Smart Factories: Converting workers into problem solvers?

About the author, Chris HOHMANN

About the author, Chris HOHMANN

Smart factories, industry 4.0, IIoT and everything else covered by the digital transformation umbrella raises fear about the future of human jobs, or to be more specific, the income source of employees.

To my surprise some promoters of these factories of the future have a ridiculously simple solution: convert the actual workers into process supervisors and problem solvers, without questioning the paradox of the need for supervisors and problem solvers when processes will be – allegedly – way more reliable, constant, repeatable and even self improving.

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Even so the assumption of required supervisors and problem solvers is valid, I do believe that the number of freed workers through automation, robotics, etc. will exceed the number of required supervisors and problem solvers.

If it would not be the case, it is the benefits of the promoted solutions that are questionable. Especially if many more problems solvers are required, it should raise concerns.

Besides, as I am not impressed by most of the actual, traditional manufacturing problem solvers’ capabilities and achievements, I cannot believe they will do much better with technologies requiring even keener knowledge.

Am I wrong?

Am I the only one perplexed by this “solution” for converting the redundant people?

Your thoughts are welcome.

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2 thoughts on “Smart Factories: Converting workers into problem solvers?

  1. Bonjour,
    Je vous rejoins à 200%.
    Répondre des problème nécessite un minimum d’esprit d’analyse, de capacités à prendre des décisions et d’arbitrage même à petit niveau.
    Aujourd’hui, faire un 5P ou un Quick kaizen pour un Technicien, c’est déjà une aventure , alors au niveau des opérateurs…
    La montée en compétence nécessaire n’est pas accessible à tous et,effectivement, l’ouverture des postes nombre de superviseur ne peut pas se faire à effectifs constant comme vous l’avez très bien et simplement montré.
    Bien cordialement

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