BGC.com spoke to Daniel Küpper, and he gave five areas that companies can work on getting leaner. "This included using sensors and software to facilitate more efficient changeovers, using predicative algorithms to improve autonomous maintenance, accelerating production management with real-time data, implementation self-inspection with data-driven quality control systems, and using sensors and virtual reality to improve working conditions."
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While manufacturers have used lean principles for decades to increase their productivity and reduce complexity, smart technologies can now be integrated to enhance the impact. Daniel Küpper, partner and managing director at the operations and industrial goods practice at Boston Consulting Group, told BCG.com that manufacturers seeking to optimize their operations need to understand the interplay between traditional lean management and Industry 4.0. A survey by Boston Consulting Group found that leading industrial companies recognize the importance of both lean management and digitization, yet many don’t understand how to combine the two. “The integrated application of lean manufacturing and Industry 4.0 – which we call Lean Industry 4.0 – is the most effective way to reach the next level of operational excellence,” Küpper said. Read More