SPII wishes you a Beautiful New Year!

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As the seasonal holidays approach, we reflect on the incredible moments and meaningful connections we shared this year.

It was a pleasure having you as part of our community.

Looking ahead, we are already excited about the prospect of the year ahead.

We cant’ await to reconnect to you and explore new horizons together.

SPII wishes you a Beautiful New Year!

See you next year !


SPII wishes you a Merry Christmas

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We want to take this moment to express our warmest wishes for a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

May the holiday season bring you moments of laughter, love, and reflection, surrounded by the company of cherished friends and family.

Merry Christmas by SPII !

Tailor-made solutions for the Railway Industry

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With a history of constant innovation dating back to 1947, SPII has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to creating tailor-made solutions in the field of human-machine interfaces.

During the latest edition of the Expo Ferroviaria trade fair on October 2023, we presented a range of products designed to meet the growing needs of the modern railway industry.


The main protagonist of this edition was undoubtedly IntelliArm, an avant-garde control station that was initially introduced as a concept at Expo Ferroviaria in 2021.

After receiving the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, IntelliArm traveled across Europe in a specially equipped van, kicking off an unprecedented roadshow to be showcased to European operators and manufacturers.

It returned to Expo Ferroviaria 2023 as a mature product, ready for implementation in concrete applications.
The installation of Intelliarm inside a “bogie car” creates a fascinating contrast between technologies from different eras, highlighting the incredible progress that has been made.

It also underlines SPII‘s fundamental philosophy: starting from the basics, reinventing the control cabin based on the needs of the people who use it.

Master Controller

In addition to Intelliarm, SPII presented a complete range of products that share the same philosophy. Among these, the new Master Controllers stand out. These devices were developed with the aim of improving posture and facilitating the repetitive movements of the driver. Thanks to specially designed control levers, they offer intuitive and precise control, while promoting a more comfortable and natural posture.


At the heart of the control cabins of any railway vehicle, the Machinist Footrests are a crucial component often overlooked.

However, the recent innovations presented at Expo Ferroviaria 2023 have ushered in a new era in ergonomics and control, bringing the arrangement of pedal controls to the forefront.

Thanks to carefully studied design, they represent a milestone in driving ergonomics. The layout of the pedal controls has been optimized to offer intuitive and comfortable control, minimizing the effort required by the driver.


Another key element of this new product range is the SIL 2 Full Screen Displays.

They combine the intrinsic safety of information with greater visibility through the integration of larger screens, without increasing external dimensions.

This means that operators can have a clear and detailed view of crucial information, enhancing their ability to make quick and accurate decisions.


The latest generation of manual earthing Switches represents a step forward in the safety and efficiency of railway maintenance operations.

In addition to ensuring safe access to equipment, these new devices feature innovations in terms of design and ergonomics.
The goal is to make the tasks of the maintenance operator, who must operate the switch for grounding, more manageable and efficient.

Thanks to a combination of reliable safety, electrical performance, and ergonomic design, these new devices significantly improve the work environment for maintenance operators, contributing to ensuring a safer and more efficient railway system as a whole.

SPII‘s vision and mission reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to optimizing interactions between humans and technology.
A future in which humans remain at the center of a technologically advanced and automated world is fundamental.
Even with the incessant progress of machines, human uniqueness and needs will never disappear, but rather must be valued and preserved.

With #passion, #curiosity and #courage, we will continue to chart the path to a better future, wherever it may lead.

See you next time,
Silvio Zuffetti


An unprecedented initiative: Intelli Road-Show

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June 8, 2021 is the date that marks the beginning of an unprecedented roadshow which saw #IntelliArm as the protagonist, our innovative driver desk, winner of the Red Dot Design Award 2021 for its 𝑂𝑢𝑡𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐷𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛.

We traveled across Europe on board a van specially set up to fully convey the advantages of IntelliArm and involve users, car builders and municipalities active in urban mobility.

This year our journey ended, an immersive and engaging experience that we want to remember with this video, letting you “𝗜𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲”

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli


SPII 2022: TOWARDS THE FUTURE 747 420 Spii

SPII, the competence center of the Schaltbau gmbh group, designs and manufactures human-machine interface systems, living engineering as a journey towards the change based on #technology, #ergonomy and #style.

Over the years, the natural process by which the future invades our lives has led us to evolve while always maintaining our spirit, made of #passion, #curiosity and #courage.

Always remembering the past and embracing the future, we continue our path in search of innovation, providing tailored technological solutions and developing agility focused to solve problems and find solutions.

We never stop #inspiration, we feed it!


See you next time,
Simona Gianoli

Believing in young people is believing in the future

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Spii is an Italian company, Center of Competence of the Schaltbau Group for the design and production of human-machine interfaces, where engineering combined with manufacturing experience allow to merge Technology, Ergonomics and Style in solutions in which the human being is at the center.

Our company strongly believes in young people and in the value they bring through innovation, the inclination to learning, new technologies and change in general.
For this reason, I quote a sentence from Dr. Paola Foiadelli, ex CEO of SPII who, on the occasion of the “From father to son” award winning – an initiative promoted by the Liuc University and aimed at rewarding the best generational transition in the Italian company – stated: “It is the people who make the difference. Believing in young people means believing in the future ”.

SPII has always contributed to the growth of young people both from a professional and personal point of view, collaborating with universities and upper secondary schools, in order to create direct contact between the worlds of work and education.
We offer students high-level training opportunities, with a view to intergenerational communication based on the exchange of experiences and knowledge.

It is our care to design different courses for each level of training, with the aim of transferring to young people “tailored” skills of their passions and suitable tools for a constantly evolving world of work.

Every year we promote new internship opportunities and degree theses, activating partnerships with various universities, such as LIUC, Politecnico di Milano and Università Cattolica.

Over the years, SPII has welcomed talents from various study paths: Engineering, Economics, Law, Sociology, Languages, Astrophysics and more.
Students with very different cultural backgrounds, but all united by curiosity and desire to do.

Our company is an active protagonist of various initiatives that offer students the opportunity to present themselves and apply, to become part of the company Graduate Program, which allows them to acquire greater responsibilities over time and to develop their growth path in SPII.

Every year, the company offers lessons to the students of the Automation of Electric Transport Systems course at the Politecnico di Milano, who always ask many questions.
This demonstrates the interest and validity of these initiatives, which proactively involve students to create a union between theory and the world of real applications.

SPII also collaborates with upper secondary schools in the area – such as the I.P.S.I.A. of Saronno – and higher technical institutes – such as the ITS Rizzoli of Milan, activating alternation school-work courses, aimed at 4th and 5th years grade students.
The goal is to develop an awareness of the business culture in young people, through support and tutoring activities for transversal skills and guidance.

We give students the opportunity to get to know and discover different business realities, such as: administration, general services, purchasing office, warehouse and production area, which includes wiring and assembly activities.

In this way, young people have the opportunity to get involved and deal with the world of work, to discover how important it is to work in a team and share ideas and knowledge.

Finally, moving on to middle school, SPII fascinates even the little ones, making them immerse themselves in “tailor-made” solutions in the railway and industrial automation sectors.

PMI Day is for us a fixed appointment with the younger kids, where enthusiasm, curiosity and desire to get to know each other are never lacking.
It is an initiative aimed at eighth-grade students to help them discover the world of small and medium-sized enterprises in the province of Varese.

We offer information on the company organization, examples of roles that can be covered in this reality and indications on the course of study to get to cover the various positions.
Children are given the opportunity to visit the company and in particular the Expo Hall, our showroom where historical products and the latest technological innovations relating to driver desks and components for subways, tramways and railway rolling stock are exhibited.

SPII is looking for passionate, curious and courageous people.
Initiative and a strong spirit are essential to undertake a career path in a challenging and constantly evolving context.
If you are interested in taking a “trip” with us, do not hesitate to send an email to recruiting@spii.it.

We are waiting for you!

See you next time,
Marianna Donadonibus



Great challenges: facing the complexity of our time.

From the point of view of an “old” engineer, speaking of complex systems means debating “systems of systems”, “hybrid systems”, “multimodal systems” and looking forward to hours at the desk in the midst of formulas and calculation systems.

To date, the traditional complexities have certainly not disappeared, on the contrary, but the “complexity has become more complex”, a new generation engineer must include digital revolution, climate, mobility, health, green energy, technological humanism in the complexity equation , cybersecurity and so on and so forth, the more you put.

In this challenge to complexity 4.0, however, we have new tools, others need to be invented, it is useless to continue to do the same things hoping for always different results.

No approach can be considered superfluous, every point of view is useful and necessary to look at and understand a multifaceted and multifaceted reality, with very high degrees of complexity.

Old style engineering must renew itself by combining different profiles, engineers, designers and figures from the world of human, economic and social sciences.

A working environment where flexibility becomes a necessity, since complex systems require few and simple rules, and the soft skills of the engineer take on an increasingly important role.

Smart working becomes an additional tool for approaching complexity, the change of work environment stimulates new ideas and therefore new solutions. Each of us has come up with the solution to a problem in the car, on the subway or while we were telling a bedtime story to our son.

In a nutshell, the “new” engineer must also be a designer, a social expert, a philosopher, a computer scientist … or more simply can help create an engineering in which all these skills are shared and where brainstorming is permanent.

A professional more capable of grasping the solicitations coming from society, more prepared to face the complex reality of our time.

And this is the approach to engineering that we believe is a winning one, which our customers can count on when they choose us as a partner for their great challenges.

See you next time,
Giovanni Salati


The Culture Map by Erin Meyer

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Alessandro Boldetti, Emiliano Grandi, Paolo Casoretti, Daniele Colombini, Massimo Riccelli, Fabio Devenz, Andrea Maggi, Valentina Marrese, Arianna Tiralongo

Spii, as a center of competence, thrives on experience and international interaction with the rest of the world and wants to improve the management of its worldwide network more and more to better support its customers.

Guided by the awareness that diversity is an added value and that there are cultural gaps between the various countries, our desire to understand different cultures arises.

How do we intend to master the intercultural dynamics?
Helping our team members to develop their cultural flexibility thanks to a training course in collaboration with Mylia which is part of our Academy program.

To guide us in this path will be the teacher Maura Di Mauro – Interculural Trainer, Coach & Consultant.

In the meantime, we decided to prepare ourselves by letting ourselves be inspired by Erin Meyer and her fantastic book The Culture Map: a detailed guide to the cultures of different countries to learn how to adopt the most effective techniques in communication and interactions within multicultural environments.

We can’t wait to increase our knowledge by learning to observe from different perspectives!

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli

Happy Easter 2022 from SPII

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Easter is the symbol of Renewal, Joy and Rebirth.

It represents an opportunity to regenerate with family and friends.

This anniversary follows the arrival of spring and is accompanied by the awakening of nature.

Thus, the Easter period turns out to be that moment in which life moves again towards its fullness.

May this holiday give us all a vision of the future covered with new light and ready to be lived with curiosity, passion and courage.

On this somewhat special day for everyone, we wish you to smile at the days to come with that joy in the heart that only authentic and genuine things can give.

Happy Easter of serenity and joy from Spii!

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli

IntelliArm: Revolutionizing Cab Layout

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IntelliArm means Improved Cab Design and Environment Sustainability.

The revolution of the railway market passes above all through the cabin layout. Italy, the homeland of the Renaissance and of the famous way of thinking with its “Man in the center”, proposes a railway humanism to build an efficient working environment that surrounds the driver.

The cockpit is the meeting point between the end user and the car builder engineering who developed the design. Only by bringing the technological, style and ergonomics content to the top we can truly aim to revisit the cabin layout by introducing tangible advantages.

Volume and weight savings today are certainly the most popular elements in railway design. in an era in which the “Green ” and sustainability boost is becoming more and more concrete and current.

Acting on these parameters means moving towards a new design paradigm in which each accessory device often contained in the driver desk moves to much more accessible, maintainable areas. Topics we are going to cover in the next episodes of IntelliArm.

IntelliArm accompanies us to the discovery of a Driver Desk, in which the ratio between volume and technical content is extremely high, each I / O is optimally distributed, and each space is carefully designed to host a specific function. The result is a Driver Desk of unparalleled efficiency, in a perfect marriage between Engineering and environmental sustainability.

Volume and Weight

Although the innovations in the Railway field are often of a technological nature, going to act on individual components and processes, they are less inclined to evaluate the entire Control Package in its entirety.

Only a different approach can give birth to a product that is extremely aimed at reducing volume and weight, guaranteeing flexibility in the correct repositioning of all the devices in the cabin.

Volume: Defines the extension of a body, i.e. the space occupied by an object, in our case, the Driver Desk. It is expressed in m³.

Space Saving: IntelliArm Vs Regional Train Driver Desk

Decreasing the occupied volume and weight means drastically increasing the efficiency of the desk, a further objective of I / O interfaces, creating space in the cabin where to place what is currently sacrificed. Some examples are pneumatics and the personal effects of the Driver.

The innate compactness of IntelliArm also leads to the reduction of everything that is packaging, an increasingly important need for SPII’s commitment to sustainability.

Weight: Measured in Kg, it expresses the mass related to a specific object.

Weight: IntelliArm Vs Regional Train Driver Desk

A decrease in volume brings with it a consequent decrease in weight, a winning combo that allows the Car Builder to handle a concentrate of solutions that in optimal volume and weight, allows to reach the previous effectiveness in terms of operability.

In this case we can compare not only IntelliArm in the single configuration but also in its double essence, emphasizing that in both solutions compared to the desk of a regional train, the additional space created in the cabin is surprising.

Space Saving: IntelliArm Vs Regional Train Driver Desk

IntelliArm is thought to give you more with less. Reverse the traditional concept of Driver Desk without losing any of the classic advantages, indeed adding others. Thus creating space in the cabin for your personal belongings and preparing for an unprecedented experience. Design in the space for additional components and increase the maximum seating capacity.

Weight Saving: IntelliArm Vs Regional Train Driver Desk

It is incredible how reducing and limiting the overall dimensions consequently improves installation times. Consequently, it becomes possible to minimize installation personnel, tools and reduce the risks associated with installing the Driver Desk. Lightness means less energy expenditure for traction, IntelliArm is therefore the right choice for a Car Builder and an operator who want to be more sustainable than ever.

IntelliArm allows the Car Builder to completely redesign the cabin layout, bringing with it the only advantages that a simple, clean, light and less bulky installation can offer.

Driving innovation means being the spokesperson for all the aspects that both the Driver and the designer would like to improve, concentrating them at the center of the new railway humanism. The Control Package is at the center of the cabin, just as man is in the technological renaissance that IntelliArm is capable of underlining and bringing new life.

See you next time
Paolo Casoretti