five major reasons why automation projects fail
1. NOT DESIGNING THE PRODUCT / PROCESS FOR AUTOMATION
2. NO EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION - Must have well defined specification for:
- Performance - Cycle Rate, Throughput, Up-time, other efficiencies, etc.
- Design/Build Quality
- Documentation and other physical build criteria
3. POOR CONCEPT - NOT WELL THOUGHT OUT
- Closing on a concept too quickly without researching the possibilities
- Need collaborative, open minded, multi-discipline, team with collective broad backgrounds - cannot have members who want to "WIN" brainstorming/concept sessions
- Must probe a variety of technologies and listen to both insiders and outsiders
4 POOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT - BUYER & VENDOR
- Inadequate Cost Justification - Must cover all costs - not just equipment - but samples, training maintenance, travel, etc. Due diligence responsibility of Project Manager, Production, Accounting, and Upper Management
- Poor communication with Vendor
- Poor communication with User Team
- Poor Schedule Control
- No accountability to schedule by either vendor or team members
- Failure to involve the production people in the process
- Not enough technical capability in house to handle the technology
- Failure to supply vendor with up-to-date drawings and parts
5 ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA - NOT WELL DEFINED
- Must define "DONE" - When and under what criteria does the title to the equipment change hands?
- Shipping the Equipment before it is ready.
Above White Paper by Tim Hedlund PE, Owner / VP DURABOTICS INC
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