"What on earth is that supposed to be?" I hear you say - "A Smart Paint Factory? We are working smart for ages, else a coating would never be a coating as we know it!"
Nothing could be more true - if a wild mixture composed of wild mixtures (a.k.a. raw materials) is wildly mixed and comes out pretty much the same every time with reproducible results, quite a number of smart people must have laid their hands on this near-miracle.
If that is the case, then what else could be smart about a paint factory?
Well, quite a lot, to be honest!
When I made my first tentative steps in the Coatings World in 2000, I soon realized that a lot of time in daily work was dedicated to trouble shooting, and "hunting for infomation" was the major time sink, especially when information from other departments were needed.
When I left the Coatings Industry in 2017, the daily work still was comprised of trouble shooting, and "hunting for infomation" was the major time sink, especially when information from other departments were needed.
So, upon joining ORONTEC in 2019, I was very delighted to getting confronted with this vision "The Smart Paint Factory".
The Smart Paint Factory
… is comprised of the normal elements that are typically found in a paint factory: R&D, production, logistics, quality, procurement etc. Actually, we don't change the What, but the How:
- connect the pools for information cross-functionally along the processes instead of within the departmental siloss.
- allow transparency to enable flexible reaction to changes in planning
- focus on the client instead of the own department
Oh, and of course, add some state-of-the-art equipment to the mix to allow for high quality, digital data, and spice up with tools to make sense out of the data thus available.
This will be the place to find details.