The solution against defects – Industry 4.0?
Rule of ten, prevent mistakes, no time, discover early – we already mentioned all this in the previous blog articles. All this is logical and understandable. But now comes the more interesting question: Is industry 4.0 the solution against mistakes?
Many companies rely on solving their challenges with the possibilities of Industry 4.0. But often the only recommendation is to further increase IT investments in manufacturing and the number of consulting days. This, however, cannot be the solution and it is not. This is because, as a rule, only costs are produced and no sustainable results are achieved. This in turn creates distrust and reservations about IT solutions for production optimization, although significant improvements can be achieved through the pragmatic use of existing solutions.
So industry 4.0 is not the all-round solution against all problems. Because what is still mostly overlooked today is an essential interlocking between quality, production, process and organization. But why is this so crucial? Isolated coexistence and a lack of communication inevitably lead to efficiency losses and repetitive errors and prevent learning from mistakes. Many thoughts and concepts in the industry 4.0 environment are not new findings or technologies. They simply need to be put into a common context, creating new opportunities to improve process and product quality, productivity and ultimately competitiveness and customer satisfaction.
But what does industry 4.0 bring us in this context?
The task in the company is therefore to meet the requirements, i.e. known errors must not occur in the first place, production must be adaptable and, if the worst comes to the worst, everything must be traceable at the end of the day. Solutions must adapt to the needs of the users, use existing standards and technologies and ensure a meaningful integration of existing and functioning systems. This is the only way to sensibly analyze, aggregate, filter and distribute information across the entire value chain. In this sense, Industry 4.0 then serves the companies and helps them to look successfully into the future.
What does a concrete approach look like? Quite simple: All influencing variables and parameters must be identified and considered holistically. However, a failure rate of over 70% in previous IT projects of any size, duration and functional scope shows that this is not easy in reality, but very complex. A different approach is therefore required. We will deal with this new approach next time.