Friday, February 3, 2023

Industry 4.0: The Rosario company that differentiates and expands

Automation of industries grows in Santa Fe and innovation tries to get stronger every day. AFG Ingeniería crossed the pond and traveled to the Netherlands, Germany and Spain to see the most innovative solutions in intelligent warehouses and Gabriel Fernandez, CEO Rosarina Co., An agreement was made with the Netherlands firm Logix to start developing and marketing a system in Argentina, which allows storage space to be optimized by up to 60%., “2.2 times more positions entered than the traditional way,” explained the head of the local firm.

“Today a traditional logistics warehouse is made up of shelves or racks, the only way to access pallet dropping is via forklifts, with an operator driving the clark. For that you need aisles so the forklifts can be maneuvered What comes together with Dutch to propose a solution is to eliminate the corridors and you have only shelves, which makes use of the space and that all the movement of the loads is intelligent and autonomous. They are a system, like an electric cart, that communicates with the organization software, knows where each item is, or decides where to drop off each item”. Fernandez told.

Thus, the system allows “just the press of a button” to pick up or find what is needed. “This shelf can be developed from one position to eight, at the height you want. You can take advantage of all the space on the surface and in volume, which optimizes the spaces, 60% of the space recovered Goes”, he explained.

The CEO of AFG Ingeniería indicated that there are different solutions to optimize storage in the world but that the one developed by the Dutch and German company is the “latest”. Its use is not yet widespread, but it promises many more advantages in addition to the best use of space. “With no forklifts inside the warehouse, pollution is also saved, and equipment maintenance and investment in forklifts is completely eliminated. The operation requires fewer people and less risk and allows for traceability and optimization of all resources. guarantees”, he insisted.

At a time when imports are somewhat complicated, AFG decided to tie up with a European firm to speed up the landing in these pumps. “We would be in a position to build it, but today there is a problem with getting the components and the project will take us too long. So we accelerate by tying up with a company that develops the equipment and sells us the complete equipment. My Had the opportunity to verify this in progress, I went to a model refrigerator in the Netherlands that produces 300 tons of pork per day and exports to China and that refrigerator was totally intelligent. Glad to see it working happened,” he explained.

But for the system to work, various components, such as cabinets, are needed, and these will be manufactured locally.

“We are going to take advantage of the national industry and we are already making progress forging alliances with various companies. Some elevators that move equipment from one height to another will also be manufactured by AFG Ingenieria and software and all integration and after-sales service of this solution will remain within our brand. AFG begins to fulfill the function of technology integrator that combines a standard rack with European intelligence and Argentine software to give life to smart warehouses”, emphasized Fernandez.

new world of work

The head of the local firm also said that the purpose of the trip to Europe was not only to bring representation to Argentina, but also to “understand how a company like ours operates in Europe, what it costs, how they solve the turnover problem.” Do” of the people”, eg. “Industries today are facing mass turnover of people between 20 and 46% of personnel and shortage of qualified labour,” Fernandez said.

,Europe is not spared from this problem and the solution they have found is to reduce the workload. Post-pandemic new professionals are not ready to work for 10-12 hours a day or more than 9 hours. Europe is reducing the hours, they are working until 3:00 in the afternoon and at the same time they are slowing down people’s business”Informed on new forms of work.

Fernandez also stressed the importance of developing local SME networks, which is different from what he could see in Europe. “I visited 8 or 9 SMEs in different countries and almost all of them have 40 to 60 people. We have large SMEs, for example, ours consists of about 200 people. Also, they have fewer people compared to Argentina. There are less profits, although the main advantage is that they have great financing compared to Argentina. On the other hand, although here we have production or sales gaps that fluctuate a lot, our SMEs are much more profitable than European ones”, he said, highlighting the construction of new warehouses or expansions taking place in the Rosario region. Summarized.And around.

AFG Ingeniería’s founders were also optimistic about opportunities for Argentine and Latin American industry, but cautioned about the role of local business. “Perhaps he is living with some old vision of running a company, the 1990’s version. Today times have changed, the world has accelerated, and I see many opportunities. It’s hard to see a community to cope with that growth. You have to be very dynamic, have mastered many skills. Most SMEs are good commercial managers, good salespeople and more than ever today, you need to be strategic, able to negotiate To be, to innovate”, he said.

Another point to keep in mind, he said, has to do with the workforce which is “going to mutate” and he added: “Smart warehouses, for example, or robotic cells don’t come to replace people, they replace the person who does this operational, repetitive job, but you still need people to upload data, digitize, coordinate groups, and make decisions. All this automation that comes with growth. requires the same number of people, only the profile of the people is different.”

In this sense, Fernández recognized that “Argentina faces a great challenge and it has to change not only its productive but educational matrix.” He pointed out that “all these changes would require reform of technical schools, accountants and administration.”

“There is a lot of work and there will be a lot more, but if we keep doing the same thing, we will be out of the system. Technical education and creation of value added operators was very important. No one who has finished secondary school today would want to be an operator behind a lathe, a welding machine. The challenge is who is going to occupy those places, that these workplaces are going to be occupied by the unemployed people that we have today and there are many of them. We need to integrate them into the productive system, new training needs to be proposed, today’s machines are becoming easier and require less and less technical knowledge, they are more intelligent. We have to promote all the untrained unemployed, prepare them quickly and get them placed. Reclassify people who have access to technical education for new technologies and new demands. I don’t know whether we all see and understand them or not but it is a big challenge”, Fernandez insisted.

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