Manufacturing companies are under increasing pressure to improve their operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and deliver high-quality products to meet customer demands. The purpose of this article is to discuss how manufacturers can take their operations to the next level by leveraging digital technology to engage and empower their workforce.
The digital age has brought about a significant shift in the way we work, and manufacturers are no exception. With the rise of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence, it’s easy to assume that employees’ roles in the manufacturing process are becoming less critical. However, we believe the opposite is true. It is our belief employees do and will need more data and tools to engage and drive decision-making on the floor. The digital age has made it easier than ever before to engage and empower employees to take an active role in the manufacturing process.
Regarding shop floor Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), companies are often looking for the silver bullet or one-stop shop in an attempt to drive employee-based decisions. Often the basic MES scope is too broad, or manufacturers fail to understand the software’s foundational strengths or complexities during the scoping and installation process. Many times, companies do not realize that the basic report packages are not tailored to meet their needs. We find the efforts to digitize or engage hit roadblocks based on cost or manpower required to fully install, therefore disappointing in terms of the final product. In making decisions on MES or digital tools, below are some basic concepts companies should keep in mind when selecting tools to engage employees.
In short, the engagement of an employee is critical to the success of any manufacturing operation or supply chain organization. By leveraging digital technology to engage and empower the workforce, companies can take their operations to the next level, improve efficiency, reduce costs, and deliver high-quality products that meet customer demands. With the right tools and strategies in place, companies can create a culture of engagement and innovation that should help them thrive in the digital age. We can assist you in developing your digital road map of the future. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Author: Randy Burns