Industrial excellence

World Class Manufacturing

Ariston Thermo is applying the WCM method to its plants to constantly improve manufacturing productivity as well as ensure product Quality and maximum flexibility in meeting customers’ demands.

The main advantages of WCM in Ariston Thermo:

  • Customers receive a high-Quality product and service ensuring immediate feedback
  • Operators receive better training and work in a more comfortable and safer environment
  • Significant reduction of the environmental impact of the plants
  • Energy efficiency is systematically monitored
  • Optimised procurement of raw materials, rotation of inventories and work shifts
  • More effective internal handling of raw materials and more efficient external transportation
World Class Manufacturing



WCM has enabled the use of automation to be extended and, regarding line performance evaluation, to move on from a simple review of malfunctions to a systematic analysis of processes based on more detailed criteria and aimed at fault prevention. The proper comparison of our plants, in their productivity and cost containment and energy saving strategies, is ensured by the use of the same indicators, which enable us to highlight and therefore extend our know-how and best practices throughout the Group . The experience gained in the implementation of the WCM methodology in 13 plants permitted us to build, last year, a plant based on WCM production criteria of excellence, such as that in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The process continues

WCM is a constantly evolving programme which, thanks to the contribution of everyone involved, is improving without stopping, as it acts as a driver of design, implementation and production. This is even more valid in light of recent European directives on eco-design for products (ErP) and on energy labelling, as they have given even more drive to the improvement of manufacturing processes and products dedicated to thermic comfort, one of the planet’s main energy-devouring industries.


All of our plants work at reducing waste and energy consumption , with solutions such as the use of recyclable plastic packaging, i.e. reusable, and significant investments such as the installation of a cogeneration system in Genga. Consumption monitoring is undertaken on each piece of machinery.


Automation has been extended from the systems for component delivery to the production lines up to the testing quality gates for semifinished products. The movement from human inspection to automatic control enables us to guarantee uniformity in compliance with production standards.

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