Don’t Let Fear Wreck Your Plans
How quickly and easily employees (production, maintenance and quality) can learn the new system is one of the biggest factors toward adoption.
You can migrate to the latest technology and achieve your operational goal of improved processes, but fall short on efficiency and productivity if the system is hard to use.
In addition to the costs involved in being proactive, I’m convinced that people are one of the primary reasons companies delay migration. Employees familiar with operating one system can worry that any changes – no matter how much better the process will ultimately become – will cause disruption to their routine. Employees don’t realize what’s possible when they are accustomed to an obsolete system that can’t handle the latest visualization technology, or when real-time data is available from any mobile device, anywhere, at any time. Fear of a new system can lead to just as much downtime as a legacy system if the employees do not approve of or accept it.
We knew how important it was to work with our client to find the right solution – one that was easy to learn, use and maintain, and provided immediate benefits to the users. For this client, we selected the PlantPAx® distributed control system.
This system uses a common control engine creating standardization across equipment and functional areas so it is easier to operate – more output.
With an improved infrastructure, the system is reducing maintenance and troubleshooting time, increasing adoption rates, and downtime due to physical failure is almost zero – more uptime.
The standardized solution made it easy for employees to learn, understand, and control all parts of the system – more comfort.