Manufacturing Sector

We work with manufacturing companies that produce building products: anything that is on an engineering or architectural plan. We have worked with all types of manufacturers, be it continuous manufacturing or manufacturing to plan with or without installation services.

The future of the manufacturing industry is bright and prefabrication is the preferred avenue for new construction. Construction sites will essentially become assembly sites, which will benefit the manufacturing industry.

Choosing the manufacturing industry is obvious and logical. The manufacturing environment facilitates process optimization and work-efficiency, whilst structure and workload organization favor the integration of advanced technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and robotization. Technological advances will shape work in the plant. Businesses that take this turn will have nearly insurmountable competitive advantages. Complete digital transformation is the foundation of it all.

Basic issues

  • If you have not begun to change your work methods or technological tools, you will probably recognize some of these issues: 
  • you do not have access to complete company information on your cell phone;
  • you find data from your departments in several different software programs without them communicating with one another;
  • you use multiple databases to complete your transaction cycle;
  • you have to manually transfer data from one file to another daily;
  • you notice silos between departments;
  • your tools are built around the knowledge of a person who becomes irreplaceable;
  • you have made technological choices in the past that limit the growth of your organization;
  • you have created many audit barriers due to past mistakes that make your decision-making processes more cumbersome;
  • you still manage your invoices on paper;
  • you do not have a digital plan that accompanies your strategic plan.

Our specialty is to accompany you in optimizing your complete transactional cycle; to propel your business model with the help of methodologies and technological tools.

Advanced issues

If your technological maturity is greater, your issues likely reach another level. Issues such as : 

  • you need to categorize your data for algorithm training;
  • you have planned to integrate artificial intelligence to assist your production;
  • you are shopping around for state-of-the-art equipment;
  • you want to integrate connectivity into a plant (IoT);
  • you have to digitize your product specifications to create BIM objects;
  • you are considering full traceability of your value chain;
  • you will interconnect your systems with each other and with those of a supplier or a client;
  • you are thinking about optimizing quality control through Machine Learning;
  • etc.

“At the heart of any great project is the human being. These projects are led by humans and are for humans. It is therefore normal to make them a priority throughout your digital transformation project to reduce the effects of resistance to change on your teams.”

Methodology

BWT’s working methodology is the result of continuous improvement and development based on the use of Google’s agile Scrum and Design Sprint methods: we have identified and applied what we value about these methods. Through trial and error, we have improved and adjusted our way of doing things based on feedback from our clients and our team to develop a work methodology that is collaborative and inclusive.

Understanding

The first phase of this work method consists of understanding your organization’s business objectives, problems, and issues. Through a holistic approach, the portrait of the company’s situation will be taken as a whole thus allowing you to understand the current needs and to apprehend the future stakes of your company. Based on the information gathered from this analysis, we will be able to present you with a personalized roadmap of potential solutions that will meet your business needs and that will be adapted to the reality of your organization and its various stakeholders. 

EXPLORATION – NEEDS/SOLUTIONS

As the project is planned at a high level, it will now be necessary to establish the solutions. By working with your teams, we will learn more about their work realities and specific needs. The contribution of your teams is essential to a complete understanding of your strategic and practical needs. Including them in this process also reduces resistance to change since they will participate, with their ideas and suggestions, in implementing this change in your company.

Our approach, which ensures the gradual progress of your project, offers you an overview of it all and allows you to get involved in the project. Delivering iteration by iteration allows you to put it to the test, validate it, or make adjustments if necessary, rather than waiting until the very end of the project. With your regular feedback, we will be able to act efficiently should we require a functionality considered crucial, a new need, or a change in priorities. Of course, throughout this phase, your teams will be trained to use the tools and be able to make better-informed decisions.

MATERIALIZATION

Once approved, it will be time to test the solution in your work environments. You may have to go back to your previously determined needs and then to the ideation phase to adjust the original solution or to adapt it to your new reality. Once ready, it will be implemented in your production environment. You will now have access to all your company data that your teams will use daily when carrying out their tasks. To get the most out of your new work reality, as well as the methods and functions related to it, the emphasis will be put on user training. 

CORPORATE DOCUMENTS

Case Study: Curtain Wall Manufacturer -> Link

Case Study: Window and Door Manufacturer -> Link

Blackware: Corporate Presentation -> Link

Blackware: The General Contractor of Digital Transformation (FR) -> Link

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