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FMS for tractor engines made in Italy.

With the cooperation of our UCIMU hosts, a field trip was arranged to visit the site of a real live FMS. Guide for the occasion was John Russo, president of Berardi USA Ltd. That is the Cranston, RI, outpost for Rino Berardi, an Italian machine-tool builder headquartered in Brescia, Italy.

Berardi is no small outfit. They have a staff of 700 people at Brescia. Subsidiary companies include: Ital-planning in Milan--an engineering service organization of 70 people who "study complete turnkey equipment for every industrial field all over the world." Ceruti in Bollate has 400 people making boring machines and vertical lathes. Omus in Milas has 200 people making carbide tools with Widia Krupp material. Francesconi & Terenghi in Brescia has 50 people making electric and electronic systems. Samo in Brescia has 200 people making sintered products for the automotive and household-appliance industries.

About 70 percent of the above companies' production is for export.

Russo had arranged for a briefing by Anselmo Lusvardi, director technical operations of the SAME tractor factory at Treviglio, an hours drive from Milan.

This plant employs 2000 to make three brand names of tractors. The FMS is a part of their program of keeping production facilities up to date. The magnitude of the project was evidence by the presence of a scale model under glass in the lobby of the office building.

The design is modular and had only six of the eventual eight machining centers installed at the time of our visit. The computer controls were by ELSAG, with software by Berardi. The DNC system and computer-driven inspection station were scheduled to go in after the last two machining centers.

The product line evident in the yard indicated a mix ideal for flexible production equipment and a need for more market recovery to buy the inventory.
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Title Annotation:flexible manufacturing system
Publication:Tooling & Production
Date:Jan 1, 1985
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