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French robotics market expected to grow by 7,000 installations a year

Under the impetus of the France 2030 plan and the impact of the various crises, French manufacturers are accelerating the automation of their production lines to gain productivity, efficiency and working conditions.

Proof of this is that the French market is expected to grow by 7,000 industrial robotic installations per year in the coming years according to the International Federation of Robotics.

In order to go further in optimizing the flows of their factories, a key competitiveness issue, manufacturers must today automate their intralogistics, “long considered the poor relation”, to improve the rate and quality of preparation of kits of parts intended for manufacturing orders, while reducing the arduousness of operations.

On the occasion of the 2024 edition of the SITL exhibition, Scallog presents its “Goods to Person” solution under the sign of Industry 5.0, which combines the speed of execution, the reliability of robotics with the “know-how” and operator skills, to speed up and make production more reliable.

As a result, the storage of spare parts and/or components is denser, picking productivity is multiplied by three, quality control is “flawless” and working conditions are improved for ever greater fluidity and agility in the lines. of production.

Designed to put humans at the center of processes, Scallog’s Goods to Person solution – shelves transported by robots to operators – guarantees numerous benefits according to the triptych of space, productivity and reliability.

In addition to its ability to adapt to all types of industrial buildings, including the oldest, the Scallog solution, which combines software intelligence and robotics, can easily be installed on a mezzanine above a production area to free up of the m² of manufacturing.

It makes it possible to densify the storage of spare parts and components, while ensuring finer management of references without drifting out of stock or overstocking.

The software intelligence of the Scallog solution allows stock management of spare parts according to FIFO “First In, First Out” rules or components according to FEFO “First Expired, First Out” rules, with a constant concern for speed of delivery, inventory and goods management of manufacturing dates.

In addition, the Scallog automated zone can also be transformed into a buffer zone – temporary storage of manufacturing orders (FO) – between manufacturing and packaging, and from kits to manufacturing, to guarantee optimal performance of the production lines.

In order to accelerate picking rates without any compromise on quality, the Scallog solution guides operators at all stages of kit preparation , using the most relevant tools such as Spot to Light, visual display, the connected scale, and so on, by multiplying interactions.

A light beam indicates the location of the part or component to be picked on the mobile shelf, the picking station screen shows the part, the quantity and the packaging to be selected, the scale ensures weight control… to avoid all errors and waste of time.

With great granularity in component management, the Scallog solution can also assist the operator in arranging parts according to a defined order as part of the creation of a kit.

The Scallog solution thus makes it possible to multiply productivity by 3 and move towards “zero errors” in the preparation of kits and associated OFs.

In addition to its ability to create the conditions for increased productivity, the Scallog “Goods to Person” solution considerably improves the conditions and quality of life at work for operators.

They no longer move around, they free themselves from bad postures; they occupy more stimulating positions and carry out tasks with greater added value which highlight their skills.

As such, Scallog pays particular attention to the ergonomics and ideal configuration of the workstation according to business processes, by modeling it in virtual reality and involving the employees concerned from the start of the project.

In a context of labor shortage, robotics can help make the operator profession attractive, with a view to recruiting and retaining new employees .

Romain Demay says: “Faced with the challenges of sovereignty, competitiveness and attractiveness that French manufacturers face, our Goods to Person Scallog robotic solution can make the Supply Chain a strong link in the necessary optimization of their production.”

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