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How Humans Are Empowering Digital Transformation In Industry 4.0?

Fourth Industrial Revolution by Pushp Kumar Dutt on December 12, 2018

We all are surrounded by technology in one or the other way. In our personal lives, the presence of smart devices and digital transformation can be felt constantly to make our lives simpler and easier. However, the same cannot be said about many industry verticals and organizations, including the manufacturing industry. It is no less than a surprise that while many organizations have already ventured deep down into the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, a big majority of business leaders are still following the old-age saying, “If it's not broken, don’t fix it.” This approach is obsolete and redundant, to say the least.

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The worst thing is that over-estimating redundant technologies and under-rating innovative technologies and revolutions like Industry 4.0 will eventually lead to their fall. On the other hand, businesses that are presently lagging behind them in terms of resources and market share but embracing Industry 4.0 will replace them in quick time.

The role of NetObjex is to help the manufacturing sector's entrepreneurs from the shop floor to the top floor to make accurate, precise, informed, and better decisions that are empowered by its state-of-the-art technology.

How Human-Technology Interactions Are Influenced By Industry 4.0?

There is no denying the fact that Industry 4.0 is knocking down on our doors. Its presence can already be felt almost everywhere. The manufacturing sector will be no exception and actually, this sector will be the biggest beneficiary. However, transitions will require manufacturing sector organizations to accept changes and evolve by coming up with innovative ways to enhance production. In other words, manufacturers will have to adopt technologies that are both innovative as well as agile at the same time and augment human labor.

The primary purpose will be to reduce dependence on human interaction as far as operations are concerned and enhance the quality of human interaction at the same time. In short, humans will not be expected to "waste time" in monitoring and supervising normal flowing processes. But they will be expected to be immediately available whenever a malfunction or abnormality is experienced and the machine cannot rectify errors by themselves. Human interactions will primarily be required and visible in critical aspects of decision-making regarding repair & maintenance.

What Are The Roadblocks Manufacturers May Possible Experience When Seeking Harmony Between Technology And Humans?

The biggest roadblock while seeking harmony between humans and technology is Culture. The responses of employees will almost always be negative if you as a leader have failed to build a culture for embracing disruption. This can further translate into sabotaging the concept and process of disruption. This is simply because the first thing that comes into the minds of employees whenever a talk is initiated about a technological change such as Industry 4.0 is job instability. Obviously, no one wants to get replaced by a robot that can perform his or her task with enhanced precision, accuracy, and with fewer mistakes.

However, employees must be encouraged and motivated to improve their existing skills and given a platform to enhance their sphere of work. They must be encouraged to view this association with robots as working side-by-side with a technical assistant that will finally help the organization produce better results and stay high on productivity. Obviously, a profit-making organization will be rewarding its human employees with better perks, salaries, and incentives. So, the association between humans and digital transformation is in the best interests of all.

How To Remove These Roadblocks?

Digital transformation entrepreneurs and market leaders can put their best foot forward in a quest to overcome these roadblocks. This can be done by creating, maintaining, and gaining a clear and complete understanding of how the values of their business can be modified and how employees can be positively challenged with a positive technological optic.

Entrepreneurs have to demonstrate to employees how they leverage the information. They also have to grant access to the employees so they can use it at their advantage.

How To Respond To Employees Who Fear Job Loss?

History has demonstrated time and again that each of the previous industrial revolutions actually led to the creation of more jobs. The Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 will be no different. In the past too, employees had their fears of losing their jobs. However, they were proved wrong as innovations instead brought new jobs on the table and these jobs are more meaningful, innovative, better-paying, and enhance skills. No doubt, industry critics and markets experts are of the same view that technology actually creates more jobs than it destroys.

There is no denying the fact that dangerous, repetitive, hard, and even boring jobs will go on a decline. But, isn't that good for everyone including the employees? Technology and innovations are meant to make human lives easier, simpler, better, and more meaningful. Thanks to these innovations and technologies, jobs across the world are more dynamic, safer, and better than ever!

Employees must realize that humans and machines are never going to be the same. Therefore, it is good to focus on those differences. After all, technology and machines work for human beings, not the other way around.

If you want to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), NetObjex Industry 4.0 solutions can help you in more than just a way. Give us a call now at 1 (855) 928-2283 or email us at sales@netobjex.com.

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