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Interview to Giuliano Bresciani

Giuliano Bresciani, technologist for thermoset moulding tells us about his forty years in NTS.

Interview to Giuliano Bresciani.

40 years in NTS. Is there a memory you always keep with you?
An unforgettable memory is about the one-day trial period. At those time, NTS did not exist, it was Nuova Termostampi. When I arrived to the company and entered the moulding department, there were only two working presses, in addition to the smiling  Rosanna Manzoni and Marinella Manzoni. This is a memory I really have close to my heart because it shows how passion is important to make a great business reality.
In NTS the attachment of Manzoni family has always been a founding part of our growth: the company has deeply changed, it has grown a lot but the support of a united and concrete family has always been present.

Which values, in your opinion, allowed NTS to evolve in these 40 years?
Passion, will to evolve, desire not to remain static over time. I think that also training plays an important role in our daily business, same thing for professional contamination.
NTS is a fluid place, where knowledge and enthusiasm spread from person to person.

What’s your role in the Company?
Now I mainly deal with technology, development and training related to thermoset moulding, but it took a long professional career to get here.  I started as moulding operator till I became technologist and coordinate a working team.
I’d say I ‘ve evolved together with NTS. 

What have you studied?

Before getting to know NTS, I did some technical studies in the field of electronics but they were not enough for my role. Therefore, always working, I integrated my studies and deepened mechanical drawing. You have to test yourself and experiment, it’s the only way to grow.

What’s necessary to grow?

Curiosity and passion because without this last feature you can’t learn anything. Passion for your job helps to live better, to wake up in the morning with motivation and solid goals.

What do you advice to young people?

Not to be afraid of having a go. When you have to make a hard choice you always have to evaluate all possible risks but you also have to trust a lot in the future.
One more thing: I believe that young workers have to learn not to hide in individualism, but they have to find their strength right in the union among workmates.
When you are supported by a team, you can find unexpected solutions, even in hard times. Together we are stong, alone we are weak.

Is it possible to discuss different points of views, is there dialogue in NTS?

Dialogue is the most constructive moment to us. We meet monthly so that everyone of us is aware of all company issues, but also of all successes we achieve. Alignement is a fundamental value to make progress together.

What do you like to do in your freetime?

I spend my time with my family and I like dancing, it’s my great passion. I love ballroom and latin dance; in particular I appreciate the cheerful atmosphere with my wife and my friends. Music gives energy and allows to relieve pressure cumulated during the week.

Have you been married for a longer time with your wife or with NTS?

With NTS, five years more!

Also this year NTS is accredited by WHP

Yesterday Matteo Longhi, member of the internal WHP group of NTS, received the prize of accredited factory by WHP.
This prize makes us pride beacause of the values that this program believe’s in.

What is it about?

We spend about 1700 hours per year at work.

A really important time in which we have to keep and improve our professionalism together with our health. Feeling fine at work generates a positive effect that affects not only the organization but also our everyday life.

 

We strongly believe that the workplace is a constant discussion and improvement habitat and, right because of this, we joined with enthusiasm the WHP program (www.whpbergamo.it).

We involved our whole team through a promoting group of people and, a few months after adhering to the WHP program, we have already implemented important virtuous actions.

 

 

Any example of good practice?

Twice a week we make baskets of fresh fruits available to our team for a healthy snack.

The vending machines nearby our relax area are equipped with healthy foods (such as dried fruit or simple carbohydrates) and low-cal refreshing drinks.

To cap it all, we decided to discourage smoke, isolating the smoking area in a small portion near the parking.

Into the bargain, we are thinking of new activities.

If you follow us on our socials, you’ll be update in real time.

 

WHP: what is it about?

WHP program has been conceived and experimented in Bergamo by the Health Protection Agency together with Confindustria, with the endorsement of different institutional and scientific partners.

In 2012 it has been spread to all the territory of Lombardy Region.

The workplaces joining the WHP undertake a path that foresees the realization of good and effective actions to promote health and safety.

WHP companies promote physical activity, offer opportunities to quit smoking, support a healthy diet, implement activities to improve the well-being at work.

 

Further information about WHP available at: http://www.whpbergamo.it/

PMI DAY 2019

Also this year NTS joined with great enthusiasm the PMI DAY – INDUSTRIAMOCI (Small Medium-sized Enterprise DAY– Entrepreneurship project for students) that is an initiative promoted by Confindustria, since 2010, which sees its associated companies open their doors to the students of secondary and upper secondary Italian schools.  By now at its ninth edition, this project involves in Bergamo more than 6.000 students.

The first recipients of this initiative are students – to whom it is intended to transmit business culture – their families and teachers, which play a decisive role in orienting their students, but also administrators of local institutions, media and all those who interact with the activities of the companies.

For this occasion NTS hosted 45 students of the eighth grades of Lallio and Treviolo. After a brief welcome, they visited our production departments to experience firsthand the values of work and business culture. Afterwards there has been a moment of exchange and comparison between students and NST staff.

The aim of the initiative was to show the strength and the innovation of the small and medium-sized enterprises of the manufacturing sector in Bergamo and how they are vital for the socio-economic endurance of our territory, giving a fundamental contribution to the economic and social growth of our Country through the creation of wealth and occupation.

These events allow to publicly show the true potential of the enterprise in transmitting its social role, also helping younger people to orient themselves in their next formative choices and gain a higher awareness of their upcoming future.

 

The great involvement and the interest shown by the students, made this SME Day very meaningful for all participants.

Thermoset material can be used safely even in explosive environments. 

The example is a high-protection box used in electromechanical field and installed in an ATEX environment, with a heavy impact: it is a protection of an electromechanical switch that must withstand strong explosive impacts. Thermoset material perfectly meets this kind of requirement as well.

The box has very significant thicknesses, where other materials alternative to metals would present critical issues; thermoset material, on the other hand, proves to be very suitable.  

The thermoset composite used in this application has electrical conductivity properties to satisfy the requirement of electricity dissipation; there are co-moulded inserts with different features: fixing, gas discharge (a porous septum is co-moulded), electrical contact. 

There are a lot of successful situations where we used our experience with thermoset materials. 

Contact us now to find out if our integrated approach can bring added value also to your company.

 

 

Giorgio Testa
giorgio.testa@ntsmoulding.com

A friend and a teacher, plastic is the great protagonist of NTS’ history. An enterprise that, over 60 years, has always adapted to new systems – including managerial systems – by widening its gaze to undertake an innovative and sustainable modus operandi. Between generational moves forward, technological advances and constant market challenges, today the company, headed by Marinella Manzoni, president and CEO, daughter of the founder Alessandro Manzoni, has become a reference player in Italy in the field of moulding plastics, thermoplastics and thermosetting as well as building moulds for third parties. It was precisely the mould construction shop that was the lively heart of the company, founded in 1959 as the individual enterprise Manzoni Alessandro.

It was an artisan company that produced moulds for forming plastics with the first machines installed under the stairway of his

house.

Sacrifice, commitment and work were the key words of the economic boom of the late Fifties.

Thanks to the founder’s entrepreneurial aptitude, the first important orders soon arrived, especially from companies in the electromechanical sector. In the Seventies the company began compression moulding of thermosetting materials, starting with the prevalent use of polyester masses and prepregs (BMC and SMC), which in those years began to be offered on the market. The use of these new materials immediately proved ideal for applications in the electricity sector, which has become the main outlet for the company’s products. After the early death of Alessandro Manzoni in 1976 at the age of 50, he was replaced by his son Gianrenzo, a mechanical expert. Gianrenzo had already been working in the company but, from one day to the next he found himself moved from the workshop to the desk.

«Sometimes we can make a crisis into a virtue. This approach has forged all our generational advances», recalls Marco
The Nts directors.

 

Click here to read the full article from “Anniversari – Eco di Bergamo”

It depends on the project and on the functional features of the plastic component. As always, a process of active listening to the customer’s requirements is fundamental. We are more and more advocates of a 360° consultancy approach and not only as it concerns mould and moulding: for this reason, every time we are given the chance, we try to give our customers our best technical suggestions, generated by our know-how and experience. We often deal with the complete customer’s project and we respect with professionality the required confidentiality by signing NDA for specific projects.

Listening and 360° consultancy with the customers, means listening and understanding the goals of the project and involving the most expert people for each specific aspect, even joining some of our business partners with whom we have professional and structured high level relationships.

This is our will:  to offer to our customers the most satisfying performance in terms of technical solution, economical and productive sustainability, in full quality and within the agreed timeframe.

 

Contact us immediately to discover if our integrated approach can bring added value also to your company.

 

 

 

Giorgio Testa
giorgio.testa@ntsmoulding.com

Thermoset is successfully used in different applications, in particular where specific mechanical and thermal features are needed.

It is used, for instance, in the electrical and electromechanical field: let’s think of electrical motors where BMC is over-moulded onto magnets and windings of rotors and stators.

Thermoset proved to be very performing even in a lot of metal replacement cases, i.e. when a metal component, for example in die-casting, is replaced by a thermoset one.

In this specific branch, we have a certain experience: for example we have replaced metal in some components of electrical motors, cogged housings, mechanic-textile supports and valve bodies. We work with the customer and support him in technical choices of materials, reaching quality goals with more and more sustainable costs,  keeping a constant high level of safety for all the components.

An interesting example of application of thermoset material is when we have been asked to realise a second level underwater snorkel. Here, we used SMC material, a material made with carbon fibre (at 45%).

There are top level applications where the requirements of the customers are very ambitious: it is right here that we manage to fit in with success and enthusiasm.

 

Contact us immediately to discover if our integrated approach can bring added value also to your company.

 

 

 

Giorgio Testa
giorgio.testa@ntsmoulding.com

FAQ 5 – Can thermoset material be coloured?

Even thermoset material can be colouredBMC, material reinforced with glass fibre, appears as a homogenous mass (like modelling clay, to be clear) that, during the chemical composition of the material, can be added with specific colourants that do not change its stability and mechanical properties.

Thermoset material can be used, therefore, to satisfy different requirements, also aesthetic ones: let’s think, for example, of the necessary glossy surface required for the  lights of cars/motorbikes.

Thermosetting composites have peculiar features, in particular:

  • High resistances to mechanical stresses
  • Dimensional stability at high temperatures for a long time
  • Design flexibility
  • Metal Replacement
  • Surface quality
  • Chemical resistance

Contact us immediately to discover if our integrated approach can bring added value also to your company.

 

 

 

Giorgio Testa
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    FAQ 4 – Can thermoset material be recycled?

    Yes, it can. Even if in a different way from the simpler thermoplastic, that only requires a temperature increase to get melted and then moulded again.

    As it concerns thermoset material, instead, a little more energy is required: heat is not enough but it also takes energy to activate a process of pulverisation from which it is possible to obtain the dust that can be used in the new material production.

    In the foot print principle for the sake of the planet, we need to know however that this kind of recycling requires further energy (cost) to the environment to be realised. Therefore we need to train to focus on the very first way to recycle with no cost: reuse. By definition our technical components no matter if in thermoset or thermoplastic material, are first of all, reusable for an infinite number of times. We are talking, in fact, about products with a very long life cycle: also about 40 years. That said, waste and scrap pieces of the processes (both in thermoplastic and thermoset) are constantly decreasing and what remains is anyway technically recyclable at 100%. Real sustainability consists in evaluating costs and energy necessary to turn the scraps into reusable material or proceed with alternative waste.

     

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