PRIORITY: ACCELERATE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SECTOR TOWARDS 4.0 IN AN ALREADY HIGHLY AUTOMATED AND ROBOTISED INDUSTRY
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The spread of electronics is accelerating in a world that is increasingly digitised and connected to services. This change is reflected in an increase in the product mix and variability in volumes, which particularly affect the supply chain as well as design and production activities. To meet the challenges of competitiveness, responsiveness and flexibility brought about by this change in demand, the sector must accelerate its transformation towards the industry of the future and integrate the drivers of Industry 4.0.
The final aim of Industry 4.0 is certainly to further enhance the flexibility of the production facility while high capacity and competitive costs. The electronics industry is already very advanced in terms of automation and robotics, as much for microelectronics as for assembly. We now have to take one more step towards digitalisation, cobotics through innovation and assistance to operators, and by creating logistic advantages; all this by implementing the drivers now available, such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for improved and intelligent flow management. The electronics sector, in line with the objective of the industry of the future, is therefore able to help other industrial sectors.
The ambition is to position the French electronic assembly sector at the cutting edge of Industry 4.0. It relies on cooperation between the leading industrial companies in electronics production in France, which have chosen to cooperate and accelerate their innovation projects together to integrate the Industry 4.0 drivers into their factories.
Optimisation of the supply chain
The aim here is to develop dialogue and streamline the transmission of information between players in the electronics sector supply chain. The sector must be able to deliver smoothly and not disrupt the industry by potential supply shortages.
Creation of an environmental task force
Beyond monitoring materials and substances likely to be covered by bans or restrictive procedures, this task force also coordinates the sector’s responses to these changes in the regulatory framework. This covers the procedures for declaring certain substances, preparing any applications for exemption, if necessary, or developing alternative solutions involving all the stakeholders in the sector.