumption? Email us at: avozdaindustria@informa.com

October 15th 2019

Efficient internal communication can directly affect the climate of your industry and the results of your business. Check it out!
Internal communication, in a nutshell, is the exchange process that takes place within the company. It’s responsible for circulating organizational information among employees at all hierarchical levels. 

However, for various reasons, current internal communication is one of the main management challenges of industries.
Next, understand why it is important to improve internal communication in your industry and see tips to promote this improvement.

Benefits of internal communication
In general, the more employees feel valued and important information is provided, the greater their participation in the industry and their market goals.

Therefore, a good communication flow helps to:

  • Avoid harmful rumors; 
  • Provide conditions for teams to be more motivated and committed;
  • Reduce employee turnover;
  • Achieve greater alignment between objectives and expected behaviors;
  • Get more efficiency and performance standardization.;
  • Improve the organizational climate.


3 best practices to improve internal communication in your industry

In order for internal communication to be more efficient in your business, it’s important:

1.  Create an information system for employees 
Decentralized, dubious and conflicting information: these are the triggers of organizational noise, demotivation and falling productivity to gain ground.

For everyone to work committed and aligned, they need updated information. Knowing a new innovation program or boardroom through the press or other channels is very damaging to the organizational climate and
the retention of your best talent - they need to feel valued and have the information at the right time and in the right place.  

For this reason, one of the key actions to improve internal communication in companies is to create a formal information flow system. For this, channels such as murals, newsletters, internal magazines, among others can be used and updated frequently. In these channels, market results, sector objectives, internal events, birthdays, operational changes, among other information can be disclosed.  

Also, remember to include online and offline channels to include all employee profiles in your company. Face-to-face communication between leaders and employees should also be encouraged.   


2.  Maintain open communication channels with HR and management 
"One of the simplest and most efficient actions, although free, for employees to feel valued and committed to their goals is to listen to them. They need to feel that the company is open to their suggestions, ideas for improvement and even to answer their questions," says Patricia Santos, a people management and business coaching consultant. 

For this, it’s recommended that there are more than one channel available for the employee to speak; It’s important to have the option to speak without identification. Possible alternatives are suggestion boxes, intranet forms, meetings with HR or leaders, and more. 
 

3. Conduct training in communication with managers
"It’s currently clear that the productivity and efficiency of the team depend heavily on communication", sums-up patricia. 

In high performance companies, it’s understood that labor relations cannot be merely mechanical. Innovation and excellence are achieved through the exchange between people and this is only prolific in environments where internal communication is functional.

However, some leaders still don’t fully understand this reality. Therefore, conducting refresher and communication courses is a crucial action. Through this continuous training, managers will be able to improve their communication and interpersonal skills, learn to handle conflicts and stimulate the creativity and collaboration of their staff.

"Managers must understand that they are directly responsible for inspiring and motivating their teams and also for trategically guiding them, communicating values, disseminating desired behaviors and actions, aligning objectives and goals," says the People 

Management consultant.

In this sense, one of the most commonly used types of training for these purposes is based on leadership coaching. This modality has the proposal to develop behavioral and emotional skills of managers, equipping them to overcome their difficulties and guide their teams to the best way to achieve the proposed objectives.  

And in your company, how does internal communication occur? Is it an ally of its organizational and human capital objectives? Email us at: avozdaindustria@informa.com

September 25th 2019

Industrial automation, increasingly popular in times of
industry 4.0, can have many applications. It consists on the application of
several devices used to control different operations of an industry without
significant human intervention. These devices include computers, robots, sensors, communication systems, alarms,
interaction interfaces, among others. In general, we can point out four types
of industrial automation.

Process automation systems in their basic types
are based on flexibility and the level of integration in manufacturing processes. Here are some of them:

Types of industrial automation

1. Fixed automation

In this system, operations are performed
following the configuration of the equipment. That is, without the possibility
of customization. It’s widely used to produce identical and high-volume parts.
However, although the cost is lower, this type of process automation prevents
the readjustment of production to create differentiated products. Such a
system, for example, can be used on automated assembly lines.

2. Programmable automation

"Here, both machinery and software can be
reprogrammed, allowing a sequence of different based on multiple product
configurations. In addition, it’s also possible to include programs to create
new products," summarizes Graziela Coelli, industrial production
technician. Thus, this type of system is used in low volume productions, such
as batch processes, steel mills, industrial robots, among others.

3. Flexible automation

It’s the evolution of fixed and programmable
automation. That is to say: A hybrid of both. It offers greater flexibility in
handling product design variations. Therefore, operators can give commands in
the form of codes in a computer program if they wish to change the sequence of
processes. Therefore, it’s possible to make different products simultaneously.

4. Integrated automation

In this type, the system is fully automated
under the control of computers. From the design process to shipping, everything
is integrated and automated. Even the team is handled by robots.

September 24th 2019

To develop a good industrial design, a
systematic study is required. The idea is to find the best combination of
industrial facilities that compete for production within an available space. It’s
also the way that people, machines and equipment are organized in a factory.

However, to reach the ideal design there is a
long way to go.

“We design all machines, equipment, jobs. To do
this, we first set up a diagnosis of what it takes to have a detailed design.
This is done to know the flow of that company. Only then is the definitive
industrial design created,” says TM Consulting, consultant in Industrial
Engineering, Afonso Mota.

Efficient industrial layout vs. inefficient
layout

The expert also explains that, before
industrial design, it’s necessary to make a diagnosis. This process involves,
for example, an operational flow and work analysis.

“We need to check things like ergonomics,
supplies and access to equipment. From this, we get a better design of each
station and a wider view of what’s happening in the supply chain of the company”,
he emphasizes.

When thinking about the industrial design of a
business, one of the aspects that should be prioritized is the movement of employees.
This movement directly affects production and yield. Therefore, it’s
recommended that this design be organized. Moving a professional two or three
meters can mean between seven and eleven minutes of time wasted per shift. To
better exemplify these numbers, Motta presents a practical example.

“We work in a situation where the factory was
in a warehouse and the businessman put all the equipment against the wall,
because he understood that the condition was important. During the diagnosis,
we realized that, of the total area, they only used 25% of the space for
production. There was the possibility, then, to change the inventory and the
shipping area, speeding up the process,” he explains.

In this case, as noted, the fundamental factor,
which is the movement, wasn’t originally respected. Professionals spent more
time moving between different sectors than producing due to an industrial
design error.

Industrial design: Tips to optimize it

It’s worth remembering that any design should
be reviewed from time to time. This is because when there’s an increase in
income and production, it’s necessary for the industry structure to adapt and
continue working to keep growing.

See some tips on how to improve industrial
design:

1. Manage transport

Transport optimization is given by eliminating
unnecessary movements of people and materials. This simple approach ends up
having direct impacts on the efficiency of the process. Organizing the factory
in sections by type of machine is a way to follow this optimization.

2. Build a layout by processes

Assigning similar processes closely is a way to
avoid industry inefficiency and low productivity. Analyzing this provision and
its operation can be essential to allow for an agile and effective work.

3. Organize the physical layout

In addition to the sectorized positions, points
such as safety, signaling, worker comfort and ease of access are essential.
Having machines that, in fact, are crucial in the factory also helps in that
process.

These points also contribute to greater
productivity, since good signaling facilitates faster processes and a safe
professional about the sequence and the correct way of working, producing more.

Remember that a poor physical disposition that doesn’t
include the basic elements can lead to increased costs. That is, problems such
as unnecessary storage, queues and lengthening downtime are also possible.

August 29th 2019

Industrial automation systems are increasingly useful
for medium-sized companies. Its first and main impact refers to the change of
repetitive tasks. When switching from manual to automated, tasks are performed
in a shorter time, which brings productivity gains.

"Automation exists to generate productivity
gains in industrial tasks, in addition to separating workers of dangerous tasks
and fighting for occupational health," says Osvaldo Lahoz Maia,
Innovation and Technology Manager of São Paulo de Senai.

6 reasons that make industrial automation systems a
necessity in the market

Productivity Increase

This aspect is of great interest to entrepreneurs.
When changing from manual to automated, the process becomes faster. It’s
possible, for example, to extend production cycles and changes by performing
processes with greater efficiency, higher repetition rate and lower risk of
waste. That is: direct impacts on the profitability of an industry.

Costs reduction

In addition to increasing productivity, automation
(accordingly) reduces costs. This is because the machine can work more agile,
controlled and safe than workers. "Companies need to reduce their
production costs and to do so, they need to increase plant productivity through
industrial automation", says Cagnin. In addition, it should be noted
that automation also reduces the use of electricity.

Product quality and standardization

Here we have a problem that is solved with industrial
automation. Automated work tends to have a standard, since properly calibrated
and adjusted machines can repeat processes without loss of quality. Therefore,
there is a direct gain in product standardization. 

Security

The replacement of the man by the machine no longer
exposes the employee to situations that can cause health problems. That is,
dangerous environments, extreme temperatures, contact with chemicals or
explosives, among others, are situations in which industrial automation systems
can take over.

Since automated
systems are programmed, if successful, the chances of accidents
are quite low. Therefore, in places where there is a risk to health or physical
integrity, the equipment is indicated, as they can completely eliminate the
need for exposure and human presence.

Monitoring and control

Remote operation and control systems work in
conjunction with industrial automation systems. With sensors and other
warnings, for example, industrial automation minimizes the risk of accidents
and production failures. In addition, they are capable of generating data that
can be useful for management.

Automation Investment

The investment for the implementation of automation in
the industry is variable. There are low level and, therefore, relatively
inexpensive automations. But the high-end ones, which involve ERP software
and other features, require a higher investment value. However, what can be
guaranteed is that, when well planned, the investment is safe. According to
Senai São Paulo expert, "What was deployed after a period is recovered".

It’s important to emphasize that this investment can
be quite high, since the implementation process is not trivial. In this
context, it’s also necessary to analyze the dynamism of the market, the pace of
production, among other factors to know how long it will take to return the
funds from the automation, which is correct, but it’s necessary to evaluate the
market, because It will come in accordance with existing economic conditions.
So, in some cases, a little patience is required.

August 19th 2019

Discover the benefits of adopting total productive
maintenance and how to plan it in your industry.

Since World War II, there was a natural need to invest
in new equipment for the industry. The main focus at this time was automation
and process sophistication. Japan was one of the countries that immediately
invested in technology development. As such, it has become one of the world
leaders in robot applications.

It is in this context that Total Productive
Maintenance arises, also known as TPM. The term was originally defined by
the Japanese Plant Maintenance Institute (JIPM). TPM is more than a set of rules
that raise the quality and efficiency standard.

“Total Productive Maintenance helps to raise awareness
of everyone in the company in search of excellence”, notes the commercial
technical manager of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence of Brazil, Henrique Moreira.

Initially, the purpose included maximizing team
effectiveness. That is, the development of a productive maintenance system that
covers the life of the equipment and the participation of all employees. Then,
from top management to the workshop, everyone was part of the process.

Today, however, Total Productive Maintenance helps the
industry in many ways. This assistance ranges from working on the continuous
training of employees to focusing on efficiency through maintenance plans. In
this way, it is possible to provide an optimized work environment with highly
evolved quality control methods.

Total Productive Maintenance Objectives

The main objective of TPM is to promote planned and
scheduled maintenance. It’s based on human behavior and understands that
greater availability, easy operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment
contribute to maintaining a productive and quality industrial environment.
Within this methodology, there are three secondary objectives that deserve to
be highlighted: zero ruptures, zero defects and zero accidents in companies.

Benefits of Total Productive Maintenance

According to Moreira, the benefits obtained from PMS
are already quite visible in the short term. "For example, there is an
improvement in the work environment due to the appreciation of employees with
training," he says.

In general terms, these benefits can be divided into
tangible and intangible. The tangible refers to the increase in net
productivity, which ranges between 50% and 100%, and the plant, which
accompanies the same percentage. Defects, in turn, can fall 90% and customer
complaints will mean only 25%. In addition, it’s worth noting that production
costs can be reduced by 30%.

Intangible benefits, on the other hand, are self-managed
by employees. Operators take care of their own equipment without constant
steering. In addition, they develop a clean and organized workplace, as well as
establish a self-confidence and a proactive attitude. This contributes
significantly to reducing downtime and
equipment defects.

How to plan?

Taking on a new management and work methodology also
involves the company's organizational
culture. Therefore, it’s not possible to change from night to
morning. Awareness-raising and support is needed for changes involving all
levels of hierarchy.

Everyone must understand the benefits that MPT will
bring to the work routine and to the company and, therefore, participate in the
implementation. Even so, managers must be able to map and design tasks and
processes assertively. In addition, they need to define appropriate indicators
to measure the results.

It’s also common to implement committees made up of
employees from all hierarchies. The idea is to generate ideas, improvements,
report difficulties and disseminate policies and guidelines to employees
quickly and efficiently.

July 21th 2019

In search of safety and efficiency in
the processes, smart cameras gain space in the industries. This system
can be used both to guarantee internal security, in terms of the movement of
people, and to monitor products, and for their quality.

“If a machine is out of sync, for
example, this can be identified much more agilely. This is because the
situation is recorded and analyzed in real time. In addition, the camera itself
can interact with the physical world, turn off a machine, fire a beep, a light
signal, etc.”, comments the administrative director of MVISIA, Fernando Paes Lopes.

Smart security cameras               

 

 

In terms of security, smart cameras
help control the movement of people in the factory, especially in restricted
areas. It should be noted that the system correctly detects the use of safety
equipment.

 " There are factories that require the use of PPE as
helmets, boots, among others. In these cases, the cameras help in the verification
and observe if these requirements are correctly fulfilled”, explains Lopes.

The technology can also be applied to
control the entry and exit times of people from both restricted areas and areas
of greater movement. This is especially relevant if there are episodes that
should be investigated.

Smart vs. product quality           

 

 

In the area of quality,
through the analysis of the cameras, it’s possible to verify if the product is
outside of an established standard. From the form until there is a defect,
differences in coloring, etc. Whichever is a visual aspect, the camera can show
much more speed and security than if a person made this observation. That is,
with the help of smart cameras, it’s easier to observe several times and
observe the details of the processes.

The managing director
of MVISIA cites a practical example of the agribusiness industry. "Tomatoes,
flower seedlings and eucalyptus are products that are usually photographed to
evaluate their quality. Photos are used to check if they are all in the same
pattern, otherwise the product that is outside the standard is eliminated.
Therefore, it’s possible to maintain the homogeneity and quality of the product
made available to the customer" he says.

Smart camera: Benefits              

 

 

One of the great benefits of using
smart cameras is cost reduction. This is because people withdraw from a process
that is quite exhausting and repetitive. In this way, the error is reduced,
since the work is done by a machine programmed for the function.

One of the great benefits of using
smart cameras is cost reduction. This is because people are removed from a
process that is quite exhausting and repetitive. In this way, errors are
reduced, since the work is done by a machine programmed for the function.

As you can see, new technologies act
in a preventive and proactive way. That is, if the monitoring systems were only
activated after a theft after identifying some fault, today the strategy would
be different. You can perform real-time analysis to avoid problems. Cameras are
great to display dangerous situations, generate alarms, stop machines, collect
products, etc.

May 14th 2019

The fourth industrial revolution is
here to stay. Faced with an industry in which machines, professionals and the market have
changed, new demands have emerged. So, in this context, what is the role of the
4.0 leader? Leadership 4.0 must accompany the social trends of diversity,
individualization, digitalization and globalization. In addition, the internal
demands of employees must also be taken into account: responsibility, autonomy,
safety, flexibility and integration in the company.

 “It’s part of this role of leadership skills
to develop skills as a collaborative spirit, to learn and develop new skills,
to be innovative, to communicate well and to solve complex problems”, says Felipe Morgado,
executive manager of Professional and Technological Education of SENAI.

Therefore, today's demands require
dynamism, networks and, also, active and empathetic cooperation between
managers and teams. In that sense, organizations can help identify and develop
next-generation leaders. This is possible by adopting a competency-based
leadership approach. Look at some of them!

Essential skills for leadership 4.0

 

Social intelligence

Social intelligence is very broad but can be seen as a
comprehensive and dynamic action in social situations, so it must be exposed to
different types of people and social situations, for example. In addition, work
itself can also be useful for the development of social perception. Developing
the ability to involve others in an action is also essential.

Interpersonal skills

Here, the aspect of social effectiveness is more
oriented towards the construction of relationships. The development of
interpersonal skills requires an effort to become an active and attentive listener.
That is, in Leadership 4.0 it’s necessary to work on the conversation and be
shown, in practice, open to criticism, suggestions and dialogues.

Emotional intelligence

To develop emotional intelligence, the ability to
relate with others and understand their own feelings, it’s important to
practice reading non-verbal cues from employees. This is especially aimed at
emotions. You must also learn to control your own emotions, avoiding impulsive
and harmful behaviors in the workplace.

Conflict resolution

This is a skill that helps avoid or resolve conflicts
of an interpersonal nature. When members of an organization are in conflict, leaders
are usually called for the purpose of judging. However, the ability to avoid or
resolve your own conflict situations is also involved in this.

Decision making

The ability to make good decisions or lead a
decision-making process is among the key competences of the 4.0 leader. A good
leader knows when decisions must be made and when partners and subordinates
should be consulted. In addition, one must know how to recognize when others
should be included in the process. The best way to perfect these skills is
through study, courses, simulations and, especially, experience.

March 8th 2018

With the confirmed presence of more than 700 major brands servicing every industrial segment and offering up a broad range of content and experiences, the event is considered essential for companies preparing for Brazil's resurgence of economic activity.

 

In its second edition, FEIMEC – The Brazil International Machinery and Equipment Exhibition, scheduled for April 24-28 at São Paulo Expo, establishes itself as the most important and most complete event in Latin America for the machinery and equipment industry.

 

An initiative of ABIMAQ – The Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Builders' Association, and Informa Exhibitions, the show presents the ideal environment for networking and conducting business. With less than two months until the doors open, FEIMEC has nearly 100% of its 54,000 square meters of floor space sold and has confirmed the exclusive presence of industry anchor companies among its more than 400 exhibitors, who represent more than 700 major Brazilian and international brands.

 

The breadth of industry segments participating in the show will enable business owners from every possible industrial sector to initiate projects for expansion and modernization of their facilities to meet the new demands triggered by Brazil's economic recovery. 

 

Among the many product launches taking place at FEIMEC, machinery and equipment can be found for every class of industry, featuring solutions for automation, measurement and control, tooling and devices, welding and surface treatments, machine tools, motors, couplings, gears and reducers, as well as environmental systems.

 

STRATEGIC SHOW

FEIMEC is a fundamental part of the promotional strategy for key product launches which Ingersoll Rand brings to the market. "In addition to strengthening relationships with  customers and partners, at the show we have the opportunity to reinforce our positioning directly with the target audience for our solutions", states Fábio Massaru Narahara, Director of Marketing for the the company's Latin America Compression Technologies and Services business division. 

 

The executive believes that the resurgence of growth in the Brazilian economy should be positively reflected in activity surrounding
industry, a critical sector for Ingersoll Rand. "Our products and services are used by nearly every segment, such
as food production, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, textile, metals and mining."

 

Kuka Roboter, a world leader in intelligent automation solutions, is one of the featured robotic industry exhibitor companies at FEIMEC. For Tania Davila, who oversees the Marketing and System Partner Program, "promotion of new technologies, new software, everything more interconnected to artificial intelligence systems, motivates us even more to stay close to and on track with the Industry of the Future."

 

In the opinion of Patrícia Zucco, Marketing Manager for Grupo AUMAQ, located in Caxias do Sul, a city in Brazil's southern
most state of Rio Grande do Sul, FEIMEC presents itself as a potential business showcase, where a select, qualified audience takes part, focused on the
innovations and technologies which industry puts on display. The company focuses on turnkeyspecial projects, in 100% alignment with the Industry
4.0 concept. "The advent of intelligent industry encourages new heights in our sector, since companies are increasingly seeking performance
improvement, aligned with cost reduction," says the manager.

 

CONTENT AND EXPERIENCES

Included in the complete show concept, and designed to equip the industry with business, technology and professional development, FEIMEC presents a broad range of content and experiences.  The show's technical programming is oriented to the needs of buyers, and was developed in partnership with technical associations and universities connected to the show industries.

 

The presentation schedule includes the VDI Symposium, sponsored in partnership with the VDI - Brazil-Germany Engineers' Association, which this year will have as its theme “Big Data Brazil: digitizing competitiveness”; the “Productivity in Welding” Workshop, organized by the AWS (American Welding Society) in partnership with SENAI; and the Forum “Metals Manufacturing Network”, put on by Fundação Certi, one of the benchmark companies in research, development and innovation for the government, private and third party sector.

 

One of the new features in this 2018 show edition is the Idea Complex [Parque de Ideias], provided by some of the leading Brazilian universities connected with industry: USP, ITA, FAAP and FEI to name a few.  The Idea Complex consists of a space set aside to display projects from the universities and another space where technical presentations will be held. 
Another new feature is Mobile SEBRAE, a van from SEBRAE (Brazil's Micro and Small Business Support Service), parked inside the show pavilion,
where specialists will offer attendees a free diagnosis of their company and an action plan for business improvement.   

 

Successful activities from the first edition of FEIMEC are back to provide incentive for industry business and bring industry professionals up to date. This is the case with the  advanced Manufacturing Demonstration, which made its exclusive debut in Brazil at the 2016 show. Developed by ABIMAQ and a number of partners, the demonstration presents in practice and in real time, the primary concepts and technologies applied to Industry 4.0, and this year, will offer a different, even more innovative proposition than the one previously showcased.

 

With a significantly large number of international buyers in attendance at the event, FEIMEC 2018 will be fueling exports from the Brazilian machinery and equipment industry through another edition of the International Business Round Table, which places registered exhibitor companies in direct and exclusive contact with importers
from countries considered strategic. This sales promotion activity, called Project Buyer [Projeto Comprador], is organized by the Brazil Machinery Solutions Program, based on a partnership between Apex-Brazil (The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) and ABIMAQ. 

 

Striving to offer more comfort and convenience to exhibitors and attendees, FEIMEC takes place at São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.  The most modern expo center Latin America has to offer, the complex features a pavilion which is climate-controlled throughout, and more than 5 thousand parking spaces, all strategically located
near Congonhas Airport and the subway stations.  The show provides free transportation, to and from the Metrô Conceição subway and Congonhas airport. 

March 08th 2018

With the confirmed presence of more than 700 major brands servicing every industrial segment and offering up a broad range of content and experiences, the event is considered essential for companies preparing for Brazil's resurgence of economic activity.

 

In its second edition, FEIMEC – The Brazil International Machinery and Equipment Exhibition, scheduled for April 24-28 at São Paulo Expo, establishes itself as the most important and most complete event in Latin America for the machinery and equipment industry.

 

An initiative of ABIMAQ – The Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Builders' Association, and Informa Exhibitions, the show presents the ideal environment for networking and conducting business. With less than two months until the doors open, FEIMEC has nearly 100% of its 54,000 square meters of floor space sold and has confirmed the exclusive presence of industry anchor companies among its more than 400 exhibitors, who represent more than 700 major Brazilian and international brands.

 

The breadth of industry segments participating in the show will enable business owners from every possible industrial sector to initiate projects for expansion and modernization of their facilities to meet the new demands triggered by Brazil's economic recovery. 

 

Among the many product launches taking place at FEIMEC, machinery and equipment can be found for every class of industry, featuring solutions for automation, measurement and control, tooling and devices, welding and surface treatments, machine tools, motors, couplings, gears and reducers, as well as environmental systems.

 

STRATEGIC SHOW

FEIMEC is a fundamental part of the promotional strategy for key product launches which Ingersoll Rand brings to the market. "In addition to strengthening relationships with  customers and partners, at the show we have the opportunity to reinforce our positioning directly with the target audience for our solutions", states Fábio Massaru Narahara, Director of Marketing for the the company's Latin America Compression Technologies and Services business division. 

 

The executive believes that the resurgence of growth in the Brazilian economy should be positively reflected in activity surrounding
industry, a critical sector for Ingersoll Rand. "Our products and services are used by nearly every segment, such
as food production, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, textile, metals and mining."

 

Kuka Roboter, a world leader in intelligent automation solutions, is one of the featured robotic industry exhibitor companies at FEIMEC. For Tania Davila, who oversees the Marketing and System Partner Program, "promotion of new technologies, new software, everything more interconnected to artificial intelligence systems, motivates us even more to stay close to and on track with the Industry of the Future."

 

In the opinion of Patrícia Zucco, Marketing Manager for Grupo AUMAQ, located in Caxias do Sul, a city in Brazil's southern
most state of Rio Grande do Sul, FEIMEC presents itself as a potential business showcase, where a select, qualified audience takes part, focused on the
innovations and technologies which industry puts on display. The company focuses on turnkeyspecial projects, in 100% alignment with the Industry
4.0 concept. "The advent of intelligent industry encourages new heights in our sector, since companies are increasingly seeking performance
improvement, aligned with cost reduction," says the manager.

 

CONTENT AND EXPERIENCES

Included in the complete show concept, and designed to equip the industry with business, technology and professional development, FEIMEC presents a broad range of content and experiences.  The show's technical programming is oriented to the needs of buyers, and was developed in partnership with technical associations and universities connected to the show industries.

 

The presentation schedule includes the VDI Symposium, sponsored in partnership with the VDI - Brazil-Germany Engineers' Association, which this year will have as its theme “Big Data Brazil: digitizing competitiveness”; the “Productivity in Welding” Workshop, organized by the AWS (American Welding Society) in partnership with SENAI; and the Forum “Metals Manufacturing Network”, put on by Fundação Certi, one of the benchmark companies in research, development and innovation for the government, private and third party sector.

 

One of the new features in this 2018 show edition is the Idea Complex [Parque de Ideias], provided by some of the leading Brazilian universities connected with industry: USP, ITA, FAAP and FEI to name a few.  The Idea Complex consists of a space set aside to display projects from the universities and another space where technical presentations will be held. 
Another new feature is Mobile SEBRAE, a van from SEBRAE (Brazil's Micro and Small Business Support Service), parked inside the show pavilion,
where specialists will offer attendees a free diagnosis of their company and an action plan for business improvement.   

 

Successful activities from the first edition of FEIMEC are back to provide incentive for industry business and bring industry professionals up to date. This is the case with the  advanced Manufacturing Demonstration, which made its exclusive debut in Brazil at the 2016 show. Developed by ABIMAQ and a number of partners, the demonstration presents in practice and in real time, the primary concepts and technologies applied to Industry 4.0, and this year, will offer a different, even more innovative proposition than the one previously showcased.

 

With a significantly large number of international buyers in attendance at the event, FEIMEC 2018 will be fueling exports from the Brazilian machinery and equipment industry through another edition of the International Business Round Table, which places registered exhibitor companies in direct and exclusive contact with importers
from countries considered strategic. This sales promotion activity, called Project Buyer [Projeto Comprador], is organized by the Brazil Machinery Solutions Program, based on a partnership between Apex-Brazil (The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) and ABIMAQ. 

 

Striving to offer more comfort and convenience to exhibitors and attendees, FEIMEC takes place at São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.  The most modern expo center Latin America has to offer, the complex features a pavilion which is climate-controlled throughout, and more than 5 thousand parking spaces, all strategically located
near Congonhas Airport and the subway stations.  The show provides free transportation, to and from the Metrô Conceição subway and Congonhas airport. 

November 27th 2017

Registration for the second edition of FEIMEC – Feira Internacional de Máquinas e Equipamentos is open in the official site of the event www.feimec.com.br, through the link “Register Now”. The largest show in the machinery and equipment industry in Latin America will be held between April 24 and 28, 2018, at São Paulo Expo. Online registration is free and exclusively for professionals in the sector, the press and students.

There are four registration options available: for Companies/Class Entities (for registration of Brazilian professionals from companies in the sector); Self-Employed (for professionals who do not have a CNPJ – corporate taxpayer registration number), Educational Institutions (for people linked to educational institutions) and Press (direct contact with press relations for the event). 

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November 13th 2017

After languishing through more than two years in a row of downturn, the Brazilian economy, at last, is starting to show signs of recovery.  According to data released this week by the BC-Br (the Central Bank's Economic Activity Index), considered a "sneak preview" of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the second half of 2017 is showing a positive scenario.  This because, considering the numbers for the month of August, the domestic economic activity level rose 1.64% compared with the same period in 2016.  Not only that, the expectation created is for the GDP to grow 0.72% by the end of this year.


The last official Gross Domestic Product data measured by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics) had already pointed to GDP growth of 0.2% in the second quarter of this year, in comparison with the previous quarter.  Compared with the same quarter in 2016, there was already an increase of 0.3%, interrupting a sequence of 12 decreases.

We are still a long way from talking about growth, but the term 'recovery' is already a recurring one among economists and industrial managers.  In a score release on the federal government website, the Minister of Planning, Development and Management evaluates that "the breakthrough of 0.2% by the Brazilian economy in the second quarter points to promising economic activity for 2018."


A "closer" analysis shows that the turning point took place in March, when machinery consumption, which had fallen 37% between November 2014 and March 2017, registered a 9% rise.  This data is again taken from the IBGE, which in a Monthly Industrial Survey released in August, identified that industrial production in the country recorded growth of 0.5% in the first quarter of 2017, over the same period in 2016.  This rise was also fueled by capital assets (2.9%) In parallel, the Industrial Confidence Index (ICI), resulting from a survey performed by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, moved 1.4 points in August 2017, registering 92.2 points.  

 

According to assessment by Tabi Thuler Santos, coordinator Industry Polling for FGV/IBRE (Getúlio Vargas Foundation/Brazilian Economic Institute), "the good news based on these numbers is that company assessments regarding the current situation have started to improve consistently and achieve the best bottom line since the beginning of the crisis in 2014."

 

Over the next few months, the Expectation Index (IE), tabluated in the same survey, increased 1.0 point, to 94.4 points. There was an increase in the ratio of companies who forecast greater production, which went from 29.1% to 34.2%, as well as an advance, on a smaller scale, in the percentage of companies which estimate lesser production, from
17.7% to 20.2% total. 

 

All the indicators, both economic as well as industry, strengthen the theory of Brazil's economic recovery, supporting an increase in imminent demand for the
capital assets industry, in metalworking as one example.

 

José Velloso Dias Cardoso, executive president of the Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Builders' Association (ABIMAQ), is betting on "attractive growth" in the metalworking sector starting in 2018, following suppressed demand since 2013.  "We're coming out of a period of three to four years of crisis, with low investment, and
there is a big demand for recovery of investments  starting this coming year." In his own words:  "it's already safe to say that the crisis is behind us; it's time to invest, time to go back to selling."



November 1st 2017

The economic reset, propelled by the accomplishments of EXPOMAFE, earlier this year in May, already sheds positive light on the future of "Indústria Brasileira."  Proof of this: FEIMEC – The Brazil International Machinery and Equipment Exhibition, which takes place April 24-28 at São Paulo Expo, surpassed the 100 confirmed company mark in less than two months of sales.  The campaign's start up success, according to Liliane Bortoluci, show director, takes aim at exceeding FEIMEC's goals, of gathering more than 500 exhibitor brands in the show pavilion's 50 thousand square meters.  "FEIMEC will now be, in this second edition, the largest, most complete and flagship show for the Latin American metalworking industry," she projects.  

The main reason for all this success, Liliane explains, is the show's value proposition, truely focused on market needs.  "The show campaign was designed entirely based on the opinions of attendees and exhibitors and, for this reason, is based on business results, relevant content value, and on market visibility, positioning the show as a business and relationship platform for the entire industry," she explains. 

FEIMEC delivers a peak exhibitor support environment.  In addition to the already-confirmed presence of primary industry anchor businesses, and the aggressive campaign designed to attract buyers, the show also features the entire state-of-the-art infrastructure offered by São Paulo Expo, with complete climate control, 4,500 covered parking spaces and proximity to Congonhas Airport.  

Another highlight of this coming show is the broad mix of exhibitors.  Among the more than 100 confirmed companies, are the primary industry anchors in machine tools and equipment, automation, measurement and control, tooling and devices, welding and surface treatments, motors, connectors, reducers, gears, valves, pumps, compressors, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, furnaces, ovens, boilers and thermal treatments, along with material handling and warehouse equipment.  

High-value content

FEIMEC 2018 also features events and content, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Demonstration, with the most up-to-date concepts from Industry 4.0 live at the show. Presentations and Seminars built around primary industry needs are already scheduled, as well as Project Image and Project Buyer, from Apex-Brazil; a program responsible for R$ 35 million in business conducted during the previous edition of the show.  

Organizers

ABIMAQ - Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Builders’ Association represents approximately 7,800 companies from the most diverse manufacturer segments of mechanical goods, whose performance has a direct impact on other national sectors and is nationally structured with headquarters in São Paulo, nine branches and a Political Office in Brasilia.Besides the institutional representation of the sector, ABIMAQ has professional management and activities aimed at generating business opportunities for its members, performing actions with political and economic authorities, stimulating trade and international cooperation and contributing to improve their performance in terms of technology, human resources training and management modernization.

Informa Exhibitions believes that events are platforms of knowledge and relationship, that helps to boost Brazil’s economy. The company is a subsidiary of Informa Group, the biggest organizer of events, conferences, and training in the world, with open capital and trades in the London Stock Exchange. Among the events held by Informa Exhibitions in Brazil we have: Agrishow, Fispal Tecnologia, Fispal Food Service, ForMóbile, FutureCom, ABF Franchising Expo, SerigrafiaSign, and Feimec, for a total of 24 sectoral fairs. Informa Exhibitions has offices in São Paulo (Headquarters) and Curitiba, with approximately of 200 professionals.  In the last four years, the company invested about R$ 400,000,000 in Brazil in acquisitions of events and brands, which caused the strategic decision to change the name of the company in Brazil from BTS Informa to Informa Exhibitions. 

October 25th 2017

Over the last few years, the wind power industry has become one of the most promising markets in Brazil, with sizable potential for expansion, featuring, today 10.6 GWs and prospects for finishing 2017 with 13 GWs of capacity.  In 2015, Brazil was the fourth fastest growing nation in the world in terms of wind energy, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) Annual Report.

The wind power industry ended the year 2015 with investment of R$ 16.5 billion. If we consider the accumulated investment, the total already goes beyond R$ 48 billion over the last six years. However, according the the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (Abeeólica), in order to maintain the growth, 2 GWs of wind energy per year will need to placed under contract.  This will signal investment and security for the entire value chain, in addition to being essential for reaching the goals which Brazil signed on for in the COP Climate Conference. 


Today wind energy represents 7% of the electric power grid and, at various times, the industry's production has been responsible for supporting 10% of all the load for Brazil's entire integrated system.  In the Northeast for example that number is even greater, reaching 40% of the subsystem being supplied by wind energy. Read ahead to find out more information about the wind energy market and its opportunities. 


Wind energy financing 


In December 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presented the expansion of long-term credit lines for the financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency for Brazilian companies, making US$ 750 million available for investment in the wind industry. 


The program offers periods and rates which meet cash flow needs, since clean energy projects are long term, require intensive use of capital, and for projects coming out on the other side, maintenance and operation of wind farms are low cost. 


The incentive was approved by Abeeólica, as the association Executive President, Elbia Gannoum highlights.  "New financing options are vital for the wind industry.  Furthermore, new funding options and investment alternatives are the common trajectory for growth industries. Companies which produce clean energy and other stakeholders in the wind power value chain should analyze the options offered by the IDB and assess resource feasibility for implementation of new projects," she emphasizes. 


She also explains that the industry doesn't only need financing, but also to hold new regulated auctions.  At the end of last year, it was forecast that one would take place, but that expectation was not confirmed.  "In 2016, for the first time in history, there was no wind energy placed under contract.  In 2017, the industry at least hopes for a reserve auction to sustain and drive the productivity chain, which is already in place and nationalized in this industry, " she underscores. 


Value chain and opportunities 


Wind energy production is concentrated in two regions of Brazil: Northeast and South, with the greater volume in the Northeast, nearly 70%.  In terms of industrial machine and equipment production, the large production centers are shared throughout the country, even in the Southeast, not just concentrated in the two regions mentioned above. 


The wind power sector today, features six wind turbine (mills which convert kinetic energy from wind, into electric power) manufacturers: Acciona, Gamesa (recent Siemens acquisitions), GE (acquired Alstom), Vestas, WEG and Wobben Windpower. The production capacity of these companies can reach 4 GWs annually, which represents nearly two thousand wind turbines per year. However, this demand can vary according to what is contracted in regulated auctions. 


As a consequence of the nationalization rules for the new FINAME (financing provided by BNDES - the Brazilian Development Bank) and production by manufacturers who, today are 80% nationalized, a complete supply chain has also established itself Brazil.  There are more than 10 tower manufacturers, three for blades and more than a thousand for other parts and components. 


The industry's most in-demand machinery is registered under the new FINAME, which is indispensable for BNDES financing approval for wind farm entrepreneurs. 


The wind industry is garnering more and more attention from the public as well as growing market space.  Factors such as its low cost, the thermal energy crisis, the demand for renewable energy, the fact that Brazil has some of the best wind in the world along with the government incentives, favor the rise in business opportunities among this segment and open space for new domestic machinery and ventures. 


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October 5th 2017

Production of oil and natural gas in the pre-salt increased 50% in April of this year, compared with the same period in 2016, reaching 1.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, according to data released by Petrobras.  The increase was motivated, primarily, by the City of Saquarema and the City of Caraguatatuba platforms being placed into production, as well as performance numbers recorded on the City of Maricá, City of Paraty and City of Itaguaí platforms. 
 

The positive industry numbers have generated positive expectations for tooling and machinery suppliers.  According the data from ABIMAQ (The Brazilian Machinery Builders' Association), the forecast is upwards of 5% for industry earnings. "In addition to the encouraging scenario, the association recently inked a partnership with Bank of Brasil to strengthen the oil and gas production supply chain, which opens up even more opportunities for tooling and machinery supplier companies," emphasizes Roberto Oliveira, industrial engineer with Senac/SP.  This is becausethe oil and gas producers will depend on lines of credit for equipment purchases. 

 

Pre-salt oil and gas production

In spite of the political and economic crisis Brazil has faced since the end of 2015, the Brazilian oil and gas market continues to be attractive for both domestic and foreign investors. "The permanent offering of exploration areas is one of the new measures included in Brazil's exploration and production policy.  This offer is focused on capturing greater investment for the country," adds the industrial engineer. 
 

As the specialist emphasizes, on order to navigate the primary challenges which come from exploring the pre-salt, substantial offshore extraction capacity is required, including gasprocessing and export technologies, reducing CO into the atmosphere.  In, the infrastructure needed to perform solid exploration of pre-salt requires a united approach from the various industry sectors involved.

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