In my post introducing this series on Smart Manufacturing last week, I talked about the benefits of smart manufacturing. Machines equipped to “talk” with one another can make adjustments instantly, using real-time data to maximize production. Human interaction is minimized, which reduces the possibility of erroneous reading or slow response times.
I also mentioned that, for all its advantages, smart manufacturing isn’t embraced by everyone. In fact, in its 2014 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) found that 87 percent of U.S. companies are not yet using it at all. In fact, 37 percent of the businesses surveyed stated they had no interest in smart manufacturing.
There’s plenty of bravado out there that suggests that “going with your gut” and having the courage to take chances is a trait of great leaders. But the process we completed to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification helped us realize one thing very clearly: if you have a choice between intuition and information, go with the facts.