Apr 21, 2021

Achieve the golden batch in manufacturing with Hexagon

Janet Brice
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Achieve the golden batch in manufacturing with Hexagon
How to increase efficiency and reliability in manufacturing with data-centric workflows from Hexagon’s PPM division - a key partner of CGI...

Achieve operational excellence with Hexagon’s PPM division which specialises in asset lifecycle and operations management - paving the way for a successful digital transformation.

For the past 50 years Hexagon has been helping more than 5,000 global customers to achieve the golden batch in manufacturing with data-centric workflows to empower front-line operators and enable enterprise scalability.

By using Hexagon’s j5 IndustriaForm Templates companies can bridge the old with the new by consolidating siloed paper and electronic forms into a single configurable enterprise scheme. This allows operators to view approved workflows and managers to track the process. 

Hexagon’s PPM division is a key partner for CGI as they work to connect human input into manufacturing procedures, enabling the customisation of manufacturing execution systems (MES). 

As CGI focuses on data harvesting to achieve smart manufacturing for their clients, Hexagon is helping to optimise their golden batch process by digitising their workflows allowing for a more controlled, consistent work process.

“Hexagon is one of our partners in the automation of manual processes,” said Coen Huesmann, Vice President of Consulting Services Manufacturing Center of Excellence at CGI Nederland, who pointed out how important this partnership is for CGI’s journey to Industry 4.0.

“For one of our manufacturing clients, we are jointly supporting the automation of the formulation of their products. With this solution our customer is able to bring new recipes to production in a standardised and automated way, making production and product change over safer and much more efficient,” he said.

Neil Singh, Industry Consultant, Hexagon PPM Division said: “Digitalising batch production and including the operator’s input gives companies the ability to truly understand the real consistency of their operations and make the best use of their human sensor-generated information.

“The goal is to increase efficiency and agility and ultimately enable sustainable production,” he said.

To find out more about how Hexagon is partnering with CGI you can read the latest issue of Technology and Manufacturing here.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

Discover Gartner's Five Best Practices for Post COVID-19 Innovation' in manufacturing.

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