It seems obvious that companies cannot afford to ignore the spectacular form of digital revolution in today’s industry which is the digital transformation. We are gradually moving towards the factory of the future with digitized processes and more computerized data processing and exchange. Material aids tend to disappear as the integration of the latest technological innovations takes place within the company. The movement seems to be necessary and unchanging for several reasons.
Digital transition: for a new customer experience
This digital transformation tendency in the company has already started over the past decades but it has obviously experienced real acceleration in recent years. The considerable development of new information technologies largely contributes to this phenomenon. New digital solutions are constantly being proposed to the company. At the same time, relations with customers have been profoundly changed.
From now on, the consumers’ preferences, needs and expectations are identified more precisely thanks to the omnipresence of the digital in their life.
Therefore, the company can have different digital tools that improve the customer’s satisfaction and propose to him new experiences, new products and services.
Promoting digital transformation to simplify information exchange
Moving towards paperless environment (zero paper) is the objective of any manufacturer. The archiving of data, their backup and manipulation constitute in fact a real headache for big companies’ organization and operation. By digitizing them, we ensure multiple benefits: more space (no more room for the storage of lockers and boxes filled with paper documents), time and cost saving and productivity improvement.
Also consult our article on digitalization of industrial documentation.
The stake is all the greater for large companies dealing with large volumes of information whose operation and security are even more difficult to ensure.
In addition, with the integration of new digital tools, information flows within the company are significantly optimized. Exchange becomes simpler and quicker. Data is transmitted in real time and therefore immediately searchable which improves the reactivity of the company.
Change affecting the very heart of production
Strictly speaking, the digital transformation also concerns (and mainly) the production process. The transition to industry 4.0 necessarily implies the modifications of all the elements taken into account in the company’s operational capacities. The recourse to entirely automatized and digitalized systems such as MES (Manufacturing Execution System) helps to reinforce interactivity between ERP and means of production (machines).
Thanks to the digitization of manufacturing process, all production steps are programmed, regulated, analyzed and monitored. Today, for instance, it is possible for a person in charge of production to have on his mobile a global and real-time inventory of the efficiency of the machines. Overall Equipment effectiveness indicators are directly displayed on his mobile device (smart phone/tablet…) which allows him to quickly intervene if necessary to make the necessary readjustments.
The traceability brought by digital operational transformation is also one of the great benefits associated with the smart factory. The possibility to identify errors, correct them and also prevent them.
Picomto participates in digital transformation of industries by reinventing work instructions and operating modes. You want to know more about it?