As manufacturing systems grow more complex, paper-based processes are becoming increasingly challenging to maintain, making them vulnerable to disruptions. Investing in connected workers is one way to boost this operational resiliency.
Fully immersed in their environments, “connected workers” are supported by Digital Manufacturing Operating Systems (DMOS) that:
- Enable digital workflows on the shop floor.
- Expedite the sharing of information, knowledge and experiences.
- Facilitate ongoing continuous improvement (CI) within the organization.
- Provide workers with real-time information to guide their actions.
Six Reasons Why it’s Important to Transition Your Workers to Connected Workers
Here are six reasons why it’s important for manufacturers to transition their operators to connected workers who are supported by these interactive digital platforms:
1. No More Administrative Shift-to-Shift Frustration
In case one of the systems in the factory breaks down or an issue occurs, maintenance personnel must address these systems separately. Having an integrated platform that can connect workers to their machines, talk to these various systems and trigger automatic workflows relieves a lot of frustration. Filling out forms on paper after a shift, takes time but can also fail to present the information which is meaningful. Using a DMOS platform, the connected worker can simply record and report incidents in real time using a smart device during their shift.
2. Data becomes Actionable With Manufacturing Dashboards
DMOS platforms use the information provided by the connecter worker. It generates various manufacturing dashboards. By displaying these processes, manufacturers can improve their operation’s speed, efficiency and uptime. It also plays a critical role in task management process by breaking down and displaying the jobs that the connected worker can perform at their machine.
3. Incident Sharing is Quick and Easy
With DMOS platforms, the connected worker becomes an integral part of the deviation management process. If an issue happens again, the platform will make suggestions and displays the results or prior analyses. This is also possible across plants. Information gathered and lessons learned in one plant, can be shared across all sites.
4. Connected Workers Make it Easier to Achieve Autonomous Maintenance
With a digital manufacturing platform, connected workers can perform basis CIL tasks, register, resolve and perform audits on their machines in a step-by-step manner. They will have a greater ownership of their equipment and it increases their knowledge. It is not necessary to call an engineer or maintenance staff member anymore.
5. Accessing Knowledge and Relevant Documentation is Effortless
Thanks to the easy accessibility of the knowledge, operators avoid having to run to the control room to search for a standard operating procedure and print out an item or search through a database. A;; relevant knowledge items can be linked on area, equipment, or even task level, so workers always have the relevant knowledge available.
6. Digital Workflows Keep Shop Floor Processes Moving
Whether connected workers want to register a new idea or report an equipment breakdown, these digital workflow processes no longer take them away from their equipment — keeping all production processes running smoothly.
Using one integrated platform like 4Industry that connects and brings data, equipment and workers together will keep your workers connected to their machines — and to each other.
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