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Connected Manufacturing

What are the benefits of connected marketing? How can you determine the optimum system for your manufacturing business which will help you make informed decisions with confidence? 

Why connected manufacturing?

There was a time when products were standardized and demands were more reliable and predictable. Efficiency and quality were the only two driving factors for market leadership.

However, things have changed drastically over the past few decades. There are many options available in the market. With so many options out there, the ability for consumers to decide has been stunted. As options keep changing, so do the demands and the consumer choices. All of this has made demand more varied which has resulted in shorter product cycles and the need to deliver products to market faster.

Quality and efficiency are no longer the only criteria to rule the market. One must also be careful to implement agility, customization, and speedy response times.

Many manufacturing trends such as industrial automation and technological advancements like cloud computing and mobility are responsible for driving this change.

What does connected manufacturing look like?

Connected manufacturing creates a digital support system for your business. Creating a connection between people, processes, and supply chains will give you the control to ensure you have end-to-end visibility. Warehouse automation will now give you real-time insight and deliver optimized utilization of resources. The use of embedded, predictive and prescriptive analysis permits you to make more informed decisions and prepares you for future changes.

When it comes to connected manufacturing, keep in mind the following factors:

• Plan your strategy
• Control your plant operations
• Connect your business
• Unlock your People potential and
• Transform your business and

Making an informed decision

After considering the above factors, ask yourself one important question: “Can connected manufacturing and the system that supports it empower me and my team with the right information, at the right time, in the right format to make informed decisions?”

The answer should be “yes.”

No matter who is interacting with the system, the individual should be able to make an informed decision that is suitable to their level of work from strategy, to planning, to execution. The system should be an asset and enhance your ability to make decisions. Additionally, it should be able to provide you with the following:

• Interactive screens and messages for corrective user actions.
• Programmable alerts for quicker response times.
• Automated processes for streamlined operations.
• Exception handling and escalations for unplanned business situations.
• Compliant processes required by your customers or industry.

Choosing your manufacturing strategy and process

Your manufacturing strategy and process will depend on several factors including products, key markets you serve, your place in the value chain and your expertise. The system you configure should be relevant to your strategies and processes. If this system is not accommodating to your needs, you may consider subcontracting some of your work or add a new cloud application which could save time and money while boosting quality.

If you want to know more about why connected manufacturing matters and how to ensure an optimum system for your business, click the link below to view the whitepaper with more information.