Industry 4.0 is technical progress, but how about the people involved in this? We’ve all welcomed Industry 4.0, the version of the future that will mean a better life. 4.0 is already here. Some companies have embraced it wholeheartedly, while others may be dragging their feet and some raving about knowledge management benefits.
But what about the people who have to maintain both 4.0 and 1.0 as well as aging 0.1 assets? Is it reasonable to expect your service department to handle all three? Shouldn’t you be able to demand their knowledge to span across more than three decades? Still, you would never put an individual employee in charge of everything.
These questions are unsettling, especially if you are asking an employee who is (should be) in charge of the uptime in your business. What you are, in fact, asking is whether they are capable of maintaining undisturbed production. That in itself is a silly question, seeing as the people you are quizzing have been doing just that for many years. So why doubt them?
In the back of your mind, you know these issues need tackling. Change and innovation are your responsibility, but often, the day-to-day doldrums of running a business can push emerging problems like this into the background. When solutions appear out of reach, you are even more tempted to bury your head in the sand.
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