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Avoiding the Ripple Effect of Bad Data: Humans and Machines

June 17, 2020 by Terrance Holbrook,

This is Part 3 of a series on maximizing efficiency and improving data analysis. Read Part 1: Why Going Paperless is Essential and Part 2: Integrating Disconnected Data Systems.

Despite the advanced manufacturing technology available today, the top challenge facing manufacturers is connecting their machines, IT systems, personnel, and the data produced by these entities to gain access to actionable performance insights. This, along with critical functionality gaps in available manufacturing solutions has resulted in many manufacturers struggling to digitize the last mile of their factory floor.

Compounding the difficulty to go paperless are swirling fears surrounding the idea of automation replacing a human workforce. When any organization brings up the topic of digitizing processes, employees begin to fear their jobs are on the chopping block. Automation has often implied downsizing human employees in favor of machines, but any digital technology implemented within an organization should support and enhance people, not replace them. Instead of optimizing workers out of the process completely, automation should take care of repetitive tasks and free up employees to focus on projects that involve more critical thinking and less data entry.

Read the full article here: Avoiding the Ripple Effect of Bad Data: Humans and Machines