Factory of the Future: ACTIA on the road to a new industrial revolution
May 2017 News
The investments in infrastructure and production capacity that began in 2016 are in full swing at ACTIA’s French industrial site in Colomiers (southern France). Beyond the new industrial capacities in medium to long production runs, the challenge is primarily technological. To boost the Group’s competitiveness, it is essential to promote a strong development strategy focused on the modernisation of the production process and its profitability.
Robotics is a driver for competitiveness.
ACTIA has integrated these new technologies into its production processes, and robots are already in action in the Group’s integration chains. These robots manage assembly, screwing, marking, inspection and packaging tasks for mechanical sub-assemblies. But a new industrial revolution is under way and ACTIA intends to be part of this technological breakthrough. To meet new customer needs and the requirements for rapid market adaptability, ACTIA has formed a multi-skilled team to implement solutions integrating the use of collaborative robots or “cobots”.
This team is working on the creation of an innovative production line concept, the fundamental principles of which are based on agility and flexibility. The advantages of these solutions are numerous for ACTIA. “Cobots” are easily programmable and do not require heavy infrastructure. Their mobility from one production line to another is perfectly suited for small and medium runs. They also improve production from an ergonomic point of view for operations that require repetitive or dangerous movements.
“The Factory of the Future” is also concerned about the working conditions of operators. Collaborative robotics values operators and their skills since they can focus on tasks with high added value. This approach perfectly illustrates ACTIA’s commitments to make Human Rights and the Environment its primary concerns to ensure its lasting success.