20/04/2021 - InnovationA close collaboration between innovation and operational excellence is a key success factor for not only our internal performances, but also for the success of our innovations for customers.
Operational excellence at VallourecVallourec's Operational Excellence system aims at proposing best practices to increase the efficiency of our processes. It is used, for example, to reduce variability of stocks or lead time. This system is inspired by the principles of lean management.
Innovation at Vallourec and innovation context in Oil & GasInnovation at Vallourec aims to offer to customers enhanced offers integrating new technologies.
Combining innovation and operational excellence to master new technologiesIt is of essence for Vallourec to fully harness the new technologies we propose to our customers through our innovations. Our own mills, with the multiple use cases we have in the mills in various regions, are great playground to develop our knowledge on the new technologies, to validate their real performances in the field as well as to identify their boundary conditions of use.
Concrete examples at VallourecEven before the pandemic, Vallourec began to deploy remote solutions to add value for customers. For instance, the RealWear connected headset is as simple to use as a smartphone, but keeps your hands free to do your work on the platform. Moreover, it picks up a wearer’s audio while deadening background noise, which is especially useful in an industrial environment. RealWear allows us to improve our offer, by bringing real-time, actionable information from our experts to our customers. RealWear is also of high value for internal operations, for instance to allow experts’ remote support for maintenance in mills. Having users’ feedback in the mills is key for innovation to be more relevant when discussing with customers the applications and use of our remote solutions based on RealWear.
Collaboration between innovation and operations brings credibility and speed our interactions with our customers. We are starting a new chapter: one in which managers from different departments work together and encourage their teams to do the same, regardless of their field of expertise.Sylvie Dubois-Decool Innovation Director
Lean management is well known for killing Muda as well as doing things differently for better efficiency. This is very close to the innovaiton’s mindset: how to do more with less, how to change paradigms, how to maximise usage of creativity from our teams, etc.. this why deep collaboration is always highly profitable.Samuel Lecerf Industrial Excellence, QHSE, Digital & Data, and Innovation & Industrialization Director