Rail vehicles in good hands… and feet – with footrests

Rail vehicles in good hands… and feet – with footrests 1473 982 Spii

Footrests with DSD switches allow the driver to operate the driver safety device from an ergonomic seating position while keeping hands free. Additional functions, as horn activation and track sanding can be integrated. An optional heatable base plate provides additional comfort in winter.

Footrests and DSD switches can be found in railway vehicles all around the world, characterized by a high degree of safety over the many years of operation typical of railway vehicles.

Generally, footrests are customized product developments because of the need for adaptions required by each specific customer, based on the desk integration and country of operation.

The modular design and constructions of our robust, shock and vibration-proof footrests creates a large variation in the design of the final product, which will be customer-specific, reliable, rugged, low-maintenance and ergonomics, for even more safety.

Every footrest meets all the requirements of the rail vehicle manufacturers and of the railway’s standard, and are notable for their solid construction and high reliability.

The design of these devices follows the structural requirements of railways vehicles according to the standard EN 12663.  This standard specifies the loads vehicle equipment should be capable of sustaining and presents the principles to be used for design validation by analysis and testing, in order to guarantee the resistance of the object.

All the footrests are tested according to a comprehensive type test program and are compliant with the severe railways’ standards and the customer specifications.

One of the most severe tests to which the footrest is subjected is the shock and vibration test, according to standard EN 61373. This test specifies the requirements for testing equipment intended for use on railway vehicles which are subsequently subjected to vibrations and shock owing to the nature of railway operational environment. To demonstrate the quality of the product, it has to withstand tests that simulate the service conditions seen throughout its expected life.

Learn more by clicking here: http://www.spii.eu/our-solutions/intellicockpit-solutions/footrest/

See you next time,
Stefano Milani

I treni in buone mani…e piedi – grazie alle pedane

I treni in buone mani…e piedi – grazie alle pedane 1473 982 Spii

Le pedane con interruttori DSD consentono al conducente di azionare il dispositivo uomo morto da una posizione di seduta ergonomica mantenendo le mani libere. È possibile integrare funzioni aggiuntive, come l’attivazione del clacson o delle sabbiere. Una piastra di base riscaldabile opzionale offre ulteriore comfort in inverno.

Pedane e interruttori DSD sono presenti nei veicoli ferroviari di tutto il mondo, caratterizzati da un elevato grado di sicurezza nel corso dei molti anni di funzionamento tipici dei veicoli ferroviari.

Generalmente, le pedane sono prodotti sviluppati con procedure personalizzate a causa della necessità di adattamenti richiesti da ogni specifico cliente, in base all’integrazione con il banco di manovra e al paese di funzionamento.

Il design modulare e le costruzioni delle nostre pedane robuste, resistenti agli urti e alle vibrazioni creano una grande variazione nel design del prodotto finale, che sarà specifico per il cliente, affidabile, solido, a bassa manutenzione ed ergonomico, per una sicurezza ancora maggiore.

Tutte le pedane soddisfano interamente i requisiti dei produttori di veicoli ferroviari e degli standard di questo settore, e si distinguono per la loro costruzione solida e l’elevata affidabilità.

La progettazione di questi dispositivi segue i requisiti strutturali dei veicoli ferroviari secondo la norma EN 12663. Quest’ultima specifica i carichi che l’attrezzatura del veicolo dovrebbe essere in grado di sostenere e presenta i principi da utilizzare per la validazione del progetto mediante analisi e prove, al fine di garantire la resistenza dell’oggetto.

Tutte le pedane sono testate secondo un programma di prove di tipo completo e sono conformi alle severe norme ferroviarie e alle specifiche del cliente.

Uno dei test più severi a cui viene sottoposta la pedana è la prova di urto e vibrazione, secondo la norma EN 61373. Questo test specifica i requisiti per le apparecchiature da testare destinate all’uso su veicoli ferroviari che sono successivamente soggette a vibrazioni ed urti a causa della natura dell’ambiente operativo ferroviario. Per dimostrare la qualità del prodotto, deve resistere a test che simulano le condizioni di servizio osservate per tutta la sua vita prevista.

Vuoi saperne di più? Visita il nostro sito: http://www.spii.eu/le-nostre-soluzioni/intellicockpit-solutions-ita/footrest-ita/

Alla prossima puntata,
Stefano Milani

“Agile” is the keyword for a new company context

“Agile” is the keyword for a new company context 1280 854 Spii

If you have read the previous articles about our Journey towards Change, you should have understood something by now: we took it very seriously.

It was an evolution that involved our entire organization, every person had to take part in it and make themselves advocates of Change: there was no space for the DOO (depends on others), only for DOM (depends on me).

We wanted to change, improve, make our company a better place to work and a more innovative solution provider for our clients and partners…

But how? What was our goal, what did we want to become?

Well, we had a pretty clear view of the future we wanted to embrace: our compass was pointing towards “agility” during the whole journey.

What is agility within a company?

Being agile as a Company is the same as for a person: it means that they are swift, flexible, ready to move.

They can jump, change direction, move faster or slower accordingly to the conditions ahead. And most importantly, they are able to quickly step back up when they fall, and to understand the reason that led to failure in order to avoid it in the future.

As Fabio Tognetti wrote us when he introduced the work we would do together during SPII Evolution:

  • being agile means being ready for change, not just adapting to it but also riding it.
  • It means eliminating relational ballast, made up of misunderstandings, distorted communications, unresolved conflicts, to work well together.
  • To be agile means to stop complaining (DOO), and to transform criticism into constructive elements (DOM).
  • Being agile means having a clear idea of what we want to achieve together, and having a clear role to play in this process, showing the necessary flexibility in times of crisis.
  • Ultimately, it means putting the individual first, which is both a huge opportunity and a great responsibility. It means YOU count more, YOU have more influence in decisions; it means working with a purpose, becoming part of something much bigger.

It’s not something you have, it’s something you are: it’s an attitude we all have deep within us, something you can’t buy but you can work on to improve.

We wanted to achieve this kind of organizational model to better manage the complexity of our World. We just needed to understand how.

“How to make SPII agile?” This was the question

It actually was, from the very beginning: this was the title of the workshop we had with Fabio just before we started working in groups to brainstorm and ideate ways to improve the company.

The answer was for everyone to find. Really, everyone!

We only knew what we wanted to achieve:

  • a distributed vision, where every person knows the direction the company is going to and how he or she can contribute;
  • a distributed responsibility, so that everyone knows it is also THEIR job to get there.

SPII Evo is the disruptive medium we decided to use to pursue this evolution. It has been a long, complex and collective brainstorming, to ideate and give structure to projects that could achieve one (or both!) of the above goals.

And the funny thing is that, not only the implementation of the winning projects led to the change expected…it was also the process itself that did it!

Because when you want to become agile, the truth is that you have to start BEING agile. It’s a learning by doing process, where you start exercising the “muscles” you need and eventually realize that they are becoming stronger and stronger.

SPII Evo was designed just for that: starting a process of empowerment of every person, based on accountability and open-feedback, was the first step towards agility.

And once you begin that, it’s like a snowball rolling that starts an avalanche. You can’t stop it, and it will change everything. It affects the whole context of a company, both culture and process.

Is SPII an agile company?

Yes, we are. But it’s not because we have flexible working hours (which we do). Nor because we have a beautiful room dedicated to lunchtime, rest and chat with colleagues (which we have, and it’s one of the ideas born from SPII Evolution: the EVO Room!).

We are agile because we know how to embrace change. We don’t let things happen and then sort them out, we plan, we execute, and we adapt to ever-changing situations.

Our agility is based on our people, “bricks” that are made of responsibility about the result, expertise of what they are in charge of, and the necessary authority to make prompt decisions.
We have regulated what is inside of one’s “brick” and how to understand what is outside, so that we are fully autonomous but also fully interconnected.

This makes us fast and adaptable.

But what definitely makes us agile is the attitude: a mindset we grew day by day since we were born as a company, and especially since we started to purposefully work on it with SPII Evolution.

Would you consider yourself “agile” as well?

See you next time,
Ilaria Cazziol



Super-Dad 2560 1440 Spii

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” (George Herbert)

Becoming a father isn’t difficult, But it’s very difficult to be a father.” (Wilhelm Busch)

He who begets a son is not yet a father, a father is he who begets a son and makes himself worthy of it.“. (Fëdor Dostoevskij)

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs”. (Pam Brown)

Father’s day is upon us and we want to celebrate the father figure.

Father’s Day is an event celebrated all over the world in honor of fathers and fatherhood: it was born at the beginning of the last century together with Mother’s Day to pay homage to the role of the parent within society.

In Italy, as in many of the countries of Catholic tradition, Father’s Day falls on March 19, the day of the calendar that in 1479 Pope Sixtus IV dedicated to the commemoration of St. Joseph, the putative father of Jesus.

Dad is a child’s first mate. For a child, his father is the strongest and bravest man in the world: a superhero who can protect him.

Dad is the one who inspires the child, who teaches him lessons and who guides him to face life.

Dad is like a fireman: he always takes care to extinguish fires that arise on the path of family life.

Dad is the shield that protects the family from pain and difficulties.

Dad is the person we can always count on.

To all the fathers of SPII

To all the fathers of the World

We wish your strength will lead your children to grow in the freedom of the world, up to become the distant beacon of a safe harbour!

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli



Super-papà 2560 1440 Spii

Un padre è meglio di cento insegnanti.” (George Herbert)

Non è difficile diventare padre. Essere un padre: questo è difficile.” (Wilhelm Busch)

Colui che genera un figlio non è ancora un padre, un padre è colui che genera un figlio e se ne rende degno”. (Fëdor Dostoevskij)

«I papà sono uomini comuni trasformati dall’amore in eroi, avventurieri, narratori e cantanti». (Pam Brown)

Con queste citazioni, vogliamo onorare la figura paterna, in vista del prossimo 19 marzo.

La Festa del papà è un appuntamento celebrato in tutto il mondo in onore dei padri e della paternità: nasce all’inizio del secolo scorso insieme alla festa della mamma per omaggiare il ruolo del genitore all’interno della società. 

In Italia, così come in molti dei paesi di tradizione cattolica, la Festa del papà cade il 19 marzo, giorno del calendario che nel 1479 papa Sisto IV dedicò alla commemorazione di San Giuseppe, il padre putativo di Gesù.

Un papà è il primo compagno di un figlio. Per un bambino, suo padre è l’uomo più forte e coraggioso del mondo: un supereroe in grado di proteggerlo.

Un papà è colui a cui il bambino si ispira, da cui trae gli insegnamenti e che gli fa da guida per affrontare la vita.

Un papà è come un pompiere: si preoccupa sempre di spegnere gli incendi che si presentano sul percorso della vita famigliare.

Un papà è lo scudo che protegge la famiglia dal dolore e dalle difficoltà.

Un papà è la persona su cui possiamo sempre contare.

A tutti i padri di SPII

A tutti i padri del mondo

Da parte nostra, l’augurio che la vostra forza accompagni i vostri figli a crescere nella libertà del mondo, fino a diventare il faro lontano di un porto sicuro!

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli

Industrial HMIs: why not nice and easy to use?

Industrial HMIs: why not nice and easy to use? 940 589 Spii

The future is clear: our world is becoming more and more automated and technology is permeating our lives the more the time passes. Every electronic or automatic system needs to communicate with the user, just like any person speaks to each other by means of words and languages.

Throughout the years various ways have been developed to cope with this goal: in the 70’s one of the first personal computer, maybe one of the most famous due to its BASIC programming language, the Altair 8800, used LEDs to communicate its state to the user.

Then, in the 80’s, 7-segment display dominated the era (just think about KITT from Knight Rider). The 90’s were the time of alphanumerical displays. The last twenty years saw the development of a progressively evolved way to use and to be kept in touch with technology.

We are used to interact with machines: from the washing machine to our cars, passing from our smartphone, there is one big and most important interface to let us communicate with them: the display.

Displays, even in bigger machines like trains, are the main window to see what’s going on inside this extremely complex system. SPII can manage the challenge of making this possible: to ensure the best view of the entire environment while retaining ease of use, ergonomics and style, in the Italian way of creating superb products.

This is paired with state-of-the-art technologies: Intel or ARM architectures, capacitive touch and numerous display form factors and size available to be integrated in a custom, reliable and, most of all, safe design. Safe because our solutions are also SIL2 according to EN 50129 and already employed for ETCS signalling onboard of trains driver desks.

Moreover, the modularity of our technology ensures quick time to market, even for the most customized solution. We never forget our mission of guaranteeing the best state of the art technology, fused with ergonomics and style, to keep our automatic world always on track.

If you want to learn more visit our website: http://www.spii.eu/our-solutions/intellicockpit-solutions/display-hmi/

See you next time,
Davide Rossi

HMI industriali: estetica e funzionalità possono coesistere?

HMI industriali: estetica e funzionalità possono coesistere? 940 589 Spii

Il futuro è chiaro: il nostro mondo sta diventando sempre più automatizzato e più passa il tempo, più la tecnologia permea le nostre vite. Ogni sistema elettronico o automatico ha bisogno di comunicare con l’utente, così come ogni persona parla con le altre attraverso parole e linguaggi.

Nel corso degli anni sono state sviluppate diverse modalità per far fronte a questo obiettivo: negli anni ’70 uno dei primi personal computer, forse uno dei più famosi per il suo linguaggio di programmazione BASIC, l’Altair 8800, utilizzava i LED per comunicare il proprio stato all’utente.

Successivamente, negli anni ’80, il display a 7 segmenti ha dominato l’era (basti pensare a KITT di Knight Rider). Gli anni ’90 sono stati il ​​tempo dei display alfanumerici. L’ultimo ventennio ha visto lo sviluppo di modalità progressivamente evolute per utilizzare e restare al passo con la tecnologia.

Siamo abituati a interagire con le macchine: dalla lavatrice alle nostre automobili, passando dal nostro smartphone, c’è un’unica grande e importante interfaccia per farci comunicare con loro: il display.

I display, anche in macchine più grandi come i treni, sono la finestra principale per vedere cosa sta succedendo all’interno di questo sistema estremamente complesso. SPII è in grado di gestire la sfida di rendere possibile tutto questo: garantire la migliore visuale dell’intero ambiente mantenendo la semplicità d’uso, l’ergonomia e lo stile, nel modo italiano di creare prodotti superbi.

Tutto ciò è abbinato a tecnologie all’avanguardia: architetture Intel o ARM, touch capacitivo e numerosi formati e dimensioni del display disponibili per essere integrati in un design personalizzato, affidabile e, soprattutto, sicuro. Sicuro perché le nostre soluzioni sono anche SIL2 secondo EN 50129 e già impiegate per il segnalamento ETCS a bordo dei banchi di guida.

Inoltre, la modularità della nostra tecnologia garantisce un rapido time to market, anche per la soluzione più personalizzata. Non dimentichiamo mai la nostra missione di garantire la migliore tecnologia all’avanguardia, fusa con ergonomia e stile, per mantenere il nostro mondo automatico sempre sul binario giusto.

Per saperne di più, visita il nostro sito: http://www.spii.eu/le-nostre-soluzioni/intellicockpit-solutions-ita/display-hmi-ita/

Alla prossima puntata,
Davide Rossi




On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, SPII Management has decided to organize a special surprise for us Women!

We were invited to an interactive training webinar, promoted by Ellecubica and held by Lucilla Rizzini, whom we thank very much for this initiative.

Main topic of discussion was female self-confidence.

The word self-confidence comes from the term estimate, that is the evaluation and appreciation of oneself, which determines the ability to feel good about oneself and others.

“Belief in oneself” is a subjective process which lasts a lifetime. It depends on cognitive, affective and social factors.
An ongoing development path that conditions the way we interact with other people, our reactions and the ability or not to achieve our goals.

The need arises to think about how to have a more balanced perception of oneself, in order to improve it and to learn more and more to develop one’s potential.

The mind is like a “lens”: the vision of one’s self can be deformed, enlarged or distorted.
We should therefore learn to know the filters of this “lens”, because it is precisely the idea of ​​ourselves and the world around us that affects our self-confidence, and such distortions do not allow us to accept ourselves as we are.

What makes the difference is not the quantity, but the quality and stability of our beliefs about ourselves.

We – Women of SPII – thank you for having had the opportunity to participate in this interesting event.
We certainly bring home some more awareness on how to train, improve and increase our self-confidence!

Thanks again for this healthy dose of empowerment!!!

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli




In occasione della festa Internazionale della Donna, la Direzione di SPII ha pensato di organizzare una sorpresa speciale per noi Donne!

Siamo state invitate ad un webinar formativo interattivo, promosso da Ellecubica e tenuto da Lucilla Rizzini, che ringraziamo molto per questa iniziativa.

Argomento principale di discussione è stata l’autostima al femminile.

La parola autostima deriva dal termine stima, ossia la valutazione e l’apprezzamento di sé, che determina la capacità di stare bene con sé stessi e gli altri.

Il “credere in se stessi” è un processo soggettivo che dura una vita intera e che dipende da fattori cognitivi, affettivi e sociali.
Un percorso di sviluppo in divenire che condiziona il modo in cui interagiamo con le altre persone, le nostre reazioni e la capacità o meno di realizzare i nostri obiettivi.

Ecco dunque che sorge l’esigenza di pensare a come avere una percezione di sé più equilibrata, di poterla migliorare e di imparare sempre più a sviluppare le proprie potenzialità.

La mente è come una “lente”: la visione del proprio io può essere deformata, ampliata o distorta.
Dovremmo quindi imparare a conoscere i filtri di questa “lente”, perché è proprio l’idea di noi stessi e del mondo che ci circonda che influisce sulla nostra autostima, e tali distorsioni non ci permettono di accettarci per come siamo.

Quello che fa la differenza non è la quantità, ma la qualità e la stabilità delle nostre convinzioni su noi stessi.

Noi Donne di SPII ringraziamo per aver avuto la possibilità di partecipare a questo evento stimolante ed interessante.
Sicuramente ci portiamo a casa qualche consapevolezza in più su come allenare, migliorare ed accrescere la nostra autostima!

Grazie ancora per questa sana dose di empowerment!!!

Alla prossima puntata,
Simona Gianoli

The power that moves the world!

The power that moves the world! 2466 1647 Spii

A universe of beauty and loving sweetness; of strength, courage and determination; of intelligence and talent!
They are daughters, friends, wives, mothers, but also workers, managers and high officials of the State.

Like every year, we wish to celebrate March 8: International Women’s Day.
A day dedicated to memory and reflection on the political, social and economic achievements of the fair sex.

What is the origin?

The history of the Women’s day dates back to the early twentieth century.

For several years, the origin of March 8 was related to a tragedy that occurred in 1908, which had as protagonists the workers of the Cotton textile industry in New York, whom were killed by a fire.

However, the facts that really led to the institution of Women’s Day are linked to the events regarding the struggle for the vindication of women’s rights, including the right to vote.

The mimosa

UDI – the union of Italian women – was founded in Italy in 1945. This association choose the mimosa like the symbol of Women’s Day.

A fragrant flower that blooms in this period, in which many yellow dots united in the same twig, be a symbol of closeness and solidarity between womens.

The philosophy of inclusion

On March 8, we want to celebrate all women, especially our women of SPII … but not only!

Today is a special day, commemorating gender parity, a concept we should remember every day and which should bring us back to a broader view of inclusion.

Where inclusion means celebrating PEOPLE as such, with their many facets, regardless of the female or male gender.

Because only together can we make a difference and achieve great goals, careless of our gender, our ideals or our role.

It is a day to remember that there are no limits unless we decide.
Because we, as human beings, can do everything.


Happy Women’s Day & Happy Inclusion Day by SPII.

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli