We autonomate instead of automate

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BLOG 9: Autonomating to enable self-awareness

 

One of the operators at a client told me that she was experiencing the autonomated Human Interface Mate as a system that relieved her of the stress of making a mistake. The mere thought of making mistakes is not a pleasant thought that people will try to avoid.

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BLOG 8: From smart to wise technologies


The last decade we seem to get overwhelmed with smart technologies. Smart watch, smart glasses, smart glove and shoe, smart bins etc. Though I truly embrace this direction I also want to be aware of the difference between smart and wise.

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BLOG 7: Digital makes people matter


As our number of customers is increasing rapidly I’m frequently asked if the Human Interface Mate (HIM) is an automation of work and replacing the operator. It isn’t! It is a technology combining digital and real, that assists the operator but on the other hand supports the operator so that nothing is forgotten.

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BLOG 6: Who is in control?


Autonomation or Jidoka [1] is still being suggested by Toyota as the second pillar of its production system focusing on highlighting problems and creating built-in-quality. Every situation that creates a deviation from an expected outcome should be stopped and examined in the line. Since Toyota holds their “no defects philosophy” high, visualizing deviations becomes a huge focus. This implies that several sensors (of all sorts using color, temperature, sound, …) are used to inform the operator of abnormalities. Jidoka also automates those tasks that are dirty, dangerous or awkward and or cause fatigue in the course of the shift or cause repetitive stress injuries over months and years. The latter view may cause some confusion as if the real intention is to eliminate the work from operators. On the other hand, it appears that Jidoka is about error alone. It isn’t. 

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BLOG 5: Next generation work instructions


Increasing the user friendliness for unexperienced operators is one of the most thrilling new features we have been doing at Arkite.

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BLOG 4: How creativity can excel in production!


blog-4-foto-1In todays standardized production we tend to distinguish a master, experienced and inexperienced operator. In many cases the master helped to define the standardized way of working. But where is the creativity? I have noticed that as people tend to work a long time for a company, creativity decreases. New inexperienced people, who have many interesting ideas, are typically trying to fit in and thus killing their creativity. The interesting ideas don’t get the chance they are supposed to receive.

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BLOG 3: How to help others not to fall


People make mistakes, it is as simple as that. And we should be proud of making mistakes because nature took 3.5 billion years to perfect it!

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BLOG 2: Navigating through the field of errors


In the nineties I remember when I was travelling, navigation didn’t existed. We used a book with maps. It was not always easy when several directions where presented to know which road you actually had to take because a major city was sometimes announced and then some smaller ones. A decision had to be taken quickly, unless you knew the map by head.

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BLOG 1: Eliminating error striving towards 100%


Eliminating error and safety is the main function of a poka yoke. However, for those who have tried to make a poka yoke, always something else seems possible that doesn't make the poka yoke 100% perfect or mistake proof.

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