Everything takes time, but in manufacturing time is money and there is value in speeding things up! Forbes said, "The leaders in smart manufacturing adoption will be those that leverage the technologies to flatten out hierarchies — in the organization and in the plant floor technology stack — making data more widely available so decisions can be made at the level closest to the process they impact." Real-time analytics dashboards on the production floor make this a real and manageable possibility!
When most C-suite executives think about better, faster decision making, they usually think it’s up to them, the leaders. In traditional organizations, questions go up the chain of command and decisions come down, a painstakingly slow process. Smart manufacturing is challenging that approach, just as it has upended other conventional business strategies and tactics. This isn’t the first challenge to the bureaucracy. Numerous books, such asIn Search of Excellence, Good to Great and others about lean leadership have long asserted the benefits of flat organizations. Now smart manufacturing’s ability to easily and quickly deliver data to the decision point will accelerate this long, slow-moving trend. Read More