Digital technology for the benefit of Mankind
New skills within 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.
545, 000 line workers and technicians in France’s mechanical industries
CampusFab, a platform for accelerating the transition to the industry of the future
Safran is participating in the project at the professional training center at the Factory of the Future, launched at the initiative of a consortium that includes major industrial and employment players as well as training centers in Île-de-France. Supported by the State, CampusFab is part of the Smart Industry 2017-2021 strategy of Île-de-France and has three objectives: Meet recruitment needs in industrial professions (machining, mechanics, manufacturing, maintenance, etc.)
- Develop employee job skills, integrating a digitized world
- Reinforce the attractiveness of industrial professions
Located in Bondoufle (Essonne Department) and inaugurated in the fall of 2019, this training center will be a simulation of the Factory of the Future. Every year, 100 people on work experience programs will come here to meet the aerospace sector’s and industrial maintenance recruitment needs, and 300 employees will be assigned here each year to acquire the additional skills needed to guide cyber-physics programs.
In this environment, with digital technology omnipresent, the training platform is first and foremost intended to strengthen the place of people at the center of the production process. The campus will have a show-room, a 50-seat auditorium, experiment rooms, a virtual reality course, 3 training rooms, including one devoted to digital continuity, and a 2000-m2 technical platform equipped with resources that genuinely represent our industry, with 5 learning areas.
In France, nearly 850,000 people work in a mechanical industry: more than half are workers or technicians. Among these, nearly 90,000 are 55 or older. This demographic reality, just like the rapid evolution of the means of production, means there is a need for new ways to train the operators and technicians of tomorrow. This is especially the case in a context in which the current training sectors are actually fragile, few in number, and find it difficult to meet needs in professions like fitting, machining, grinding and tri-dimensional control.
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