Even today, digital change does not stop in mechanical and plant engineering. For example, new technologies ensure the development of new innovative products. In addition, the previous product portfolio can be continuously improved. These are not the only reasons for the digital transformation in mechanical and plant engineering. Optimization potential for production can be tapped by networking machines. In addition, costs can be reduced. But wherever opportunities arise, there are also a multitude of technological and safety challenges that have to be mastered. Read about the digital change in mechanical and plant engineering in Germany and the opportunities and risks resulting from digitization.
German industry in transition
The quality “Made in Germany” has made a name for itself around the world in recent years. Despite the good reputation, problem spots could arise in the future if the industry does not face the challenges of Industry 4.0. Obstacles such as internal resistance, fear of job loss or even external problems can slow down the digital transformation. According to the IT report of the VDMA (2018-2020) , companies with fewer than 300 employees currently have no IT strategy (66%). However, 25% of companies with fewer than 300 employees already have an IT strategy in the planning stage. New technologies such as IoT platforms, virtual / augmented / mixed reality and big data analytics are mostly used in service and maintenance, sales, production or development. Autonomous technology such as driverless transport systems or autonomous robots currently play a minor or no role (52%).
The change in employment through digital transformation
With the digital transformation in mechanical and plant engineering, there is also a change in employment in all areas and functions. New digital products and services lead to growth, which in turn creates and secures jobs. On the other hand, optimization potentials, such as the improvement of internal processes, will lead to jobs being cut.
Even if jobs are eliminated, that does not mean that digitization can completely replace people. Because systems not only have to be created, they also have to be continuously monitored. In this context one speaks of socio-technical systems .
In mechanical engineering itself, according to the working paper of the Hans Böckler Foundation , no job losses are to be feared in the next few years due to compensation effects such as growth through innovative products / services and demographic change.
Opportunities of digitization in mechanical and plant engineering
Digitization offers numerous advantages for the industry. A major advantage would be the increase in productivity through automation and digitization. This advantage is particularly important in order to be able to keep up with global competition. Processes are optimized through automation. This saves costs so that companies can always remain price-competitive . The image of the IMU Institute shows the opportunities and risks of digitization in a compact way.
Source: IMU Institute
What options are there for companies?
The switch from analog to digital is very difficult for most companies to do on their own. That is why there are specialized service providers, such as groupXS Solutions GmbH , who put together an individually tailored digitization concept for your company. groupXS Solutions GmbH not only offers a digitization concept, but also offers with Reportheld a tailor-made software solution that improves your processes in the company.