Rome - Torino, December 14,2016 - Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Spa e Comau Spa have signed a global cooperation agreement. The companies will join forces to pursue the development and marketing of solutions for predictive maintenance, that are based on modular hardware and software and designed to acquire and analyze field data (Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics). These solutions are targeted at the manufacturing industry and in particular, companies operating in the automotive, industrial manufacturing, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and white goods sectors, according to the Industry 4.0 paradigm.

From a technical point of view, the solutions developed by the two partner companies seek to predict the potential occurrence of malfunctions or a full stop of the machines, and to intercept negative trends in production process quality (predictive maintenance system). In this way, maintenance and production processes inside the plants will become more rapid and efficient, thus benefiting the competitiveness of companies operating in global markets.
In recent years there has been a steady increase of technologies (IoT, collaborative robots, data analytics) and paradigms (Industry 4.0) able to reach and sustain the increasingly higher levels of efficiency, quality, productivity and time-to-market required of the manufacturing industry by the market. To address these challenges and, more generally, respond to the profound transformation taking place in production processes, Comau and Engineering are providing innovative companies with their expertise and experience in different but complementary sectors, such as the Industrial Automation (Comau) and Information and Communication Technology (Engineering).
Mauro Fenzi, CEO of Comau, underscores the significance of the agreement between the two companies. "The agreement signed with Engineering is an important element in our strategy to make industrial automation increasingly ‘open and easy-to-use. This collaboration, and especially the synergy that comes from uniting the know-how of our two companies - both of which have been engaged in the development of solutions for Industry 4.0 for quite some time - allows us to guide manufacturing companies toward changing production processes, with particular reference to the context of the so-called fourth industrial revolution."
Paolo Pandozy, CEO of Engineering, commented, "Thanks to the complementary nature of the our combined expertise and solutions, we can provide the market with the unique ability to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of automated production processes using the most modern field data collection and analysis technologies."

About Comau
Comau is the worldwide leader in manufacturing flexible, automatic systems and integrating products, processes and services that increase efficiency while lowering overall costs. Headquartered in Turin, Italy, with an international network that spans 17 countries that employ more than 14,000 employees, Comau uses the latest technology and processes to deliver advanced turnkey systems that consistently exceed the expectations of its customers. Comau specializes in body joining & assembly, powertrain machining & assembly, robotics and maintenance, as well as advanced production systems and environmental services for a wide range of industrial sectors. The continuous development of its products and services enables Comau to lead the automation industry in meeting the unique requirements of each customer, and through all phases of the project - from design, implementation and installation, to production start-up and maintenance services.

About Engineering
The Engineering Group is the Italian leader in the Information Technology sector, with over 50 offices in Italy, in Belgium, Spain, Germany, Republic of Serbia, Latin America (Brazil and Argentina) and USA. The Group, with about 8,500 employees, manages IT initiatives in over 20 countries with projects in various business areas: Finance, Public Administration & Health, Industry & Services, Telco & Utilities. It operates in the outsourcing and cloud computing market through an integrated network of 5 data centers located in Pont-Saint-Martin (AO), Turin, Vicenza, Milan and Rome, having an infrastructure in line with the highest standards of technology, quality and safety. The Group plays a leadership role in software research, coordinating several national and international projects with a network of scientific partners and universities across Europe. Since 1999, the Company counts on its own training facility, the IT & Management School "Enrico Della Valle", to carry out permanent training activities both for its personnel as well as for its clients. The School - 333 courses, 200 certified tutors, more than 18,000 person/days in technical, methodological and process training - represents an exclusive asset on the domestic market. / @EngineeringSpa

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