The Boston Consulting Group and EASE-Université de Strasbourg Partner to Promote Industry 4.0

After the Launch of Its Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory in Saclay, BCG’s Operations Practice in France Partners with EASE, the Factory School of Strasbourg University Dedicated to Biopharma and Regulated Process Industries

INDIA, May 23, 2018—TheEASE center, with a shop floor of 46,000 square feet, including 21,500 squarefeet of white rooms, was designed as a real industrial site and has been openfor training since September 2017. Located on the Illkirch campus, south ofStrasbourg, France, it reproduces the constraints of white rooms—the sterileand classified zones in which drugs and health care products are manufactured.The factory school maintains three drug production lines: oral solid doses(tablets and capsules), injectable sterile liquids, and biologics. In additionto production lines, the site will offer a quality control lab and all theutilities and production systems that enable real-condition simulations. Thesite is used to train operators from the industry as well as students inseveral fields, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, fine chemistry, andagri-food processing.

TheBoston Consulting Group (BCG) is partnering with EASE (EuropeanAseptic and Sterile Environment) to provide its expertise on performanceimprovement, lean management, and Industry 4.0–related tools. “In keeping withthe six Innovation Centers for Operations [ICOs] operating in differentcountries—including the first pilot factory opened in Saclay, France, in2016—this partnership enables EASE and BCG to promote technologies that improvethe performance of industrial operations. This new site will notably addressthe challenges faced by players in the pharmaceutical industry by providingthem with innovative solutions, enabling quantum leaps in performance in termsof quality, traceability, flexibility, ergonomics, and productivity,” saidMoundir Rachidi, a director at BCG who heads up the firm’s  Operationspractice in France.

Implementing and integrating the Industry 4.0technologies—most notably, advanced robotics, data analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, industrialinternet, and simulation platforms—can increase industrial sites’ productivityby 15% to 20% while improving quality and flexibility.

“A successful shift toward Industry 4.0 depends onquality field training at all levels, from operators to plant managers.Strasbourg University provides all those players its educational expertise andresearch,” said Constance Perrot, EASE director.

The project benefits from the support of the State viathe Investments for the Future program, as well as local and regionalauthorities, the European Regional Development Fund, and private partners. Located at the heart of a trinational region, the school factory benefitsfrom the excellence of Strasbourg University, with its four active NobelPrize–winning scientists: Jean-Pierre Sauvage (2016), Martin Karplus (2013),Jules A. Hoffmann (2011), and Jean-Marie Lehn (1987. “Combining academicexcellence with consulting excellence should enable industrial companies tofully understand the integration of various solutions into the challengingenvironment of clean rooms,” said Moundir Rachidi.

This new ICO will help biopharma and regulatedprocess industries address changes that affect their sites and operationstrategies. On-site visits and training sessions will help these professionalsto plan technology implementation and investments and to define theirdigitization roadmap.

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