We hear it daily from manufacturers: “I would love to become more digital, but I am just too busy.” While being busy is great for your business, and carving time to implement new technologies can be difficult, it is becoming more and more essential. Not only can it be difficult to find the time to implement, it can be particularly difficult to understand what exactly your facility needs in terms of technology and how to plan for future developments.
Advanced manufacturing facility utilizing CNC machines and computers to program and analyze manufacturing operations.
Our society is surrounded by advanced technology everywhere we go. While technology is becoming more advanced, accessible, and integrated in our everyday lives’, businesses tend to lag in terms of adopting these advancements. On the consumer level, it is easy to adopt because the risk is generally low when trying a new technology. Businesses, on the other hand, hold some reservations in implementing the latest technology because it can be a risky undertaking, especially if the technology is still being tested. Unfortunately, in these situations, we tend to think of the absolute worse case scenario instead of focusing on the solutions it will provide.
The digital transformation is a journey, not a destination
Many times, it just seems too difficult or too cumbersome because most people have a “destination” in sight. Unfortunately, there is no real “destination” with your digital transformation. It is a journey that changes rapidly and is meant to be taken one step at a time. Manufacturers, engineers, and people in general love solving difficult problems…when it is within our scope of expertise. Once we step outside of our comfort zone, we become hesitant to make decisions. This hesitation, especially when speaking about keeping current with the latest technologies, can be detrimental to business.
Partnering with the right technology provider or consultant helps to make this initiative easier for manufacturers. As a technology company, it is our obligation to stay up to date on the latest technologies and understand what our customers, and the industry, need to become more efficient. This focus allows us to quickly diagnose disconnected systems within the manufacturing facility and connect them for greater visibility and agility.
The digital transformation begins with your first step
Manufacturers with dozens, even hundreds, of machines are going through a digital transformation. While it is a massive undertaking, especially for companies of this magnitude, they still manage to find the time, resources, and best partners to implement the proper systems because of the value that is brought to their business. Becoming more digital will not only add value to your business, it will improve internal and external communication, visibility, efficiency, and profitability.
Take your first step in the journey by joining me at FABTECH to learn how you can begin, or continue, your digital journey while continuing production in your facility. Click here to register for Quit Making Excuses and Close the Loop – Now is the time to Digitize educationalsession today!