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Industry 4.0

Efficiency from digitalization

Kaizen (改善), is the Japanese word for continuous improvement. In business, it means continuously making all functions better and more efficient and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers.

Industry 4.0 systems make your processes more sustainably efficient, and more productive.
Eliminate repetitive work with automation, embrace human nature and satisfy the employees with more innovative and efficient jobs.

Good production planning, standardized work, and expanded efficiency reduce the number of people needed to complete a task. The work guidelines and standardized work allow people to know what they have to do and when. Managing is made much less demanding. Removing the unnecessary workload of people frees up their time to train their skills, implement new systems and other kaizen activity.

Make sure every individual in the process is working in the most productive way. Level the workload across the value stream and remove bottlenecks and excess capacity.

Digitalizing traditional paper-based operations and removing waste from production and warehouse operations improves productivity. When productivity is increased, it saves money. This money can be invested in product development to create innovative products with higher quality.

In production, much of the waste is caused by overproduction, overprocessing, defects and waiting. Removing waste with manufacturing execution systems (MES), quality management systems (QMS) and warehouse management systems (WMS) results in improved productivity.

For example, in a warehouse, you can find waste in many processes which needlessly take up employee time: when there are multiple people inputting receipt data, when forklift drivers are driving along the wrong routes and can’t find a good location for material during putaway or when material is not in the correct location and someone has to find it.

Being more sustainable means becoming more energy-efficient. Utilities like water, electricity, pressured air etc. are notable costs and also have an environmental impact. Track and analyze how you can cut energy consumption through a more sustainable and energy-efficient process. Measuring and controlling the use of utilities with efficient data collection and dynamic reporting leads to more sustainable energy use.