Delta Dore, as a specialist in controlling comfort, security and energy, has been investing in the automation of its France-based plants for several years now. The french medium-sized company has known strong growth (+46% in turnover over the last 5 years), and has made the most of new robotic and cobotic technologies to develop its production lines. Established goals: stronger competitiveness and revaluing the company's human resources.
Automation: an integral part of Delta Dore's industrial strategy
Over the last 30 years in France, skilled jobs have gradually been replacing repetitive tasks. Repetitive manual tasks are led to evolve and be replaced by functions for which human activity shows real added value.
Conscious of how important this strategic orientation is, Delta Dore equipped itself with an automation unit in 2015, tasked with centralising all automation and robotisation activities on its production sites: provider management, standardisation, maintenance, integration and upscaling of new automated cells, etc.
Investing in the future
In the space of 3 years, close to 1 million euros has thus been spent on purchasing 7 robots, including 1 cobot (collaborative robot). By the end of 2017, the company should have acquired 4 additional robots and 4 cobots, split between the Bonnemain and Etrelles sites (Ille et Vilaine region, France). The company, boasting a 100% made in France approach, thus plans to invest over 2 million euros by the end of next year!
"Delta Dore's growth has been strong and we are convinced that automation is an investment that will benefit the company's health and industrial performance." Marcel Torrents, President of Delta Dore's Executive Board.
The main goal - that of increasing the company's competitiveness - would be combined with attracting new markets and reinforcing product quality. Robots are flexible and able to repeat a movement several thousand times a day or night, whilst preserving practically infallible precision - thus ensuring reliability and quality in all Delta Dore products. With more substantial production capacities, the company will be able to aim for high-volume markets, that are perhaps slightly more "low cost" - up until now monopolised by the competition.
Revaluing human resources
By delegating repetitive, routine and non-ergonomic tasks, automation improves working conditions for employees and makes it possible to redirect the company's workforce to higher added value functions. Indeed, production line automation leads to an increase in support, control and maintenance functions that require increased skills for the operators concerned.