Manufacturers, are you ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?
22 January 2021
If you haven’t been in quarantine on a desert island, without Wifi or contact with any human beings, for the past few years, you’ve heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it will forever change the world of work “in the future”.
This development, which is already being called a revolution, will have an even greater impact on manufacturers than the Internet will have had. Certain sectors of employment are expected to be tremendously affected by AI.
But Revolution 4.0 will also separate healthy and flourishing SMBs from those that will be on an artificial respirator.
The future is today.
Human beings are made so that they always think that they can see the future coming . . . all the while often being blind. Business leaders and their managers are no exception to this rule, because they are often caught up in operations. Caught up in what is urgent, in the problems that arise every day, so that they don’t really have time to think about what will happen in 20 years. And yesterday’s 20 years is now just 5. Perhaps even less.
When you consider that the Internet is only 25 years old and that in 1992, very few people grasped how it would completely change the retail business, the world of work, the way of travelling, how B2B orders are placed, in short EVERYTHING. It can be dizzying to think about artificial intelligence, process automation and digitalization of knowledge.
Or, rather than be overwhelmed, we can tell ourselves that we will be at the front of the parade and that we will do just fine.
Make Business Intelligence a priority
Les PME sont résilientes et s’adaptent à tout. L’être humain aussi.
Revolution 4.0 is not witchcraft.
A number of enterprises with which Effecto has been working for the past year, 5 years, 10 years, have started to lay the groundwork for this technological shift. Year after year, step by step, they are moving forward to become more efficient, more productive and more agile as their plants and processes are becoming digitalized and as their KPIs (performance indicators) are being refined by Effecto.
REVOLUTION 4.0 MEANS TAKING YOUR PLANT AND EMPLOYEES FROM MASS PRODUCTION TO INTELLIGENT DIGITAL FABRICATION.
HERE IS HOW TO DO IT, IN A FEW STRAIGHTFORWARD STEPS :
1. Implant your ERP
Not a few modules. No “But we’ll keep this Excel list”. No “The guys wouldn’t want that”.
To make the information fluid and accurate in real time, silos need to be eliminated and all data centralized. From reception of material to delivery, through production, order taking, invoice management. Everything must be “linked”. In order to have a true overall view, any new entry of data must be made in a single and unique data group.
Being able to make the best decisions in the best timeframes starts with this.
2. Reflect, implant, and monitor your KPIs
(Key Performance Indicators). KPIs are the dashboards customized by Effecto for each SMB, according to the activities that decision-makers want to more closely monitor to ensure the organization’s health, operational productivity, efficient administration, etc.
In short: we take all the data collected every day on all equipment and in all the other operations and transmit it in clear, easy to understand graphics so that the best possible decisions can be made based on what is happening at a precise moment. That is where top performances are measured!
Together with decision-makers and their teams, examine how we can optimize all the data that we collect to better anticipate, better decide, better act and better serve clients. This is what Effecto is passionate about.
Sound complicated? The good news is that this is both our expertise and our passion. We are moving step by step. Bit by bit. As your team gets used to the processes and adopts the technology.
3. Automate repetitive tasks
More and more, employees are seeking meaningful and challenging work. Clients expect products of consistent quality that meet their specifications to a T.
These two desires will be met by artificial intelligence, which is taking on an increasingly large presence on the stage. Compared to humans, robots are more capable of performing over and over again the same redundant tasks without forgetting the numerous specifications that come with tailor-made and “on time” production.
4. Capture knowledge and the best processes and integrate them into the matrix.
The shortage of unskilled labour is already reaching very high levels in several regions of Québec and elsewhere. What the new generations are doing now is very different from what the earlier generations did. This means that we find workers with 10, 15 and 20 years of experience on the factory floor, but almost none with 5 years. This workforce is said to be “wandering “. More mobile than Generation X and the Baby Boomers, the newest generation may be more likely to want to go elsewhere.
This is followed by a loss of knowledge and know-how, a disengagement of loyal employees, as they must constantly train new ones, who may well decide overnight, and without warning, not to return.
Manufacturers have thousands of processes in place. Some are documented, but many run through the minds of employees. By capturing the knowledge and experience of senior operators and experts in one’s organization, Business Intelligence enables the enterprise to maintain the best processes and ensure that they are followed with every action taken.
THIS IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT OUR SERVICE.
THE DIGITALIZATION OF AN ENTERPRISE IN THE SERVICE OF ITS SUCCESS AND, ULTIMATELY, IN THE SERVICE OF ITS SUSTAINABILITY. MANUFACTURERS, ARE YOU READY TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE WORLD? YOUR WORLD.