Manufacturing operations of all types have evolved. Beginning in the 80’s, new life was brought to machining through the integration of computers with machine tools. At the same time, at least in the US, quality initiatives took hold and began to drive quality higher and higher. Over the years, Lean and Continuous Improvement have led to on-going incremental refinements. Along the way, the ability to collect data became the norm and today many companies are trying to figure out how to leverage the peta-bytes of data that are being collected or have the potential to be collected. Some are being run over by the abundance of data and what it means. Along comes more computer advancements and the emergence of AI solutions but like every other evolution, these will not be the end of manufacturing evolution.
But, something is missing, can you see what it is?
MFG 4.0 brings new life to mature manufacturing processes… While some may talk about and be pursuing lights-out automation, there is another reality; evolution occurs in stages. And, the reality that the people who live and work on the plant floor are valuable assets. Actions to cause the relationship between plant floor personnel through leadership need to be evolving in new ways. At AIA, we believe that a key element of MFG 4.0 is evolving how data is leveraged to enhance how people work throughout manufacturing and how information is efficiently and effectively reported throughout the ranks all the way to the top. These changes have the potential to change the way people, from the bottom of the organization to the top work to deliver greater value.
We enable learning about MFG 4.0, assessing manufacturing readiness, preparing people, and implementing MFG 4.0 for organizational growth and profitability. Learn more about MFG 4.0: Manufacturing Innovation and Transformation™.