10 April 2020
When a new machine arrives in a production workshop, the same scenario often repeats itself. The teams who worked on the project experience a combination of enthusiasm and impatience.
And our teams were even more enthusiastic than usual with the installation of our new automated production line to our French electronics factory last July.
And for good reason! 1.5 million parts produced per year, several hundred thousand Euros of equipment, a dedicated team of engineers and project managers… These figures reflect the scope of the project carried out over more than 15 months by the Electronics activity of LACROIX to develop a customised automated production line for our flagship customer Somfy, the world leader in home and building openings.
Discover the seven key stages of the industrial process of our automated line, which was developed by our teams for our customer Somfy.
Industrial choices, strategic challenges, human adventure… To better understand this “industry of the future” project, we spoke with two experts from the Electronics activity of LACROIX: Alban-Thomas Béduneau (Sales Director France) and Sylvain Delaunay (Test Engineer).
Why did the company choose to develop this bespoke automated production line?
To adapt to changing consumer demands, our customer has expanded their product range with a new generation of remote controls. Faced with this need, we participated in a call for tenders and our solution was selected.
This new industrial process, designed specifically for this product, meets a threefold challenge:
How does this line work and what are its advantages?
This is a mixed automated production line: robotics is combined with manual operations carried out by qualified operators.
The product manufacturing cycle consists of several stages: from the integration of circuit boards to the packaging of the finished product, including a series of automated actions (screwing, assembly, insertion, optical recognition, tests and controls, etc.).
How does this new production line fit into Smart Industry strategy of the Electronics activity of LACROIX?
Use of different radio protocols, development of automated tests, integration of traceability, configuration of multiple aesthetic and functional versions of the remote control, deployment of poka-yoke (foolproofing equipment), hardware and software, compactness of the line, etc. Many industrial challenges have been met in the course of the successful completion of this project.
Today, this production line is destined for a specific use. In the future, in our Symbiose production plant for example, we will be able to draw on previously developed skills and reuse certain technological building blocks of this automated line for other customer applications.
The implementation of this line demonstrates our ability to develop complex automation projects for our customers. We are proactive and apply our industrial skills and technological expertise to meet our customers’ expectations.
By developing this process in our French factory, we are also reaffirming our positioning alongside French Fab, an ecosystem that champions French industry know-how.