29 April 2020
It’s official: our 4.0 plant project, SYMBIOSE, will soon see the light of day. The official launch of the project was announced on 15 October last year, and the teams at LACROIX Electronics are already preparing to make the move. We interviewed Emmanuelle Landru, the manager of the current plant at Montrevault-sur-Evre, who told us all about the changes taking place:
Manager of the Montrevault-sur-Evre plant
Can you describe the current transformation taking place within the plant with a view to relocating the site to Beaupréau?
We have begun various operations towards our relocation to the Beaupréau site. This transformation – which has already begun and will continue throughout the coming year – concerns the entire business: implementation of a lean approach across the entire workshop, and lean office deployment in support functions and offices. This is an essential preliminary stage, which will allow us to move forward more quickly to implement the automation and digitisation solutions we have been working on.
What concrete projects have been introduced?
In terms of lean methodology, our work essentially concerns the creation of autonomous islands, using a collaborative approach and involving all business lines. And from a ‘future industry’ perspective, we are developing 4.0 solutions including, for example, the establishment of an augmented operator solution facilitating the manual insertion of cross-cutting components, or the deployment of screens for Real Time Monitoring (RTM), a versatile system deployed across all our production lines, enabling us to react in real time to any anomaly detected on the different machines. We are also developing our touch-screen visual management system, which will boost the efficiency of our teams at their daily meetings.
How have these projects been received by the in-house teams?
Our in-house teams are closely involved and engaged in all the projects. Our transformation could not take place without the teams. The choice of Beaupréau has been very well received by the vast majority of staff, and everyone has contributed enthusiastically to the change we are currently undergoing by offering their input.
Can you tell us about the survey conducted on the social innovation aspect of the SYMBIOSE project? How does this confirm your vision for the future of the SYMBIOSE project?
The survey was a great success. We received around 1,800 responses by the end of it. We questioned staff on three main issues: the services expected in our new plant, the integration of environmental considerations, and the 4.0 solutions envisaged to improve everyday working conditions. Based on their answers, we set up working groups for the purpose of receiving proposals from the teams on the most common concerns: catering, waste treatment, services (sports, crèche, etc.) and the external/internal spaces to be provided (outside working hours). In this way, we are pursuing our collaborative process towards the definition of our future plant.