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With that reputation, I was expecting to see a lot of miraculous technologies and processes at workin the plant—lots of Io T wizardrytracking assets and monitoringstatuses of every piece of every complex one-off assembly, or maybe some kind of flow optimization magic that allowed JIT customization to roll through at sucha massive, effective scale.
I didn’t exactly find any of this.
It was as if the plant were purposefully built to reinforceevery single manufacturing stereotype in the heads ofevery high school guidance counselor. It was dimly lit,the air thick with a kind of machined metal dust I preferrednot to think about, with forklifts zigzagging everywherehauling engines from one process to the next. In onesection, assembly workers were crammed together ona line reading job specs from ancient green-screen monitors and performing monotonous, simple tasks for eachconfiguration. It hit every point of the old cliché—dark,dirty, dangerous, and dull.
At the end of the tour, I pulled the GM aside and askedhim why they were running like this. Surely robots couldhelp. Surely there’s a way to cut down the forklift traffic.Surely there’s a way to improve the environment. Surelythere’s frontline software available from this century.
But the guy just laughed it off. This is how they knowhow to make engines, he said. This is how they’d beatenthe competition for decades and they didn’t see anyreason to change.
I think we all know how that story ends. It’s played outat every major juncture in the evolution of manufacturing.Every new tool or technique or technology threatens thestatus quo—it forces companies to adapt and evolve andimprove, to break out of their standard processes anduse these new assets to produce better goods, faster,and more profitably than ever before. Failure to do this—and failure to do it better and faster than the competition—is exactly how great companies fall.
In this sense, maybe the great danger of change isn’t thedisruption itself, maybe it’s complacency. Maybe its failureto see the risk of standing too long on yesterday’s wins.
This point has been hitting me hard lately as I watchthe industry cope with all the disruptions in the worldtoday. This is a unique time—the combined effects ofrapid technological and social change, of COVID- 19 andshifting supply chains, have disrupted every company inevery industry in some way. It has evened us out—we’reall facing a world where the processes and requirementshave changed, where the tools and assets have changed,where yesterday’s wins can no longer hold us up, whereyesterday’s losses can no longer hold us down.
There are some who see this as a disaster, of course.But I don’t know. I can’t help seeing the potential for growthhere. No one has the luxury of complacency in this environment, no one is able to sit this disruption cycle out.
The only option is to adapt, to innovate, to change, totransform. Whether that means wielding robots to turnfarming on its head (pg 8) or using data to determinebetter routes to your customers, the optimist in me can’thelp but be excited for thewonders the recoverywill bring.
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