Resuming industrial activities in a pre-pandemic manner requires companies to invest more in technology and train their professionals to continue the digital transformation the sector is going through. Research conducted by Deloitte with about 500 companies, which collectively accumulate revenue equivalent to 35% of Brazil’s GDP, indicates that the intention of the sector is to focus resources on technology, such as applications, systems and management tools (96%). Digital security (95%), and online sales channels (71%).
To ensure the desired productivity, the business community also anticipates more investment in technologies that are considered emerging for 2022. The use of autonomous mobile robots is an option, with 39% of respondents betting. Thirty-four percent want to digitize the manufacturing process and another 29 percent are increasing resources in the field of virtual reality and drones. Most, 90%, intend to invest in employee training and education.
Industrial automation and the integration of various technologies follow the path of the so-called Industrial Revolution 4.0, which seeks greater efficiency and productivity in all manufacturing processes. The dissemination of these trends and the challenges facing Brazilian companies is the focus of a study conducted by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI).
For production engineer Diego Nelson Martins, one of the essential resources for creating an orderly work environment, without delays or failures affecting production is the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program.
According to him, the term appeared in Japan in the seventies, due to the need to improve production processes in industries. However, for the tool to work effectively, it is necessary to integrate all the teams in the various sectors of the company.
“One of the main advantages of adopting this tool in industrial maintenance is the benefit that this challenge offers to the employees of the company at any region and hierarchical level, where all the employees undergo various qualification training and end up becoming a ‘guardian of the TPM’.” pointing to.
According to Martins, who has worked for more than ten years in the maintenance technical field with a focus on maintenance planning and control, among the many other benefits of using a TPM are reduced machine downtime, less unplanned maintenance, improved overall performance, more safety at work and lower costs production.
The results reflect the eight pillars of the programme, namely: specific improvement, independent maintenance, planned maintenance, training and education, primary control, quality, management, safety and health, and the environment.
He argued, “Although TPM is an existing method, all companies, from the newest to the one with the longest existence, can undergo this innovation and benefit from the high rates of improvement in their activities, in various sectors.”
Brazilian industrial production remains below pre-pandemic levels
Even with all the significant investments in technology and new processes within industries, the sector has not yet regained the productivity pace seen before the Covid-19 pandemic, although it has gradually recovered. According to data from the latest monthly industrial survey (PIM), released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) at the beginning of last April, production grew by 0.7% in February, compared to January 2021.
According to IBGE, the amortized result is part of the 2.2% decline recorded in the first month of the year, but even with the progress, the sector is still 2.6% below the level before the onset of the Covid-19 health emergency.19. It is also 18.9% lower than the record level set in May 2011. In the year, the industry recorded a decline of 5.8%, and in 12 months, the industry recorded a decline of 2.8%. Compared to February 2021, the decrease was 4.3%.