Create a detailed blueprint for your smart manufacturing program. This includes detailed use-case definition, detailed future-state vision, and a detailed value proposition development. Project components include requirements for infrastructure, hardware upgrades, software, process change, cultural change, and employee upskilling. This engagement could be performed after the Smart Manufacturing Assessment or on its own.
VDI has developed detailed value mapping templates unique to our analysis process. CESMII and other organizations look to VDI for this industry-leading capability.
In this process, we document overall factors for the business such as: the mission and values, the competitive positioning, advantages in the market, disadvantages, additional revenue opportunity, and other business drivers.
We begin with the key goals for production and then drive understanding of what is standing in the way of achieving those goals. We document the primary value leaks, then dig into the causes behind those leaks.
What are the key constraints within the supply chain? How is the organization balancing risk, lead time and cost? What is the structure of the distribution network? How is the current performance against customer requirements?
What are the current systems in place within manufacturing? How robust is the network infrastructure on the shop floor? How good is the cybersecurity? What is the current IT/OT convergence strategy?
Does the organization have an existing operational excellence program? What are the skill levels of the people throughout the organization? Is the culture data-driven or will this need to be addressed?
Understanding the details of the cost build-up within the organization is critical to building a strong foundation for the value proposition. It is also a critical part of the blueprinting process to ensure maximum impact on the investment.
A detailed picture of the current state that utilizes the information gathered across the six dimensions outlined above.
There is data on the shop floor today. How can this information be better utilized today to drive immediate value and begin to create a data-driven culture?
A vendor-agnostic, multi-year plan that covers infrastructure, hardware, automation, software, required process change, cultural change, upskilling and more. A complete digital transformation for manufacturing operations is detailed here.
This is a highly-detailed map between the blueprint elements and the potential value for the organization. It uses the causal analysis behind the value leaks defined in the current state analysis and determines the degree to which those leaks can be addressed through the blueprint.
The blueprint shows how the organization will be able to improve its competitive position across eleven different dimensions of competitive positioning within the market.
A detailed vision of the future of the business that can be used as a communication tool with the workforce to explain the changes and get buy-in from each team.