The Operations1 Blog
Read our latest articles about connected work, digital work instruction and checklists, operational processes and innovative software and technology.
Latest articles on Connected Work
When it comes to change management, many people react with resistance and fear of change. Yet change management is often the key to a company's success and satisfied employees. As Head of Customer Success at Operations1, Rafael Koch has been involved in many change management processes. In this interview, he reveals the secret of successful change management and why it is so important to involve employees.
Jan 26, 2023
"Digital processes enable 6-digit savings potential" – Interview with Stefan Philipp from Operations1
Companies that believe that the only chance of digitization lies in finally getting rid of the mountains of documents are thinking too short of the issue. Digital processes are just the tip of the iceberg, as Stefan Philipp knows. The Head of Solutions at Operations1 and his team have already successfully supported many companies on their way toward connected work. In this interview, he provides in-depth insights into how networked working can optimize processes to such an extent that productivity and employee satisfaction increase significantly and six-figure sums can be saved at the same time.
Jan 17, 2023
The fear that technology will curtail the frontline worker's job as it develops is widespread. However, if the requirement profile of operational employees shifts more towards conceptual activities in the coming decades, this fear is unfounded.
Bernd Hausler, Managing Director at ifm, the leading supplier of innovative automation technology, takes the clear view in an interview with CEO and Co-Founder Benjamin Brockmann: "For me, people will remain the focal point in production in the future."
Jan 11, 2023
In their digitization efforts on the shopfloor, many manufacturing companies are asking themselves whether they should rely on a platform or specialized software.
We highlight the two options, address the different perspectives to consider, and illustrate the 6 strategic benefits of a platform solution for frontline workers.
Nov 17, 2022
The shortage of skilled workers is one of the greatest challenges facing the manufacturing industry. It is not just a question of knowledge that is lost with the retiring experienced workforce, but also serious consequences such as declining productivity. What has been missing so far is a consistent digitization strategy that embeds the operational employee in a comprehensive digital system of connectivity. A Connected Worker Platform represents such a solution approach, because it offers three central levers that sustainably protect against a shortage of skilled workers: knowledge retention, productivity enhancement, and employee retention.
Sep 29, 2022
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a comprehensive maintenance concept to enable a trouble-free production system. In our detailed TPM guide, we explain the complex term and its history, explain the different building blocks of TPM, go into the advantages and disadvantages of the method using examples, and illustrate the introduction. In the end, it becomes clear that companies that want to move with the times cannot avoid digital TPM.
Aug 10, 2022
A Connected Worker Platform represents a new category of technology that puts people at the center of the production environment. In this compact guide, you will learn why this is important, how you can proceed to implement a Connected Worker Platform, and what results you can expect.
Aug 2, 2022
The connection of operational employees has arrived on the agenda of international executives of manufacturing companies. Pioneers can already measure enormous successes, while the majority of companies are still at the stage of paper, ERP interfaces on the shopfloor and fragmented in-house developments.
Jun 30, 2022
On 10 and 11 May 2022, we as Operations1 were nominated as one of the top 5 start-ups in the field of production and were thus able to engage in an exchange with many executives from Germany's most innovative factories. What was particularly motivating about this was that instead of focusing exclusively on the short-term challenges in global supply chains, the focus was particularly on the topics of sustainability, value orientation and digitalisation.
Jun 2, 2022
We changed our brand from cioplenu to Operations1. Our goal is to support operational employees worldwide in their daily work! Therefore, we have decided to manage the software and our team under Operations1 to firmly anchor this ambition in our brand as well.
Nov 8, 2021
Buzzwords like Industry 4.0 or Smart Factory are on everyone's lips. Most manufacturing companies are already investing heavily in digitization. However, this often creates data silos and increases complexity for operational employees. Adaptive Process Execution Software helps to think holistically about the production process, to focus on the operational employee and to network the organization.
There are many reasons for opening a new production site or relocating production. What is always required, is to transfer existing knowledge to the new location as part of knowledge management. We show you how.
The HSSE area includes extensive guidelines and processes that require strict compliance. However, compliance auditing is often done in paper form. Adaptive Process Execution Software provides HSSE teams with a real alternative. We show how.
Companies strive to continuously improve their organizational structures, processes and operations. The basic principle of the "Continuous Improvement Process" is often used for this purpose. Process optimization can, for example, refer to increasing quality, reducing lead times or lowering costs.
Latest articles on operational processes
Digitization projects in the manufacturing industry are still neglected. Instead, the focus is on the core processes - i.e., production itself. Downtimes of production facilities cause high costs and weaken the resilience of a company. A preventive maintenance strategy can remedy this situation - and do so even more sustainably if the concept of digitization is taken into account. Our blog article explains how this can be done.
Sep 13, 2022
Autonomous maintenance helps workers take more responsibility for their plant by removing the strict division of tasks between production and maintenance. Among other things, companies can thereby increase their productivity, reduce costs and position themselves for the future. This blog post will provide you with comprehensive information about the concept of autonomous maintenance and explain the benefits as well as how to implement it. Read at the end what added value a digital maintenance approach offers and how our software solution supports you in this.
Aug 24, 2022
Corrective maintenance is also known as reactive maintenance. The aim here is to eliminate machine downtimes as quickly as possible and sustainably. Preventive or predictive maintenance are alternatives or supplements to this approach.
Jul 29, 2022
Manufacturing companies are increasingly confronted with a variety of challenges: external shocks such as pandemics, wars and global supply bottlenecks are forcing medium-sized companies in particular to become more agile. Internal market developments such as the shortage of skilled workers, an increasing demand for high product diversity, and shortened product life cycles add to the difficulty. The methods and tools of lean management are therefore more important than ever many years after they were first described. The good news: it is easier today than ever before to implement them.
Mar 28, 2022
Efficient and lean production processes not only save money. Companies can secure their long-term success by avoiding wasteful, non-value-adding activities. In contrast, paper-based work instructions and checklists are in stark conflict with lean working methods. Companies that want to increase their productivity and improve their product quality should banish paperwork on the shop floor in favor of software.
Mar 7, 2022
Operational excellence is no longer an option - for companies that want to survive in volatile, unsteady waters, there is no alternative. Numerous methods and instruments have developed around the management approach to support the achievement of objectives. Lean Management, Kaizen or Six Sigma are just a few examples. Another underestimated lever for achieving excellence goals is digitalization. We explain what operational excellence is and how you can take advantage of digitization to achieve excellence goals.
Feb 28, 2022
Machines and systems, but also building services installations, must be inspected and maintained at regular intervals to ensure that production operations run smoothly. Maintenance plans are an integral part of maintenance and must therefore be carefully attended to at all times.
Complete and careful documentation in the outgoing goods department is essential, because it protects you from high costs in the event of unjustified complaints. Learn how to achieve this with digital checklists and what should definitely be included in your outgoing goods checklists.
The responsibility for quality is increasingly being transferred to manufacturing departments. Worker self-inspection is an increasingly popular topic. Some experts are supporting it, while others are voicing their concerns.
Many manufacturing companies still use paper-based checklists in quality inspection. However, static inspection documentation poses several quality risks at once.
Even before Covid-19, a smooth exchange between two shifts was an integral part of production operations. Short-time work, home office or even changed production processes increase the need for seamless information transfer. Digital shift handover protocols create transparency and process reliability.
In many industrial companies, more and more frequently necessary retrofitting causes unproductive times for employees and production losses. Depending on the complexity of the changeover, this can take a correspondingly long time and be error-prone. Digital assistance platforms can provide support here. Learn how.
Latest articles on digital work instructions and checklists
Most manufacturing companies have already recognized that there is no alternative to digitizing production. It is therefore all the more surprising that the clipboard has still not been banned from the shopfloor and that operational employees still work with paper-based process descriptions. Yet digital documentation has invaluable advantages. Easy drag-and-drop creation and customization of digital documentation and the ability to provide multilingual instructions are just two of them. Our blog post sheds light on others.
Aug 18, 2022
Efficient production has never been more difficult, especially when faced with the constant pressure to innovate quickly and deliver ever greater value to customers. Having the right information in the right place at the right time has never been more important. That's why digital manufacturing assembly instructions, as opposed to their paper-based counterparts, play a critical role in today's manufacturing environment. Digital work instructions help manage increasing product complexity and make your employees' day-to-day work easier. Growing demands for product customization and shortening production cycles are among the biggest challenges in modern manufacturing. At the same time, quality control remains as important as ever, and sacrificing one for the other is neither sustainable nor profitable.
Feb 18, 2022
Writing work instructions is cumbersome. We understand that. But we would still like to take up the cudgels for them. Comprehensible step-by-step instructions not only help to carry out activities correctly. The creation of work instructions is an underestimated, value-adding process: processes are critically analyzed and further developed in the process. That's why we don't just want to give you tips on how to write really good work instructions. We will show you the potential that writing them holds for industrial companies. Read on to find out how you can leverage this potential. Or, jump straight to the content and style of the perfect work instruction.
Feb 3, 2022
Many companies still use paper-based work instructions. Due to the increasing complexity of process documentation, this approach is inefficient and outdated. Version chaos and time expenditure are only two uneconomical consequences. We highlight four others.
The importance of high-quality work instructions is constantly increasing. In times of a shortage of skilled workers, small batch sizes and varied productions, a precise work instruction is the gold of the 21st century. Find out here how to create a professional work instruction and what you have to pay attention to.
Oct 18, 2021
Offering customers a wide range of variants will not be a differentiating feature in perspective, but a standard that must also be taken into account operationally in assembly processes, testing processes and other workflows. As the number of variants increases, a suitable data structure becomes more and more important.
The checklist in production helps to carry out various processes. It supports workers in the maintenance of machines, in the review of quality targets and in the incoming goods inspection. Read more on how to optimize your checklist creation.
As a specific form of inspection sheet, the check sheet is an established method for evaluating attributive inspections. The quality control check is based on the number of failures, since no measured values for defective parts are available with the static defect card. Read here how you can make the way from the excel check sheet to a powerful quality tool.
New employees are often not productive for weeks at the beginning, the training takes a lot of time and personnel resources. To ensure that employees are trained more quickly and can take on tasks independently at an earlier stage, training by means of integrated software is suitable. Self-learning in particular can help to bring employees on board more efficiently.
Every device, every machine and every system must be tested regularly: whether cordless screwdrivers, ventilation systems or complex production machines. In addition to accurate inspections, the documentation of the test results is also extremely relevant. Digital inspection protocols are the optimal basis for legally compliant documentation. Read more ...
Latest articles on software and technology
MS Office solutions are a popular choice in the industrial context, for example in production or quality management. Microsoft has stopped supporting Infopath in July 2021. Which software is the best InfoPath alternative?
Every company uses a range of software solutions to support and map its processes. Before introducing new software, companies are often faced with a decision: standard software vs. individual software?
Increase efficiency and transparency with digital assistance software and drive the digital transformation of your production in a sustainable and integrated way.
Due to increased requirements, customer wishes and increasing competition, there is more and more talk of worker assistance systems, worker information systems and worker guidance. This results in ever higher demands for production. The solution lies in providing the best possible technical support and accelerating all decisions and tasks during the product life cycle.