24/06/2019 - France / InnovationHow is industry 4.0 applied in the field? Let's illustrate by diving into the heart of the Déville-lès-Rouen factory.
Artificial intelligence and Big Data for premium positioningWith Sofia, digital technology also strengthens the core of Vallourec's know-how. This smart heat treatment software guarantees an identical heat cycle from one tube to another, for superior product quality. For Guillaume Sainty, data has a lot to contribute to the industry: "Internally, collecting and analyzing data related to our business is a way to understand how to continuously improve. Furthermore, being able to provide our customers with accurate manufacturing and traceability data in addition to their products is a major added value, a guarantee of security and transparency that fuels the trust they place in us."
Digitalization that can be appropriated by everyoneIn the age of industry 4.0, even the way that meetings are conducted within the factory has been transformed. The teams adapt the "TOP" (Theme, Objective, Plan) meeting system, with 5, 15, and 30-minute formats, standardized for greater efficiency. Digital tools such as touch screens, as well as easy access to factory data, allow for more dynamic and relevant sessions. This "augmented" operating mode is quite popular internally: "Employees are proud to work in a modern and connected environment," confirms Guillaume Sainty. To the point that some people have told me that it would be difficult for them to go back to the way things were!"