Summary

Bosch is a massive business with over 440 locations and 260 production facilities worldwide. The company’s business sectors include automotive, building technology, consumer goods and more. Innovation is at the core of everything Bosch does. It’s no surprise that the company is a leading example of how to leverage a connected worker platform to drive productivity improvements. However, given the scale and diversity of the company, their chosen solution had to meet their enterprise needs.

“The plant reported a 54% increase in Mean Time Between Repair and a Direct Productivity gain of 8%. So we planned to have Poka in all 12 manufacturing divisions of Bosch”.

Arne Smolarz
Head of Manufacturing IT at Bosch

The story of Poka and Bosch began in 2018 when Robert Bosch Venture Capital, the investment arm of Bosch, became an investor in Poka. That was soon followed by a stellar pilot at one of the company’s largest Power Tools plants located in Malaysia. In less than one year, Arne, Head of Manufacturing IT at Bosch, shared that “the plant reported a 54% increase in Mean Time Between Repair and a Direct Productivity gain of 8%. So we planned to have Poka in all 12 manufacturing divisions of Bosch”.


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Bosch pilot results

Arne shared that tracking and measuring the KPIs during the initial pilot was crucial for getting buy-in and corporate approval to expand the software as a preferred solution across geographies and divisions.


Equally important was gaining alignment at the leadership level and choosing the right pilot plant. Keeping upper management looped in throughout the rollout process and reporting back on progress provided a sense of trust in the result and outcomes.

best-practice

Some best practices to keep in mind when utilizing Poka include benchmarking KPIs, centralizing the agreement at the corporate level and consolidating systems.

These and other best practices shared by Arne during Poka’s recent Empower User Conference will serve the company well as they deploy Poka across the additional divisions and 260 manufacturing plants.