Even in difficult Covid-19 times, two more ADMA Learning Network events enabled 40 manufacturing professionals to keep learning from each
On October 14th 2020, the Łukasiewicz Institute PIAP organised the first Polish online ADMA Learning Network Event (LNE). The session engaged 23 people, representing a total of 12 end users, solution providers and manufacturing SME’s.
As the topic of the session was about digital integration of manufacturing processes, a key element of ADMA’s 2nd transformation Digital Factory, presentations focussed on following topics:
- digital integration within and between different information layers inside a manufacturing operation,
- data measurement, data monitoring, data analysis and the use of AI
Moreover, presenters also touched upon subjects like big data processes and operations, traceability, enterprise service bus, etc.
Next, the example of Wiśniowski, having more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, whilst constantly digitizing their processes was presented as a case study.
The concept of robotized welding of fencing systems, which is one of the key product groups in WIŚNIOWSKI’s offer, appeared in the Management Board’s plans several years ago. Due to the wide spectrum of types and dimensions of produced fencing, automation of this process in WIŚNIOWSKI company was a very difficult undertaking and was carried out in two stages.
Significant time savings were also achieved in the process of order realization and the work of programmers and operators of the welding stand was optimized. The works ensure repeatable welding quality. Welds are extremely aesthetic and perfectly prepared for further stages of production. The use of robots allows to improve professional qualifications of operators, also thanks to the training conducted by ASTOR.
Thanks to the introduced system, it was possible to systematize the production process itself – starting from production planning, through its implementation to the quality of the final product. This process has become more predictable and accurate. The system also allowed to shorten the time of execution of serial orders – mainly in the context of export orders. The system was introduced where there was a need to perform repetitive and monotonous activities and where working conditions were onerous for people.
Robotization of production ensured an increase in productivity, allowed to improve quality and stabilize technological processes, and additionally shortened the time of performing activities. The introduction of this system also gave the possibility of optimal management of the production hall space. Automation also allowed to maintain the dynamics and smoothness of production, as well as to produce under individual orders.
After having been informed about the KPEC Bydgoszcz case, a discussion amongst all participants concentrated around 3 main topics :
- How to start and where to look for unbiased advice?
- How to tailor best a service that would guide the implementation of digital factory?
- How to scale solutions intended for large companies to the needs of smaller ones?
Participants to the discussion stressed the need to relay both on internal and external competences. The latter requires good overview of available solutions. The limited resources of small companies require also proper strategy and a step-by-step approach. Guidance in such process is very much appreciated especially if the consultant is able to tailor his approach to the specific needs of a given company.
A day later (15th of October 2020) our French ADMA partner CETIM organised a “Human at the core of the Factories of the Future” session around ADMA’s 5th transformation area Human Centred Organisation. This webinar appeared to be the third LNE focusing on the Human theme, after last year’s Belgian Learning Network events. The webinar offered to 23 participants a unique opportunity to experience and discuss successful practices, based on an outstanding manufacturing SME case from the company SORI. This company is a family run-business for two generations, and is nowadays known to be the last independent French Manufacturer on the tool storage market.
During recent years, the company heavily invested both in automation/robotization (e.g. fully flexible cobots for feeding metal bending machines) AND in the people. As part of their ‘human centred’ New Deal, SORI doesn’t hire engineers but still is highly innovative because of a full involvement, empowerment and talent development of all its employees. CETIM has facilitated this evolution through the offering of multiple trainings from their Training Academy.
As a result, SORI has been able to reduce the time to make one cabinet down from 25 minutes to 7 minutes. All the necessary information people need during development and production of cabinets is real-time accessible for every employee. Although the market for tool storage cabinets is highly competitive, SORI has managed to stay cost competitive. Moreover, over the last 2 years they have been able to grow from 38 to 43 people in production.