It’s often said that “variety is the spice of life,” but, when it comes to manufacturing, process variance is a downfall.
To be successful, manufacturers must keep production at or above target levels.
At the same time, they need to continuously monitor and evaluate production plans, adapting them to better meet cost, quality, flexibility, delivery and other objectives.
The better able manufacturers are to balance these objectives and make changes on the fly, the more efficient and profitable their operations become.
Manufacturing production management software with enforceable workflows helps to achieve this balance. Let’s look at three key ways:
1. Enforceable workflows help to close the information gap while facilitating continuous improvement.
Think about it. Enforceable workflows break down organizational information silos to unite people with systems.
They encourage and facilitate greater collaboration, standardization and enforcement of best practices, helping manufacturers to improve productivity and distinguish their company from the competition.
And, because quality processes become integral to production activities, allowing process data to be viewed in context of orders, products, suppliers and materials, plants can learn more.
The more plants know, the more they can do with that knowledge.
Published November 30, 2018