Founded in 1987, Labplas began its digital transition in 1994. Today its factory is almost totally connected and the technological changes have generated a lot of added value.
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Pharmaceutical industry, food industry, environmental research or veterinary science: Labplas is present in these different sectors to which it provides sterile sampling solutions for analysis purposes.
The products of the Sainte-Julie company are sold in over 50 countries through a network of 175 distributors. This growth is based not only on its experience and know-how, but also on the exploitation of data.
It all started with the implementation of a first asset management system, followed by that of the customer relationship management software. Software solutions were subsequently developed to automate the collection of data relating to quality management, industrial process management and inventory management.
“But it’s okay to be a ‘datavore’, you still need to know what to do with all this information and extract value from it! says the general manager, Benoît Brouillette. At Labplas, we were able to generate reports automatically, identify where time is wasted, and ultimately improve production.
“For example, we were able to identify which types of downtime occurred most often and on which machines. After that, we installed a robot, which solved the problem. We therefore equipped our 20 production lines in the same way and the return on this investment lasted only a few months, ”he explains.
Make better decisions
While all production machines are connected, Labplas has truly become a 4.0 factory. Of the company’s 100 employees, 15 are fully dedicated to digital needs. “We value data not only for improving management and processes, but also for behaviors in the field. The beauty of the data is that it allows us to base all our decisions on figures and performance indicators, ”the CEO emphasizes.
It also helps reduce unnecessary transportation. “For example, according to the order reports, at the beginning of each month we move all the pallets of products located on the upper floors to the first floor of the warehouse that are to be delivered in the current month. This avoids travel and maximizes the shipping process, “explains Benoît Brouillette.
On its radar screen there are also other projects, in particular that of ensuring real-time monitoring of the organization’s activities. “The 4.0 transition never ends, because technology is constantly improving. We keep growing and we keep improving all the data we have ”, he concludes.