Digitization has changed the world of work. Business has entered a new era that has had a profound impact on corporate structures. In most sectors, the possibilities of digitization have led to a fundamental rethinking and reassessment of work processes. The technological possibilities have become larger and more diverse and the world automatically smaller.
Companies that want to position themselves on the market in a future-oriented way and perhaps also want to make a name for themselves as a global player can not ignore the changes in globalization. Work processes and in-house processes must be optimized and adapted in the same way as marketing strategies. Especially for small and medium-sized companies, this can bring profound changes that are not always easy to implement. Nevertheless, Peter Altmaier of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy speaks of the fact that "digitization is also a compulsory task for medium-sized companies , and that across all sectors and sectors."
Thus companies in the modern economy face a great task. They will have to digitize at least part of their work processes in order to remain competitive in the long term. However, the potential inherent in digitized processes is enormous, and especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, and can bring with it great competitive advantages if it is meaningfully exhausted.
Digitize work processes with labeling machine and Co.
Digitization has now reached all sectors and economic sectors. There are many broad and therefore cross-industry, but also very specific solutions that can automate entire systems or individual workflows.
An easy-to-implement and advertising-effective first step in the field of digitization is the use of a labeling machine for process optimization . Product information has a high priority today. The legislator has taken account of the customer's desire for detailed information on the products and services offered with clear guidelines. Especially in the area of food and cosmetics, strict guidelines have been issued for the labeling of products. At the Consumer Center , manufacturers and consumers can find out about what information on product packaging should not be missing and what specifications must match terms and specifications.
Manufacturing companies are facing a great deal of commitment that can seriously affect their day-to-day operations. Modern labeling technology enables the automation of all workflows related to product labeling. From the pallet labeller to the cellophane bag labeller, there is a wide variety of process optimizations on the market that can be individually tailored to the size of the company, industry and individual requirements.
Fully automatic labeling machines produce high-quality labels, which can be complemented by legally required product information and promotional details such as the company logo or an advertising slogan. Companies generate valuable synergies between individual work areas and can make the most of existing resources. Even changes can be made by modern labeling machines, without affecting the running processes too much.
Labeling machines are just a concrete example of the extensive possibilities of digitization. Modern ERP systems and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are conquering large parts of the business sector across industries and have also convinced many small and medium-sized businesses to optimize their processes, in part or even completely, through digitized workflows.
The most important first step is for companies to recognize the individual potential inherent in the digitization of single or cross-functional work processes, and to use targeted analysis to identify the ways in which they can best exploit that potential.
So much potential is offered by digitized work processes
Digitization holds great potential for companies in every industry. As far as the theory goes, but how does this potential become noticeable in everyday working life?
- Better networking of individual work areas
The first aspect is as simple as it is effective. Automated processes, especially in the communicative area, allow individual workspaces to be networked faster and better. Email services, automated messaging, fact sheets and mailings, automatic data cross-border workspace, hierarchical levels and project groups, and uninterrupted information services can fill many gaps in companies that prevent them from reaching their full potential.
- Flexible working models will benefit everyone
The digitization of companies is often closely linked to a profound change in existing work models. The digital possibilities create space for more flexibility on all sides. New working hours and workplace models create synergies and can help companies make better use of their potential.
In addition, flexible work models are often the key to more employee satisfaction and, therefore, significantly increased productivity. By the way, this will make the company more attractive on the job market and will be able to attract qualified employees and therefore valuable know-how.
- Employees, manpower and expertise become mobile
Automated processes not only bring flexibility but also mobility. Optimal networking of workspaces, project groups and knowledge pools ensures that employees can always use their workforce and expertise wherever it is needed most urgently. This allows the existing potential to be better utilized. If work processes are automated, the training of new employees can be implemented more easily and faster. The same applies to the development of new work areas and project groups. Automated processes keep manpower and expertise mobile, adding value to their ever-present, ever-present value that the business can leverage on a daily basis.
The jump is not always easy
It is no secret that the digitization of work processes has great potential for companies. Nevertheless, especially small and medium-sized companies are often still very reserved when it comes to the implementation of new work processes. The reasons for this are diverse.
Right at the top of the list of rather hesitant decision-makers are the sometimes high investments that accompany sophisticated digitization processes. The purchase and implementation of digital solutions initially costs money. It can take months or even years for the output to pay off effectively. The savings potential is then generally convincing, but not every company has the breath to get through longer financial bottlenecks.
Another essential aspect is the need to get all affected work processes and employees involved used to the new processes. A profound restructuring of the company may be required. Employees have to be trained and, if necessary, trained anew to learn how to design their workplace with the newly implemented solutions. This can result in significant costs and time outages that can not be easily realized in any business.
Many decision makers are also overwhelmed by the large range of system solutions and shy away from a decision for fear of bad investments, which can hurt the company sensitive. The expenditure of time and costs must be in a convincing relationship to the potential, so that companies can confidently venture the step into a digitized work routine.
Digitized processes must grow
An important aspect that can offer companies more security on the way to digitization is the growth of automated processes. So far, many system solutions are still available, especially in the German market, which are geared towards very specific work processes and are therefore more static. Therefore, the benefits that a company can derive from it are often short-lived and do not always justify the enormous time and expense associated with an implementation.
In the future, Germany will have to focus on growing digitalization processes in order to remain globally competitive and sustainably support its own companies and the German economy. Especially for the manufacturing industry, solutions should be developed that can link automated processes seamlessly and error-free with manual processes. So far, there are still some immature transitions in the field of machine manufacturing, which make automated processes very error-prone and thus significantly limit their potential.
Advanced digitization solutions must be able to adapt flexibly to growing and evolving work processes, while transforming employee expertise into real value for the entire process. Only then will it be possible to automate even the most complex processes in the long term, without giving away potential. Small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, depend on solutions that guarantee quick success without economic setbacks and thus make it possible for them to dare the step into the digitized world of work without risk.