Together, experts from I4.0MC and Senai first analyzed Fey’s digital maturity in the areas of equipment, IT applications, organization and culture. The acatech Industry 4.0 Maturity Index was utilized for this purpose. Workshops, process walks and interviews with management and department heads were conducted in order to develop the status quo of the plant in production, maintenance, engineering, planning and scheduling, logistics and quality. Current process flow, procedures, planned projects and pain points were discussed there. In a joint workshop, Fey’s Industrie 4.0 vision and understanding were elaborated to create a foundation for mutual exchange. Based on this, an individual Industrie 4.0 roadmap with concrete and feasible improvement measures that specifically address the different departments, which helped Fey to start directly with their digital transformation.
Together, concrete action items, within a plantwide roadmap, were defined to improve the existing database. This establishes a new way of working that puts the focus on the employee by better providing them with required information at the right time. As a result, management and the shop floor will be able to make data-based decisions supported by IT systems, in their day-to-day business. Included in these action items was replacing manual KPI reports with dynamic and automated reporting using PowerBI for management. On the shop floor, available data is used to create automated notifications that inform supervisors of relevant process deviations and improve process quality. To make these notifications actionable, employees must have low-threshold access to information and notifications through the use of mobile devices.