Some companies have a much longer path to get from where they are now to where they need to be, to improve productivity and efficiency.
I’ve been to more than one food and beverage plant in the past year that still used paper and pencil to record data. The current workforce is comfortable with the process. Getting those companies from spreadsheets to a connected enterprise will take more than promises.
And that’s why the home example is such a good one: it’s easy to see how a connected home can deliver time savings and value; it can even connect people. Likewise, a connected enterprise yields more useful data; connected people use that data to make better decisions.
Workforce Productivity is an Imperative
“Hey Shelby, how many mixers are online?”
There’s software behind that answer. It’s part of information-enabled smart manufacturing – and it’s creating new opportunities to better understand operations. This is how you improve real-time collaboration, continuously optimize processes and keep moving forward.
With wireless and mobility technologies, you can capture and access data from anywhere, and securely share it. Access to real-time data that’s contextualized and relevant to the work being performed creates frictionless productivity.
And here’s why that’s important: an app that increases productivity by even 33 seconds per hour – for a plant with 2,000 people – can move the needle by $1.4 million a year. The size of the team really doesn’t matter; it’s how fast the people using the app can improve productivity. In many cases, it’s instant.
You can mix the ingredients together to improve your production at work, like you do at home.
“Hey, Shelby. Order maintenance on the number two mixer. And order ice cream, please.”