“For us, Braincube produced an almost immediate effect,” reports the Production Manager at one of the most important Saint-Gobain Weber France manufacturing sites.
He still remembers the integration phase that impressed him so much. The fact that the migration to factory 4.0 only happened very recently at his site, makes it that much easier to talk about.
Braincube has been fully operational since January 2019, and he remembers how, shortly after launch, the software produced miracles – in barely the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee …
“Deploying a solution like Braincube, which has already proved itself at one of our other production sites, could bring a greater return for all areas within Saint-Gobain Group,” says the Manufacturing Director of Mortar Specialists, better known as Weber.
The Saint-Gobain Group is closely following the partnership between Saint-Gobain-Weber and Braincube as this type of project may be of interest to other areas within the Group.
“In just a few clicks, Braincube revealed a number of anomalies within the production line,” he adds. “Once the information had been analyzed, potential improvements were identified and the software suggested adjustments that could be made and actions that could be taken. In the past, it would have taken us a whole day to analyze far less complex databases. But now, in just a few minutes, we benefit from our investment in very specific ways.”
“When we have motivated and competent staff making decisions based on information supplied by the software, our projects move forward really quickly. These days at Weber France, efficiency doesn’t mean producing more, it means producing better! The construction and renovations sector is continually evolving and is currently based on a market that is relatively stable. So our objective is much more qualitative than quantitative. Fewer losses and less waste means saving precious time and resources, as well as a real way to reduce environmental impact, which is what the Saint-Gobain Group expects from each of its sectors.”
“Before Braincube, this site could access masses of data in real-time that were difficult to process both in terms of volume and time. Braincube confirmed much of what we thought,” the site manager explains. “This meant we were able to fine-tune a certain number of adjustments that, taken together, represent significant improvements in the work of Mortar Manufacturers.”
“In the past, figuring out how to upgrade a production line without AI was a real puzzle given the complexity of the data that needed to be processed and the fact that multiple factors had to be taken into account in real-time, without taking into account the time it took to analyze data and make decisions. In its quest to continually improve performance, both in terms of production quality and reducing materials wastage, Weber France introduced artificial intelligence and Machine Learning to help teams make their work easier, more secure and more interesting.
Today, with Braincube, that work can be completed more easily while our teams focus on other things. This software investment does however come at a price,” the Production Manager tells me. “But we have been able to assess Braincube’s first-year results, and they are promising.”
“This is one of the main purposes of AI for manufacturing. With Braincube, you quickly realize how many of the production line parameters are unsuitable and how much data is not yet consistent. Thanks to data standardization, everything becomes more fluid and easy to understand.
As international Weber production lines are all more or less based on the same system, it will be quick and easy to use Braincube beyond Weber France. Once all the resources have been brought together, Braincube really comes into its own. Our teams work better,” the manager stresses, “and now that our factories have become more intelligent and better performing, we can easily keep up with economic growth.”