Hexis Consulting has spent time getting to know the manufacturing and industrial worlds. Our knowledge comes from our experience in manufacturing as IT providers as well as the experience that many of our staff have as former employees in the industry. Because of this, we are aware of the deep complexity that most manufacturing businesses have to deal with.
In The Trenches With You
Working with an IT provider who doesn’t understand the specifics of your industry can be frustrating. Cookie-cutter solutions simply do not work in the manufacturing and industrial space – and the unwillingness of many IT providers to understand that concept leads to them ending up in the dark with decades-old IT solutions that are not meeting modern demands. It is our goal to put a stop to that.
Where the average IT Guy’s eyes begin to glaze over when entering a large manufacturing plant, we get excited. There are few things that our technicians and account managers love more than sitting down with a customer at their favorite greasy shop work bench and pouring over the intricate details of your manufacturing workflow. Once we know every last step in your business process, only then will we being to prescribe solutions.
We know – industry buzzwords are annoying to us too. But the term Industry 4.0 refers to something that is both important and under-examined. We are on the verge of a change in our world that compares to the industrial revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During this time in history, we saw the era of the horse and buggy and back-breaking, slow-moving labor rapidly transition to a world where machines became the dominant means of production.
Our world is again undergoing major changes. Cars today are driven by humans, snow is shoveled by humans, inventory is picked by humans, and cleaning is done by humans. Long story short: machines are often operated by humans. Many manufacturing, finishing, and warehousing practices are done by humans. Information between multiple systems is often reviewed or collated by humans. Data on the functioning of many machines is either manually compiled or not collected at all.
All of this is about to change, and it is going to change quickly. Any company that is not already thinking about how it can compete in the world of IoT, AI, and automation will be left behind. This is where Hexis Consulting can help. We combine a deep knowledge of the history of manufacturing with our forward-looking attitude. This allows us to keep our finger on the pulse of the latest innovations in IT. When you take full advantage of the services that Hexis Consulting has to offer, you get a team of experts at your disposal. We will not stop at fix technical issues. We will completely guide you, your company, your employees, and your customers through this period of technological innovation.
Meaningful, Feasible Progression
This phrase sums up Hexis Consulting’s approach to Industry 4.0. Our goal is to take your manufacturing business from wherever it is currently and take steps that move your business into the next generation of industry. We do this by creating meaningful, feasible steps forward.
What does meaningful, feasible progression mean? For us, it means taking an individual approach to every project. Many IT service providers start by creating their own ideal model. They scour the latest technology and best practices, create a process document, and then call it a day. When a new client comes along, they simply force them into this ideal model and hope for the best. While this strategy can sometimes be successful (new technology is often better than no technology), it’s not without its holes. This is something we actively try to avoid.
When it comes to industrial and manufacturing IT solutions, we believe you can’t ignore the individual quirks of a company. No two industrial or manufacturing companies are the same. Therefore, no one model will fit every company. You might have a unique suite of robots, complex legacy systems, bespoke software, or a distinctive company culture. A vast range of different factors determines what meaningful and feasible next steps mean for your company. Our approach is to get on the factory floor and see your company up close, talk to you about your individual needs, and then find an approach that works best for your company and your company only.
Embracing IT for Industry
With new growth in technology quickly becoming integral to industry day-to-day, it can be hard to keep up. But at Hexis Consulting, our passion is showing our customers how to not only tolerate these changes but how they can use them to improve their businesses. If your manufacturing or industrial business could use an upgrade, give us a call today. We are standing by to create a plan tailored to your needs.