August 28, 2013
Re-defining 'Made in China'-Part Two
Over the past century, China has emerged as a global powerhouse in manufacturing. It is for this reason that the term “made in China” appears on so many imported products. In fact, 70 percent of the world’s umbrellas are made in China. The country produces 60 percent of the world’s buttons. And it produces 72 percent of U.S. shoes.
However, just because the term “made in China” has become ubiquitous with many products across the world, it does not necessarily mean that the products are of sound quality. China is still technically a developing country. And issues such as a lack of IT infrastructure and a lack of visibility as to the origins of a product have created a pressing need for manufacturing quality control.
Ironically, the lack of IT infrastructure in China could actually work heavily to the country’s advantage when addressing just how to go about a manufacturing quality control overhaul. Since many facilities lack the necessary equipment to harbor internal quality control equipment, executives are looking for different ways of implementing the necessary technology and are looking toward cloud technologies as a viable solution.
Cloud-based statistical process control software can offer a manufacturing facility all of the benefits of a centralized, server based system. It generally carries a lower total cost of ownership and does not require heavy up front capital expenditures. Cloud technology is general easier to implement and accessible through mobile devices, which plays perfectly into the fact that China currently has about 1.104 billion mobile users. Moreover, China is currently one of the top three countries in the world encouraging BYOD (bring your own device) in the workplace—which 56 percent of IT executives claim has changed their company’s IT culture. Personal devices such as smartphones and tablets, in other words, are fully capable of performing functions related to the use of remote based statistical process control software.
Currently, China is losing many American companies who once housed plants there due to lower manufacturing costs. Statistical process control software is the tool that can help Chinese manufacturing companies regain their footing as a production powerhouse.