How much can ergonomics make a difference in productivity and preventing injury? A lot, it turns out. Since 2003, for example, Ford has reduced its assembly line injury rate by 70% by applying ergonomics research to assembly improvements and lift-assist technologies. In the past five years, Timken has cut its ergonomics risk factors each year by 20% by requiring three innovative improvements annually at each plant.
Globalization and other competitive pressures are accelerating the need for manufacturers and industrial operators to improve what and how information is shared across their enterprises. Better information sharing drives better decision making, exposes process inefficiencies, facilitates best-practice collaboration and uncovers new competitive opportunities. To operationalize The Connected Enterprise requires a carefully planned journey, which we've broken down into 5 key stages. We call it the Connected Enterprise Execution Model.