Guiding Improvement Opportunities in Manufacturing

By StartUp City | Tuesday, July 02, 2019

ManufacturingFrom a long time, the manufacturers are dependent on Lean, Six Sigma and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) for improvement and quality management. But with the rise of Industry 4.0 technologies, the options available are unparalleled, even though the conventional strategies have laid the foundation:

Digitization of workflows:

Manufacturers who are acquainted with technology, prefer automated workflowsto bring structure to the different systems, employees, and machines that are pivotal to the enterprise. These workflows extract information from disparate systems, allot tasks to employees, react to instances, and pushback information into the systems like a maestro, guiding the systems to create a digital symphony.

Judgment support:

Digitally Transformed (DX) organizations, most commonly will utilize at least out of two types of decision support:

• Automated judgment is a feature embedded into the workflow, powered by a decision matrix, which formulates the decisions to be executed based on the data and identifies those tasks which need human verification and vis-à-vis.

• Third-party consultant occurs in multiple avenues, can access the company’s data and lend advice, or an internal agent, highly qualified and domain specialist who possess the skill set to analyze the data.

Accessibility, even on the go:

The following stage of automation is to enable flexible access to the IT/Software systems to conduct work operations.

• Mobile devices are integrated into the systems—including OEE, paperless quality management and maintenance of systems—to create a connected workforce.

• Remote accessibility to managers and key persons to review and report in case of necessities.

Upgrading the Workforce:

DX initiatives are centered on the workforce and the training provided to equip them for better handling. The real challenges lay while upskilling the operators in the areas of continuous upgradation, preventive maintenance, and understanding of the entire line operations, rather than one isolated machine. In the case of managers, the role demands a person acquainted with all the programs and modules of the workflows.

Effective Change management:

Effective change management includes consistent engagement from stakeholders in a holistic sense encouraging inter-departmental collaboration and brainstorming to create the best ideas. These sessions are found liberating and the ideas generated either make or break the game.

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