When we started implementing lean methodologies in our customers companies and teams, we were already been applying those principles to our organization. Last year, when we launched our new strategy aiming at supporting our customers as they step into the Industry 4.0, we had already built the foundations – actually, we even were pioneers of the industrial Internet of things since 2007. We continue to push boundaries at our production site to make sure we’re well-equipped to help our customers on their Industry 4.0 journeys. Here are some of the ways we walk the 4.0 talk.
The factory resumes a central positioning
With Industry 4.0, the factory reoccupies the central place it had before in the value chains – virtually.
Technology and methodology early adopter
Continuous improvement is in our DNA. We’ve adapted elements of both lean manufacturing and lean management to practice sustainable lean. Sustainable lean keeps in the mind the people behind the theory. Backed by kaizen, it has allowed us, to improve workspace ergonomics, reduce the global manufacturing costs of our cutting systems, increase process efficiency and build up production capacity with no additional square meter.
The early adoption of leading-edge approaches, such as demand-driven material requirements planning (DDMRP) tools for production (flux tirés, kanban informatique) and supplier management, ensures that our production facility is able to address all of our customers’ needs. And teams that are now getting ready for further automation with robotization, quality control by camera, automated guided vehicles (AGV)
Collaboration is key
Our decision not to relocate the production in China in the 90s lead to our R&D, logistics, and production and call center teams working together, side-by-side on our wooded campus near Bordeaux, France. Working as one team, focused on one mission, in one place, created the ideal environment for collaboration and innovation.
More specifically, this facilitates a co-conception production process with R&D. One of our guiding principles is identify the industrial constraints in the initial design phase. This seemingly small step is integral to achieving our goals of reducing the time to market of mature cutting systems, increasing the use of digital mockups and employing 3D printing to validate concepts much faster.
A quality award, an Industry 4.0 label and a forward-looking offer, on the market and in the making.