The time has come: Our new website is online!

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“More informative, modern and of course responsive. Finally our new homepage sees the light of the world. The relaunch of our website is just one milestone in the revision of our corporate design. After the successful introduction of our newly designed logo, we are pleased to be able to present our website in a fresh design as well.
Our new online presence simply reflects much better what moves us and what we do. So you, whether you are a customer, partner or interested party, will get an even more detailed overview of our core competencies and the range of services we offer.
We hope you enjoy discovering our completely renewed website. Of course, we look forward to your feedback and are just as grateful for suggestions as for any kind of positive or negative feedback. Simply use our contact form.”

Alexander Schmidt, Managing Director IFS Germany GmbH.

A working day at I.M.M. in times of Covid

Did you know that before entering the company, all employees, customers, suppliers, visitors must go through a thermoscanner? When someone arrives, the sensors make the door open, immediately the body temperature is detected and all the incoming people are profiled by their badges. Please note, the thermoscanner exit door opens only if the temperature is 37.5 ° or less.

After passing through the thermoscanner, IFS staff can find hand sanitization dispensers located in different points of the headquarter. The entrances at the canteen and other common areas are limited and regulated in compliance of the social distancing of 1 meter. Even office layout have been changed with the same criteria. In addition, smart working has been deployed for suitable activities to it and some meeting place have become virtual. Every 15 days a specialized company sanitizes all IFS work spaces and the risk of infection is limited also by a Protocol shared with all employees. People’s health and their families are important to us and we want everyone to feel safe in our company.

Your opinion is important, therefore do not hesitate to write us suggestions and recommendations on how keep the environment even safer. Thank you for spending time with us safely!

Meet Jimy Schmidt, Area manager at Interpump Fluid Solutions

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Hello out there,

my name is Jimy Schmidt and I’m the Area manager of Interpump Fluid Solutions Germany GmbH. I have joined the Team in 2016 and I’m taking care of the markets
in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

As I’m working in the hydraulic field since 1996, I’m very pleased to support all customers and the Interpump Fluid Solution Team with my competent knowledge.
My role in this group gives me the chance, to meet almost daily new people and applications. And that there is always something new I can learn from the market.
I believe in the vision of our Company, our strategy and our strength. I’m always very excited about our continuous new releases and products which solves your problems.

My spare time is fully booked as I have 2 boys and riding my Kawasaki Z750 Motorbike.
Furthermore I like to cook, to travel and to relax on the best beaches in the world. I live on an “always stand up, if you fall down”- mentality.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues, or to meet us on any attending exhibition.

Interpump Fluid Solution powered by I.M.M Hydraulics – NEW CORPORATE VIDEO

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IMM believe in new generation. The future is in their hands

Chiara Antonioli grad student in “Corporate Languages”, at Urbino University, has just ended the training course in IMM

My name is Chiara Antonioli, I am 22 years old and I study business languages at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. My university course aims to create a professional figure able to work for companies within international environments.

The interview…

Why did you choose IMM Hydraulics for your university internship?

During my research in order to find a company where to carry out my internship, IMM Hydraulics has caught my attention among the companies present in the industrial district of Val di Sangro. Although initially I was not aware of this company, through the information found on their site, I realized the huge opportunities that a company like this could offer me. In particular because it is a company that has based its Core Value on the creation of an international reality, in fact, the company operates in 5 countries on 1 continent and boasts sales centers in Italy and some European countries, including which France, Germany and England. In this regard, I considered that this was certainly an important factor, the choice was indeed dictated by the interest in having a practical experience of my university career: managing and developing international contacts, in order to collaborate in the success of the IMM company Hydraulics in a global market. Moreover, because I thought that doing an internship experience within a multinational company would have surely made me grow at a professional level, through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Is there an area that attracts you the most?

It was a stimulating professional experience and certainly beyond my expectations. From the first day I found a serene and open environment for comparison; all the people I worked with were immediately available to teach me everything, because training is fundamental to the IMM But what really hit me is that growth is not individual, but collective and as a team. When you work here, you learn that what is important is not learning to perform a task but it is important to do it together, if another colleague has a problem, your time is also his and vice-versa. In fact, teaching something to the other is not seen as a waste of time, but as an enrichment, since each contributes to giving added value to the corporate network. From the first days I was actively involved in all the activities of the commercial area as in the management and in the insertion of orders, sharing knowledge and information with the whole work team, gradually acquiring greater autonomy. I was able to participate actively in the international reality, coming into contact with clients who came to visit the company every day from all over the world. Moreover, the history of the IMM is tangible among all the people who are part of it; the traditional values of respect, collaboration and passion for their work are integrated with an orientation towards innovation, which makes the positioning of this company unique. it was not a job, but a real path from which I grew up professionally with a greater awareness of my abilities, where I also understood that there is need for dedication and passion to succeed in the performance of one’s duties; but also a relationship of estimate and mutual trust between all the members of the company so that a lasting advantage can be obtained over time. In conclusion, this company fully reflects the values that we young people hope to find in the world of work.

How useful was it to live the daily life of the company for the purpose of writing your thesis?

My internship took place within the commercial area and this was a great opportunity to verify if the job practice of the sales employee actually corresponds to my interests. For this reason, at the end of my experience, in which the international reality was on the agenda through the management of orders and customers from all over the world, I can say that my future aspiration is surely to live in such a dynamic environment, in which every day there are new challenges that encourage the generation of new ideas and stimulate the problem solving.

Can you tell us briefly about the topic of your thesis and what ideas / topics you managed to get from this internship?

The everyday life of the internship has contributed a lot to the drafting of my thesis, in fact even if the subject of the paper was the outcome of my Erasmus experience, the internship environment reflects the cardinal principles of my work. First of all, the innovation on which my thesis was based, is one of the group’s main missions, this aspect is in fact pursued both in terms of processes and products in an organic, unitary and shared manner within the IMM Hydraulics. Furthermore, my colleagues who went to trade fairs dedicated to innovation, brought me material from which to draw inspiration for my topic. Furthermore, carrying out daily translations in German helped me to keep the language active, which was fundamental for drawing up a summary of my work in German.

Can you tell us briefly about the topic of your thesis and what ideas / topics you managed to get from this experience?

My thesis work is based on Industry 4.0 in Germany, defined by many researchers as the fourth industrial revolution. The attention paid to Germany is justified by the fact that in Europe the concept of Industry 4.0 derives from an idea of German origin, born with the intention of revitalizing the manufacturing sector through the development of the opportunities offered by technological innovation under way. The IMM within this context hired particular relevance as it has understood the importance of innovation to achieve lasting and non-replicable success. In fact, the company belongs to the Automotive Innovation Hub in Abruzzo, which is a network of globalized companies operating in the field of automotive and mechatronics and also won the Confindustria Innovation Award in 2018. The paradigm of Industry 4.0 is based on the exploitation of new production technologies to improve working conditions, create new business models and increase the productivity and production quality of manifacturing plants; IMM authentically embodies this principle because it shows that even from “small” you can become big by focusing on innovation. All this is proven by the exponential growth of the company, which has stimulated technological and product innovation, which has proved to be fundamental for the transfer of Made in Italy beyond the national boundaries and to establish itself internationally as a point of reference among the manufacturers of fittings and hydraulic pipes.

Hydraulic hose suppliers

Meet Lorenzo Panzone, Technical Manager at I.M.M. Hydraulics

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We interviewed Lorenzo as another key figure in our company. We asked him to tell us the key features that most distinguish his work.

The Interview

Can you tell us what your role of Technical Manager involves?

Some of the processes the Technical Manager is responsible are:

  • Product Design, Development and industrialization;
  • Product Certification;
  • Technical Documentation issue.

Another main task is to ensure that the documentation, procedures and communication flows smoothly. Also ensuring everything is in compliance with our high standards. After all, our target is – “Excellence”. As I.M.M. Hydraulics core business is technical products (Hose, Fittings & Machines) It is paramount the technical manager keeps everything clear, precise and accurate. Alongside this I have to consider the technical needs of our two crucial stakeholders:

  • Customer: specification, requirements, requests;
  • Company: the technical business unit is responsible for the correct communication aimed to inform and to train towards production (process engineering and documentation), marketing (technical documentation to support the proper product launch in the market), sales (technical support), quality (specs definition in order to define the related control plan), purchasing (in order to define the proper terms of purchase for the supplier).

Lorenzo is also the focal point for all phases of technical product management for the Stakeholders.

What is the value of timings as the person responsible for all these procedures?

First, I would like to thank you for this question and quote Peter Ducker:

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.

It is clear that the “Time to Market” concept is not only applicable to sales & marketing, but it can be extended to all company levels. In my specific area of the company, time management is a critical success factor. For example, in project management. Time is one of the main constraints as well as cost, quality and scope. Once technical construction specification is set up, timing is the base of product management. The engineering process cannot exceed certain time parameters, this also includes the fulfilment process of our production lines. These provide the final product from the raw materials.

Have you adapted any methods over the years to help with these output targets?

The outputs, as a measurement of the process, are not the only interesting parameters for a technical manager. An important issue to consider is the outcomes, as are the results of a process or a project that can be evaluated in terms of ROI or impact on business.

I have 3 methods I like to use:

Project Management – This is a really efficient tool that can generate great value in my position.

The Deming cycle – PDCA (Plan – Do – Check- Act) This is my second most important tool. An important task for me is to support and promote the continuous improvement of products and processes. For this reason, it is paramount to create a worthy cycle that takes the “AS IS” condition and establishes a path for an improved “TO BE”.

Risk-based thinking is also a powerful tool I use. I use this approach to do a risk evaluation and analysis (in accordance to technical specs, process and non-conformity or failure mode) and produce a dedicated action plan for design and construction process this then minimizes any the negatives and maximize the opportunities coming from a product and a process “value added” base.

All tools I use for technical issues must be based on the final target of a proactive approach to participate with all company entities, business development and continuous improvement with a clear and committed focus on the customer (internal and external).

What are the possible obstacles that you may have to overcome in this role?

As per my role and vision, I aim to always have a clear layout of targets and numbers. All related to the process and/or the product to be managed. Then my first challenge is to fully analyse the problem that I need to overcome, whilst keeping our different stakeholders in mind. The second challenge is to ensure we are always getting the best results from our inputs and meet all requirements. I wouldn’t call them obstacles within the company but more an “inertia” that comes from natural company dynamics with different approaches due to several entities involved.

Finally, my most important task is to keep a value-added approach coming from our products. Making sure they are:

  •  perfect for the requirements;
  • customer focused;
  • developed in an efficient, productive and sustainable way;
  • Always in a continuous improvement process.

Vincenzo Ciarelli (IMM Hydraulics): the challenges of a QM

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Versatility and customer satisfaction: focus over the role of the Quality Manager

With the aim to present to the experts and, above all, the amateur the complexity of the development processes of a large company like ours, we asked Vincenzo CiarelliIMM Hydraulics Quality Manager – to tell us about his role and to linger over the meaning of some concepts that mostly identify the centrality of his profession. Here you can find a brief interview that we have prepared for you. Enjoy the reading.

The Interview

What does a Quality Manager do? Does he have a very flexible role?

The Quality Manager is responsible for implementing the company’s quality processes and systems so that they are conforming to the reference standards. He oversees the overall company’s qualitative machinery, making sure that all processes respect the quality plan and guaranteeing the achievement of the targets within the established time frame. Obviously, this implies a professional adaptability that includes the attention to the customer, the planning, the constant participation in the manufacturing and business processes in general.

What does it mean for you to be Quality Manager in a company like IMM Hydraulics?

IMM Hydraulics is a company belonging to Interpump Group and has been working in the hydraulics for more than 30 years. Being a QM in a market leader is first of all a challenge and it also requires a constant professional updating and daily commitment to the creation of value for the company.

Could we say that the QM is the guarantor of all the internal and external company processes?

The QM is certainly the guarantor of the company processes globally intended and aimed at quality. He has a systemic vision of the organization for which he works, and through involvement and participation he can be considered as the driver of the continuous improvement for internal and external satisfaction. However, we need to point out that every company branch carries out its own task, taking into consider the quality of the processes and of the systems. The awareness of each area to achieve quality targets lays at the basis of the creation of the quality itself.

Quality must be perceived as a mission by the organization. The task of the QM is to increase the collective commitment towards the service of the quality. The QM alone is not able to create quality for the whole organization as well as for the customers.

Nowadays more than ever business and quality go at the same pace. Do you agree with this statement?

I absolutely agree. To be a successful company nowadays you must be able to match all the costumers needs, to guarantee a constant improvement of the product offering, to invest in research, development and updating, to create new technologies and study focused procedures in order to get better results. This allows to create a virtuos a continuous process which must never stop, assuring the growth of the company itself.

Do you have new targets for this year?

Customer is my priority.

This is the Quality Department’s main target for this year and this is the message that we want to pass within the company. We want to improve all the manufacturing-and-not processes in order to increase costumers’ satisfaction. We’ll therefore direct the know-how, the experience, our strong motivation for improvement towards the costumer, because we believe these drivers are synonyms of reliability and trust.

 

 

I.M.M. Hydraulics receives the “Premio Campioni di InnovAzioni”

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I.M.M. Hydraulics is delighted to be amongst the winners of the coveted award issued by Confindustria, together with Lavazza and Ferrero

How to do business in a virtuous way, is the guiding principle for the 2018 edition of Premio Campioni di InnovAzioni. The Announcement made by Confindustria Chieti-Pescara (General Confederation of Italian Industry), saw I.M.M. Hydraulics in Atessa (CH-Italy) among the winners at the Pescara Aurum. Attending alongside the CEO of I.M.M Hydraulics, Marcello Di Campli, was Raul Romolo Venturi the Communication and Public Relations Director at Ferrero and Angela di Cristinzio and Achille Marciano, both managers of Lavazza. The ceremony for this internationally recognised award was held in October and is focused on small and medium-sized enterprises that provide value in innovation across international markets.

The words of our CEO

A big thanks to the whole I.M.M. team!

Di Campli also focused his attention on the progress our industry has made during the last few years, “Five years ago, we focused a significant portion of our new investments in research and innovative projects, aiming at the premium segment of the market and competing with the most renowned market leaders. The outstanding results of new and existing projects told us that this decision was the right one and gave us the motivation needed to continue forward.” Marcello concluded with a deserved well done to the whole team and reminded us to “… never lower our guard. The route is traced but the route is still long and full of obstacles”.

Welcome HyRail: a new complete certification!

We are pleased to welcome HyRail: here is a new certification for I.M.M Hydraulics

A new complete certification: rail industry requires the highest level of reliability and safety in order to provide protection to people and personnel on board in case of fire.

SPECIFICITY

EN45545-2 is the only standard approved in Europe for hose assembly fire behavior

Interpump Hy-Rail complies with requirements of UNI EN 45545-2:2015

for Hazard Level HL1-HL2 requirement set R22 and HL1-HL2-HL3 requirement set R2