Certain features have become mandatory for modern businesses: enterprise process improvement, 24/7 fail-safe systems, professional and in-depth analytical planning, strategic thinking in line with business objectives, the application of professional solutions in a dynamic environment, and beyond strategy, companies must ensure the systematic execution of key tasks. Production safety and operational efficiency are of crucial importance, especially since the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the vulnerability of human life, which accelerated processes that had been underway to achieve a truly harmonious balance between machinery/tools and human resources. This process, in turn, leads to an increase in enterprise profitability and efficiency.
INDEPENDENT AUTOMATION GROUP
In the past, automation experts typically opted to use a single brand; today, the only way forward is to strategically build, implement, and follow up on real-world, brand-independent solutions. In short: a professional, strategic, and complex approach to automation. In traditional automation methodology, the expert partner builds a system based on a company’s pressing workflow challenges. In the vast majority of cases, however, a given expert will only consider one particular vendor’s solutions, study them in depth, and build a partnership with that vendor. But no one brand has the highest level of expertise in all areas, which can mean a significant difference in efficiency for the end-user, and therefore, a significant difference in cost savings. Moreover, the client bears the risk of using systems built on specialised vendors, further increasing exposure. Risk analysis, risk-taking, and risk mitigation are paramount in today’s economy.
The modern and commercially viable approach to automation is for a professional, brand-independent expert to design, select, and assemble the most appropriate systems for their client, using the most suitable components to achieve the client’s goals. To do this, the automation consultant must have a wide range of expertise at the highest levels. International market realignments have led to the increased prominence of this more professional approach to automation and control at the strategic and operational levels. Whereas compatibility among a vendors’ equipment used to be the guiding principle, today, given the precise nature of the field and the significant differences between solutions depending on the sector, complexity has taken over. This also significantly increases cost-effectiveness, since units built from consultancy proposals to achieve defined client goals are much less likely to experience downtime or loss of production. In this approach, decision-makers at the highest level leave it to the consulting firm to define the strategy, and from this, they develop the necessary systems and applications. IAG thus occupies a unique place in the strategic planning process, as it represents the interests of the client from the highest level, managing the entire implementation, and supports cost efficiency, production reliability, and stable, profitable operation with its expertise gained across more than 20 years of building hybrid (manufacturer-independent) systems in 25 countries during 1100+ successful projects.
Business Mentoring has gained ground in the last decade or so. This new dimension of business partnership is a combination of coaching and classic consulting in which the mentoring company executes defined projects while at the same time professionally developing its mentored partner, i.e., providing complex solutions to ensure that processes that meet strategic objectives are smoothly put into practice. Throughout the mentoring partnership, the mentoring partner develops by receiving continuous consultancy and on-the-job training. This is no different in the field of automation. A complex mentoring company not only supports its partners in achieving their current goals, but also provides strategic advice in parallel with the operational processes and ensures that these are put into practice, so that the partner can continuously develop their business by learning more about the benefits of automation and its professional aspects. Complex automation mentoring necessitates strategic consulting experience, adequate industry engineering and technical knowledge, and the experience of the mentoring company to ensure full implementation. All of these must be available independently of any brand, as there can be significant differences in quality and effectiveness among brands, even in the sub-modules of automation solutions. Thus, to provide a truly customised solution for the customer, a complex project might require 3-4 different vendor solutions to ensure an optimally efficient business process.
AUTOMATION INDEPENDENCE SCREENING
A purpose-driven, vendor-independent, functionality-oriented review of automation and control systems. All existing and deployed systems and equipment are inventoried as part of the assessment, as defined in the owners’ target system. The exact prioritisation is depicted on a heat map in a summary report. This is one of the most mutually resource-intensive, foundational, and indispensable steps in the process of deliberate improvement. The Automation Independence Screening defines what kind of manufacturer diversification the current automation and process control system would need to operate efficiently, and the risks of using the current, non-independent system.
BRAND RELIANCE LOSS ANALYSIS
Based on decades of experience in designing, installing, repairing, and developing hybrid systems, IAG performs a system analysis using a unique methodology to review competitive options and deliver the optimal solution for the partner. The Brand Reliance Loss Analysis clearly defines the losses caused by using systems, tools, and solutions from a single vendor, and identifies the cost savings that can be achieved through appropriate, compatible vendor diversification.
BRAND-INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
Based on an accurate assessment of risks and opportunities, IAG delivers deliberate development alternatives. Each alternative includes the necessary steps for development, the expected benefits, and how to measure them. In all cases, the development plan is tailored to further the defined business objectives of the owner. Independently planned projects include the potential for procurement and the possibility of reducing dependence on suppliers. In fact, the Brand-Independent Development Strategy” defines the precise details of the process needed to build the most cost-effective system that delivers maximum results.
BRAND-INDEPENDENT EXECUTION PLAN
The successful implementation of the strategy centres on well-defined action plans and the back-testing of their implementation. An action plan is drawn up along the chosen development path, including the precise tasks to be undertaken in each area and the method for measuring each one. This planning is the operational level input to the strategy. The Brand-Independent Execution Plan is developed by operational experts with decades of experience, ensuring that the strategic definitions are perfectly executed in practice.
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