It has been clear for some time that the faster a company can respond to change, the better the company will be able to compete and the more profitable the company will be.
But it isn’t just speed. As I re-learned at the Texas Motor Speedway, from the instructors at the Texas Driving Experience, first you have to have precision. Precision leads to speed.
Many companies in the automation market space have never learned that lesson, and some have learned it all too well.
Many companies that automation professionals work for in the process industries may never get it right. If you work for one of those, consider jumping ship. Companies that value anything above precision usually go off into the bushes, or hit the wall, causing layoffs and plant closings. If you don’t want that to happen to you, start being picky about who you work for.