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Nowadays, Ecol Studio Spa is a well-known company that works in various areas including health and safety in the workplace, but this company also does much more. Let’s read on to find out.

All our customers have different stories. Some are described on their websites; others are found in books. This is the case of Ecol Studio Spa and through its founding member, we are able to read the pages related to its history, chalk-full of events and difficulties which were faced and eventually overcome.

The origins

Back in 1982, Guido Fornari and his two friends, founded Ecol Studio, located in Garfagnana, Lucca, in the splendid region of Tuscany.

It was a very small company that worked in environmental analysis.

Initially, the income generated was not enough to meet the needs of three families, and eventually the three friends parted ways.

Guido pressed on, also working in another company to make ends meet, but without ever losing sight of his biggest goal: to make a billion lire in 10 years!

The dream began to take shape five years later, when Ecol Studio expanded, making use of trained staff such as Mario Santi, an employee who became a very important technical figure for the company.

From that moment on, the company has grown exponentially, both in the number of collaborators, offices opened in the area and of course, in turnover, which exceeded the initial target even before the hoped for 10 year mark.

In photo: the book by Guido Fornari with SAMA Tools material

Ecol Studio today, not only health and safety

Today Ecol Studio assists the growth of companies in the implementation of policies aimed at sustainable development.

The analysis laboratories are ACCREDIA certified, in compliance with the UNI CEI EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018 standard.

The main operational areas of the company are:

Health and safety with regularly calibrated measuring instruments

Ecol Studio has always promoted prevention in the workplace, to avoid accidents and occupational diseases and ensure the physical, mental and social well-being of each worker.

It assists companies in compliance with the laws, to avoid sanctions and implement organizational and management models.

The company prepares the DVR, the risk assessment document in relation to the production activity carried out and the dangers present. In addition, Ecol carries out all the necessary measurements, with high-performance and regularly calibrated measuring instruments.

Examples of measurements include:

  • Ergonomics and manual and mechanical use
  • Noise, vibrations, electromagnetic fields, optical radiation
  • Confined environments
  • Microclimate
  • Electrical risk etc.
health and safety sector

In photo: some of the application fields of Ecol Studio

Environment

Ecol Studio also aims to assist companies with compliance concerning environmental regulations and to improve their green and energy performance.

These are always very delicate processes that require monitoring, compliance with delivery times and the presentation of practices.

Ecol manages everything by collaborating with the relevant bodies.

Product quality

Ecol Studio offers reliable solutions and tests to create products and implement processes that comply with the required standards, following the constantly evolving current legislation.

The generational transition of Ecol Studio

In 2021 Guido Fornari published the book entitled: “Da un sogno a multinazionale” where he tells how he managed the generational transition of the company, by introducing his two sons in the company. One of his two sons, Claudio Fornari, “ate, breathed and slept” the company as a child and also had important experiences outside the family business; he was then able to reinterpret his path in an original way, gradually assisting his father at the helm of the company.

Over the years, the other son expressed a desire to create a different business and left the company.

It is a good story to read about and reflect on. It also sends a very clear message: “Children can be a great opportunity for a family business, just as the company represents a great opportunity for them. However, there must be no obligation, no pressure, no destiny is already written.”

In 2021, Ecol Studio S.p.A. also joined the Lifeanalytics group, contributing to the development of the largest network of laboratories in Italy at the service of companies.

“The more we are, the better we make the world! … In the last forty years, teamwork has allowed us to achieve extraordinary results together with our customers … Today, the same vision and the same culture allow us to take a step forward: the partnership between Lifeanalytics and Ecol Studio represents a strategic union of companies” Cit. Guido Fornari

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In photo: the history steps of of Ecol Studio

Ecol Studio collaborates with S.A.M.A. Italia to keep their measuring instruments always calibrated.

Guido Fornari, in his book: “Azienda no problem” of 2019, affirms the importance of choosing strategic partners, which allows you to conduct your business in the best and most proficient way possible.

“When it comes to professionals, surround yourself with the best if you want great performance. It is useless to save by relying on someone with little experience … It is your responsibility to choose the best partners”

Based on these premises, Ecol Studio has chosen S.A.M.A. Italia as a strategic partner for the purchase and calibration of measuring instruments since 2014.

The calibration and maintenance of Ecol instruments are performed in accordance with the reference technical standards and the recommendations of the control body (Accredia accredited tests).

SAMA Tools measuring instruments

The business areas in which S.A.M.A. Italia operates are many, including the monitoring, testing and control for the measurement of Temperature, Pressure, Relative Humidity, Air Quality, CO and CO2, Microclimate, Photo-radiometry, Air Speed, Acoustics and Vibrations.

The brand we recommend, in addition to our own SAMA Tools brand-name instruments, is Delta Ohm, an Italian company specialized in the parameters described above, of which we are authorized resellers in many regions of Italy.

sama italia and delta ohm

Photo by www.canva.com: SAMA Tools and Delta Ohm

Measuring instruments calibration service

In addition to measuring instruments, we also offer calibration services on other brands of instruments.

We are talking about both standard calibration reports with reference to acknowledged samples which we directly supply, and ACCREDIA certificates.

We are very careful to select accredited calibration centers with modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

Delta Ohm is accredited for physical quantities, such as Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Air Velocity, Acoustics, Photo radiometry. Therefore, we are able to provide our customers with complete kits of instruments with subsequent periodic calibrations.

Our mission

Our mission is to assist customers in their quality control activities, and we are committed to providing the best solutions to meet their individual needs, as in the case of Ecol Studio Spa.

Do you need help with measuring tools to ensure high accuracy and high quality? Are you looking for advice on the best instrument for your specific needs? Don’t hesitate to contact our technical department!

Call us at 05843923420584392453 or write us at sales@samatools.it

 

 

Controlling radiation from UV-C lamps is becoming more necessary nowadays. Current times have presented new challenges for the field of material storage and handling, since the pandemic requires constant sanitization. And this includes the use of technologies like UV-C lamps.

Lamps that emit UV-C light help disinfect different surfaces, water and even the air. However, this is only effective if the right amount of UV-C light is applied.

This said, it seems essential to find the way of controlling radiation from UV-C lamps in order to guarantee the disinfection process provides the expected results.

What are UV-C lamps?

UV-C stands for Ultra Violet C light. So, UV-C lamps are the type of lamps that work with Ultra Violet C light emission.

This type of light is in the range of wavelength that is invisible to the human eye, and it is one of the divisions of Ultra Violet light together with UV-A and UV-B.

According to the Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA) “UVC radiation has effectively been used for decades to reduce the spread of bacteria, such as tuberculosis. For this reason, UVC lamps are often called “germicidal” lamps.”

Clearly, UV-C lamps become a great tool for material storage and handling activities trying to guarantee a healthy and safe environment.

Ultra Violet C lamps

In photo: Ultra Violet C lamps

How is controlling radiation from UV-C lamps possible?

Like any other parameter control, controlling radiation from UV-C lamps requires some kind of measurement.

This means that anyone trying to control the amount of UV-C light applied to sanitize material storage environments and the materials themselves after handling activities requires measuring equipment.

Here is where the portable Delta Ohm Luxmeter becomes a great asset. Apart from being easy to carry and to operate, this instrument is capable of measuring:

  • Illumination
  • Luminance
  • Par
  • Irradiance.

Therefore, it is the perfect tool to accurately check the UV-C irradiance for disinfection equipment in a quick and efficient way.

And all these measurements will be supported by a instrument that is calibrated under ISO standards and on request provided with ACCREDIA certificate.

Portable Delta Ohm Luxmeter

In photo: Portable Delta Ohm Luxmeter

 

How would the wrong radiation levels from UV-C lamps may affect a company  and its customers?

As it was described above, not having the right amount of radiation would make sanitization ineffective. Also, the FDA describes that low doses of UV-C radiation may require a longer time to
effectively inactivate bacteria, which makes the process less efficient, thus reducing productivity for any company and its customers.

But efficiency and productivity are not the biggest of the problems. Not being effective to inactivate bacteria can carry health issues that can escalate beyond the companies as we have
already experienced.

Bacteria on a surface

Photo by www.canva.com

 

In a more positive note, controlling the levels of radiation from UV-C lamps can help to:

  • Avoid bacteria and other sanity issues.
  • Reduce waste from discarded materials.
  • Reduced resources consumption from required extra sanitization runs.
  • Reduction of downtime related to contamination issues.
  • Obtain quality certified products.

Therefore, we can conclude that having the wrong radiation levels would make lose competitiveness and possibly their reputation, hence the importance of having accurate measuring tools.

Some final words

If you are interested in the luxmeter, take a look at another article on our customer’s experience: Eurogroup Spa.

Apart from partnering with Delta Ohm to offer their portable luxmeter, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing instruments and measuring tools for different purposes.

Because our mission is to support our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions to cover their needs.

So, if you need help with light measuring, or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific case, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.
You can call us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.