October 10, 2013
How Well Do You Know Your Supply Chain?
Your company manufactures frozen pizzas and purchases ingredients from independent vendors located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. You make the crust, but not the meat, spice, sauce or cheese which must be acquired and assembled into the frozen pies that are then shipped out to consumers.
What happens, though, when you receive the wrong kind of meat? Or if the cheese that is supposed to be sent to you arrives in block form, instead of shredded? If this happens on a large scale, and ten of your processing plants receive the wrong ingredients, your company risks slowing its operations dramatically.
A problem such as this must be solved in a timely fashion, and it requires that manufacturing executives work together. This is because the turnaround time in many facilities is extremely fast. The goal is to get food in and out as quickly as possible. Executives therefore need access to production data in real time.
Statistical process control software facilitates this process by aggregating data as it streams in from various sources throughout a manufacturing plant. When it comes time for an executive to make a call and work out the situation with a vendor, statistical evidence can be shared and both sides can work together to find out where the problem took place on the supply chain.
At the end of the day, process automation saves time and money for everyone involved on the supply chain. It takes the guessing game out of inventory, and lets you know exactly where every product is at all times. When problems do arise, the same data can be shared amongst all parties involved. This way, there is never any discrepancy between companies in relation to production figures.
For more information on how statistical process control software can provide you with increased supply chain visibility, please click here.