(including developing tomorrow’s process (see below) + 3D printing + wing of the future, etc. - See Annual Report)
Developing Tomorrow’s Processes
Constellium is exploring opportunities for tomorrow’s production processes using Digital Manufacturing (“Industry 4.0”). The key concept behind Industry 4.0 is the combined impact of multiple digital technologies, such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Cloud computing, Big Data and Analytics, Manufacturing Simulation (with Digital Twins systems for example), Augmented reality, and Autonomous/collaborative robots.
These technologies are starting to change the way plants are running today, and this will accelerate as production becomes more and more networked and interlinked, bringing wide-ranging changes and opportunities in many aspects of the industry.
Advanced data analytics can help identify the most effective manufacturing process windows or predict maintenance needs. New sensor technologies will improve our products and processes. Augmented reality could help to train the next generation of plant personnel and allow to leverage expertise across the whole organization. Productivity improvements will be driven by automating repetitive or dangerous manual tasks with collaborative robots and automating repetitive intellectual tasks through machine learning.
Such a fundamental transformation will require years, and Constellium is continuously exploring and monitoring digital disruption in order to accompany its plants and customers towards tomorrow’s processes.