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Actyx’s mission is programming collaborative systems for machines and humans. Machines and humans work together with increasing autonomy and their interaction creates tremendous value which is why Actyx creates the tools to construct this collaboration. The smartphone has become a daily companion and so will the machine working next to you. For operational value and boosting teamwork, we must communicate horizontally with our neighbors, be that in physical proximity or when collaborating on the same task. Two of their famous products facilitate the company’s mission to provide a simless technical control in the workplace; ActyxOS - a multi-device operating system and Actyx Pond - a typescript framework for writing distributed apps.

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The case for a step-by-step digitization journey

Achieving Industry 4.0 requires much more than simply connecting all your factory’s devices to the internet. It’s a process that requires an entirely new approach to business and operational processes, enabled by robust technologies. Acatech’s Industry 4.0 Maturity Index offers an excellent means for visualizing the process of digitalization, which illustrates it as a series of steps.

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Many manufacturing SMEs are ready to tackle that first step, digitization (also known as digital enablement).  Just as the entire journey to Industry 4.0 can be broken down into discrete steps, digitization should also be achieved step by step, rather than all at once. This approach is an ideal way to proactively manage the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies for multiple reasons.

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Acatech's model for achieving Industry 4.0 presents the process as a gradual one, with distinct steps.

More than merely an IT project

The journey toward Industry 4.0 requires more than just an IT project. Although Industry 4.0 might be enabled by a variety of hardware and software, the success of an Industry 4.0 initiative relies on the organization’s ability to change its business processes.

Take, for example, the automation of machine data collection, a common first step in digitization. This can help a maintenance team transition from preventative maintenance (which often requires unnecessary scheduled downtime) to predictive maintenance, an approach where machines receive maintenance only when the data reveals an operational irregularity.

Thus it is important to consider each Industry 4.0 initiative as a dual-pronged endeavor: you are introducing both a new technology and a new technology-enabled business process. Tackling digitization one step at a time makes it easier to successfully navigate both these aspects of the initiative simultaneously.

Critical role of user acceptance

With any IT project, success depends on end users. Do they understand the purpose of the new technology? Are they enthusiastic about using it? Do they understand how to use it effectively and efficiently, with a reasonable amount of training? And temporary workers, who are vital to manufacturing operations, quickly adopt the technology on the production line?

These same questions certainly apply to Industry 4.0 technologies. Furthermore, Industry 4.0 technologies may be perceived as a threat by line workers, who might fear that they will lose hours due to increased production efficiency, or even literally be replaced by robots.

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Overcoming these potential issues requires a robust change management strategy that places user acceptance at its center. The introduction of too many new initiatives can undermine them all by overwhelming users with too many changes at one time. In contrast, the thoughtful, seamless implementation of a single Industry 4.0 effort can help end users understand the benefits of the new technology and make them more enthusiastic for the next initiative. This approach also precludes some of the usual issues that plague big IT projects--such as implementation delays, regular interruptions, and bugs--that can negatively impact user acceptance.

Potential for quick wins

A smaller project is more likely than a larger project to be completed on time, stay within budget, and produce the desired outcome. That alone can be sufficient reason to take digitization one step at a time. Moreover, an incremental approach also provides an opportunity to achieve a quick win that can then be scaled across the organization. For instance, the implementation of manual work logging might immediately help identify bottlenecks--reducing lead times, improving OEE, and increasing on-time deliveries.

The key to attaining meaningful quick wins is to focus on a specific business problem or use case, and choose an appropriate technology to address it. A contract packaging organization might concentrate on the challenge of increasing machine uptime in a production environment that calls for frequent setups and job changes. Conversely, a glass manufacturer might look to reduce parameter variations that negatively impact quality.

Best practices for the first steps on the journey to Industry 4.0

Embracing Industry 4.0 currently offers a competitive advantage in many sectors of the manufacturing industry, but soon it will become necessary for manufacturers’ survival. Now is the time for SMEs to begin that journey. Keeping a few best practices in mind can increase the odds of successfully progressing toward Industry 4.0.

  • Choose a business problem you can solve quickly without breaking the bank. Start conservatively not only with the scope of your project, but also with your budget. This way you can minimize the financial risk of the project, while also demonstrating ROI almost immediately.
  • Define the full scope of the project. Remember that scope includes implementing not only new technology, but also the connected business processes.
  • Be realistic about potential benefits, including ROI. Before embarking on any Industry 4.0 project, take some time to determine the benefits of the project and calculate the ROI. Be sure to translate operational value into business value and vice versa, so all stakeholders will have meaningful goals and metrics for the project.
  • Evaluate actual benefits and ROI and adjust accordingly. Compare the expected outcomes to the actual outcomes. Adjust your plan based on the actual benefits realized by the project.
  • Scale through iterations. Once the initial project has proven successful, the organization can digitally scale and achieve a first step in end-to-end digitization.

Easing into Industry 4.0 incrementally is ideal because a step-by-step approach allows room for changing business processes, ensuring user acceptance, and enjoying quick wins.

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Actyx’s mission is programming collaborative systems for machines and humans. Machines and humans work together with increasing autonomy and their interaction creates tremendous value which is why Actyx creates the tools to construct this collaboration. The smartphone has become a daily companion and so will the machine working next to you. For operational value and boosting teamwork, we must communicate horizontally with our neighbors, be that in physical proximity or when collaborating on the same task. Two of their famous products facilitate the company’s mission to provide a simless technical control in the workplace; ActyxOS - a multi-device operating system and Actyx Pond - a typescript framework for writing distributed apps.

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The ROI of Industry 4.0: Translating operational value into business value

As a production manager, you likely spend plenty of time wondering if today’s orders are running on time, how to improve the productivity of temporary workers or how much capacity is available for the week. These are all important operational issues that directly impact the factory’s bottom line. But what about the company's executive leaders? Their concerns are probably much different: cost and price optimizations; capital budgeting; and strategic goals. In short, they’re worried about business issues instead of operational issues.

That same distinction applies to how they evaluate the potential ROI of an Industry 4.0 initiative. Where production managers might focus on reduced downtime or improved quality, C-suite executives will be more interested in possible cost savings or additional revenue over the course of months or years. This different lens can make it difficult for production managers to successfully convince business leaders to invest in Industry 4.0 initiative; production managers and others who oversee daily operations tend not to translate the potential operational value into business value, an invaluable step in gaining the support of the C-suite.

Evaluate the direct and indirect impact

Calculating the potential business value of an Industry 4.0 project can be difficult. After all, there is no usually any historical data available as a baseline. Instead, examining the potential direct and indirect impacts of the project can help shed light on both operational and business value.

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Direct impacts are those that occur as soon as you hit the On button and are usually operational:

  • Quality improvement
  • Reduction of downtime
  • Quicker reaction times
  • Reduction in administrative overhead

Indirect impacts accrue over time and are more likely to relate to business value:

  • Improved transparency yields opportunities for strategic potential; cost/price optimization; benchmarking standards; and more accurate capital budgeting.
  • Operational improvements allow more accurate detection and prevention of bottlenecks; and the ability to develop and implement best practices.

By pairing an organization’s existing metrics with a realistic estimate of potential Industry 4.0 improvements, it is possible to calculate the probable ROI of the improvements.

Case study: A simple solution yields dramatic potential

Faced with excessive unplanned downtime, an injection moulding manufacturer was searching for an Industry 4.0 solution for quickly responding to machine failures. We implemented a rather simple sounding remedy: workers got a mobile text message (SMS) as soon as a machine started operating outside its normal parameters. This approach combined technology workers were already familiar with (texts on their mobile devices) with a new technology (machine sensors retrofit on existing equipment so machines could autonomously report their operational status).

From an operational perspective, the key inputs included the number of shifts, shift length, number of workstations, unexpected downtime, average downtime duration, average notification duration (the time that passes before the right person is notified of the interruption). Outputs included the number of interruptions per day and notification time per day, along with the potential new notification duration and the potential uptime increase. Reducing the average notification duration (5 minutes) by 90% promised to yield an additional 15 hours of uptime per day.

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Calculating business value required different, usually company-known inputs. On the one hand, these were the number of workdays per year and the revenue per year, but also the costs per hour of production hours and the share of material costs on the revenue. With regard to the 15 hours of production downtime saved per day and the costs per production hour, this resulted in a potential saving of around 118,000 € per year. Assuming that in these 15 hours per day production would take place instead, there was even a profit potential of around € 137,000 per year. Given those figures, business leaders were enthusiastic about the initiative.

This project represented an ideal first step toward Industry 4.0 not only because it promised both operational and business value, but also because it addressed a major pain point with a relatively low-risk solution. The SME’s most successful at Industry 4.0 initiatives take a step-by-step approach. They identify opportunities for quick wins and implement one solution at a time. The ideal quick wins tackle a major pain point, and they also affect the worker, production manager and CEO. When a problem impacts stakeholders at every level of the organization, it’s often easier to get company-wide support for the initiative--critical for the success of any first Industry 4.0 project.

Understanding the true ROI of Industry 4.0 requires examining both the operational and business value of the initiative. Articulating these values can help to gain buy-in from various stakeholder groups, while also providing a more complete look at the potential ROI of the project.

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