How can you build a Value Team that will drive Industry 4.0 use cases to success? It’s key to remember that the future of manufacturing is not only about technology. Your organization needs motivational, influential, effective change agents to apply this technology in the most effective way possible – and secure buy-in every step of the way.
Machine health can provide value in numerous ways. Measured quantitatively, this value appears as less downtime, lower maintenance costs, and improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Measured qualitatively, it manifests as improved site safety, less reliance on reactive maintenance, and more skills on the maintenance and reliability team.
Manufacturing leaders must understand, however, that this value does not come about automatically upon implementing machine health technology. The tools are just one aspect of utilizing the machine health use case of industry 4.0. The rest of the process is about updating the people, workflows, and culture around that technology.
Manufacturers need an effective change management strategy to ensure new technology fits seamlessly into existing operations. They also need a value team to carry out that strategy. Otherwise, manufacturers cannot achieve significant value, quantitative or qualitative, from the machine health use case.
Manufacturing leaders can populate their value teams with effective change agents from all levels of the organization. The team should position on-site leaders with hands-on experience servicing equipment. Alongside, they should also have corporate stakeholders who understand how machine maintenance fits into the broader business strategy.
Diverse skills and perspectives are important. But every change agent on the team should share a commitment to data-driven decision-making, optimism about optimizing machine health, and an ability to motivate and lead others in the company.
Once you have the right people recruited to move the change management strategy forward, assign them into the right roles. Ideally, the value team includes:
The future of manufacturing is about much more than technology alone. Your organization needs motivational, influential, effective change agents to lead the charge and secure buy-in every step of the way. When the value team connects leaders from both the corporate and on-site levels, the team can influence the vertical and horizontal adoption of your use cases to achieve value companywide.
Artem is VP Strategy at Augury, where he oversees Augury’s AI-based machine health, performance, and digital transformation solutions. He has over 12 years of experience in technology, product, innovation, and business development, and has co-founded enterprise-companies in Israel, New York and West Africa. Artem holds and BA and MA from IDC Herzliya in Israel.