As you will surely have understood, technology, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence techniques will shape the future. For the industrial sector in particular, this reality will have to go through a major digital transformation to ensure its sustainability. Known as the 4th Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, for many it is still uncertain and poorly understood, slowing down its adoption on a wider scale.
Indeed, even if this transformation is seen as having the potential to revolutionize and establish the industry of the future, there is still a real need for education and information, which means that some people are still hesitant to make the digital 4.0 shift within their organizations.
Why this hesitation? There are many reasons, mostly related to a lack of information, which means that there is growing confusion about what needs to be done and how. We will see the main reasons for this hesitation.
Here are 4 bad reasons to avoid the digital turn of Industry 4.0
As with the various revolutions that have taken place so far, there is still a fear that widespread unemployment will occur when machines take over man’s jobs in the labor chain.
While this revolution will bring about various structural changes in the labor force, the reality is not so dramatic. Indeed, even if each position within an organization will be affected by these changes, it will be mainly to valorize human resources by giving them a much more productive and valorizing role in the production chain.
Thus, 4.0 will create an environment in which workers will be able to focus on tasks that have a greater impact on the company’s profitability and productivity. This will necessarily involve the elimination of certain positions as well as the requalification or retraining of personnel and finally the creation of new positions. The fact is that Industry 4.0 is more a collaboration between machine and man, and not the machine replacing 100% of the man.
Without a doubt, the implementation of a digital 4.0 shift requires more or less important investments necessary for its implementation (logistics, human, and especially financial).
The most common mistake is to analyze these investments in isolation, without taking into account the long-term gains in return. However, these gains are generated at different levels, which makes them difficult to identify. And to fully understand all these potential gains, one must then have a global perspective of costs and savings, considering all levels of the company.
The fact is, with Industry 4.0, we want to create an environment where all parts of the company’s system communicate and work together to move the company forward. Thus, to make the most of this investment (which, it must be said, is not negligible), a digital strategy must be developed that is in line with the company’s overall strategy. Whether it is the acquisition of new technologies or the addition of new expertise within the organization, the goal is that it be with the goal of optimizing the performance of the company as a whole.
Cyber security concerns have been around since the advent of the Internet (and even beyond) and this is even more so today with Industry 4.0, where data is pouring in from everywhere and it is natural to wonder whether this revolution will only increase the vulnerability of systems already in place today.
However, Industry 4.0 has been designed to meet data integrity and security requirements, especially since remote access to industrial infrastructures is the key point. If it is well implemented, in addition to being able to deal with the various risks that already exist, it will be possible to deal proactively with the various possible loopholes in the future. Above all, with 4.0, it will be easier to detect the different vulnerabilities thanks to the object interconnection system, which will make it possible to contain potential attacks more effectively.
The digital shift to 4.0 is a major challenge for every company and its implementation implies radical changes that will affect their daily lives. Making a success of the digital transformation of one’s company requires the implementation of a complex process, which makes all those who are convinced of the usefulness of this change, even left to their own devices, to do so on their own.
To face these challenges, make sure you are accompanied during your adventure. A successful digital transformation is a significant competitive advantage to guarantee the growth of your company. It is therefore important to surround yourself with experts to help and guide you through each step of your digital shift. You can even apply for financial assistance for the completion of your audit.
Another aspect of this transformation is cultural: a successful digital turn begins with a fully committed team. It is then important to involve every employee in the company so that everyone participates fully in its implementation. This will make the transition easier, because you must not forget that your staff will be an integral part of your digital shift.
What to remember…
So, before taking this step, perform the Audit 4.0 of your company. This will allow you to situate yourself in the technological context and thus know your level of digital maturity thanks to the realization of an in-depth diagnosis and a digital plan. From there, you will be able to plan the adequate digital solution that will be an integral part of your company’s global strategy.
An alarming observation in the manufacturing sector, the shortage of manpower is an obstacle to the expansion and modernization of many Quebec companies. Industry 4.0 is positioned as a sustainable solution to fill this shortage by creating new job opportunities. Indeed, the manufacturing sector needs new profiles capable of appropriating the technological and technical innovations that will emerge.
Each company being different, the digital transformation that will be implemented will also differ, depending on its size, means and business model. Introducing advanced digital technologies into your production process can become a major investment depending on the case. However, there is a solution that will not require as much investment on your part: outsourcing. Indeed, entrusting this part to an external entity will detach you from tasks that are not directly part of your profession while enjoying the benefits of a team of experts at your service.
Growth is no longer a choice: it is a necessity.
Industry 4.0 is the future of the industry and it is a very near future. For all the sectors concerned, remaining competitive and ensuring the very subsistence of its organization requires this revolution which is already well underway. It is no longer a question of choice, but a real necessity.