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Renault launches its factory digitization project in Valladolid

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Only three plants participate in the initiative, the Spanish, Cleon (France) and Curitiba (Brazil)

The engine factory has “a flexible production” between diesel and gasoline to adapt to the demand.

“The automotive sector is undergoing major regulatory and technological changes. The future will lead electric vehicles, connected and highly personalized and manufacturing has to adapt to the technological processes for tomorrow. ” José Vicente de los Mozos, Vice President of Manufacturing of the Renault Group and head of the Renault Nissan Alliance in Spain, explained the genesis of the pilot project in which they have integrated the Renault factory in Valladolid.

The Spanish company participates, together with the plants of Cleon (France) and Curitiba (Brazil), in the first experience of the automobile company facing the so-called industry 4.0, which implies the total integration of technology in the production processes. They are only three factories of the 36 facilities with which the French automobile counts worldwide.

“Spain is the second country in the world with greater implementation of the Renault group. In addition, Valladolid is a very complete industrial facility because it combines the manufacture of engines with the assembly of vehicles, “explained De Los Mozos Wednesday to justify the participation of this factory in the global project. The plant last year produced 245,771 units of the Renault Captur and about 4,500 of the Twizy electric quad.
The project is based on four pillars: people (employees and customers), machines, materials and processes. The development of these involves the introduction of more robots in the tasks, self-guided vehicles, systems to increase the traceability of parts and the connectivity of machines, artificial intelligence or optimization of jobs.

“Public opinion thinks that by introducing more robots, jobs will be eliminated, but this is not the case. Renault has been introducing robots in the processes and jobs have increased, “said the vice president. In fact, the template of the installation of Valladolid Assembly has grown by 1,000 employees in four years.

“They are collaborative robots, which now participate in the work of less added value of the manufacturing process, such as removing plugs in pieces or plastics. Little by little, they will help more employees, “they explained. At the Cleon plant, employees are already rehearsing with robotic exoskeletons to lift pieces weighing more than 15 kilograms without much effort.

In addition, they work in the complete connectivity through Wi-Fi networks of all people and machines. “We have more than 5,000 robots of different brands that interconnect in factories as well as different processes and data. Heads of Unit will have access from a Tablet to production data, quality, issues concerning their employees or problems on the lines or equipment. In addition, they will perform predictive maintenance tasks, which will allow them to act before the machines are broken. “This prevents untimely stops, which have a very negative impact on production,” said Renault’s plant managers.

“Public opinion thinks that by introducing more robots, jobs will be eliminated, but this is not the case. Renault has been introducing robots in the processes and jobs have increased, “said the vice president.

In fact, the template of the installation of Valladolid Assembly has grown by 1,000 employees in four years. “They are collaborative robots, which now participate in the work of less added value of the manufacturing process, such as removing plugs in pieces or plastics. Little by little, they will help more employees, “they explained. At the Cleon plant, employees are already rehearsing with robotic exoskeletons to lift pieces weighing more than 15 kilograms without much effort.

De Los Mozos did not determine the investment for this item of research and development. He said he is included in the 2014-2016 industrial plan, which involved the renovation of the factory in Valladolid. Valladolid has a factory where 1.7 million engines are built each year. 80% of this production is for diesel vehicles. De los Mozos pointed out that “the good thing about Valladolid winning the aluminum smelter (in the industrial plan until 2020) is that it has allowed us to flex the production lines to adapt to the demand, “he said.

Electric vehicles

Regarding Energy Minister Álvaro Nadal’s statements that no more direct subsidies are needed for car purchases, but for electric vehicle infrastructures, the vice president said that “we are pioneers in zero emissions vehicles and we are agreement with its development. ” But he stressed that if you want to renew the fleet of vehicles and reduce pollution in cities, “we must choose to encourage low emission vehicles with a comprehensive plan that supports both alternative vehicles and efficient engines and infrastructure, as we have requested from Anfac, “he said.
“We’ve been in the air for five months with 50 million. We have to think less and execute more, look at the examples of other governments that have already done and has worked, “he said.

Noemi Navas FIVE DAYS – Valladolid 27 SEP 2017 (Translation Soft)

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