03/31/2022

“Everything deserves to be improved”

Technology & Innovation

Family-run businesses represent a fundamental element of the Italian economic fabric and many of them have managed to position themselves on international markets by leveraging the ability to combine managerial skills, quality and innovation. This column guides us to discover some excellences of our economic fabric by going to tell how these realities have faced the challenges of the market, enhancing their ability to innovate and renew themselves. Within this journey to discover the most innovative family businesses in Italy, we met Giulia Allegretti by Allmag.

The Japanese term Kaizen translates into the commitment to make small improvements every day in all areas of one’s life, with the awareness that even the smallest effort will lead to appreciable results in the long term. In the corporate world this principle finds its implementation in Lean Manufacturing or Lean Production, a term coined in 1988 by a former Toyota engineer to define the system adopted in the company to eliminate waste and maximize resources, in a continuous effort towards excellence. operational and productive. If the goal is clear, how to pursue it and make it within the reach of Italian SMEs is explained by Giulia Allegretti, commercial director of Allmag, a company that deals with industrial supplies for companies, but also with Lean Manufacturing.

From industrial suppliers to Lean Manufacturing, how?

The complexity of the market in the early 2000s saw the introduction of a new methodology in large companies, World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a production model theorized in Japan and exported around the world to respond to an extremely competitive scenario, first and foremost all within the automotive sector to which we are historically linked. At this stage I was taking my first steps in Allmag, studying to understand and understand what was changing and how we should change.

We can say that my academic path has continued on the field. I immersed myself in the Japanese philosopher espoused by Toyota, which is inspired by the term Kaizen, and I made the principles of Lean Manufacturing our own: reducing waste to increase the efficiency of business processes by aiming for continuous improvement, aiming for excellence.

How does this philosophy translate into your field?

For our company, innovating means growing. After much thinking in 2006 I created the Lean Manufacturing Allmag division, flanked by a pool of specialized resources in order to best express our added value. We have developed our joint-pipe system in steel or aluminum in order to adapt to any type of structure and create anything from a simple trolley to more complex gravity structures, such as ad hoc workstations designed on the ergonomic needs of workers. .

We have invested to understand the needs of customers and today we are proud of our constant development path: from an industrial supply company to a company specialized in Lean Manufacturing, thanks to which today we support customers in exploiting the principles of Lean Production to continue to be present. on the market.

An important evolution, where did you start from?

Allmag was born in 1974 from a project of my father, Leonio, an industrial supply company at the service of businesses. We have established ourselves thanks to a complete catalog and we have grown by always placing the customer at the center, focusing on lasting relationships and partnerships.

Do you define yourself as an innovative company?

Absolutely yes, if we mean innovation as change. We are oriented towards change, it does not scare us and we are aware of the need that we always live as an opportunity. We invest in projects and innovation for our company to build with enthusiasm, commitment and dedication for the future. We never stop learning especially from our own
customers. We design and experiment internally solutions to anticipate market demands. We are part of the Lean generation, our thinking is lean: simplify, rationalize, improve processes not only in production and logistics but in all company activities, even internally.

“Lean thinking” teaches us that innovation starts above all from small things, not always from great revolutions or large transformation projects, but from small and significant improvements that make the quality of a company. To respond to the new challenges, a design perspective is essential, able to look beyond and not limit itself to traveling in step with the times.

What are your strengths?

We do not only supply material or product, but a design that takes into account the process logics of each individual reality. The industrial work environment needs efficiency and ergonomics, the flexibility and modularity of the joint-tube system allow you to create any type of structure, but it is our designers who make the difference. They are the ones who are able to guide the customer in a strategic Lean transformation path capable of transforming a banal workstation into a dynamic island capable of optimizing space and functions.

This translates into a continuous flow of incoming and outgoing material and therefore greater productivity with a constant and fluid work rate. Simple or complex gravity systems allow “intelligent” automation by reorganizing spaces to satisfy the storage density and accessibility of materials; specific trolleys allow you to move any object inside and outside the company, without interruptions, optimizing times and limiting unnecessary movements of vehicles, people and materials. The consolidated skills of our technical staff allow us to create any lean structure necessary to rapidly implement improvements at low cost, reorganizing the spaces to manage the flow of materials from the beginning to the end of the production-logistic cycle of our customers.

We live and are part of the evolution of the market, which is why we are closer to our customers and effective in giving concrete answers in dynamic contexts.

Can we say that you support customers on the path to becoming 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is the real challenge of SMEs, it is a path that must be faced in steps and in which it is essential to be guided. Allmag Lean Manufacturing solutions to date fall within simple structural assets and are the basis for implementing an industrial automation process. 4.0 instrumental solutions that integrate with new production technologies to improve working conditions, increase productivity and production quality of the plants. The right acceleration on this issue must be understood as a push to implement changes from a corporate vision perspective, a coherent transformation of production processes into more streamlined continuous-flow systems, capable of rationalizing costs and optimizing performance.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to continue to be a reference reality in Lean Production, we want to strengthen relationships with our customers to always be a company at the service of companies. Sustainability and service orientation.

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