Digital Transformation: From Home Cooked Meals to Robotics

Digital Transformation: From Home Cooked Meals to Robotics

Technologies, like the smart oven, digitally transform your home. Smart ovens cook your food more efficiently and effectively than traditional ovens. They allow you to save time by setting the preheat on your way home from work. They can be set to automatically cycle through stages, like defrost, cook, and keep warm, to produce a better final product. Some even come equipped with an internal camera so you can see when your food is cooked without having to interrupt the process. 

One of the main goals of digital transformation is to improve performance, whether that be everyday tasks around your home, or the performance of a manufacturing line. Both scenarios are drastically different, but the concepts behind the technologies used are the same. 

Two great ways to impact performance are to reduce costs and increase productivity. 

Smart sprinkler systems, like the Rachio 3, are another way to improve your home. The goal of the smart sprinkler is to cut costs by minimizing water waste. The system uses climate data, soil temperature, and root depth to determine the soil moisture. It automatically turns on when your plants need watering and turns off when they have received the optimal amount. Minimal water is wasted and customer’s water expenses are cut in half. 

In manufacturing, 3D printing is a great method to reduce costs and wasted resources. Many manufacturers use it for rapid prototyping and are able to slash weeks off of their prototyping process. It is also commonly used to rapidly create tools on the manufacturing floor. 3D printers use “additive manufacturing.” Material is added until a desired item is created, in contrast to a CNC machine, which starts with a block of metal and removes material until the desired item is shaped. All of these are significant advantages to reducing costs.

The Roomba Robot Vacuum helps improve your cleaning productivity at home. It frees up your time to focus on other cleaning tasks while it automatically vacuums your entire house. It can be set to operate every single day so you never have to vacuum again, allowing you to clean more of the house in less time. 

Robots are incredible productivity tools in manufacturing as well. Robots excel at repetitive tasks, like assembly. Depending on the robot, they can work autonomously for days on end without getting tired. It frees up the valuable human labour in the facility to work on more complicated tasks that robots cannot perform. Just like with the Roomba, freeing up labour allows more tasks to be completed simultaneously and has a positive impact on productivity. 

Looking at the technologies in our homes is a great way to understand digital transformation. The similarities between digital transformation at home and at the manufacturing facility are endless. If you are looking for ways to innovate at work, look to your home.