From the first moment of our existence, we are perfect machines capable of learning, elaborating, creating, dreaming ….loving…
As we evolve, we learn to give, to bring people together, to build..we can spur others in joining us in doing so…
…we are able to combine our approaches to growth.
All the things of this world speak of us, of how much man has been able to achieve.
Technical advances, inventions and even industrial revolutions are just some examples of what “positive networking models” can accomplish.
Our company is a small networking model… a successful one though.
Over the years we have developed our own way and defined our identity, leaving an unfading mark of our creativity and originality.
We were born in 1989, on November 2 to be exact and the year turning to an end is one of remarkable changes with solid social and cultural repercussions worldwide.
We can easily recall one of the sadly known images of the Tien’anmen Square protests in 1989, when a lone man, a student, stood defiantly in front of a column of tanks, trying to stop their destructive advance. The photograph was taken on June 5, and it indelibly impressed our consciences, becoming the symbol of the fight against any dictatorial regime, and it is widely considered one of the iconic images of the 20th century.
But 1989 brings us also back to another image which has become history: on November 9, the Berlin Wall, poignant symbol of the Cold War, falls finally down and after 28 years a new horizon of democracy and freedom for Berliners and the entire world is finally set.
Yet, in 1989 the winds of freedom also took an unprecedented turn and started blowing towards an unimaginable new frontier. On March 12, 1989, at the CERN in Geneva, a new era was dawning. That was the day when the CERN researcher Tim Berners-Lee, submitted his proposal for a distributed information management system, that later was going to be known as the World Wide Web with the aim to guarantee researchers all over the world to share their scientific results in an easy and immediate way.
No better year could have been chosen to give substance to an idea, born longer before.
It all started in 1976. At that time Mr. Marchiori, then founder with Mr. Panetti and the latter son, Diego of EIE in 1989, was employed at a noteworthy company, where 100m-long, yellow, grinding trains were designed and built. These special trains were driven, even at high velocity, along the railway lines, to correct the deformations caused by the flange wheels of the trains, usually transporting people and/or materials.
The turning point arrived in 1986, with the participation to a Call for Tender issued by ESO ( European Southern Observatory), one of the biggest scientific organizations in the world, for the construction of the most revolutionary Rotating Building of the NTT – New Technology Telescope, to be installed at La Silla, in the Atacama desert, in Chile. A completely new world, technologically fascinating, everything had to be learned about: from the project specifications written in English and translated into Italian, to the understanding of words that couldn’t be translated like seeing, the magic number of the astronomers, expressed in arc seconds; or windscreen, that elusive barrier, permeable to the wind and that slides up and down, protecting the telescope against the buffeting of desert winds. With the NTT the use of thin mirrors is adopted, they are 24cm thick on a surface of total 3.58m diameter. Furthermore glass is no longer used for the mirror which is now replaced with a new conception material: the zerodur, which has a very low thermal dilatation coefficient. The use of thin mirrors presents a problem however, consisting in a faster image deterioration due to the inclination of the telescope. The active optics is therefore studied and applied, through actuators placed underneath the main mirror, to gain the best performances.
The NTT can definitely be considered as a practice laboratory where new technologies are experimented. The same technologies that are still today at the base of the functioning of the big ground-based telescopes.
It was the beginning of a long adventure; from the NTT, to the four VLT (Very Large Telescope) Telescopes, to the LBT ( the giant binocular telescope of Mount Graham Observatory in Arizona, with two 8m diameter mirrors), up to the fundamental phases of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) Project, the biggest radio-telescope in the world, now fully delivered to Science.
As technology and scientific challenges continue, we’ve entered, step by step, the era of giant telescopes. Among them, one of the biggest today is represented by the construction of the E-ELT ( European Extremely Large Telescope), by ESO, whose first light is foreseen by 2020. With its 39m diameter, it will have the biggest mirror ever conceived. Also, important steps forward have been made in the field of radio-astronomy and today EIE is involved, together with other industries worldwide, in the design and development of the biggest radio-telescope ever built: the SKA – Square Kilometre Array – an array of about 3000 highly performing, low cost antennas disseminated in a collecting area of about one square kilometre.
With time, EIE has evolved and thanks to the support of three internal divisions: Engineering & Design, Management & Contracting and Production & Services it has focused on the development of industrial and civil projects becoming a leader in the production of Telescopes, Radio-telescopes, Astronomical Observatories and scientific equipment, with focused engineering assets and solid know-how in fabrication and assembly processes, as well as in mechanisms and plants management.
If we can tell our story today, it’s because in these years we’ve been able to put together different ingredients transforming them into defined geometries and groundbreaking, innovative solutions. To do so, we’ve always put heart and passion, originality and creativity, sense of adventure and solid awareness in all of our contractual battles, in the constant search for industrial and scientific excellence.
On November 22 2014, we have celebrated our first 25 years; this is EIE today: