Continuous improvement is the ongoing effort of improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility of processes with which an organisation achieves Customer Satisfaction and business goals with consistent quality products, services and delivery.
Today, the pace of change can make a business obsolete overnight. If you do not have a continuous improvement strategy and a system to execute it effectively and efficiently, your future is at risk.
At FactoryWorxTM we see Continuous Improvement as a meta-process that underpins all management systems, from business strategy, business and brand goals, processes, to human interactions, including customers, employees, and suppliers. Essentially, every activity and aspect of business is potentially subject to continuous improvement.
FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement solution is designed to make it simple, intuitive and easy to adopt and democratize CI in your organisation using the very technology that already transforms manufacturing operations into Industry 4.0 leaders.
Our software, together with the exceptional support from Experts in our Partner ecosystem will ensure that Continuous Improvement is ingrained in your business strategy, in people’s behaviours and ultimately, thinking. This enables the organization to readily adapt to external factors and maintain customers’ satisfaction. Without CI working for you, your business can easily get marginalized and fail altogether.
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FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement (CI) is the proven path to Manufacturing Excellence. It enables CI through automation of the best tools, methodologies and practices, integrating them with MES software and ERP systems to make CI work for the entire business.
Digitising your continuous improvement allows you to embed the best practices of the operating system in every area of the business, using proven CI methods and tools, including IWS, TPS, Lean, WCM and more.
FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement digitises the CI processes and culture, seamlessly connecting the top floor with the factory floor, building the culture of quality and continuous innovation that empowers people to make the right decisions.
FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement Platform supports the critical aspects of Industry 4.0 processes and the philosophy of Lean Manufacturing Excellence. It incorporates all currently used and emerging Continuous Improvement process tools, incorporating Lean and Six Sigma standard templates and structures to enable Lean Manufacturing, are included as standard.
FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement Platform provides an automated environment that facilitates business and manufacturing excellence through continuous improvement. Our specialist program, Excelerate, provides a shortcut to digital Continuous Improvement transformation. It involves business improvement training, team collaboration, project roadmap, real-time production reporting and visibility, predictive analytics, data collection, project execution and collaboration tools.
FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement solution impacts your Manufacturing Operations in three areas, Projects, Digital Workflow Management and Team Management. Leveraging just three CI Modules, this game-changing solution will enable you to build your manufacturing excellence.
The FactoryWorxTM Projects module is designed on the principles of the DMAIC Lean Six Sigma model. It automates standard features and tools of Continuous Improvement processes, enabling your team to effectively manage and track every project through the use of standard workflows and templates. FactoryWorxTM Projects module is extremely easy for people to use, monitor and share project information, effectively eliminating have been the two biggest challenges for Project Management efficiency: organising meetings and communication.
FactoryWorxTM Digital Work Instructions standardises your Work Procedures through digitised Work Instructions and Documentation. This important module utilizes instantaneous digital communications and is the perfect method to connect and engage with every level of your organisation. Knowledge is empowering, and communication of it is essential for continuous improvement. To achieve a continuous improvement culture, recall that Deming stated; “Eliminate slogans, exhortations, or quotas for workers, but rather make speed and efficiency institutional”.
The FactoryWorxTM Digital Work Instructions module involves your employees through direct communication. In a CI culture, everyone in your organisation needs to understand how they will be held to a higher standard. Your corporate vision is still needed, but employees learn culture and behaviour on-the-job, by looking to those that lead by example and are more likely to engage in a culture they help create.
FactoryWorxTM Team Collaboration, functionality is a critical aspect of digital transformation and paves the path to Industry 4.0. It saves people’s time on mundane tasks, while promoting strategically focused autonomous behaviours that create new business value.
Together with Project and Digital Work Instructions FactoryWorxTM Team Collaboration enables manufacturing companies to embed the Total Quality Management (TQM) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) approaches and eliminate the two biggest operational challenges: waste and downtime.
An effective Continuous Improvement strategy will lead to improved performance in every aspect of your manufacturing business. With relentless competition from all corners of the global economy, adopting the three major CI principles will dramatically affect your bottom line.
Adopting the three CI principles enables your organisation to fully leverage the benefits of CI:
Digital transformation automates traditional workflow management tools. This is a natural aspect of Continuous Improvement and one that is often taken for granted. Yet, Continuous Improvement processes can accelerate the all-important digitisation in manufacturing, especially in relation to efficiency and affordability of delivering high quality products.
The rate of digital transformation is rapidly accelerating. Combined with major advances being made around artificial intelligence and machine learning, many organizations are beginning to look to process automation to optimization their workflows.
FactoryWorx™ Continuous Improvement platform offers workflow automation as an opportunity for organisations to develop a significant competitive advantage and to be at the forefront of process optimization.
Workflow automation is gaining traction and prevalence with industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, finance and retail, allowing the replacement of manual processes with paperless, digital tools, typically managed by a centralized workflow platform.
Traditional workflow management tools such as whiteboards, spreadsheets and post-it notes have dominated in most organizations, relying largely on human memory and decision-making and are poor tools for collaboration or providing visibility to decision-makers.
FactoryWorx™ recommends deploying workflow automation for repetitive tasks such as assembly work, sensor-based tracking, document management and back-office IT processes.
Today, there are dozens of CI tools and methods. Here are the foundational elements of CI which can be automated and integrated with production using the FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement platform.
The FactoryWorxTM A3 Report
The A3 report condenses project information onto a single page in an easy-to-read, graphical format. It provides sections for describing background information, current conditions, root cause analysis, target conditions, implementation plan, and follow-up.
Lean is the systematic, step-by-step approach to reduce or eliminate wasteful activities that don't add value to processes. There are five key principles: Define Value, Map the Value Stream, Create Flow, Establish Pull, and Seek Continuous Improvement.
FactoryWorxTM Continuous Improvement platform digitizes these methodologies and provides planned, structured and automated access for employees to utilize these tools.
Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.
Go & See: The aim is to go to the actual place of work, observe the process in real-time, then record the observations, thereby keeping leaders and front-line workers on the same page.
An iterative four-step management method (Plan/Do /Check /Act-Adjust) used in business for the control and continuous improvement of processes and products.
Muda, Mura, Muri: Identifies inefficient processes that are a hindrance to customer value generation.
Just-in-Time is a production “pull” system approach to meet customer demands.
A mistake-proofing device used to avoid errors in assembly or alert operators of defects. Also known as error-proofing, poka-yoke is a method for taking steps to mistake-proof a process. It is a foundational tool of both Lean, which targets waste, and Six Sigma, which focuses on defects, with the goal of eliminating every mistake by creating systems that either prevent or immediately detect them.
Kaizen is a continuous improvement approach focusing on small improvements. It involves the commitment of lower-level people in the organization towards process improvements, facilitated by subordinates and supported by management.
Continuous Improvement has long been recognised as an essential strategy in manufacturing. With the goal to produce competitive and profitable products, manufacturing is always looking for new ways to improve efficiency and consistency of quality and supply.
FactoryWorx™ Continuous Improvement combines advanced, IIoT powered technology, combined with our deep understanding of the manufacturing industry, its issues, and challenges, to make Continuous Improvement an integral part of both strategy and operations.
Simply, we digitize the CI processes for you, and help you connect the dots through integrations and through exceptional expert support of FactoryWorx Partner ecosystem.
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Remember, deploying FactoryWorx out-of-the-box systems is a simple, fast and non-disruptive.
The best aspect of this exceptional manufacturing solution is its flexibility. While some companies are ready to go full throttle, adopting FactoryWorx™ Continuous Improvement one functionality at a time, can be a very viable option. Each of these functionalities is a vital step in bringing new efficiencies where they are most needed and can deliver visible results quickly.
If you choose to get a DEMO to see FactoryWorx™ Continuous Improvement in action, our expert will show you the best way to address your most challenging or annoying manufacturing issues.
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