September 12, 2013
How Automation Makes Manufacturing Data More Reliable
Let’s face it: the manufacturing environment can be a chaotic place. It can be loud. It can be crowded. And it can be fast paced. For an employee, however, these issues must often be overcome to accurately record manufacturing intelligence. For an enterprise that still relies on workers as the end-all-be-all for manufacturing intelligence, this can be a big problem.
Think of all of the factors that have to go right, at all times, to produce an accurate manufacturing intelligence report. An employee may first have to record a number off of a screen. Then, perhaps that number has to be translated accurately onto a piece of paper. From there, that piece of paper is carried across the shop floor, potentially across traffic lanes and has to be transcribed into a software system. With each step the odds of making a mistake increase with every step.
When manufacturing processes are automated, however, the problem of accurate data entry is alleviated. When a product is scanned from a conveyor belt and transmitted directly into a database, there is no chance of human error. Facts are recorded accurately, and efficiently. Consistent manufacturing variation can be easily identified, which expedites the solution process. Rather than having to scan charts at the end of a day after it is too late to fix a problem, manufacturing issues can be shut down in real time with the use of a manufacturing quality control hub such as InfinityQS ProFicient.
Automation protects all parties involved in the supply chain, from the executive overseeing the process to the plant floor worker to the consumer who will ultimately use a product. Automation reduces the likelihood of recalls and places less pressure on workers to accurately report data as it streams in. This allows for workers to be used in more effective ways in a manufacturing facility than when they are placed on quality patrol.
Do you trust the data that you rely on to run your manufacturing plant? Learn more about how you can automate production processes with InfinityQS ProFicient software.