Schiatti – Attila Terragni: the red pen engineer

We received from Schiatti Angelo the following press release

Attila is the manager in charge of the technical service and design; he fulfils Schiatti working machines from a blank piece of paper to the machine in operation.

What it means designing a machine for the glass processing?
Everyday I weight concepts and assumptions, carry out preliminary calculations and feasibility studies and I contact the suppliers for the components selection. This means dynamic and structural calculations and checks as well as oversee my close collaborators.

Even the most complicated cases of assistance are in your wise hands?
That’s right! It is easier to have a general picture of the situation if the machine, basically, is your creation.

There are often inputs that are not just related to the technical field but that put me into collaboration with many other company departments as the commercial and production one.

When Schiatti hired you, what were you doing?
I did my first step in the company in 2006. I was hired as designer. In 2008, two years later, I became manager of the technical office.

Mine, has been a linear path with a clear identity starting from the beginning.

And before designing machines for glass processing, what were you doing?
I was studying. I know it is an unusual thing for our times but this is my first job.

I think this is one of the happy cases in which you grow up in a company, you feel like you are at home and you stay there for long time, very long time.

This year, Schiatti and I celebrates our 14th anniversary!

What’s the great thing about designing an edger or a beveller?
There are several stages that I like but the greatest satisfaction is to forge something starting from a blank piece of paper up to the production. It is always exciting to see one of our machine working and think that it was born from my doodles, strictly done with the red pen.

And what’s the great thing of working at Schiatti?
Each machine is born for a specific project, often customized, and it’s always cared for with great attention.

And then the trust and desire to get on, innovate, even daring.

Like the time when it seemed that my project of vertical driller was impossible. I didn’t like this word and neither did the management which allowed me to work on it. Today it is one of our top models.

Innovation and trust; another advantage of being part of the Schiatti team?
The family environment. Despite the attitude to dynamism, our relatively small dimension allows us to have a direct relationship with all the company departments. This generates a very friendly atmosphere, shortening red tape and procedures.

Which is the most difficult part of your job as machines designer?
Probably the pressure for the delivery time.

Flexibility is one of our strong point but it is also requires great commitment. To deliver in short times and within the date chosen by the customer it is often necessary to keep a sustained pace and a constant and high focus.

What would you do if you wouldn’t have become an engineer?
My interest has always been the functioning (at all levels) of things. I have always been fascinated by the field of physic research, from particle physics to astronomy.

I mean, I would have always been an engineer are  (you born in that way) but maybe not in the mechanical field.

Let’s talking about Attila in his free time: do you play any sport?
The bad conditions of my joints wouldn’t like it. I swim on an amateur level and I love long walks with my family, of which my dogs are part.

Motorcycling can be considered a sport? In that case I would be a champion.

So you love motorbikes, other passions?

DIY (carpentry and electronics) and videogames.

And then, I’m very curious: ever since I was a child I always liked to learn new stuff. A few years ago I was reading the encyclopedia; now I read Wikipedia.

Attila is a practical man, determined who knows what he wants.

He tells us that, in the private life he has carefully selected the affections and the people around him, just because he loves to spend some quality time with others.

He is a precious team member and in many years he was been able to bring great added value to the Company and not only in terms of technical design but also for being a great example of commitment, honesty and ingenuity that every day he brings to Schiatti.

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