A digital approach to lean methodologies can bring many benefits to manufacturing and industrial operations. In this sense, the Deloitte Center for Integrated Research conducted a study called "Digital lean manufacturing", which identified the main benefits that this digital approach can bring to the industry.
The study identified four main pillars:
Real-time monitoring of performance indicators through digital tools, which allow the rapid identification of bottlenecks and areas of inefficiency in the production process. In addition to enabling data-driven decision-making, it can also help identify areas for improvement and lead to further optimization of installed capacity.
Process automation and standardization can also be achieved through digital tools, resulting in greater consistency and production quality. These quality improvements usually lead to a reduction in waste and rework.
By eliminating administrative work and improving the efficiency of operations, the company will be in a good position to lower its operating costs, with the need for less inventory as well as lower maintenance and insurance costs. Furthermore, this digital approach may allow the organization to adapt quicker to changes in market conditions or other external factors, increasing its flexibility.
Actions with an environmental and safety impact can be taken by monitoring this type of information (energy consumption, for example), with information or alerts of deviations and promotion of corrective or improvement measures.
In our opinion, a possible fifth benefit to consider would be better communication and collaboration within the organization which is possible to obtain through easily accessible cloud-based tools. This way of working allows teams to work together more effectively, breaking down silos and increasing transparency across departments.
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The event took place at the INEGI, in Oporto.
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