CONTEXT 1

Modification of an Existing Process

CONTEXT 1

Modification of an Existing Process

Description

The regular production process is changed due to the modification of one or more of its social and/or technical elements (e.g., adoption of a new piece of equipment, change of a task or procedure, process automation, reorganisation of roles and responsibilities, minor product modifications, new or amended regulations). The set of new tools, machines or production procedures need to be promptly acquired by internal workers who might change their regular tasks and might need to learn new skills in order for the modification to happen smoothly. New workers may also come from other internal departments or external organisations to help run the new production process. The production may reverse back to the original set up once the reconfiguration need has ended (i.e., the modification may be temporary).

Main challanges

Identification of key

areas of impact

Fast reskilling and upskilling of workers affected by the changes

impact

  • Specific working practices may change as a result of a modification, but the majority of the production processes and procedures are still valid in the new context;
  • Some members of staff may need additional training to perform the tasks on the modified line.