Baseline. Piacenza realizes all its production in the Italian textile district of Biella. The company performs its production organization fully in Italy and it manages all aspects from raw materials to finished fabric, except spinning phase, which its sub suppliers perform.
Piacenza’s production strategy bases on the strict and integrated control of production. Piacenza keeps internal those production phases which give an added-value perceived by the customer (e.g. raw material acquisition, finishing, and inspection) or a production flexibility and cost advantage (e.g. weaving, and yarn dyeing). A limited number of specialized sub-suppliers take the remaining ones based on a long-term business relationship that helps to preserve quality and service.
Baseline. Today the CIT academy courses are structured with a balance between the theoretical part and the practical part. The practical part is made in collaboration with some companies that host our students and make some production machines available for education; here students can learn how to work on a specific machine, how machine works and what are the possible problems that can occur during work, with the supervision of one or more teacher; to do this we can also simulate issues or bad working conditions to help students to better understand these issues and how to fix them. The practical period lasts at least 120 hours but can be extended if necessary. In order to do this practical part we have signed agreements with some companies that rent us their plants and/or machines (e.g. looms, and ring spinning frames) for the practical periods; with these plants and buying different fibers and/or yarns suitable for didactical purposes we are able to offer to our students a wide range of user-cases that covers the most parts of the needs that our companies requires from our courses.
STAM, a manufacturing-focused DIH in Genova (Italy), has expertise in application experiments. They are connected to a variety of potential future COALA solution users. Human-AI collaboration is one of their topics and strengthening regional companies in this field an important goal.