Leave the pilot phase – achieve Industry 4.0 for real
If you work in industry, you cannot have missed the term Industry 4.0. You have probably had several pilot projects on the theme, brainstormed or hired a consultant for the assignment. If you are tired of this – use our concrete plan with 3 basic principles: start at the right end, start from ready-made solutions and prioritize smartly.
Start at the right end
When you start building a house, you don’t start by laying the roof before you’ve poured the foundation – it’s the same logic when you’re going to digitize your business. We have a digitization method that consists of five different steps: connect, model, archive, visualize and optimize. The method is used to carry out your digitization journey in a structured way, where the first step is to connect your systems.
Start from ready-made solutions
Again, if you’re going to build a house, you don’t start in the forest by cutting down trees (it’s both time-consuming and life-threatening). If you want to achieve Industry 4.0 quickly and safely, you cannot create everything from scratch. Although many companies believe that they need to build their own solution, it often creates problems that result in a time-consuming process. Instead, start from ready-made solutions that are scalable and can be configured. Another important aspect is that they have built-in security that protects your business from external threats.
During house construction, it is more important to create a functional kitchen rather than a kitchen with overpriced, specially designed handles. Therefore, you should start by writing which parts of the business you want to digitize and prioritize the parts that can be digitized quickly with a short ROI. In other words, you calculate the time aspect and cost of digitization in order to prioritize smartly.
But don’t forget the most important thing in your house: the people. It is essential to include all roles in order to identify the needs of everyone, from operator to management. After that, you are ready to leave the pilot phase once and for all and achieve Industry 4.0, for real.
The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Novotek and not an article by Dagens industri