Transform to Industry 4.0 Part 3

September 3, 2021

In our previous articles, parts 1 and 2, we have provided an overview of the technologies/tools, and the process of creating a transition to Industry 4.0.

This article will discuss the topic of adoption and transforming the organization towards Industry 4.0 by dividing the activities into 5 steps:

1.      Assessment and scoping

Assess what are the existing baselines for achieving digitization and digitalization, whether it is tools or processes and the readiness of personnel. Each must be checked separately according to the various business activities of the organization. This is because each activity that may be ready for Transformation may not the same. IT departments must be involved in supporting information and knowledge about tools or technologies that already exist because there is a possibility that they are simply not being used or not being fully utilized.

Then combining a readiness checklist and using the information gathered to set goals and short-term or long-term scope, ensures that the possibility is in line with the readiness of the organization.

 Related personnel ​​​​​​

  • High-level management

  • Heads of Departments

  • IT departments

  • Process Owner or Operator

2.      Prepare and Planning

Compare goals and readiness test results to find gaps and group them for easier management and planning for further development, for example:

  • Lack of technology and tools
  • The process is difficult to Transform (Digitalization)
  • Insufficient data for use due to lack of storage or non-digital format (Digitization).
  • The existing technology cannot be applied to the actual process.
  • Lack of knowledge and understanding of personnel.

We can prepare and plan the development by prioritizing important parts to be implemented before/after as appropriate or by cutting some parts from the development plan in cases where it may not be worthwhile or doesn't meet the needs of the business at that time

Related personnel

  • Heads of Departments

  • IT departments

3.      Prototyping and Project

Review the plan details, current readiness, and priority to determine which action to take first. This can be implemented in 2 ways:

  • Prototyping: in case of uncertainty about the outcome, technology, or feasibility, establishing a small project that can prove such ambiguity as a proof of concept for feasibility principle or a short-term project to see exact results. If the results of the project implementation are positive, it can be used to build on and expanded into a real project or if it doesn't meet the expectations, it has been proved with a few resources and limited spending.
  • Project: If there is a clear goal, the project can be set up according to the plan by using the Agile development approach. This is done by choosing to implement a project that can be done easily or quickly (Low hanging fruit) to generate results and then move onto the next process for Review and expansion further.

Related personnel

  • Heads of Departments

  • IT departments

  • Process Owner or Operator

4.      Review and improving

Track and review the results of various projects. whether it can meet the needs and meet the objectives that have been set according to the plan or not and then including studying problems and locate points that can be improved to be used to develop the existing project to be more effective or to be used as the foundation for the next step to build a new project and create a better starting point, also It has been used to manage and improve or combine processes Tools/Technology to be more appropriate

Related personnel ​​​​

  • High-level management

  • Heads of Departments

  • IT departments

  • Process Owner or Operator

5.      Awareness and Expanding

Create a process for transferring knowledge, benefits, and achievements of project development.

Allowing the working group to bring experiences and benefits and success stories to management and other departments helps develop guidelines to build on the success of the existing project or revisiting the business goals for further improvement.

Related personnel

  • Heads of Departments

  • Process Owner or Operator

If you would like to learn more about how to improve the platform based on the industry 4.0 concept or would like to see examples of the technology's application in different areas, please contact BizOne for a free consultation!