October 4, 2013
How Can Mobility Help Push Manufacturing Intelligence Into a System?
Physically recording information into a database on a paper sheet can pose several difficulties. Paper, by nature, only is useful in certain environments. Whether it gets wet, tears, get smudgey, misinterpreted or whatever, with paper you are increasing the likelihood of mistakes. And that’s before you even use the data and then eventually, (gasp), store it. Manufacturing facilities are fast moving, volatile environments and at a certain point paper based system are just not sustainable.
Currently there is a great amount of attention around the benefits of extracting manufacturing intelligence from a database via mobile device. The benefits of data input are just as important, though. As the fishing scenario dictates, automation is a way of taking the hassle out of data recording.
When data is automated using a smartphone or tablet, someone such as a production manager or IT do not have to worry about storing sensitive production information. By doing away with a paper based system, issues related to data storage become alleviated. Storing data remotely through the cloud is the perfect way to ensure that it makes it from a field, boat or mountain into a secure setting.
The benefits of mobile data storage extend beyond immediate gains for a company, however. When a whole supply chain works together to automate data, information can be shared as needed across multiple vendors. Product information can be logged and shared so that there is no question about the integrity or accuracy of any part that is purchased and used.
Today’s smartphones and tablets are completely compatible to run the software necessary to accurately record manufacturing intelligence. Manufacturers can enter data from just about any location—meaning it is a convenient and cost effective solution for moving away from paper based recording systems.