How Connections Transform Frontline Operations

June 14, 2021

By David Wallace, DX Marketing Solutions Lead, Rockwell Automation

In a global business environment characterized by disruption, change and volatility, the digital transformation of industrial operations is much more than a well-established trend.

Industrial transformation (IX) is the strategic approach organizations increasingly rely on for competitive differentiation and sustainable, profitable growth.

Use cases in the initial wave of IX investment have focused on using asset-related data and advanced analytics to drive improvement in asset reliability, energy management and product quality.

Now, there is a strong trend towards an integrated approach that incorporates workforce considerations into IX initiatives and using people-related data to drive improvement in the overall operational management system.

The Rise of the Digitally Connected Worker

The digital technologies of IX have opened a new frontier: the digitally Connected Worker.

The rise of the digitally Connected Worker reflects the conventional wisdom that improvement, whether incremental or step-change, calls for holistic alignment of the right people, process and technology capabilities.

Demographic and Technology Shifts Driving Change

To be competitive, industrial organizations must address the resulting skills gap with a strategic approach that recognizes both the risks and opportunities presented by these workforce trends.

This includes rethinking how the frontline workforce is managed and the role of Connected Worker digital technologies in meeting unprecedented challenges in hiring, training and retaining a workforce with the right competencies and agility.

Is your goal to recruit, train and retain people to address skills gap? Enable organizational learning and knowledge transfer? Engage and empower frontline workforce, or driving productivity, safety and quality improvements? Maybe a combination of these.

Learn how to connect your people and systems to transform your frontline operations, and explore:

  •    –   Why Connected Worker initiatives are strategic as well as their role in IX programs
  •    –   Frameworks for conceptualizing and formulating Connected Worker solutions
  •    –   The selection and implementation of high potential Connected Worker use cases, and evidence of business value
  •    –   Actionable recommendations and resources

Source

Related Articles

  • Humber College Receives $30 Million Gift from the Barrett Family Foundation

    Humber College Receives $30 Million Gift from the Barrett Family Foundation

    January 27, 2023 Humber College is the recipient of a $30 million gift from the Barrett Family Foundation, marking the largest single donation made to an Ontario college. Combined with their donations to Humber’s Unlimited Campaign, the Barrett Family Foundation has given a total of $42 million, making their donation the largest in Canadian college history…. Read More…


Latest Articles

  • Rotary Encoders for Harsh Environments

    January 30, 2023 Rotary encoders are electromechanical devices that provide feedback on the rotational movement of an axle or shaft. Comprising two parts – a reader and a scale – they typically accomplish this task either by either “absolute encoding” or “incremental encoding”: Absolute encoders measure the precise angular position of the reader relative to… Read More…

  • Energy Technology Perspectives 2023

    Energy Technology Perspectives 2023

    Energy Technology Perspectives 2023 highlights major market and employment opportunities, as well as the emerging risks, for countries racing to lead the clean energy industries of today and tomorrow. The energy world is at the dawn of a new industrial age – the age of clean energy technology manufacturing – that is creating major new markets and millions of jobs but also raising new risks, prompting countries across the globe to devise industrial strategies to secure their place in the new global energy economy, according to a major new IEA report. Read More…


Featured Article

Access Management for Your Plant and Machinery

With PILZ’s “Identification and Access Management” portfolio, they offer you a comprehensive range of products, solutions and software for the implementation of safety as well as security tasks. Below you’ll discover more about potential applications, from simple authentication to complex access permissions, and access management through to safe operating mode selection, maintenance safeguarding and safeguarding of data and networks. Experience safety and security in one system!

This solution ensures that a machine cannot resume operation while people are still in the danger zone. The maintenance safeguarding system “key-in-pocket” is designed for machines with danger zones, which are protected by a safety fence and which staff need to access – robot cells for example. In comparison with conventional lockout-tagout (LOTO) systems, maintenance safeguarding with the key-in-pocket solution is implemented via RFID keys with corresponding permissions and a safe list in the PILZ controllers. As a result, it provides a purely electronic restart protection and makes both mechanical interlocking devices and warning tags redundant.

Read more


Products

  • The One Stop Shop for Industrial Sensors

    January 30, 2023 POSITAL understands how frustrating and costly it can be when your operations are standing still because of a broken encoder. They are here to help! The new webshop of POSITAL aims to make it easier for purchasers or MRO customers to get the parts they need to keep their machines running and… Read More…

  • New Schmalz End-of-Arm Tooling Components from AutomationDirect

    January 30, 2023 AutomationDirect now offers end-of-arm tooling components for robot arm vacuum pick-and-place applications. Components can be purchased individually or in kits that include everything needed to create a single-beam or dual-beam end-of-arm tool. End-of-arm tooling components for vacuum pick-and-place systems are used to create tooling that connects to the end of a robot… Read More…