Digital technology: at our service

Digital technology: at our service

New skills in an optimized environment

While people are still an indispensable part of the Factory of the Future, the way that operators’ knowledge and skills are applied is changing. Traditional interactions with machines are reduced (especially with closed door machining), while cobots will become increasingly clever at adapting to everyone’s experience and expertise. In addition to the increased productivity made possible by technology, we will also see improvements in workplace comfort and safety, thanks to enhanced ergonomics, real-time information access, handling requirements reduced to a minimum, and repetitive manual tasks replaced by analysis, supervision, problem-solving and other value-added tasks. Furthermore, digital and virtual reality will transform the training and mentoring programs needed to acquire and embed these future-facing skills.

Line workers and technicians experimenting digital tools

545, 000 line workers and technicians in France’s mechanical industries

Bondoufle: a training center for tomorrow's jobs

Safran is participating in the project to set up a vocational training center for jobs in the Factory of the Future, initiated by the mechanical industries trade association of the greater Paris area (Ile-de-France). The aim is to address the needs of companies whose production processes are going digital, and who have to recruit a large number of technicians and operators to renew their workforce and support growth in production.

The training center is located in the Paris suburb of Bondoufle and will be open at the start of the school year in 2018, acting as a “simulator” for the Factory of the Future. It will welcome some 300 students on work-study schemes for a three-year program, along with 300 persons taking continuing training courses in new production methods: networked machines, the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, cobots, etc.

A center of excellence, this training facility will also function as a showcase for professions in mechanical industries, encouraging young people to find vocations in this sector, which has openings, but is undervalued in today’s job market. It will be a forum for the many stakeholders in the Factory of the Future, and also a key to the success of this industrial transformation.

Digital training
Renewing the workforce and enhancing qualifications

Nearly 850,000 persons are currently employed by French mechanical industries, more than half of them as line workers and technicians. Among the latter, nearly 90,000 are 55 or older. Because of these demographics, plus the rapid transformation in production resources, we need to identify new ways of training tomorrow’s operators and technicians. This is especially true in today’s context, where training pathways have often proved to be fragile, not widely available, and have a hard time addressing current requirements in professions such as fitting, machining and coordinates measurement.