4 Essential Factors of : MES Software, Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory

1) Identify a manufacturing problem

History has shown us what happens when a company implements technology without an objective. As you can imagine, in these cases the results often fail. First, we must identify an on-going process related issue. When identifying such an issue, we always recommend to start with a small but meaningful challenge. This allows your team to begin research, identify some digital partners, interview them and challenge them with your issues. While working with them, develop mutual KIPs to measure and allow you to define the ROI the MES Software solution will present.

2) Data, Data and more Data!

Manufacturing data drives traceability. Many managers don’t understand the importance of collecting and storing data until they start a digitization project. Often times, soon into the project, they realize a significant problem: either they lack manufacturing transparency and traceability or what exists simply isn’t good enough to harness for improvement.

3) People and team work

As with any technological change, people often resist! Adapt to new tools and ways of working can often times lead to protest. There has been a suspicion by many employees that Industry 4.0 leads to loss of jobs. Most often, digitization efforts lead to additional employment and additional factory capacity. Recruit team members from every level early. Your team on the line have significant insight as to what could improve the process. Harness them during the investigation and road-mapping stages, you’ll be thankful you did later in the project. Harness a powerful MES System to empower your people.

4) Change management

Change management goes hand-in-hand with people and team work, any change in an organization brings with it a level of uncertainty. People may fear and naturally resist the adoption of MES Software and digitization initiatives. Communication with change management programs where managers are directly involved educating by effectively communicating the benefits they bring. Address the benefits at an individual and organizational level

5) Bonus — Gamification

Gamification — is a powerful tool!

MES Software SCADA and Industry 4.0 using VR

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