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Three questions to help you avoid squandering your technology investment

By Ben Lawrence

KCF offers a cutting edge technology that predicts the future. Seriously.

An industrial plant can peer into our “crystal ball” technology and know days, even weeks, in advance where the next machine failure or safety incident is going to occur. Game-changer, right? You’d think.

Believe it or not, some companies have purchased and installed our innovative predictive technology only to ignore it.

What would make a company squander an investment like this? Especially one with so much potential to impact performance, productivity, profitability, and safety?

Let’s face it: knowing what the future holds sounds exciting but in reality, it’s scary. What happens when the crystal ball tells you things you don’t want to hear, like your maintenance routine—the one you’ve followed for the last thirty years—is flawed?  How about when the crystal ball starts stealing your thunder, avoiding machine failures that you’re being paid to bravely extinguish?

When new technology challenges your comfortable habits or threatens your income or performance recognition, you might be tempted to pretend it doesn’t exist. Sometimes, that’s exactly what happens.

Here’s how to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

The next time you fall in love with a new technology—and we want you to fall in love with ours—before you invest in deploying it across your organization, go through this simple checklist.


  • Is my team willing to change old habits?
  • Do we have the resources to also invest in training our front line employees on how to use it and why it’s so critical?
  • Does our management team have a plan to recognize and reward, or redeploy, employees whose jobs could change as a result?


Best-in-class organizations in chemical, oil & gas, paper, food & beverage, automotive, and other industries are doing it right.  I have the insight to help you do it, too.

The future looks bright. Are you ready to peer into the crystal ball?


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