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Innovative working methods

To constantly increase its innovation capacity, Safran gives pride of place to the sharing of know-how. Through various initiatives, Safran embraces its employees’ ideas to improve the Group’s performance and to enable it to adapt to new technologies that are transforming manufacturing processes.

Innovation from the field

Intrapreneurs

Intrapreneurship

Safran offers its employees the opportunity to get involved in intrapreneurship through the “We love intrapreneurs” initiative. Intrapreneurship is a voluntary and demanding process that enables the Group’s employees to become “internal entrepreneurs”. It consists of managing an innovative project from start to finish, providing added value to the company and its customers thanks to support from coaches inside and outside the Group and the application of agile methods. The program was structured in such a way as to bring new products and services onto the market quickly (two to five years) and to develop and disseminate an entrepreneurial culture. This voluntary initiative, which requires considerable personal investment, enables employees to participate actively in innovation at Safran, test new, life-sized working methods, create cross-functional relationships and reveal their talent.

Equipe Intrapreneurs

Participative innovation

The creativeness of Group employees, whether regarding disruptive technology or day-to-day improvements, is celebrated every year at the Safran Innovation Awards. Participative innovation is primarily a state of mind and an integral part of Safran culture, as well as a essential component if the company’s competitiveness. In 2019, 143,000 improvement ideas put forward by employees were implemented in all of the Group’s sectors.

Intellectual Property at Safran

Safran is a leader in markets that demand firm control of technologies that set companies apart; Intellectual Property (IP) is an essential part of its strategy. In all of the markets in which Safran is a leader, technological excellence is key to its competitiveness. To retain its lead, the Group constantly seeks to innovate by pursuing an active patent-application policy.

Augmented reality

Elève équipée de lunettes réalité augmentée
1,050
In 2020, Safran filed 1,050 first patent applications around the world, compared to 1,200 in 2019.
Top 3
For more than ten years, Safran has been in the TOP 3 companies that filed the most patents with the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI)
12,000
The Group’s patent portfolio protects almost 12,000 inventions and contains more than 46,000 IP titles

Innovation in our plants

The Factory of the Future

The Factory of the Future uses methods and technologies that were inconceivable only a few years ago: guides, simulation tools - new production-engineering methods, virtual reality, augmented reality, cobotics, digital controls, additive manufacturing, use of industrial data. These new methods are transforming industrial processes and have brought about new occupations or changes to existing occupations in many different areas. They require the application of change-management processes and new training courses for personnel and teams who benefit from acquiring long-term skills, and they introduce new collective ways of working. In Safran’s “Factory of the Future”, these new approaches benefit the Group in terms of competitiveness, quality and manufacturing agility and speed. The end result of this transformation process is a plant that has been redesigned for and around people.

Automatic line of rectifiers
Automatic line of rectifiers
Automatic line of rectifiers
© Adrien Daste / Safran The Milmort plant stands out for its four…
Composite draping robot
Composite draping robot
Composite draping robot
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Blade preparation robot for assembling low-pressure compressors, with Deep Learning functions
Blade preparation robot for assembling low-pressure compressors, with Deep Learning functions
Blade preparation robot for assembling low-pressure compressors, with Deep Learning functions
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Dalmec arm
Dalmec arm
Dalmec arm
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Augmented reality / GE Passport nacelle
Augmented reality / GE Passport nacelle
Augmented reality / GE Passport nacelle
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Titanium unit, machining
Titanium unit, machining
Titanium unit, machining
© Adrien Daste / Safran Closed door machining and autonomous operation
Virtual reality
Virtual reality
Virtual reality
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Adding coils of carbon fibers to the loom
Adding coils of carbon fibers to the loom
Adding coils of carbon fibers to the loom
© Adrien Daste / Safran The 3D-woven composite technology designed and…
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future production-line projects on more than 30 sites have been planned by all of the Group's companies since 2017
22
At the end of 2019, 22 of these lines were up and running
“Delivery lead times, quality, costs: the Factory of the Future embodies the realization that we had to improve performance in the plants to make our products more competitive. It is also a matter of making use of digital solutions whose level of disruption has not been seen in 40 years. Finally, it is a response to unprecedented developments in the aviation industry, such as our new engine dedicated to the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC C919 programs: from 100 deliveries in 2016, we rose to 1,800 LEAP® in 2019, and have a target of 2,400 in 2021. Over a period of four years, the rate of growth surpassed what was achieved over a period of 20 years for its predecessor, the CFM56®.”
  • © Adrien Daste / Safran
  • © Cyril Abad / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • © Cyril Abad / CAPA Pictures / Safran