Participation was vast and active in the webinar conducted by Fabio Vuoto on 18th and 19th March. The Ocrim Technical Manager spoke about all the aspects that should be considered when designing a construction for the milling plant. The best solution is based on the geological and environmental analysis, the choice of materials and construction methodology, and above all the analysis of the customer’s needs.  

How to build the construction for a milling plant? There are many variable factors to consider when implementing a milling project designed to offer maximum return on investment. Fabio Vuoto, the host of the webinar, emphasises that there is no standardised solution because every project derives from a number of technical assessments and customer requirements.  For example, if the geological analysis indicates that the ground on which the construction is to be built cannot withstand a heavy load, it will be decided to build the construction in metal since it is lighter than concrete. Or, if the environmental conditions of the territory clearly indicate significant seismicity and atmospheric precipitation, adequate stability, insulation and waterproofing are required. Clearly, the choices will also depend on the economic resources available, the times and the specific customer requests. Thanks to the data obtained from this first stage of analysis, the characteristics of the construction can be determined and the best materials and methodologies to be adopted can be indicated. Fabio Vuoto pauses to illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of the main construction materials used – steel and reinforced concrete – and of the construction types that vary according to the execution times, site logistics and solutions to contain construction costs.

The topic involved several participants in all three editions (two on 18th March in English and one on 19th March in Spanish), thereby arousing great curiosity. From the indications on the average life cycle of a milling plant, to the more current issues related to environmental sustainability and energy saving: many questions were asked by the audience who participated actively, always offering new food for thought.

Who Is Fabio Vuoto?

Fabio has been the Ocrim Technical Manager since 2018. A position achieved after a long career that began in Ocrim in 1985 as a Junior designer.  After ten years of working his way up the career ladder, he spent a year in Minneapolis (Minnesota USA), in the American headquarters of Ocrim, where he enjoyed an interesting experience as Chief designer. He returned to the Cremona headquarters to go through all the stages that lead to 2006, which is when he was appointed as Assistant Manager of the plant engineering department. From 2008 to 2018 he was also the technical contact person for tenders in his role as Technical & Tendering Manager. Today, after more than 35 years of commitment, study and intense work, Fabio has become the authoritative reference for the technical and design aspects of Ocrim milling plants.