Shift from “high volume, low mix to low volume high mix”
Flexible production: collaborate to make, autonomous to move
Flexible production: safe, connected and traceable
The role of people
Food from “Tablet to Table” is that a dream or reality. How to produce with the vision to “delight” rather than to “Stock” is a real conundrum facing the food industry. Huge waste and impressive carbon print with blurred consumer experience are the consequences of mass manufacturing. Responding to increased demand of fresh and seasonable food made on demand requires a shift in manufacturing. A new approach cantered around flexibility and adaptability with high mix and small volume is emerging. Collaborative robots and mobile autonomous vehicles capable to work along workers in a friendly, safe and cooperative environment is proving highly successful in several other industries. Omron would like to share and discuss gained experience and successful use cases in non-food sector that can be applied to the “food on demand” emerging market. Then maybe food from “Tablet to Table” might be closer than we might think…
Faouzi Grebici has over 30-year experience in industrial automation with a solid specialization in mechatronics. Holding a master’s degree in machine control he spent most of his career in Omron Electronics Industrial Automation Business where he grew from product manager in mechatronics to be a global senior GM leading a global business unit in motion and robotics technology. Now he is putting that experience in developing the business of industrial solutions across the EMEA territory. The core strategy of industry solutions strategy is articulated around Omron core competence in machine automation and Omron world first technology in collaborative robots and autonomous intelligent vehicles. The synergy of those competencies is a real game changer in flexible manufacturing and especially in the growing field of personalized production. The other important aspect, that technological and manufacturing strategies often overlook, is the human aspect. Faouzi Grebici believes that smart factories need smarter people and that successful manufacturers are those who work tirelessly to turn the tedious job of operators into creators.