Jeff Christensen VP of Seegrid Products Advises Manufacturers in New Technology in Journey Toward Industry 4.0

Jeff Christensen VP of Product at Seegrid, the leader in connected self-driving vehicles for materials handling, suggested the first step in moving manufacturers toward Industry 4.0 is that they need to gain confidence in the new technology. “As we advance steadily toward Industry 4.0, companies should prepare to redefine how they approach materials handling, such as gaining confidence in the new technology,” suggested Christensen.

Christensen added that within the materials handling industry, plant managers are leveraging the data collected by their Industry 4.0 solutions to identify variance and make adjustments to improve their existing processes. By recognizing a consistent problem via data, the manager can understand if there is a global or local issue in a more comprehensive way than visually assessing problem workflows or processes.

Installing new technology in a new environment always requires change, which comes with a learning curve as employees work to understand how it can make the company more productive and their jobs more efficient. The workforce, understandably, is often skeptical of new solutions, so the leadership must help them learn to trust that the technology will be a reliable part of their workflow, solving a pre-existing problem.

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances put over 50 Seegrid self-driving vehicles to work in their Ohio facility. The initial measure of success was ensuring that they had an understanding of what the technology could accomplish and that it was performing accordingly. The company encouraged its workforce to learn the capabilities of the self-driving vehicles. They then tracked the usage and adoption of the change process, eventually focusing on a KPI of overall throughput once the vehicles were integrated into the workforce.

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