Whilst manufacturers have invested in their operational technology (OT); creating more connected and intelligent factories, equipment and supply chains, the investments in employees is lacking.
There is untapped productivity and creativity in the workforce that has yet to be realised through technology. And with the move towards digitisation, today’s factory workers will need skills like configuring and servicing robots to work alongside and expand the workforce in new ways.
The 95 million first-line manufacturing employees (plant floor operators etc.) make up a massive segment of the industry’s workforce. Yet Forbes Insights found that only 36 per cent of first-line workers have the technology tools they need. In manufacturing, the majority are forced to spend significant amounts of time searching for information in the field, are unable to collaborate with experts, and are bogged down with manual processes.
The building blocks of a modern manufacturing workplace
Today’s digital advancements could transform the manufacturing workplace—enabling IT to catch up with OT. Innovations like world-class mobility, AI, and mixed reality devices, can be used and combined to provide powerful productivity and collaboration-enhancing