3 Ways Advanced Discrete Manufacturing Improves Inventory Controls

Apr 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM

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Knowing what’s in your inventory is critical to production, forecasting and maintaining steady growth in your manufacturing business. When it goes to the road of chaos or inaccurate statistics, you not only impact the inventory, you put the outcome of your business at risk.

Now, to really nail down your inventory management, many manufacturers incorporate advanced discrete manufacturing principles to keep things ship-shape. What do these do for your inventory? Consider these three main points of mixing ADM with your own inventory management practices.

Advanced Discrete Manufacturing and Inventory

  • Quality data– When it comes to data, there’s a saying, “Junk in; junk out.” If you have data that’s compromised or lacks quality, you will get abysmal results with your inventory management. It’s not just important to have an accurate look of your inventory; you need to have consistency and quality data. With advanced discrete manufacturing, you do more with less and this helps you consolidate your data into quality statics that never steer you wrong when it comes to your inventory and what it will do for your production schedule.

  • Communication – Sure, you’ve heard it many times before, but it’s true: communication is key to many things and that includes your inventory. That includes accuracy, data quality (from the above point) and how everyone in your organization stays informed. When you have an informed staff, you can take care of issues that come up, forecasting for the future or answering questions when it comes to your inventory. Again, advanced discrete manufacturing helps you consolidate your communication strategy and get more personnel on the same page with tight and precise communications. Then, you can get the right data to those who really need it.

  • Efficiency – Ok, so we’ve covered some key points, but to really manage inventory, you need some efficiency. Yes, it’s key and without it things go south, quickly! Again, with advanced discrete manufacturing, efficiency is built-in. With the ability to do more with less, you can more efficiently manage your inventory and your whole operation, which means more business and additions to your bottom-line.

Manufacturing is an evolving industry and for those not fully embracing change, they will most likely get left behind. That includes inventory management and how different things can impact it. When you bring in advanced discrete manufacturing practices, you get quality data, communication and efficiency to your inventory management.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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