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The most common mistake that manufacturers make these days?
Taking a scattergun approach to digitalization and smart manufacturing.
Most manufacturers know that they need to implement digital solutions to stay competitive in the modern world. But it can be a costly mistake to apply Industry 4.0 tools haphazardly in a rush to be ‘cutting-edge’.
You need to have a good understanding of the digital operating model and how it fits in with the wider manufacturing process, especially the supply chain and production processes.
Masood Hassan is an expert in the field of digital operations. As part of our consultancy team, Masood will guide the digital strategy and implementation for companies looking to benefit from smart manufacturing technology.
We recently interviewed Masood to pick his brains on how manufacturing businesses can successfully integrate smart technology into their day-to-day operations.
With over 30 years of global consulting experience in operations, supply chain management, product development, and business growth, Masood has plenty of expert insight. He has helped companies and startups to successfully implement digital strategies in industries as diverse as retail, energy, chemical processing, aerospace, oil and gas, and industrial manufacturing.
Masood focuses on simultaneously simplifying and optimizing manufacturing operations through the identification of key value areas, the implementation of digital technology, and the creation of strategies to shift behavior and encourage buy-in across all operational levels.
When it comes to creating a strategic advantage, Masood recommends taking a wider view. Rather than simply tackling individual operational inefficiencies, manufacturers need to devise an end-to-end plan and implement it carefully.
Being lean and agile is not enough, at least in the traditional sense of the words.
In fact, Masood goes as far as saying that we need to create a new definition of lean manufacturing for the era of smart technology. A ‘lean refresh’ that moves us on from the six sigma days.
Traditional lean concepts still hold true from a purely operational point of view, but they are highly people oriented.
Masood and O3 embrace a refreshed version of lean, which encompasses the technical advances made since the dawn of Industry 4.0.
The smart lean philosophy follows these principles:
How can manufacturers gain a strategic advantage these days?
Masood is clear that the best way to do this is to work backwards, “Most companies still think from the machine outwards. A better approach is to think from the results back to the machine, and consider everything in-between”.
He goes on to say that the following questions can help to specify the intended results:
Once you have a good idea of the results you want, then work back to the machine.
Here at O3 smart manufacturing, we have designed a fast-track assessment to identify your current digital maturity level and help you on your journey. We can implement solutions to take manufacturing companies from the pre-digital level right the way through to autonomous manufacturing.
If you would like to find out how O3 can help your business to achieve advanced connectivity, implement digital solutions, and become an advanced smart factory, then get in touch today.