To find the digital era’s philosopher’s stone, Linde follows a unique path: The firm’s Digital Accelerator, located at the DigitalBase Camps, founded in 2016 and recently lauded as best innovation laboratory in the “Industry” category by German business magazine Capital, aims to make itself redundant in just a few years.
The team’s ambition is that, only a few years after its inception, Linde employees will have internalized a culture of digital innovation that makes a dedicated digitalisation team expendable. Their focus is on enabling employees, fostering a mindset and capabilities that allow employees to embrace and implement digital opportunities in their respective area of expertise. To get there, the unit is currently running a transformation program for all employees. Its key elements and methods, extensively tested by team members at the Digital Accelerator, are now rolled out on a Group-wide level.
This accelerator approach has already produced several success stories: Preparing to run a newly built plant, Linde technicians and customer operators train in a virtual reality environment long before the plant is built. Other teams develop algorithms to predict customers’ orders or use data glasses to remotely support service and maintenance work on complex modules.