A recent study by Deloitte found that the manufacturing industry will have to fill 4.6 million jobs between 2018-2028, but it will only be able to fill 2.2 million, or half of them.
One way to bridge the gap is through in-house technical training. Skills training programs help employees adopt and employ digital technologies that allow them to get more tasks done in less time each day. This trend, called digital transformation, enables manufacturers to move their organizations into Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 includes incorporating digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, mobile technologies, machine learning, smart factories, analytics, and other advanced technologies into the business – right down to the production line.
Mobile technology is an essential part of the Industry 4.0 revolution. Progressive manufacturing companies are already using mobile devices to connect employees to collect, access, and share critical manufacturing data and achieve continuous improvement. The power of mobile applications lies in their ability to work right down on the production line, where the actual manufacturing process takes place.
Mobile apps help manufacturers achieve more with fewer people by increasing the productivity of existing workers and streamlining the processes. Some of the benefits of replacing paper forms with mobile apps include:
1.More, Better Data: Mobile apps help manufacturers access large amounts of instant and accurate data that can be shared easily. Having accurate data helps them improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process and facilitate continuous improvement.
2.Faster, Deeper Data Analysis: Mobile apps eliminate data-entry errors and delayed access to crucial data by providing real-time access to large amounts of data. In turn, better data allows manufacturing leaders to make better decisions about materials inventory, corrective action, or equipment maintenance.
3.Increased Worker Efficiency: Mobile apps coordinate and optimize teamwork, and improve communication and collaboration between workers and supervisors.
4.Sharing of Expert Experience: Intelligent apps can capture the knowledge or established processes of experienced workers in a workflow that can train newer members.
The manufacturing industry is combating severe labor shortages by employing digitization. Industry 4.0 has opened many opportunities for modern manufacturers to tackle these challenges and modernize their systems. Low-code app development platforms offer manufacturers better integration, adaptation, and the ability to harness the power of advanced technologies. Overall, they can achieve better results using less employee time and fewer technical resources.
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