GRANBY, Quebec—Continental A.G.'s ContiTech division has completed a project at its hose factory in Granby that makes production there largely automated.
In addition, the firm's Industrial Fluid Solutions business unit has launched an enhancement to its distributor program in North America that offers "unique opportunities for enhanced collaboration, commitment and growth," according to Guy Enta, vice president and head of the Americas region for the IFS business.
Enta described the Granby investment as a "several million dollar" project to drive improvements in quality and productivity. The factory produces large bore industrial hose that is used in such applications as petrochemicals, mining and resource markets that require heavier duty, heavier gauge products with higher working pressure.
"The thing that's impressive at Granby is the work we've done to have that plant be truly connected," Enta said. "To have those processes connected within the plant using this technology ultimately will allow us to have that transparency to our customer.
"It's pretty darn close to being a full Industry 4.0 factory."
The genesis for the addition of robotics and automation to Granby dates back to a ContiTech management forum in the middle of 2016. That is when Conti's "Smart Solutions Beyond Rubber" strategy was launched for the division, said Andreas Gerstenberger, ContiTech executive vice president and head of the Industrial Fluid Solutions global business unit.