Your manufacturing facility is a single site operation as it produces goods out of one facility. It does not have the responsibility of looking after an entire supply chain, or shuttling data back and forth between individual plant locations. But you still want to make sure that you’re releasing the best possible product, and when it comes to quality control, there are still many things to consider.
Benefits of the cloud
One of the most pressing quality control questions facing plant managers has been whether or not to deploy manufacturing systems via the cloud. More and more, manufacturing facilities have minimal or outsourced IT resources to manage databases, networks and upgrades making the cloud attractive from a cost and management standpoint.
Even independent facilities often deploy a wide array of specialized machines, often acquired second hand and homegrown software. All of these devices need to communicate across departments and work together when transmitting data back and forth. The cloud can transform a single-site location into a cohesive unit, instead of one unit comprised of several smaller departments.
Taking a look at the hosted cloud
Plant management at the single-site manufacturing level also needs to consider data center operations when assessing the best way to store and transmit data. While many IT executives choose to harbor network infrastructure on premise, ultimately it is more efficient to use a hosted cloud provider that can manage data and ensure that everything that is stored is running on equipment that is optimized and up to date. This can also ensure that in the event of a disaster a company will stand no chance of losing mission critical information.
When it comes down to it, no operation is too big or too small for the cloud. Whether you choose to outsource your IT operations or not, the cloud can help achieve greater visibility into your manufacturing processes at the single-site manufacturing level.
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