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Walk around this year’s K2016 and you will see a common theme emerging, especially in the machinery halls: that of ‘Industry 4.0. This is an emerging industry standard that will allow greater connectivity and interoperability between machinery, and it’s no surprise that ancillary manufacturers – whose kit must hook up to core machinery – are in on the act. Piovan has updated its Winfactory supervision software by incorporating ‘Industry 4.0’ protocols – which will allow greater interoperability between devices in future.

Winfactory 4.0 uses OPC - UA (Open Platform Communication - Unified Architecture), the protocol selected by Industrie 4.0 before issuing the Smart Factory specifications: developed by the OPC Foundation in 2015, it defines the communication rules and data exchange between the various entities that make up the system. Using this protocol means that Winfactory 4.0 can supervise and ensure dialogue between Piovan machines and machines of other manufacturers. There is no longer the need for an interface that ‘translates’ the data into a common format, says Piovan – and the information exchange becomes immediate and the systems can interact independently. Industry 4.0 is based on the adoption of four basic principles, which are implemented in the Smart Factory: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) – which guarantees interoperability of devices; integration of data to the context; digital interconnection; and decentralisation of decisions.

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Piovan Group President’s message

23 March 2020 S. Maria di Sala, Venice, Italy

Dear Partners,
I would like to update all of our Stakeholders concerning the current operativity of Piovan Group during the medical emergency of COVID-19. Firstly, I want to reassure all of you that any choice and future activity have, as a primary aim, the health and safety of our Collaborators and of our Customers, duly following the regulations issued by the Governments where we operate.
All production sites, service & sales companies are operating with continuity.

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