4 Signs Your Discrete Manufacturing Company Needs an Advanced Solution

Nov 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM

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Discrete manufacturers by definition seek to run operations on a lean model - which can take some practice. For assistance with getting it all done, it could be time to invest into advanced discrete manufacturing resources.

Signs You Need Advanced Discrete Manufacturing

Here are a few signs that your manufacturing operation could benefit from integration with an advanced discrete manufacturing solution:

Lack of integration

Many discrete manufacturers have a mix and match of tools. When those tools they don’t integrate well, there could be room for greater efficiency. An Advanced discrete manufacturing solution offers manufacturers the opportunity to do more with leaner resources, which could mean fewer pieces to integrate and a better running system.

To get everything on the same page, it’s important to look at an advanced discrete manufacturing solution that integrates with existing tools and systems.

Ineffective monitoring

Knowing what’s happening is crucial for the success of any discrete manufacturer. If managers can’t visualize what is occurring within the operation real-time, it’s hard to know how to prioritize needs.

With advanced discrete manufacturing resource monitoring, manufacturers can know what’s happening, at any given time. This means they can take the required steps to correct personnel issues or increase on-hand materials to meet customer demand.

High inventory levels

Your inventory is a key performance indicator and without proper monitoring, you might watch your levels go up. Sure, for big orders or projects, the right amount of inventory is a requirement, but if you have too much when you don’t need it, it is a waste of space, resources and funds.

With advanced discrete manufacturing, you know what you have and what you need for any jobs in the pipeline.

Improper forecasting

Running a lean manufacturing operation takes some precision and knowing what’s coming on the horizon is critical. Improper forecasting can lead to wasted materials, overproduction, underproduction, personnel issues and more.

Advanced discrete manufacturing tools can improve forecasting. With this solution, knowing what you need to about customer demand and the capacity of your own resources is within your grasp. No hoping, wishing or guestimating you have what you need for the next project, you can plan what you need accordingly, which can help your bottom-line.

Advanced discrete manufacturing solutions gives manufacturers the tools they need to keep up and even exceed expectations of their customers. Could an ADM solution help improve your manufacturing processes?

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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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