Friday, July 3, 2015

Industry 4.0: work between technology and teamwork – Occupation – success … – Wirtschaftswoche

Dr. Frank Kühn and Michael Kempf

The digitization requires companies from good stuff. Without a well-functioning team can be the unknown terrain difficult to conquer. But real teams are rare. How do you build a strong team.

Industry 4.0, computerization of production, the next industrial revolution in the sign of the Digital Age is announced. Germany’s leading companies, research and future institutions involved. And two conditions are becoming clearer. First: Do not wait for help. We need to familiarize ourselves with our teams on the road, even if the terrain is unsafe

Second. A reliable cooperation is more urgent than ever, but always appears superficial and fragile. Rising flood of information, growing non-binding, unforeseeable changes of structures, short-term concepts and work contracts that social gap in the company: all this leaves the cohesion harder emerge

The Authors

  • Dr. Frank Kühn

    Dr. Frank Kühn is a consultant and development partner to leading companies in strategic projects, transformation processes and excellence programs. Management experience in research and industry. Business Partner of ICG Integrated Consulting Group. When asked about the future of work. Numerous publications on topical issues. Lecturer for Project Management.


  • Michael Kempf

    Michael Kempf is Consultancy Partner of successful businesses, organizations and management teams in transition and transformation – triggered strategically or from outside. Management experience in industry and trade. Business Partner of ICG Integrated Consulting Group. Publications about teamwork, personnel management and coaching


The social issues run after

There was already not easy in the company. Almost every day we hear of mergers failing, debilitating conflicts, faltering processes. In recent decades, we have overhauled with globalization, acceleration and complexity increase itself. Technology is fast, the social answers afterwards.

run stages of industrial development

  • “1.5″

    First Industrial Revolution

    The first industrial revolution is dated to the late 18th century. Characterized it was through the introduction of mechanical production, which were powered by water and steam power. During this time, the first mechanical loom was developed.

    Source: German Bank Research Industry 4.0 – Upgrade of the industrial location Germany is imminent, as of February 2014

  • Second Industrial Revolution

    The invention first production lines in slaughterhouses in the United States is a symptom of the second industrial revolution. The availability of electric power for production-related in the second half of the 19th century the introduction of labor mass production.

  • Third Industrial Revolution

    In the 70s of last century, the production automated further. From this period to no longer only the division of labor was operated, but all the work steps have been taken over by machines. The basis of this development, the use of electronics and IT.

  • Fourth Industrial Revolution: industry 4.0

    The Industry 4.0 will be the fourth industrial revolution. In the “intelligent factory” to people, equipment and resources to communicate. The respective product is fed with information about yourself, to optimize its own production process.

In the vacancies we require teamwork, but realize they hardly in the organizational design and management culture. Team spirit must permeate the attitude the company, at all levels and across all sectors. Noticeably between colleagues, between managers and employees, experienced and learners, clients and suppliers, functions and generations.

experienced team spirit creates closeness, motivation and the motivation to do something about it. But the reality is different. Internal termination and Burnout lead according to an annual health damage to the German economy of 120 billion euros. 30 percent of young employees leave before the organizations in which they see no future. Let them, is the arrogant answer.

recommendations for better teamwork

Industry 4.0 and smart companies will come, but significantly running below its potential, if we continue with business as usual. That is us here and make today on the way. Technology, organization and cooperation with each other, so that they benefit from each other. Only in this way we will be fit for the future.

The first step is to see more collaboration as a strategic element towards a smart factory. Show 10 tips how to do it better from now on.

What is Smart Factory?

  • The intelligent factory

    In the intelligent factory people, machines and resources with each other to exchange information. They communicate using radio transmitters, data clouds in the Internet or the Intranet of the factory. The production facilities have diagnostic and repair skills. The intelligent factory organized set himself.

  • What is the Smart Factory better can?

    The production is to be flexible. The constant data exchange will cause the machines are always optimally loaded. Short-term changes in demand or loss in the value chain to be compensated quickly. In industry, 4.0, individual production lines organize demand independently. Where machinery is in this line of, the production on an alternative way organized independently again. Change about the order or the amount of available raw materials, equipment manufacturing automatically adapt to the new realities of

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    What the customer about it?

    Because the client and contractor ever to exchange data online, customers can also enter requests for changes in the short term. In addition, individual criteria and small batches can be realized quickly and cost to individual pieces.


teamwork in the organization: Clever strategy papers and organizational concepts are not sufficient, decisive is the implementation together with the employees. Change processes only function in good interaction. Otherwise, the friction losses are inevitable. Which organization projects are at, then?


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