Immersion in the heart of manufacturing
Each Anthogyr product reflects the group's industrial expertise. Merging ”know-how” excellence and state-ofthe- art equipment, the production site guarantees flawless manufacturing quality. Interview with Olivier Pigny, Industrial Director.
Is production at the heart of its history?
The transformation of material has always been central to Anthogyr’s mission. Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, at the heart of the Arve Valley and its world-renowned precision engineering hub, the group benefits from an exclusive location. Founded by a family of watchmakers in 1947, Anthogyr is the heir of this precision micromechanics which has been able to develop in terms of both know-how and production equipment. More recently, during the past fifteen years, the acceleration of its growth has required particularly significant investments. In 2007, 20 million euros were committed to the building of its new, 8,000 m2 industrial site, enlarged in 2013 to reach 9,400 m2 today.
Could you describe the current production site?
Based on the principle of lean manufacturing, it includes the steps from machining raw material to assembly, to the final phases of decontamination and packaging in the white room in sterile packages. All production sites are ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and EN9100 certified, which means theproducts are totally compliant with the directives and standards in force. The site is equipped with a global industrial park that evolves continuously to remain at the cutting edge of technology and to accompany our growth. It represents the heaviest part of the investment, but the equipment peripherals, i.e. the complimentary machining (cleaning, sandblasting, inspection, etc.) are also significant.
Let’s go back to the Industrial expertise... How is an Anthogyr product actually created?
High-tech industrial equipment goes hand in hand with high-performing processes. Industrialisation is a pivotal point in the series of services. Upstream, we work in synergy with the R&D hub in manufacturing the prototypes designed by the engineers then involving pre-production that will lead to validating the product in its final form. At the same time, marketing estimates sales and the supplier chain define the quantity to be produced by a certain date. Next, it’s up to us to mobilise our method teams, production and manufacturing management (machining and finishing) in order to put in storage all the products referenced in the deadlines. Human expertise is evidently present at each step. I therefore would like to point out the high level of competence of the staff that provides daily proof of exemplary accuracy and precision in manufacturing, inspection and environmental control in the white room to ensure the absolute quality of our products.
What is the place of industrialisation in the global strategy?
The total integration of the manufacturing processes undoubtedly represents a strength and a competitive advantage. Certainly, this certifies unfailing quality, but innovation still represents the challenge. The constant interaction between design and production allows us to be one step ahead, an essential advantage in the performance race. We are able to quickly build the prototypes and launch production. A plan validated at the design office today, may be validated on the machines one or two days later, the time to process the technical reports with the methods office and free the area on the equipment available to manufacture the parts. We have this ability to be highly reactive and we must keep this agility while ensuring the fast development of the company.
And this is achieved through process or organisation innovation?
At Anthogyr, we don't rest on our laurels! Our growth demands a constant calling into question. The factory of the future changes its production methods, the industrial organisation evolves as a result of computerisation, automation... We must therefore be innovative in terms of methods of production and management… The R&D team works mainly on the products, possibly on achievement technologies. All that is related to processes, strictly speaking, will be handled by industrial management. For the past few years, a role has been dedicated to continuous improvement, in association with experts and employees in charge of assisting the teams. We also carry out the important work of analysing the competition and the industrial intelligence for which we involve all internal stakeholders. On these themes, we collaborate with other companies, particularly within the Mont Blanc Industries competitive hub, of which we are members.