The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2

Until recently in the Lean community, the definition of waste was “simple”: waste is any activity consuming resources without producing value for the customer. In this definition time can be  considered a resource and “customer” is extended to anyone beneficiary of the outcome, like a patient in a hospital getting faster and better care. Focusing … Continue reading The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2

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The success of a 4.0 transformation is strongly dependent on the initial conditions

The success of a 4.0 transformation in manufacturing (and industry at large) is particularly dependent on the initial conditions for its implementation. The “founding fathers” of Industry 4.0 and the organizations who help its implementation soon recognized the importance of a suitable “ground” as well as a number of prerequisites for a 4.0 transformation to … Continue reading The success of a 4.0 transformation is strongly dependent on the initial conditions

Could industry 4.0 extend Lean’s lifespan?

When Industry 4.0 arrived with all its bells and whistles, many would have thought “haha, this is the long awaited next big thing to replace Lean”. Now, as the time goes by, it seems more and more that Lean is regarded as a mandatory prerequisite to Industry 4.0, which in return could unexpectedly extend Lean’s … Continue reading Could industry 4.0 extend Lean’s lifespan?

A collection of Proofs of Concept doesn’t make a Digital Strategy

I read and hear it over and over: when it comes to Digital Transformation, Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0, companies face an indigestion of Proofs of Concept (PoC). Those are most often haphazard uncoordinated bottom-up initiatives, that last long without proving much. Worse, there is enough evidence that the technical solutions work and many available … Continue reading A collection of Proofs of Concept doesn’t make a Digital Strategy

Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills – Step by step tutorial

Industry 4.0 enthusiasts are usually passionate promoters but terrible logical thinkers. That's happy for me because they keep supplying me with critical thinking training material, like this quote I used in my video tutorial. The quote goes: "Industry 4.0 provides real-time data analysis so that our teams can correct any drifts and prevent failures immediately, … Continue reading Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills – Step by step tutorial

Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

April 2019, in the corridors of our offices I picked a statement made by a young consultant about one of his clients: "It's a real mess in their warehouse, they do not manage storage and have no defined storage locations. They lose an incredible amount of time searching for goods. Introducing RFID tags would allow … Continue reading Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm

March 2019, eight years after its official launch and many experiments, Industry 4.0 is on the brink, looking at the chasm. For the concept Industry 4.0 to become reality, it has to move from a random collection of scattered Proofs of Concept to full-scale projects. It must convince a critical mass of decision makers, users … Continue reading Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm

Industry 4.0 @home: riding a Cyber-Physical System

For many people, a Cyber-Physical System sounds like something from a science-fiction movie. For those familiar with Industry 4.0 and the smart factories, it should make sense as an integrated system combining sensors, embedded software and actuators. How about an everyday example to understand it the easy way? >Lisez cet article en français You may … Continue reading Industry 4.0 @home: riding a Cyber-Physical System

Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

In the hype of Industrie 4.0, many things have been rebranded 4.0 with the hope to appear modern, trendy, fashionable and up-to-date. At least in Western Europe. Note: in French and German, Industry is written industrie. Phonetically they are the same as in English. >Lisez cet article en français Probe your search engine and you’ll … Continue reading Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

Industry 4.0: Beware of the vendor wonderland

I recently came across a post explaining why it is urgent to start going Industry 4.0 with collecting big data. The rationale is built on the example of social media companies who base their business model on big data and paved the way to industry at large. The pitch Just as the social media companies … Continue reading Industry 4.0: Beware of the vendor wonderland