The following "keywords" will help you know more about Inoxveneta:
- 3D laser scanning arm: a scanner, with or without probe, applied to a mobile arm for highly accurate 3D surface scanning. Used to check product compliance to design and for reverse engineering, it can be applied press-side or in a metrological room.
Our QC is equipped with a sophisticated and very fast FARO Edge ScanArm unit, with laser head a probes for internal and complex surfaces.
- 5S: a methodology of workplace organization that uses a list of five ways to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness, to improve operative performance, avoid any waste and unnecessary activity.
For years Inoxveneta has been applying 5S principles to its production lines in view of continuous improvement and efficiency.
- Bar code: it can be defined as an alphabet for coding information, which can be read automatically by suitable reading systems. We use bar codes on paper in order to identify individual products and operations during the entire production cycle.
- Certification and accreditation: Inoxveneta Spa has been ISO 9001 certified since 1997 in the following fields:
Design and manufacture of components and assemblies made of stainless steel and other metals according to Customer's specification.
Inoxveneta Spa is SafeWork accredited.
- Coil: most of the steel that we buy comes in coils. In our stores the coils are handled by a 20 tonne overhead crane.
- Comakership: a strategy aimed at involving suppliers. If a client tries to create value for the supplier and the supplier tries to create value for the client, then an open relationship is established and long-term contracts are made in order to further deepen this client-supplier relationship. Common objectives are quality, service, innovation and costs, with a view to sharing the competitive advantage.
- Continuous Improvement: it is a process that develops day after day, month after month, year after year. It has the aim of reducing fault levels (at organisation, management and operational levels) and improving performance. In order to remain competitive, achieve customer satisfaction and improve performance (reduce "waste") a company needs to focus its strategy and actions on improvement at all company levels, from the top management down each worker (abstract taken from the "Manuale della Qualità" by Tito Conti - Piero De Risi, Il Sole 24 Ore).
- Contract Manufacturing: companies that manufacture products according to a contract signed with original equipment manufacturers in the industrial sector.
- Design: "Design is planned, not designed" by Walter Vannini (Preface to the Italian version of Donald A. Norman's "The Design of Future Things"): "...The distinction is not between flair and rationality, but between good and bad design, as it always has been...A Science of Design and an Engineering of Design are the only antidote to bad design. For we Italians this would mean abandoning the Made in Italy myth intended as pure flair and dumping the idea of designers as "artists".
Yes, design can still be art, but only in the sense that even a bridge can. Otherwise it is not design, but decoration; we are not in the presence of beauty, but prettiness, and unfortunately this country risks happily drowning in the pseudo-culture of prettiness. In our world we think in increasingly multi-disciplinary terms, whereas we [Italians] are stuck at the concept of the type of creativity that produces surprises to put in Kinder chocolate eggs.
Not only are designers plagued, but also entire companies, whole market sectors, because many entrepreneurs are prisoners of that very culture (or lack of culture) that prevents them from seeing beyond their noses and makes them stick with the superficial and the pretty.
And so many of our much praised districts sink into the mire of what is wonderfully useless: kitchen utensils that appear in every wedding list worth its name (very ornamental, then you go to the Coop and buy a corkscrew, lemon squeezer or nut crackers that actually work); suction hoods worthy of Star Trek that are completely smeared in just one session with the frying pan; monumental kitchens where a drop of wine that escapes the glass can run undisturbed over three metres of work top then end up on the floor; rotating ice cream counters that make you wait for your cone until your flavour "comes up", like a sort of Wheel of Fortune. Certainly, all things that look good; all perfect in appearance; then you use them and look for a substitute that works.
This is what the descendents of Leonardo and Michelangelo are reduced to making: pretty chic objects which fill the glossy magazines and the homes of the nouveau riche. In the meantime, in the rest of the world less attractive but more functional things are being designed, with more attention paid to materials and costs, and they are winning on the market.
At this point, one of the two: either design is the rifugium peccatorum of those who cannot pass themselves off as true artists, and therefore deal with small and large things in terrible taste, dust collectors for the recyclable gifts circuit; or design goes back to dealing with this world, the world of things to do, life to live, complex problems, and objects that must work because you want to use them for doing various things.
- Digital document management: we have recently developed a sophisticated system for the digital storage and management of documents. From our suppliers' invoices to our customers' orders, everything is stored on the server so that it can be easily consulted by any of the work stations as and when needed.
- Disaster Recovery: our computer system is based on double server architecture, where the "main" system continuously copies all data into a "secondary" system. The two systems are located in different buildings and in the event of default in the "main" system, it takes just a short time to start working with the "secondary" system.
- Dynamometer: instrument fitted to our overhead crane for systematic control of coil weight.
- EDI: this acronym stands for Electronic Data Interchange, i.e. the transfer of data among companies in a univocally recognisable form. Inoxveneta Spa has for some time been using EDI document (orders, despatch lists, invoices) transmission and exchange with certain customers.
- Elastoforming: this is another innovative technology we have at our disposal. It is a metal forming process in which part of the die comprises an elastic body (elastomer) that shapes the metal sheet against a suitably shaped rigid matrix. Elastoforming is a technology for working sheet metal widely used in aeronautics applications.
- Hydroforming: an innovative technology we very much believe in. It is a technology for forming metal (sheet and tubes) that channels fluid under high pressure (generally emulsified water) at ambient temperature onto the metal to be shaped. There are a number of hydroforming technologies. In the case of sheet metal, Inoxveneta uses a particularly effective technique known as "fluid punch" where the final shape of the piece is determined by the die.
Tubes are fitted into a specially shaped die and the high pressure fluid models the surface of the metal against the internal sides of the die to achieve the required shape.
Hydroforming has various advantages over conventional technologies, also for making products with particularly innovative shapes, the manufacture of which would be extremely difficult or also too costly to produce with traditional technologies.
- Industrial subcontracting: we do not manufacture end products. We manufacture components, which are then assembled to make end products, such as various types of equipment and machines. Our components are mainly used in the following sectors: large kitchens (food service equipment in general), electric appliances, office furniture, electronic machines, access control and many others. The new technologies we have developed for hydroforming and elastoforming now allow us to propose innovative solutions for the DESIGN, ENERGY SAVING, and AUTOMOTIVE sectors, as well as many others...
Our ISO 9001 certificate states: Design and manufacture of components and assemblies made of stainless steel and other metals according to Customer specifications.
- Innovation: together with quality it is the strategic element that enables us to compete in the market. Technological innovation in terms of products and processes, but not only that. Innovation also has to do with the organisation and IT system of a company.
- Inox Valley: the steel-working district between the Piave and Livenza rivers, where the majority of companies are specialised in manufacturing electric appliances and components for large kitchens to be used in restaurants, hotels and communities.
- Integrated Quality-Safety-Environmental Management System: we have integrated three management systems for the purpose of adopting a synergetic approach to efficiency and effectiveness. All the documentation for the Integrated System is digital and stored on a server.
- ISO 9001: ISO 9000 identifies a series of standards and guidelines developed by ISO that propose a quality management system designed to run company processes so that their organizational effectiveness and efficiency are improved, as well as their customer satisfaction.
ISO 9001 identifies a standard for defining the requisites for a quality system.
Inoxveneta Spa has been ISO 9001 certified since 1997 in the following fields:
“Design and manufacture of components and assemblies made of stainless steel and other metals according to Customer's specification.”
- ISO 14001: ISO 14001 identifies a set of rules and guidelines for the implementation of an environmental management system with a view to improving company activities that have an impact on the environment. Inoxveneta has been ISO 14001:2004 by DNV - Det Norske Veritas certified since May 2010.
DNV granted the ISO certification in consideration of the following reasons:
- ISO/TS 16949: specific quality system norms defined by the ISO, as an extension to the general ISO9000 and specifically applied to the Automotive sector. It concentrates on continuous improvement, defect prevention, the reduction of variance and the elimination of waste.
Along with the great growth in automotive applications, Inoxveneta is implementing the ISO/TS 16949 principles in its Quality System with an action plan to obtain certification.
- Kan-ban: a tag indicating item, quantity and other information of what must be produced. The kan-ban type of organisation can be compared to a nervous system that sends out signals about what, when and how much is to be manufactured. This system is not dependent on a centralised control system (abstract taken from the "Manuale della Qualità" by Tito Conti - Piero De Risi, Il Sole 24 Ore).
- Lead-Time: it is the time needed by a component to go through the entire production process, i.e. the time between the beginning and the end of a production process. We keep this element constantly under control through a sophisticated powerful computer tool, a finite capacity scheduler incorporated into our informatics system.
- Lean Production: The concept of "lean production" is based on the Toyota Production System which was launched back in the 1950's to meet the requirements of the Japanese market that could no longer be met with a Ford-type production system (mass production with little variations and large volumes). For some years now we have been committed to using these organizational techniques and methods.
- Management Review: the Management periodically calls a meeting to check the efficiency of the Quality Management System. The indexes referred to quality and processes are reviewed during this meeting, and corrective and preventive measures are taken if needed.
- Nickel: non-ferrous metal used in several alloys containing mainly stainless steel. Nickel formed millions of years ago due to the explosion of a Supernova, which is the only event in nature where the temperature and pressure conditions were sufficient for nickel atoms to form.
- Product advancement: each order is constantly monitored during the entire production process by a network of terminals that record its advancement by collecting all the relevant data.
- Product traceability: it is an essential prerequisite for an efficient management of production and quality, as well as for solving any problem in production processes.
- Process control: process control is done first of all through self-control, following precise instructions and using clearly defined samples.
- QC laser: a type of equipment that we use to check the dimensions of sample punched items. The machined piece is scanned by means of a laser beam and the results of the scanning operation are compared with the dimensions of the corresponding drawing in order to check whether the tolerances are acceptable.
- Questionnaire: we use questionnaires to measure Customer Satisfaction. Questionnaires are fundamental for us because they help us remain in contact with our clients and on top of that they provide us with an overview of the current situation so that we can measure our performance. Although they may be considered a hassle by many clients, in actual fact they are an objective reference for measuring customer satisfaction and for starting improvement actions
- SafeWork: System for the management of workplace safety in compliance with the "UNI / INAIL Guidelines" and the "SafeWork" Operating Guide. The Guidelines have been drawn up to assist implementation of a Management System for Occupational Safety and Health (SGSL).
- Scheduler: to programme production we use a finite capacity scheduler that allows us to keep the balance between orders and production capacity constantly under control. This software includes various important functions, such as Gantt diagrams and dialogue at progressive levels of detail, which also helps us to provide customers with better service.
- Self control: it is a major principle of process control within an evolved management system. The first controller is first and foremost the worker who is doing the job. The company has the task of helping workers control their own work and maintain correct working conditions unchanged.
- Sheet metal: we are specialised in working stainless steel sheets. We are particularly specialised in working thin sheets, whereby a pleasant finish is an essential prerequisite.
- Siemens NX: a very sophisticated 3D CAD modelling software package (ex Unigraphics), applied when complex 3D geometries need to be designed, for example sheet metal and tube components to be manufactured with hydroforming technology or elastoforming.
- Solid Edge: the software that we mainly use for CAD applications (Computer Aided Design).-
- Spectrometer: Inoxveneta has a spectrometer with which to determine the chemical composition of material by directly measuring the ion mass it contains. We use this instrument to check the composition of the stainless steel we receive from suppliers, comparing instrument data with the mill certificate.
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel sheets are the main material that we work in our company. Stainless steel is also the reference field of our competence, skills and technological know-how.
- Stainless steel annealing: Heat treatment of stainless steel is a sequence of heating to temperatures below melting point, followed by controlled cooling, producing structural modifications in the material. At Inoxveneta, two types of annealing are normally applied to stainless steel products subjected to cold-forming processes such ashydroforming: - Recrystallization annealing (860°C - 930°C), usually applied to ferritic stainless grades; - Solution annealing (1000°C - 1050°C), applied to austenitic stainless steels. A good outcome of any heat treatment process needs corrrect speed andexposure time at the right temperatures, normally applied under gas protection; speed of the cooling phase is no less important. Properly performed heat treatment removes residual tension within the material, dissolves carbides into the crystal structure and enhances corrosion resistance. Inoxveneta applies annealing with linear and/or batch furnace solutions in protected atmosphere.
- Stainless steel classification and characteristics: There are three families: austenitic, martensitic and ferritic. They are identified by the American acronym AISI followed by a three-digit number. Stainless steel is a low-carbon steel that contains at least 10% chromium. It is the addition of chromium that makes steel stainless and gives it its unique corrosion resistance. The chromium in the steel produces an invisible film that clings to the surface and is resistant to corrosion. If scratched or damaged the film repairs itself. The properties of stainless steel are improved by increasing the percentage of chromium and adding other elements such as molybdenum and nickel. There are over 60 different types of stainless steel, although in the end they can be grouped into five classes.
The properties of stainless steel are:
- resistance to corrosion
- resistance to fire and heat
- the best resistance/weight ratio of all other types of steel
- easy to convert in production processes for manufacturing many different types of components and products
- wide range of temperatures for use (from high to cryogenic temperatures)
- high value throughout the product's life cycle
Martensitic Series 400 - Reference: 410
Chromium (12-18%), magnetic, can be toughened by heat treatment. Typical uses: fasteners, pump shafts.
Ferritic Series 400 - Reference: 430
Chromium (12-18%), low carbon percentage, magnetic but cannot be toughened. Typical uses: kitchen utensils.
Austenitic Series 200/300 - Reference: 304
Chromium (17-25%) / Nickel (8-25%), non-magnetic, non toughening. The addition of molybdenum (up to 7%) can increase resistance to corrosion. Typical uses: kitchen equipment, chemical plant, structural applications.
Precipitation Hardening - Reference 17-4
Chromium (12-28%) / Nickel (3-9%), martensitic or austenitic. Develops strength through heat treatment. Typical uses: valves, gears, petro-chemical plant.
Duplex - Reference: 2205
Chromium (18-25%) / Nickel (4-7%) and up to 4% molybdenum. More resistant to corrosion than austenitic, even stronger than fully ferritic alloys. Typical uses: Pipelines, pressure tanks, transmissions.
- Tube: the potential of hydroforming is at its greatest with metal tubes. Tubes with even extremely unusual and highly complex shapes can be made, in some cases impossible to achieve with traditional metalworking technologies. Hydroforming makes it possible to alter diameter, section, and radii of a plain tube in order to achieve protrusions, shapes and other articulated, even complex forms.
- Workplace Safety: we pay great attention to the safety of our workers and have launched a project aimed at eliminating workplace accidents. In 2008 we received accreditation from the Italian government body that deals with workplace accident and occupational health insurance (INAIL) within their SafeWork programme.