Digitizing Manufacturing Organizations to Meet Today’s Challenges Head-on

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The industry’s future looks bright after the global pandemic shut down many of its manufacturing sectors. actual, Deloitteof 2022 Manufacturing Outlook Report US manufacturing GDP growth is expected to exceed 4% this year. However, with accelerated growth comes some challenges. Deloitte said manufacturers are facing a confluence of problems, including increased consumer demand, rising costs of materials and transportation, and a shortage of truck drivers, all of which will ultimately increase costs and He points out that it is being passed on to consumers.

Another major factor threatening the success of manufacturers is There are record numbers of vacancies at factories across the country. This threatens to limit productivity and his overall output potential in 2022. Last year, Deloitte predicted that by 2030, 2.1 million skilled jobs would be open.

The news of significant GDP growth across the U.S. manufacturing sector, combined with the complex hurdles mentioned above, will force companies to create and execute operational policies with a new emphasis on agility and efficiency. All manufacturers know that time is money. This applies to components in containers in California ports, or the time it takes for these parts to reach our factories. Critical to a merchant’s bottom line, failure to meet contractual promises can irreparably damage a brand’s reputation.

For business efficiency and seamless productivity, front office operations and manufacturing floors need to be tightly integrated, and ERP systems connected with HR, sales, shipping, and more. Digitizing processes across the manufacturing organization can create new levels of efficiency and coordination, not only between all departments, but also with customers and supply his chain his partners.

Digitization from corporate office to factory floor

Fortunately, efforts to modernize and digitize manufacturing factory floor and back-office operations continue to accelerate, helping manufacturers move closer to achieving their efficiency goals. Deloitte calls the 360-degree digitization of factory floors and corporate office functions a “smart factory initiative.” Through investments in technologies such as AI, robotics and cloud computing, manufacturers can optimize the resources they have. Given the unprecedented number of skilled positions still unfilled, it couldn’t be more timely.

According to Deloitte, 45% of manufacturing executives surveyed expect their investments in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to connect machines and automate processes to further improve operational efficiencies. . As the organization continues to digitize and automate, connecting the ERP system from the manufacturing floor to her CRM and HR platform in the corporate office, the company will benefit from the seamless flow of information between departments.

Here are some of the ways digitization can improve manufacturing agility, efficiency and productivity:

  • Reduce paper and drive faster decision-makingThe “Manufacturing 2.0” movement was slowed by COVID-19, but it is more important than ever as demand surges, coupled with supply chain and labor shortages. The bottom line is that manufacturers need real-time data to increase production of the products their customers demand and ensure they get the right components at the right time. for example, Document scanning and AI can quickly and accurately transform paper-based information into actionable data to drive workflow processes and improve employee productivity and manufacturing capabilities. Using a combination of hardware and software solutions, employees can scan and capture documents. These documents are integrated into other digital systems and manufacturing platforms to provide a more modern, secure and transparent way to process documents.This enables faster decision making real-time shipping and inventory information, on the other hand, Capturing backup documents, including material inspection sheets, facilitates a faster receiving process and accelerates the production process.
  • Creating a sustainability-oriented corporate culture – Reducing paper consumption also helps manufacturers’ sustainability policies. As investors, customers, employees and policy makers continue to debate climate change and reducing an organization’s carbon footprint, there is an urgency to adopt more “green” processes in every corner of business. It’s getting even higher. In addition, valuable real estate can be repurposed for other purposes, enabling manufacturers to expand new critical business-related processes such as accounting and procurement.
  • Supporting today’s (and tomorrow’s) work ecosystem – The traditional workplace has been upended by Covid-19, impacting companies across all industries, especially manufacturers. Hybrid work models could become the new norm in the year ahead, even if most of the world is back on the office or factory floor working part-time or full-time.according to report According to the Manufacturers Alliance, 80% of manufacturers surveyed expect their organizations to formalize remote and in-person working models within the next year. That’s a seven-fold increase from before the pandemic. Digitizing processes gives employees access to documents like never before and enables them to securely and easily access files from anywhere, whether they’re in the office or working remotely. to support a flexible working model. Accessibility is the most important factor, but being able to manage hardware and software solutions from a central location makes operations more agile, enables remote device management, including firmware updates, and streamlines paperwork and workflows. You have full control.

There is no doubt that the manufacturing industry is entering an era of transformation. Change is always challenging, but manufacturers have new opportunities to grow and expand by adopting technologies and processes that enable them to meet these challenges head-on. By moving forward rather than backwards, manufacturers can create the factories of the future – factories that enable them to compete, win and thrive in a dynamic global marketplace.

About the author

Scott Francis, Technology Evangelist PFU America Inc.is responsible for leveraging over 30 years of document imaging expertise to promote Fujitsu’s industry-leading scanner technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the enterprise content management industry, he has demonstrated his leadership in digital transformation, sorting through the use cases and best of his practices for document scanning, in addition to the overall benefits of his solutions. Offered frequently.

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