December 4, 2013
How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part 4
Optimizing your manufacturing facility’s automation processes is a bit like driving a standard transmission car. You start out slow, in first gear as you manually collect basic information. By the time you get to fourth gear, your process should be cruising along at about 40 mph. It’s a step that you have to master before you can get to fifth gear, which is manufacturing nirvana.
The fourth stage in the InfinityQS “Zen Guide to Manufacturing,” which is Enlightenment, requires a shift from improving your manufacturing process and turning into improving your business performance. It means that, by now, your facility should have stabilized its manufacturing process and should be focusing on the larger picture of your production. This larger picture involves aspects like automating your inventory levels, knowing delivery routes and times and gaining real-time visibility into whether or not a product is profiting. As InfinityQS explains in its ebook, this stage is all about identifying where your company can improve and maximize the ROI on its initial investment. This means taking the potential value of your improvements and quantifying them to meet your manufacturing goals.
One of the best parts about this stage of the manufacturing process is that it allows executives to compare manufacturing performance in real-time with the goals that were first established at the beginning when data was first manually collected. It provides a benchmark to work off of and improve upon further.
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