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Digital Factory Use Case Training

Report from our recent EMEA use case training  

The EMEA Deloitte Manufacturing, Strategy and Operations Community met in the Deloitte Digital Factory.

From Julia Kluger

The ongoing digitalization in manufacturing – challenge and opportunity at once – demands continuous adaptions by companies to deal with complexity, to optimize processes and therefore generate added value. The chance to dive deeper was set for about 40 members of the Deloitte MSO Community from EMEA. They took joint action at a use case training in the Deloitte Digital Factory in Dusseldorf.

The training

Due to the training the participants got a deep insight in current digitalization strategies in an inspiring atmosphere. Furthermore, they were able to expand their different levels of previous knowledge about Manufacturing and Product Development 4.0. Besides the technical aspects the Deloitte members had the chance to exchange experiences and current client challenges.

The highlight of the hands-on use case training was the simulation of a digital lean production by producing a Lego digger. First, the participants followed a traditional manufacturing line approach by splitting up into different stations, each responsible for a different step in the process. Of course, playing with Lego evokes childhood memories so that the fun factor was very high. However, the ambition and team spirit of the members was at least at the same level. Every station from the processing of incoming orders to the final assembling and quality check tried to handle all orders as quick and error-free as possible. Nevertheless, the results showed: most of the produced diggers did not meet the requirements of the fictitious clients.

But why?

The following interactive debriefing reflected the experiences of the participants and elaborated potential sources of errors of the traditional manufacturing line: the main disadvantage in the use case was the unclear workflow of what to do in which order. Also the correct assembling of the individual components of the digger proved to be difficult, as a small engine requires a different construction approach than a large one for example.

By digitalization supply chain errors can be reduced and efficiency increased. The digitized data provides precise guidelines and thus improves automated planning. Furthermore, full integration of the technical use cases in a MES (Manufacturing Execution System) is used as a backbone and ensures flexibility, high transparency, traceability and simple control. The attendees gained an insight of how such a manufacturing process can look like by using Augmented Reality glasses.

Although the foundation is laid and various industries and companies already benefit from the implementation of appropriate digitalization strategies, the potential and capabilities are far away from being exhausted. Therefore, the main focus of the Deloitte Digital Factory is on combining traditional with innovative supply chain operations, such as predictive quality management or data driven demand forecast. Deloitte supports its clients in developing creative solutions and offer a broad portfolio of innovative and customized end-to-end IoT solution approaches.

Interested?

To learn more just visit the Digital Factory or contact us to do a workshop on your own and start your digital journey.