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Embracing digital transformation in CNC IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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DIGITAL REPORT 2020


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Embracing digital and cultural - one does not work without the other


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Roman Gaida, Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric, on digital and cultural transformation and embracing diversity

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itsubishi Electric is a multinational manufacturing giant employing over 100,000 people globally. Creating

everything from air conditioning systems to satellites to robots, its reach can be felt in a huge host of industries. Roman Gaida is Mitsubishi’s Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA, part of its factory automation business unit. CNC (computer numerical control) deals with the automated control of machine tools via computing. “We provide the software, the hardware and the drives for all CNC machines of our big OEMs, some of which we’ve been working with for more than 40 years now. Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, for example, which is one of the biggest producers of numerical controlled machines in the world. There are thousands of machines all over Europe which we service and provide spare parts for, as well as conducting repairs.”


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“The time that we’ve gained with all these initiatives, we’ve used to develop new business models”

In such a highly specialised business, the transformation Gaida has overseen has necessarily been bespoke. “I can’t name systems, because everything was customised,” he explains. “At the beginning we made gap evaluations of things that needed to change because the needs and environments of our customers are changing.” One of the areas targeted for improvement

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Roman Gaida, Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric

was making use of hitherto unused data. “We found we could use data for predictive maintenance or stock estimation.We worked together with EY and said to Dr. Bernd Rubel, at that time project manager at EY: ‘We have the knowledge and experience, you know how to create new designs and processes’.” That assistance resulted in new supply chain, repair and ordering systems, which Gaida estimates have resulted in 20-30% efficiency increases. As a busy hub for machine parts, the company’s repair shop was also ripe to produce data on the reasons for part failures and so on, that could then be used to predict future issues. Just in time delivery


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a minimal viable product and launch

important due to the global nature

it to market in the middle of the pan-

of Mitsubishi’s operations. Nothing

demic, which saw the use of Smart

was done merely for the sake of

Glasses for the technical depart-

it, however. “The time that we’ve

ment to see machine failures and

gained with all these initiatives,

give support even while not being

we’ve used for our customers and

allowed to travel.

to develop business models. Just

The technical transformation

in the last six or so months, we’ve

at Mitsubishi Electric has been

developed and started designing

achieved together with longstand-

remote services. We’ve also done

ing and Europe-wide acting partner

business model innovation and value

Atos, which makes an ideal partner

proposition workshops to see what

due to its understanding of busi-

our customers’ needs and pains are.”

ness processes, technical expertise

The department managed to create

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understanding of the Mitsubishi

more in line with its automation aims.

Electric culture. “Sometimes it’s not

“Automation will be much more of

easy for third parties to understand

interest in the factories of the future

the way we do business and pro-

because of the shutdown and the loss

jects. But Atos could easily create

of production caused by having to

customised solutions for us from the

send everybody back home. If you’re

blueprints that we had”, Gaida says.

a food company or a pharmaceutical

As with all companies globally,

company, there must be automation

Mitsubishi Electric has not been

there.” Gaida doesn’t believe this

unaffected by the ongoing COVID-

will result in a loss of jobs, rather the

19 pandemic. Gaida is sure that

creation of more in new areas.

this has not impacted its roadmap

Gaida was already an advocate

however, instead accelerating the

of the kind of flexibility the pandemic

path it is on and bringing the world

has forced on companies. “For home


“I truly believe that leading with targets is better than leading with office time” Roman Gaida, Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric

office culture, it’s been quite good,” he says. “For my department, it was an easy transition, because I already encouraged people before coronavirus to do a day at home or be more flexible. That’s because I truly believe that leading with targets is better than leading with office time.” The company has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, with Mitsubishi having created a company

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Roman Gaida Title: Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA Company: Mitsubishi Electric Roman Gaida (38, and a father of twins) is the Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA. Before starting in this position in April 2018, Roman was Head of Sales & Marketing Europe and was responsible for all of the division’s European sales and marketing activities, including the Middle East and South Africa. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Electric, Roman was Global Business Development and Segment Manager for Oerlikon and was responsible for all business development activities of the Nitriding Business of Precision Component worldwide. Roman earned an MBA from RWTH Aachen and St.Gallen University, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering. www.mi t subi shi -cn c. d e


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“Digital is 10% tech and 90% human”

products. “In the CNC world, and also in the robotics world, we will see the integration of many more artificial intelligence tools into our current products.”

Roman Gaida, Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric

Also launched within the last two months is MELFA Assista, a cobot solution that it already headed to the first customers. Gaida is confident that the department remains on the right course, and is passionate about including team members in that direction. “We decided to create a project team in-between departments, which I tried to make as diverse as possible. www.mi t subi shi -cn c. d e


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“Automation will be much more of interest in the factories of the future” Roman Gaida, Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric

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“A digital transformation is only possible with an underlying cultural journey” Roman Gaida, Department Head of CNC Mechatronics Division EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric


1921

Year founded

$40.9bn+ Revenue in US dollars

146,500 Number of employees

That meant people who don’t nor-

think that they could do it. As a

mally work together, but also, in the

female project leader, she made

male-heavy manufacturing world, we

decisions that were different to the

had one female team leader, Doris

norm, which led to fantastic new

Wolfgarten, who stood out and really

solutions. Most of the time, when

grew in the course of our projects.

people choose project manag-

“Previously, we’d had people who

ers, they fear that if they choose

had worked for 15 years as a team

someone less experienced, then the

leader and never challenged them-

whole project could come down. But

selves in such projects. It was a big

if you take those kinds of risks, they

target of mine that when I searched

will pay off in the end.”

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