A race against the clock
Each year, the MB92 shipyard in the port of La Ciotat (South of France) takes in around one hundred superyachts for refit or renovation work. Each project is a major undertaking lasting several months, with customers often imposing strict deadlines.
"During a project, tasks or services not included in the initial scope will often get added on; this requires us to sustain a fast working pace to stay abreast of the goals set by our customers. It’s a race against time!" observes Stéphane Silano, IT Manager at MB92.
Saving time in the search for equipment
"The equipment and materials used to renovate superyachts are stored in containers, and these might be moved to various spots around the shipyard: an area spanning 44 hectares," explains Stéphane Silano. This movement of containers makes it difficult to locate them, and teams can spend up to two hours trying to identify the last known position of the container they need. Using connected objects to enable geolocation was an attractive solution to this problem.
When taking on a project of this scope, it’s essential to have a company we can rely on at our side – one that will always be there to meet our functional needs. Orange Business Services definitely meets these criteria.
Stéphane Silano, IT Manager, MB92
Using IoT to improve shipyard performance levels
MB92 called in Orange Business Services, its long-standing partner for telephone communications. The idea was simple: to deploy a custom-designed IoT (Internet of Things) solution, enabling containers and equipment to be geo-located using a system of trackers attached to the containers. Now, users only need to enter an identification number into the application to view a container’s exact location on the site.
The tracking system provides a quick and practical solution that saves significant amounts of time. “We’ve gone from taking two hours to find a container to just two minutes,” beams Stéphane Silano, IT Manager at MB92.
A solution that goes further
The MB92 and Orange Business Services collaboration on this project has led the partners to explore further opportunities offered by IoT technology. For example, the design and installation of sensors to monitor the temperature of paint and varnish on yachts, an innovative solution adopted by MB92 for all yacht renovations. A third solution enabling automatic reading of water and electricity meters is currently being installed in a new part of the shipyard and will be extended across all the company’s meters. “This will provide us with a more accurate view of our overhead costs and help us detect any potentially abnormal consumption levels,” explains Stéphane Silano.
“When taking on a project of this scope, it’s essential to have a company we can rely on at our side – one that will always be there to meet our functional needs. Orange Business Services definitely meets these criteria,” concludes Stéphane Silano.
Container search times down from 2 hours to just