Why streamlined manufacturing is about so much more than just making more stuff for less
It’s easy to assume that a company who have been making the same components for decades, using the same machinery and the same staff have created a streamlined process simply through their years of experience. Whilst there may be some value in familiarity, the mere fact a particular operation has been performed over and over again does not guarantee that all the unnecessary costs and inefficiencies have been identified and removed, and there is therefore undoubtedly room for improvement – i.e. streamlining the process from beginning to end.
So, how exactly do we streamline within the manufacturing sector?
Essentially through the utlilisation of technology – in this case mobile computing and automated data collection – to increase overall efficiency and work smarter.
In doing this, the main benefits to be gained are: –
- Reducing waste (in product, time and man hours)
- Improving quality
- Increasing productivity
- Maximising profitability
How can PLM Global help with streamlining in manufacturing?
At PLM Global we specialise in the supply, repair and maintenance of hand-held capture devices, mobile print and EPoS hardware. This means that we can provide the very best Mobile Enterprise Solution for your business, regardless of the products being manufactured or the processes being undertaken.
From order receipt through to dispatch of goods, we consider every individual area where improvements can be made through the application of technology, ensuring that your business can achieve real benefits by: –
By ensuring that there are sufficient raw materials in stock for the process, and that individual items are not being over-stocked, tying up valuable funds and potentially going to waste over time. Also, through analysis of accurately gathered data, identifying any areas within production where excess is being scrapped unnecessarily.
By facilitating automatic quality checks throughout the process, picking up any potential faults at the earliest possible opportunity and avoiding the risk of any goods leaving with defects (receipt of which could result in a real decrease in future customer confidence). In addition, the electronic capture of data significantly decreases, or even eliminates, manual errors.
In improving communication and transfer of information between various teams, everyone is kept up to date throughout the process and can anticipate what and who is needed when. Time- consuming manual input of information is replaced by instantaneous data capture, freeing up staff for more productive tasks and, in addition, co-ordination of equipment maintenance minimises unproductive downtime.
The application of Mobile Enterprise Solutions such as those offered by PLM Global can streamline the entire manufacturing process from goods receipt to product despatch – and every area in between. Through the speeding up of individual processes, improvements in accuracy and introduction of reliable consistency, businesses can save both time and money, and can ultimately see a significant increase in profitability.
If you would like to learn more about how PLM Global could help you streamline your production, simply beginning with mobile data capture, then get in touch and a member of our team can start you on your own Mobile Enterprise journey.