The traditional production process has not been entirely automated.
A number of actions, such as the manual tipping of dry
raw materials from sacks, will always be carried out by people.
In the traditional process, the operator adds these materials manually
during the process. In the new process, they are tipped
into containers in a preparatory phase outside the process.
The operator also reads temperatures and machine parameters.
These actions are subject to the operator’s work tempo and
ability to estimate, so the degree of reproducibility is highly
limited. In the new process, all these actions are organised to
achieve maximum reproducibility. The new process gave us the
opportunity to automate most manual actions and, therefore,
achieve a more constant quality. Moreover, this enables the
energy requirement to be accurately matched to production.
Consistent quality leads to fewer customer complaints and,
often, a higher net return from a batch. One additional advantage
is that accurately-regulated energy intake is ecologically and
Workstations for life
The idea of adaptability throughout an employee’s career is a
fairly new concept, which has only recently been taken into
account. In existing situations, it is often difficult to create the
optimal conditions for a workstation for life. You come up
against restrictions in terms of either physical possibilities or the
plants and working methods. In designing our new factory and
installations, we therefore jumped at the opportunity to create
working situations to last throughout an employee’s career.
Where possible, processes have been automated fully or as
fully as possible. Burden-alleviating measures have also been
implemented everywhere to create the best possible working
conditions. This is important for the short term, but essential for
the long-term. Good design has made it possible for employers
to ultimately keep doing their work right up until retirement.
Naturally, we are still prepared to closely follow developments
in this area once the factory is completed. Where possible, we
implement new and improved techniques.