By Patricia Panchak
- Only 14% of the machines were connected to a network, a prerequisite to digitization
- As many as 83% of the company's key data points were collected manually
- Fifty-Seven percent of the company's facilities indicated that their machines were MES ready.(Norbut admits the company uses a casual definition of MES-ready: that the machines able to “connect your machine, gather data off of it and dump it into some sort of system.”)
- Establish roadmaps for capability levels. This includes coaching teams to understand where they are and what their next step should be.
- Continue to establish a common “PI” vocabulary. Though it has a strong start, Trelleborg plans to refine its common language as it moves forward in the journey.
- Develop education around PI topics: Building on the roadmap and vocabulary, as well as each factory’s capabilities, the company will shape its curriculum to meet the needs of each facility based on what it needs, when.
- Evaluate high-performers for best practices: This first phase of the journey identified some people/facilities that have correctly progressed along its Smart Manufacturing journey. “They have very good knowledge about what they’ve done, why they’ve done it, and have information to share with the rest of us,” Norbut said. He plans to integrate their learnings into the education programs.