Biancalani technicians drive the R&D and innovations

Some people are sort of programmed to see the whole puzzle before it’s been assembled. They simply think big with an eye for details. These professionals fuel innovation and progress in every sector and their opinion is essential, but often little-known. That’s why the topic is so interesting, particularly when it comes to the Meccano-textile world. And Biancalani has belonged to this sector for decades.

“We often forget”, says Mr Massimo Biancalani, CEO of the company “that innovation can be a complex, multifaceted process. Biancalani has made a very specific choice, which is to get a position as a producer of alternative textile finishing machinery. The so-called input, the spark in the creative process, always comes from a question: what does the Meccano-textile sector lacks but could be desirable and beneficial?”

“That’s what happened with AQUARIA®” Maurizio Toccafondi, R&D Manager, adds. “We were looking for a different view, something based on tradition and experience of course, but not trivial. Well, the result has been incredible: we managed to squeeze six points of force in a single machine, so to produce an alternative textile avant-garde. And obviously, it yields incredible results, some of them well-known and others all to be discovered.”

“You could label the research phase as maniacal” explains Massimo Biancalani “but the correct term here is punctual because we are talking about the foundations of the design process. Opinions and data come from external collaborators, professionals, market analysis, statistics, the Internet and all is collected by the R&D department. These multifaceted impulses trigger the design process. Technicians at Biancalani are very good at grasping the right details and that’s one of the reasons why the company recruited them.”

“The design process is participative, there’s a continuous discussion to make the research phase work,” says Mr. Toccafondi. “It’s a daily brainstorming. You must forget formal timing marked by meetings that are only a tiny part of the whole thing. After a meeting, you don’t hold the ultimate design truth in your hands, you are just more informed and ready to change tack, if necessary. And often, it is necessary. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a design phase.”

The R&D Manager wants to make a point: “the design process must not let technological risks be an option, which happens with what we call poor machinery. If you cut to the bone during the design and production processes, you’ll end up producing supposedly groundbreaking machinery, and yet deprived of meaning. That’s a huge mistake. The technological content comes first. Every successful R&D operation should bear this in mind.”

“The actual design part,” Mr Biancalani says, “the technical phase I mean, is sort of a creative synthesizing. The ideas start coming and start being shared in a free and continuous exchange of views. Biancalani has been gathering professionals of different age, background and specialization and their constructive dialogue have brought to such types of machinery such as AIRO®24, AIRBOX and AQUARIA®.”

“We are not talking about conventional, average textile machinery. And you feel proud you contributed to achieve such goals,” adds Mr. Toccafondi.

He concludes, let’s say you have developed the machine. Now there’s another interesting step: the company becomes a consultant for the client, often their sole provider and a strong promoter of certain design philosophy. Biancalani is a strategic partner at this point.

The top-level is reached when clients who are leaders in the textile finishing sector choose to test innovative machinery.”


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