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Preparing for Digital Transformation: Is Your Company Ready?

POSTED 04/21/2021

As market requirements, customer experiences, and business processes change, the digital footprint of your facility will transform as well. Are you ready?

The impact of digital transformation in the industrial environment is far reaching, and the potential benefits are increased throughput and quality as well as lower labor and other costs.

To begin the journey towards Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), both employees and management must embrace change. Once buy-in has been achieved, assess the existing technology gap and design a plan to upgrade infrastructure. Finally, create an employee training program to equip employees for higher-skill work in the digital environment.

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Digital transformation is a journey that uses digital technology to solve traditional problems in business processes. This journey is made smoother by benefits such as:

  • Increased throughput
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Improved quality
  • Reduced footprint

Workforce and Corporate Acceptance

Buy-in and acceptance of digital transformation must occur from the top down. It’s important to ensure the following:

  • Corporate philosophy is in alignment with digital transformation
  • Cultural acceptance of the project
  • Decision making is done through data analysis and transparency

Infrastructure Support

Solutions that are right for your company and its specific digital transformation requirements include:

  • Automation solutions
  • Project management
  • Process controls design
  • Skills gap analysis

Retraining Program

As automation is integrated into your facility, it is inevitable that employees will need to be retrained and repositioned. A program that best meets the needs of your employer includes:

  • Business practice changes to incorporate automated systems
  • Customer satisfaction protocols
  • Job titles and roles
  • Education
  • Training of new processes to ensure employee satisfaction and retention based on new roles and responsibilities
  • Improving safety

To discuss your specific situation, reach out to AMT's automation experts who can consult with you to create a productivity or an automation roadmap.