VIPER: Italian design for international versatility

We interviewed the strapping division development Manager, Ludmil Tchavdarov, about SIAT new product VIPER, the battery-powered next-generation plastic strapping tool.

Good morning, thank you for being here with us today. Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your role in the development of the Viper?

Ludmil: Certainly, thank you for the invitation. I’m Ludmil, Head of Development Strapping Division at Siat Group. I coordinated the development of the Viper, our new tool for PP and PET strapping. This project is part of our continuous improvement process aimed at taking our machines to the highest levels of excellence in the industry.

The Viper seems to be a truly innovative product. Could you share with us some of its key features?

Ludmil: Absolutely. The Viper is designed to be the next step in plastic strapping technology. It’s battery-powered, extremely versatile, compatible with PP and PET in three different sizes: 9, 12, and 16 mm. One of the most interesting features is its innovative touchscreen interface, like that of a smartphone, providing an intuitive and immediate user experience.

Interesting. How was the issue of usability and setting programming addressed?

Ludmil: We worked hard to make the parameters programming as simple as possible. Thanks to our touchscreen interface, users can easily adjust values, save preferred settings, and recall them at any time. Tensioning force can be programmed in Newton, Kg, and lbs, and users can record the type and dimensions of the strapping. Differently from previous models, in which settings are made with adimensional numbers, here we have units of measurement known to everyone (kg., seconds, etc.). It is easy to switch from the international to the Anglo-Saxon system and vice versa. In addition, we have given the user more control over parameters not accessible in previous models. One of these is the cooling time.

Very interesting. What about the maintenance of the Viper?

Ludmil: We also paid close attention to maintenance. The Viper offers the possibility to easily perform functionality tests and report any errors for prompt resolution. This means users can rely on a machine that is always efficient and ready to use.

How was the Viper launched on the market?

Ludmil: Before launching the Viper, we conducted a detailed study of the market identifying three key elements: Italian design, easy of use of the interface, and the versatility of the Viper, which can be used in a wide range of applications, from heavy-duty to lighter ones. We incorporated these points into all marketing materials, ensuring a strong and convincing message.

One final question: what were the main objectives during the development of the Viper?

Ludmil: During the development of the Viper, our main objective was to create a tool that combines maximum efficiency and functionality with an ergonomic and user-friendly design. We wanted it to be a complete solution for plastic strapping, and I believe we have successfully achieved this goal.

Thank you very much for having shared so interesting information about the Viper with us. We are excited to see how this innovative tool will be received in the market.

Ludmil: Thank you for the opportunity to talk about our work. I’m confident that the Viper will be a success and will bring added value to everyone who uses it. I also thank the whole team for their commitment and devotion. Let’s get on with it, guys. We have new challenges ahead of us.

The full team – from left to right: Nicola Mezzasalma – Ludmil Tchavdarov – Luca Spelta – Nicola Izzo


VIPER: Italian design for international versatility

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