SAS Automotive Systems: embracing digitisation in manufacturing
(Norwich, UK, 13/12/2019)
With the manufacturing industry undergoing the fourth industrial revolution (industry 4.0), businesses worldwide are seeking how new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be leveraged to accelerate operations.
In the case of SAS Automotive Systems, Freddy Torres, Head of Corporate Operational Excellence, affirms how important digitisation has become as his company seeks to embrace new technology, particularly in its assembly process. “We’re always looking at how we can improve our assembly process and seek a solution which will enable us to increase our operational performance and find a way to create more value in our operations,” says Torres. SAS employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide and produces around 5.2mn cockpits annually. Operating as a joint venture between two market leaders, Continental and Faurecia, SAS conducts operations from 21 locations worldwide. Sound technical knowledge and strict quality standards form the basis of the firm’s efficient processes and reliable services.
As part of its digitisation journey, SAS is making its first steps in taking advantage of the actual Data Lake in order to create more value. “We deal with several safety critical components so it’s important to continue increasing the robustness and capabilities of our tightening process,” explains Torres. “Many companies collect this kind of information mainly for traceability and process control. As you understand more about the process by analysing its behaviour, more effective improvement actions can be taken to accelerate its capability and product quality which reduces operational risk.”
You can read more about SAS Automotive’s journey in the magazine.