“Digital technology makes decision-making easier at plants”
The Pitesti plant has initiated the digitalization process and you are the head of a connected basic work unit (UET). What does digitalization involve?
The plant’s UET heads now use a digital tablet to supervise production. The digital technology makes communication easier between departments, but it also enables us to precisely monitor the production process of a vehicle in real time. It saves us considerable time and makes us more responsive. We can intervene as soon as a problem is detected and sort it out quickly. Using the camera on my tablet, I can explain a line problem in pictures. In short, digitalization makes decision-making easier right on the production line.
Has this digitalization process changed your management style?
It’s more my work approach that has changed. I now note down all my observations on my tablet, which speeds up dialogue with my teams. I send them all the alerts I receive on the production line in real time. It’s a real time-saver, which also has an impact on our team meetings. As we all have the same information, we can go straight to the essentials. The plant of the future is a real tool for progress for boosting the performance of the site and enhancing the flow of communication between employees.
Do you have any special anecdotes?
Yes, I do. In April I was working on a project in the workshop and the plant director asked me a question. I was so absorbed by my project that I didn’t look up at the person asking me the question and I asked them to hold on a minute. Which this person did. When I looked up to talk to them, I saw that it was the director. You can imagine the state I was in. But the plant director never held it against me.
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