A meaningful digital transformation will require your organisation to rethink all aspects of how it operates. This change is necessary to maintain growth in today’s highly competitive marketplace. To successfully transform, your business needs a plan of action that is centred around the customer and the people within your company who get the work done.
Manufacturing companies are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit, but with the continued uncertainty about what form of exit will take place, it is proving difficult to plan effectively. Yet smart companies are viewing the uncertainty surrounding Brexit as a time to invest in continuous improvement and business transformation activities.
Collaboration has long been the lifeblood of productivity and creativity in the workplace. Yet for many manufacturing executives, connecting machines to the plant, and, in turn, the plant to the back office remains a top priority. Much less of a concern appears to be the prospect of a seamlessly connected workforce.
Going digital will streamline operations and speed up production, helping you get a leg up on the competition. But in the rush to get ahead, you may inadvertently leave your front-line employees behind. Microlearning could help them develop the skills necessary to find and retrieve knowledge, as needed, in a fast-changing workplace environment.
Recently named one of Gartner’s Top 10 strategic technology trends, digital twin technology is poised to change the face of the manufacturing sector. It’ll have a significant impact on the way products are designed and maintained by making manufacturing processes more efficient and reducing throughput times.
There’s no single road map for a successful digital transformation. The path is different for every company and industry. However, there must be a concerted attempt to get employee buy-in from the start. It’s therefore imperative to have leaders with the right mindset and motivation to guide the digital transformation process.
In the world of business, learning is a conscious attempt to continuously improve work practices. But the drive to work smarter, not harder, is not a new one. In 1990, Peter Senge introduced the concept of the learning organisation. Now, almost 30 years later, a new learning organisation theory is gaining traction.
In a world of constant change and disruption, how can you know when ‘improvement’ is enough or, more importantly, when it’s time to leapfrog your competitors with a radical overhaul of an activity? The world’s most successful organisations approach breakthrough improvements by developing a high-level strategy for their smart manufacturing vision.
To meet or beat the often-changing demands of your customers consistently, you must be flexible, reliable and valuable. This is where centre-lining can help. Applied properly, centre-lining not only reduces variability in quality, it also increases machine efficiency and stabilises production.
Past experience tells us that too often it was a problem, not an opportunity that brought IT and operations together. Such encounters did little to breed mutual trust and collaboration between the two teams. But the world of manufacturing is changing. And to keep up, the relationship between IT and operations must change with it.