It’s time to our annual date with the students of the Automation of Electric Transport Systems course of Politecnico of Milan.

The lesson was held by our colleague Alberto Colombo, who again this year had the honor of taking on the role of a teacher.

We talked about many issues related to communication networks, systems design and controls in railway application.

During the lesson various examples were proposed and many questions from students, which demonstrate the interest of the students and the undisputed validity of these initiatives.

The goal is to proactively engage students to create a union between theory and the world of real applications.

We thank once again our colleague Alberto Colombo for his availability, Professor Michela Longo, as organizer of the event and the assistant Cristian Giovanni Colombo.

SPII has always actively collaborated with the Politecnico di Milano through degree theses, research doctorates, internships and events.

About events, we remind you of the PMI Day event on November 19th.

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli



E’ arrivato il momento del nostro appuntamento annuale con gli studenti del corso di Automazione dei Sistemi Elettrici di Trasporto del Politecnico di Milano.

La lezione è stata tenuta dal nostro collega Alberto Colombo, che anche quest’anno ha avuto l’onore di vestire i panni da docente.

Abbiamo parlato di tante tematiche relative le reti di comunicazione, progettazione di sistemi e controlli in applicazione railway.

Nel corso della lezione diversi sono stati gli esempi proposti e molte le domande degli studenti, che dimostrano l’interesse degli studenti e l’indiscussa validità di queste iniziative.

L’obiettivo è coinvolgere proattivamente gli studenti per creare un’unione tra la teoria e il mondo delle applicazioni reali.

Ringraziamo ancora una volta il collega Alberto Colombo per la sua disponibilità, la professoressa Michela Longo, in quanto organizzatrice dell’evento e l’assistente Cristian Giovanni Colombo.

SPII da sempre collabora attivamente con il Politecnico di Milano attraverso tesi di laurea, dottorati di ricerca, stage ed eventi.

Tra quest’ultimi, vi ricordiamo l’evento PMI Day del prossimo 19 novembre.

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli



SPII investe costantemente sulla formazione dei propri collaboratori.

L’alunno della nostra Academy Vincenzo Stasi ci suggerisce quali tematiche potremmo approfondire durante i nostri corsi.

Clicca sul video per scoprirlo!

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli



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Il 19 Novembre SPII parteciperà al 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗣𝗠𝗜.

Non vediamo l’ora di conoscere voi studenti e laureati #Polimi.

Avete tempo 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗼 𝗮𝗹 𝟯𝟬 𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗿v𝗶 alle nostre posizioni aperte.

Cosa aspetti? Candidati anche tu!

👉 https://www.careerservice.polimi.it/it-IT/Companies/Home/Index/?CompanyID=3256574012221246678

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli




SPII and Italdesign welcome you to the new future!

Train drivers were asked to imagine and create their workplace with the new #V-Desk.

They were the first to have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new reality that combines creativity and technology.

Watch the video and find out their reactions!

We look forward to seeing you from 28 to 30 September at ExpoFerroviaria.

Hall 16, Stand P90.

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli




La nostra docente dell’Academy Sara D’Arone ha tenuto il corso di flussi e processi di magazzino.

Scopriamo insieme quali difficoltà ha incontrato durante le sue lezioni…

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli

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When your Vision shapes your Future: SPII & Avanchair

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Avanchair’s crowdfunding campaign

June 13th, 2021 was a very special day.

Maybe you didn’t realize it, but on that day the life of 130 million people worldwide may have taken a turn for good.
That’s how many people would benefit from Andrea Depalo’s invention, Avanchair, according to the Wheelchair Foundation.

On that day, indeed, his “smart” wheelchair reached its crowdfunding goal on Eppela.

Now a new chapter begins: Avanchair needs to move from “dream” to “reality”.

And we at SPII are happy to be part of it, lending our knowledge and experience in Human-Machine Interfaces to this amazing project.

Not only because it will help millions of people overcome their disability and live a better life.

But also because Avanchair is an original and beautiful manifestation of our Mission and Vision.

And when you let your Vision shape your Future, great things happen.

When innovation is born

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Some of the everyday actions disabled people need help with – before Avanchair

Andrea Depalo is an Italian entrepreneur who had a dream: help people with a disability like himself move more freely.

A dream that started to become a Vision some years ago, when he first pictured the idea of Avanchair.

A wheelchair that could help its users perform a number of movements, thanks to a motorized seat that can move vertically and horizontally.

With this simple but essential innovation, the persons using the chair can get closer to a car, a bathroom, a bed or any other surface they may want to move to, empowering them to be more autonomous and free during their everyday life.

An innovation that is simple…but also enormously complex.
It needs, among the rest, a human-machine interface that is essential, easy to use, precise and effective.

Something we at SPII know well about.

The initial connection between Andrea and SPII was totally random: by chance, the entrepreneur lives maybe 300 meters away from the company’s headquarters, in Saronno.

So at the very beginning of this journey, few years ago, we met, we exchanged opinions, we gave him suggestions about the technological side, we pledged our interest to the project.

During the following years, Andrea went on “building” his idea: he found sponsors, partners such as Enel, and the project grew stronger and stronger.

And now, with the crowdfunding campaign successfully concluded, it’s closer than ever to becoming a reality!

There is still much to do before some actual work together can begin, but we knew from the very beginning there was something there – a bond, a connection.

A shared Vision.

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The HMI from Intelliarm could be similar to the one of Avanchair

When a shared Vision is born

If you have read our story so far, you know that our company has always been strongly tied to the train industry. As the market leader for components and safety devices for railway and industrial applications, we have always been very focused.

But we also had something else, something that made us look further away and beyond our industry.
Something that would later become our motto, synthesizing our Vision and Mission in a sentence:


Wheelchairs are not SPII’s specialty for sure…but mobility is.

Wherever we can” is not only a slogan, is a way of being: it’s the way we look at the world, the recipe we use to navigate decisions. It’s how we want to be, and how we want other people to be.

Mobility is in our DNA – as it is sustainability, diversity, inclusion. All values we strongly saw from the very beginning in Avanchair.

When, in recent years, SPII had to rely more than ever on its resilience, we decided to look deeply into our company’s soul, with an effort to grow with the times and stay relevant to society’s needs.

What emerged is well summarized in our About Us page:

  • It’s a Vision that sees a human being at the center of an automated and robotized world;
  • and it’s a Mission that sees us providing the best possible solutions for the interaction between humans and machines, through technology, style and ergonomics.

This consciousness is what led us so far, what informs our decisions and the projects we work on.

It’s what allowed us to build an innovative solution like IntelliArm, which was awarded with a RedDot for its design.

It’s what led us to support Elli&Rini with their last creation, PIANETA. Or to partner with ItalDesign and work on a solution like V-Desk to integrate AR into the industrial process.

And it is what makes us want to contribute to Avanchair: because we see technology as a tool to improve people’s health, happiness and freedom.

So what is a better fit for SPII than a robotized wheelchair, which leverages automation to allow its users to be all of the above?

Interview to Andrea Depalo, Avanchair’s founder

Our expertise goes well beyond trains: it goes wherever we can.

And we want to help allow people with disability do the same.

Are you curious to know how the Avanchair project evolves?
Keep in touch with us and follow the dedicated website and Facebook page.

See you next time,
Ilaria Cazziol



E’ tempo di formazione!

A settembre ripartiremo alla carica con la nostra Academy.

Vi presentiamo il prossimo corso in arrivo: QUALITA’ DEL PRODOTTO


One vision: from competition to cooperation

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What do you think is the best way to make people cooperate?

Give them a common goal? Make them feel part of something greater, you say?
Yes, sure, it may work.

But what we found out to work best is something slightly different.
If you want people to truly cooperate at a deeper level you need to…add instead a little bit of competition!

You don’t believe it? Well, look at what happened with SPIIEvo and you will think again.

Divide to unify: the formula of Evolution

We have already told you how with SPIIEvo the whole company was divided into smaller groups, each of them identified by one Element (Water, Air, Earth and Fire). And how they all went separately through a journey of change, in order to find one game-changing idea each to propose to the management.

They would then compete with each other to become the “winning Element” that would offer the most interesting idea to improve the company.

What we didn’t tell you yet is that this all was a well-defined plan to actually make them cooperate at a higher level than ever before!

Every Element would include more than one group: week after week, during every edition of the activity, every one of them would experience the same thing, and they would be evaluated with a grade based on their results.
Water, Air, Earth and Fire 1 each got a grade, then Water, Air, Earth and Fire 2, and 3, and so on…

They were all separated. But really they were all the same, because each Element would then be counted together, as a whole: so the score of the group “Air 1” was added to “Air 2”, and so on. In order to win and gain more points, a transversal cooperation between competing groups was actually essential!

Edition after edition, a ranking of the 4 Elements was generated, to which every single team has given its contribution through its own overall score: this ranking is the basis of the gamification system of a program such as Evolution, which involves, focuses, and unites.

After each edition, the updated rankings are posted throughout the company.

The effect is twofold: on the one hand, the increasing involvement of those who have already participated in the event, and on the other, the increasing expectations of those who have yet to participate and don’t know what is going to happen.

This generates an incredible hype and also a transversal group spirit.
People from one element or another would wear the same colors, the same branded pins, and develop an incredible sense of belonging.
You’re creating not only attachment, but also a growing, exponential sense of expectation – all towards the final event.

But at the same time something special happens. A paradox.

By separating people into 4 different teams and many more groups, you create competition.

But on the other hand you promote identification with the company as a whole, you create a strong and cohesive company culture, based on a common language that can be understood and spoken only by the ones who feel part of it.

Human beings are programmed that way, attachment to the team is inevitable.

And the entire EVOLUTION path leverages exactly this factor: edition after edition, people become more and more attached to the Element of their team, generating a spirit of unity and support.

One vision is all you need to have

So what?

After months of this both playful and serious competition, the day of the final event comes.

The 4 best groups from each edition and Element are on stage, in front of all their colleagues and friends, and have to present their ideas and convince the jury their one is the best.

So you will find yourself with 4 different groups, united under the flag of 4 different elements, competing against each other for the first prize and for the glory.

How can you make it possible for EVERYONE to win, at this stage? How can you keep everybody engaged, actively and purposefully participating?

This is where the real trick is done.

A new rule is introduced: the audience is divided once more into the 4 elements, and then additional points are offered to the element that belongs to those in the audience who find ways to improve on the ideas of those on stage!

Can you see it? This is explosive.
This way:

  • the audience must listen actively to understand and propose new solutions;
  • those who participate feel engaged because they contribute to make their element win;
  • but they ultimately find ways for EVERYONE to win, because it’s good for the company.

This is what you mean when you say “win-win solutions“!

Are you building a cathedral?

Do you see it now?

Competition doesn’t have to be a tool to declare a winner and a loser.
It can be a metaphor, a way to stimulate a company culture that is cohesive and cooperative.

It can transform the way people work, engage and consider themselves within a company.

Have you ever heard the story of the three bricklayers?

A traveler came upon three men working. He asked the first man what he was doing and the man said he was laying bricks.

He asked the second man the same question and he said he was putting up a wall.

When he got to the third man and asked him what he was doing, he said he was building a cathedral.

They were all doing the same thing. The first man had a job. The second man had a career. The third man had a calling.

The path of EVOLUTION that Unreal Training helped us walk by was not only designed to improve our company culture and stimulate new, innovative solutions. It was aimed at building a cathedral, and have everyone on board knowing they were working with a purpose.

Within SPII we all participated in SPIIEvo, everyone had to take part in it; the degree of discretion was with what commitment to do so.
Everyone had to decide which of the 3 workers working on the cathedral to be.

What do you think? Have you ever seen competition in this light?

See you next time,




Cosa hai imparato durante il corso “SPII – Valori e Funzioni”?

Scopriamo insieme cosa ci ha risposto Luis Aliaga Ferrufino:

Ho compreso la differenza tra essere ‘solo’ un gruppo o una vera squadra.

Ho capito che il magazzino sta diventando una vera squadra.

Ognuno ha il proprio ruolo ma dove si lavora insieme per lo stesso obiettivo

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli