LACROIX Electronics

We give Carte Blanche to Dominique Maisonneuve, who has been the Smart Industry Manager of the Electronics activity of LACROIX since 2017.

Together with him, we push back the limits of Industry 4.0. Through his feedback, he reviews the successes, technological experiments and areas for improvement from the company’s first years of Smart Industry. He also tells us about the promising partnership with Orange, and the paradox of a standardised electronics industry.

The exciting thing about Smart Industry is that a real trend is developing. I don’t know if you could call it a revolution, but in any case, we must be in it for the long haul.


If I had Carte Blanche, I would like to create a stronger link between the employees who work on Smart Industry and those who work on continuous improvement.

Dominique Maisonneuve
Smart Industry Manager - Electronics activity of LACROIX

A look at the industry 4.0

Improving industrial performance with Smart Industry

Dominique Maisonneuve defines Smart Industry as many different new technologies and experiments that are working towards a single purpose: improving our industrial performance. By offering new services to our customers and suppliers, the company is developing its competitiveness, and this contributes to an increase in overall performance.


Smart Industry: the long haul

After spending 3 years deploying our Smart Industry strategy, Dominique Maisonneuve notes that Smart Industry is set to last. He cites 3 main factors that explain this time frame:

  • New technologies are not magic tools. It takes time for teams to adopt solutions and for them to become more mature.
  • The electronics industry is a highly standardised industry, governed by contracts and audits.
  • Investments must be spread over the long term, in a manner that is reasonable.


Areas of experimentation offered by Smart Industry

Smart Industry allows us to experiment with a variety of things. In particular, Dominique Maisonneuve mentions:

  • data management, with data analytics and artificial intelligence tools
  • industrial vision, for control equipment in particular, with machine learning
  • the customer journey, from managing customer requests to processing them
  • the change in MES (Manufacturing Executing System), the production management system
  • the introduction of augmented reality, in particular through image projection
  • digitalisation and simplification of the operator’s digital environment, with the appropriation of digital tools


Co-innovation with Orange

A co-innovation partnership links LACROIX and Orange. The telecommunications company is experimenting with using 5G technology in an industrial setting, specifically, in the French electronic plant run by LACROIX.

We are very proud to be able to work with Orange. This is a great showcase for us, allowing us to take a position on tomorrow’s technologies.

Dominique Maisonneuve: a short profile

A production engineer by training, he began his career in the automotive industry, at Magneti Marelli. In 2005, he joined the Electronics activity of LACROIX, where he led transfer projects between the French, Polish and Tunisian plants. In 2017, he took on the role of Smart Industry Manager, ensuring the deployment of the 4.0 programme throughout the company, supporting continuous improvement and encouraging the exploration of new technologies.

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About Carte Blanche

In Carte Blanche, the LACROIX podcast that connects you to the electronics industry of the future, guests share their vision of the Smart Industry and the future of the industrial IoT, taking us behind the scenes of electronic design and production. They will share their own experiences and talk all about this 4.0 company.

What will the industry of the future look like? How can we support this major transformation? What are the key industrial challenges of tomorrow? All these questions will be answered by the employees of the Electronics activity of LACROIX, given Carte Blanche in this podcast.

Carte Blanche is available in French on the usual platforms: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube, Google Podcasts, Ausha and SoundCloud.


Carte Blanche – Season 1

Carte Blanche #1 – Stéphane Klajzyngier – On our way to 2020!

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Carte Blanche #2 – Emmanuel Thommerel – Industry in the age of data

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Carte Blanche #3 – Dominique Maisonneuve – A look at the Smart Industry

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Carte Blanche #4 – Emmanuelle Landru – Thoughts from an engaged plant manager

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Carte Blanche #5 – Stéphane Henry – The electronics industry: research and science fiction

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Carte Blanche #6 – Benjamin Gauchenot – A passion for operational excellence

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Carte Blanche – Season 2

In this new season, we are placing a special emphasis on our customers, our suppliers and our business ecosystem as a whole. You will also discover unexpected answers to a game of twenty questions…
The Carte Blanche format remains the same: engaged of employees of the Electronics activity of LACROIX who spend 7 minutes sharing their experiences.

Carte Blanche #7 – Jérôme Rouland – Customers relations above all else

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Carte Blanche #8 – Dominique Chanteau – A purchasing strategy that is both human and responsible

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Carte Blanche #9 – Alban-Thomas Beduneau – The future alongside our customers

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Carte Blanche #10 (upcoming episode)

Bear with us… We are still working on the next episode.



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