How can organizations successfully integrate both Lean principles and Industry 4.0 practices?
Simon: “Integrating Lean principles and Industry 4.0 technologies can be challenging, as they often belong to different stakeholder domains within organizations. Lean could be a production management issue, while Industry 4.0 is often on IT’s or OT’s plate – potentially leading to a variety of disjointed projects. Therefore, organizations should approach Lean and Industry 4.0 as enterprise-wide initiatives.”
“That requires a holistic strategy and vision, and a roadmap that considers both the technological dimension (digitalization, automation, AI, etc.) and the organizational dimension. That means that organizations should embrace a continuous improvement culture as soon as they introduce new technological developments. Don’t wait for adoption hurdles to make things better.”
Alexander: “In that integrated approach, advanced technologies provide operators with valuable insights, while the continuous improvement culture prepares them to translate those insights into concrete, value-adding actions. With that mindset, organizations can maximize the impact of Industry 4.0, while ensuring alignment with Lean principles – and drive holistic, sustainable company-wide change as a result.”
“That’s why we involve all employees from the start. We don’t want to initiate a bunch of separate tracks in silos that don’t communicate with one another. And, of course, it should be an end-to-end journey. delaware is a long-term industry partner who can be there for you from start to finish, creating synergies between the technological and the organizational dimension of this transformation.”