Connected Worker- Transforming manufacturing digitally

Connected Worker- Transforming manufacturing digitally

In the present, we are better connected than ever. With supercomputers in our pockets, we exchange ideas, network, document our lives, connect at scale, any time of the day or night, and connect from any location. We have apps for connecting to work, family, and friends and for every single action possible. But what about the front-line workers in manufacturing? Many workers have some apps to navigate to the plant, where they collect data on a whiteboard and perform their complex assemblies with paper-based instruction. With the latest industrial revolution rolling out, shouldn’t the front-line workers be empowered with connectivity on the floor? Shouldn’t we equip them with artificial intelligence, data analytics, and end-to-end digital connectivity? Let us deep dive into the blog and discover how the connected worker transforms the manufacturing industry.

For many front-line workers, manufacturing operations are their only source of livelihood. They face several challenges when they don’t have easy access to site assistance or adequate training and safety instructions. A connected worker solution can arm the front-line workers with seamless connectivity that tackles the challenges, transforms operations, and pushes towards unbridled growth.

Revolutionizing manufacturing with connected worker solution

Adroit Market Research predicts the global connected market will touch US$ 21.73 billion by 2029, growing at an astonishing CAGR of 23.2%. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic snowballed the demand for the market. The phase witnessed an exponential demand for connectivity and flexibility in work requirements- leading to innovation in tech solutions. Many manufacturers quickly embraced connected worker solutions and experienced accelerated workforce efficiency and accuracy. With smartphones and connected wearables, front-line workers could also solve errors remotely at the right time, fueling the demand further.

What is a Connected Worker?

A front-line worker becomes a connected worker when augmented with digital technologies that provide seamless connectivity to collaborate with their team and execute operations efficiently. These can be via smartphones, wearable devices, and cloud-based software platforms. The primary aim of a connected worker solution is worker safety and risk mitigation. The solution also provides end-to-end connectivity, task optimization checklists, and comprehensive training programs. With hardware and software components working hand-in-hand, connective technologies place manufacturing front-line workers in a well-instrumented and responsive system, that too, in real-time. Enter Industry 4.0, and we find the manufacturing sector transforming entirely with the connected worker, or rather the ‘augmented worker.’ Because it not just the usage of disparate digital apps, it is about complete connectivity.

In this digital transformation, we leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, predictive analytics, process automation, personalization, real-time decision-making, data analytics, IoT, augmented reality, and multi-modal work instructions to transform the factory floor and revolutionize the connected workers. You get to witness better data, data-driven decision-making, getting-it-right-in-the-first-attempt outcomes, and safer workers.

What are the technologies driving the connected worker transformation?

The latest industrial revolution has put the focus on front-line workers now more than ever before. Industry 4.0 shifted the emphasis on having an interconnected work environment with a sharp focus on real-time data and seamless communication for workers. Let us find out the key technologies that are driving it.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing provides the much-required infrastructure for ample data storage, analytics, and scalability making it indispensable for manufacturing. Without the enormity and assurance of data storage, easy access, advanced data analytics, and backup, connected worker platforms will not have a strong foundation. 

Data analytics

With advanced data analytics and ML algorithms in the workflow, manufacturers can streamline their processes, perform predictive maintenance, optimize resource allocation, and take better decisions in every sense. 

Enterprise apps

Enterprise apps form the focal point in all connected worker solutions. For the connected workers to perform their actions, they do it augmented by the enterprise application. This mobile application embedded in their mobiles enables them to communicate, get the required data, access and troubleshoot information, manage machines, input data, and more. 

Artificial intelligence

Predictive analytics, machine learning models, and data from the IoT sensors on machines can optimize processes such as predictive maintenance. The connected workers can also use AI chatbots to access specific instructions or assistance in their enterprise apps.

Key features and benefits of a Connected Worker

Supplemented with technology and many capabilities, a connected worker can perform several tasks optimally. Let us find out the key features of a connected worker in this latest industrial revolution.


The topmost priority in manufacturing is ensuring worker safety. Connective technologies are adept at identifying unsafe conditions and delivering real-time alerts on potential hazardous situations or health issues. The workers can also access instructions and safety information as per their needs. 

Real-time communication

With a connected worker app, the connected workers can promptly communicate and collaborate in real-time with any team member. They can seamlessly connect with their colleagues, supervisors, and even remote teams. This allows rapid issue resolution and seamless knowledge-sharing.

Enhanced training

Connected worker technology also includes having digital work instructions. When the training is in audio-visual formats, it is easier to understand than going through text-based papers of instructions. With better knowledge management and easy access to training materials and information at their fingertips, the connected workers get immersive training experiences. At the same time, the supervisor also gets a clear picture of the front-line work and insights.


The connected workers can maintain the digital records of their tasks hassle-free, making it simpler to track, update, and manage. Not only that, the easy access to their data and getting insights from them also improves their employee experience.

Task management

Workforce productivity goes up high with streamlined task management. Connected workers can set reminders, track their progress, and contribute to improving their productivity. 

Accessibility to data

Accessing critical data in real-time enables front-line workers to take proactive measures whenever necessary and make informed decisions.

Data insights

Since the technology connects the manufacturing unit end-to-end, it also has the data of the various processes. Driven by AI, connected worker technology harnesses the data and provides precious insights that further optimize manufacturing processes, pinpoint bottlenecks, and drive operational efficiency. Moreover, the real-time data processing capabilities facilitate proactive decision-making, unlocking new efficiencies in the manufacturing sector.


Connected workers in the manufacturing industry have brought about a paradigm shift in the sector. With all the challenges front-line workers face in a plant, the connected worker solution tackles them head-on. They have better efficiency and higher engagement, leading to optimized performance and productivity.

Are you looking for a seamless connected worker solution? We have the AI-powered Proceso App for you. A no-code solution with built-in checklists, digital work instructions, and form builder, and offering real-time data and collaboration, this AI-driven app is the best choice for a connected worker solution in manufacturing. It also enables you to conduct detailed process audits and review critical process steps and is easy to deploy and connect. Moreover, we can also customize the Proceso App to suit your specific manufacturing needs.  Request a free demo!

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