Just as there are many strategies for growing a business, there are many obstacles that can stand between a manufacturing enterprise and its increased profitability.
Business growth depends on successful decision-making by those responsible for meeting the company's goals. What makes good decisions possible?
Perhaps smaller companies can get by on management intuition or hunches. But to scale upward and expand capacity or add verticals requires something much more concrete and less open to bias.
Right Data, Right Now?
Let's say you're a large injection molding outfit looking to expand into new markets. You've always relied on end-of-shift pencil-pushing to know whether and where you need to provide additional training or motivation to meet your production deadlines. Over the years, you've iterated an employee development program for your operators that you're rightfully proud of: you've seen steady improvements in the efficiency of your production lines as a result. In fact, if your numbers are correct, you've improved your company's OEE from 68% to 83% year-over-year since 20xx. You're ready to tackle the Next Big Thing.
As part of your long-term growth strategy, you implement a manufacturing execution system (MES) solution to help your operation prepare to scale. But in the first six months after install and commissioning, you're routinely sitting at a plant OEE of no higher than 65%. You know that's not right - you've crunched the numbers.
Did you buy a bad system?
Data Doesn't Lie.
This was actually the experience of one of our customers. They had relied on outdated and inaccurately obtained data to calculate their overall equipment effectiveness and grossly misrepresented their readiness to tackle a new market.
However, thanks to refined training and the concrete proof of concept provided by our MES experts, they were able to utilize our PlantStar system to get their ops to a level of efficiency that warranted their pursuit of that new market.
Clarity. Visibility. Now.
Don't leave your high-level strategy subject to the risk of human error. Get real-time data on all your shop-floor variables and make better decisions now, confident that you have a true picture of your production capacity.
With PlantStar 4.0 MES, you get at-a-glance, real-time dashboards for immediate insight into concerns or as-desired productivity, plus customizable alerts that prevent costly down-time or materials waste before your machines go out of spec.
Digital transformation is the key to future manufacturing success. Don't get left behind with manual data. Contact us today to see how PlantStar can make a difference for you!