How can digital solutions streamline manufacturing

To optimise processes in manufacturing, saving time and costs, digital solutions are vital.

The manufacturing industry is certainly used to welcoming in new technologies and tools which can help to make their processes more effective and productive, but usually that comes directly on the production line rather than higher up in the industry. Yet, a digital transformation provides such firms with an opportunity that they cannot afford to miss.  

A digital transformation plan is the opportunity for manufacturing companies to consider how they can bring their back-office technology up to date by installing the tools they need. The facilities are primarily aimed at information storage and automation of processes, cutting down the time currently dedicated to tasks by staff who spend hours upon hours filing documentation and inputting data.

With the introduction of such solutions, resources can be put to better use and provide an immediate impact for manufacturers as they look to cut costs in an ever more competitive market. Thanks to these tools, competing will become easier as staff can focus upon what they do best whilst technology handles the day to day administrative tasks and concerns. Such a next step into the future is at the heart of continued growth for any manufacturer.

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One key way in which such innovative digital solutions can help to improve productivity on the product line is through compliance. By keeping track of all documentation related to certifications, training and qualifications, an Enterprise Content Management system is able to ensure that a company is never lacking a crucial requirement. Through making this change, staff can lower the risk of a potential fine or penalty for non-compliance when it comes to inspections, with notifications ensuring that they are aware well before the deadline or expiry of an existing certificate.

It also boosts safety by providing a one stop shop for supervisors or workers on the production line to ensure that all of the latest legislation and regulations can be easily tracked down so workers are fully up to date on what they must do to ensure that they are working according to official guidelines and recommendations, as well as laws which could result in a hefty fine if broken.

These are just some of the ways in which digital transformation tools can provide manufacturing companies with new ways to make their procedures more efficient. Utilising and implementing such solutions can lead to the end goal of lower costs resulting in bigger profits.  Whilst it may be daunting to invest in such technology, the process leads to a substantial return on investment and is sure to make workflows and processes simpler for staff. With initial training to understand the use of the new tools, tasks can be cut down from a matter of hours to just seconds and, most importantly, can be performed by technology rather than a valuable staff member.

Respond to enquiries rapidly and accurately

When inquiries are sent to manufacturers, getting the right information to respond can be a lengthy process. Business automation tools enable the relevant information to be tracked down quickly.

  • Simplify supply chains

    Simplify supply chains

    Coordinating with suppliers and raw product deliveries can be a challenging aspect of manufacturing but can be made easier. Keeping on top of deliveries, contracts and all the key documentation enables manufacturers to remain in control and communicate accordingly. It also helps to be aware of any potential problems that could arise with delayed deliveries or problematic products, enabling notification before it is too late for the manufacturer to react or find an alternative. 

    Simplify supply chains
    Simplify supply chains

    Coordinating with suppliers may be a manufacturing challenge, but can be easier.

  • Speed up product development

    Speed up product development

    Ensuring quick communication between departments is fundamental in product development. The process requires constant reviewal of documentation and regulations in order to ensure that the wishes of other departments can be fulfilled at the manufacturing plant. By being able to communicate through optimisation solutions with colleagues all over the world and by having an organised set-up for documentation, the process can become very simple. 

    Speed up product development
    Speed up product development

    Fast communication between departments is fundamental in product development.

  • Reduce operational costs

    Reduce operational costs

    Through boosting efficiency and productivity, the biggest impact will be on the costs of production for a manufacturer. As more can be produced, the costs of each product will fall and profit margins will grow for each product. Time can also be saved by management who will spend less time with administrative tasks such as revising regulations and legislations and filing documentation. 

    Reduce operational costs
    Reduce operational costs

    Time and money can be saved easily with automated systems.

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