By way of short recap, we recall that the first digital strategy, connect, is crucial because data-driven decisions spell market competence and profitability for today's manufacturer. Having the right data, right now, means fewer business risks.
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Let's dive into the second DX strategy. Workforce trends on a global scale reveal the urgency with which companies need to address issues related to MANAGE-ment. In manufacturing, this is particularly true because of the increasing complexity of processes and specificity of customer expectations. Manufacturers who are not managing
in their plant are going to find themselves unable to maintain industry relevance or market edge.
This Gartner article indicates that "67% of business leaders agreed that if their company did not become significantly more digitalized by 2020, it would no longer be competitive." The pressure is on and the stakes are high. Digital transformation in manufacturing is the new standard.
Once you've connected all the machines/materials, people, and processes in your manufacturing operation, you can use the data you're collecting to manage all the manufacturing variables.
With PlantStar 4.0 manufacturing execution system solutions from SYSCON, you get insight that helps you manage your materials costs. Our system tracks your inventory and materials usage across data subsets that matter to you -- one machine, all machines, last week, last quarter... any data you need is at your fingertips in real time.
How much of your materials cost is coming from scrap? Again, you can look at the data from all sources, or any subset, for any range of time that you need.
Additionally, identify the reasons for all that scrap, and use the data to make shop floor changes that reduce it. PlantStar 4.0 gives you at-a-glance visibility into machine statuses and conditions that may contribute to reject product.
Maybe your shop floor employees aren't hitting production goals. Find out why, by leveraging PlantStar system-wide track-and-trace with user attribution and event logs. Once you've identified the source of the inefficiency, use our software to remedy the situation:
- review production performance data per shift and/or per work order
- use the Job Summary screen to keep progress toward goals visible and available to machine operators
- leverage the flexibility of Setup Sheets to provide additional training, helpful reminders, or performance incentives.
Manage your own expectations of PlantStar 4.0 MES implementation by planning to iterate. A recent CNBC article on tips for successful digital transformation strategy points out that "everyone absorbs and retains information differently -- some are more visual, others learn by listening, and many require a hands-on style." Empowering your employees to succeed depends on your ability to manage their adoption of change.
Our system has both the capacity and flexibility to let you present opportunities and critical information to your employees in ways that are tailored to their skill level. You don't have to guess what they need or even rely on them to tell you. PlantStar 4.0 gives you the performance data to manage more effectively and more efficiently.
The article we mentioned above cites "communication breakdown" as the most common reason digital strategies fail. Global giants like Proctor & Gamble, Ford, and GE wasted $900 billion last year alone on failed innovations.
Don't let that be you!
Use PlantStar 4.0 MES data to help employees from your shop floor to your top floor understand what is happening, how they can improve, and what their targets are.
Overcome process obstacles by viewing data in real-time, not just after the fact.
Customize our system screens according to who is looking at them so you get the right data to the right people at the right time.
Drive change by securing buy-in from the bottom up with easy-to-use interfaces that eliminate steps AND data errors.
Know what's happening on your shop floor at any time, on any machine, with our browser-based manufacturing execution system solutions.
Make it a priority to partner with a digital technologies solution provider that has made a difference for decades for manufacturers just like you.
SYSCON PlantStar has been helping customers stay relevant by managing their materials, people, and processes since 1976.
Is your operation our next success story? CONNECT with us today, and we'll MANAGE the rest.