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Plataine: Renault F1 Team’s Technology Supplier

  • Wednesday, 11th September 2019
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Renault F1 Team announced the implementation of Plataine’s AI-Based IIoT manufacturing optimisation solution at its Enstone manufacturing facility in the UK to automate its composites production processes, leading to improved on-time delivery, operations efficiency and full digital traceability. 

Plataine was selected as a Renault F1 Team’s technology supplier thanks to its proficiency in IoT-driven AI applications for manufacturing and its track record of successful deployments. 

Renault F1 Team makes heavy use of composites to produce the chassis and gearbox of their single seater under the pressure of a demanding innovation cycle and the tight schedule between race events. As a result, production plans are dynamic and may change frequently, requiring the team to often produce new, customised parts at very short notice, which places extreme pressures on people and logistics.

Plataine plays an important role in the introduction of automated/digital systems at Renault F1 Team, with the deployment of a sensor network at the Enstone Technical Centre in the UK, which has enabled real-time visibility and automated tracking of material assets. Its optimised material selection application manages real- time material tracking, so Renault F1 Team’s staff always know how long time-sensitive composite prepregs have been out of the freezer and where they are. This application ensures materials are being consumed optimally and the team can deliver parts for each race on time. These improved working practices result in the automation of repetitive manual processes, enhanced production flexibility and quality control. All data along the material’s lifecycle – from raw material, through layup and curing, to finished part – is digitally and automatically logged to create a Digital Thread, ensuring every component can be traced through every stage of production, allowing superior quality control and audit readiness.

Ian Pearce, Head of Production at Renault F1 Team says, “We see the software as a Digital Assistant, it constantly analyses production data and offers our operators and managers alerts and smart recommendations in real-time. Our manufacturing process has become more efficient and flexible. This is crucial given the conditions we operate under – where there is literally no room for error.”

Avner Ben-Bassat, President and CEO of Plataine adds, “Producing F1 cars requires the highest levels of production agility and response to changes. Plataine is proud to support Renault F1 Team on their Digital Transformation journey providing actionable insights and AI-based recommendations to production staff and managers, enabling Renault F1 Team to continuously shorten manufacturing cycles and improve its operations.”

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