Top 5 Ways to Improve Manufacturing Business' Efficiency

Aug 22, 2019 9:48:17 AM


The manufacturing business is full of challenges regardless of whether you are into heavy equipment manufacture, mass-produce standard products, or into engineer-to-order products. It is, therefore, important to focus on improving the efficiency of your operations. In this article, we will look at the top five manufacturing software aspects that will help you stay efficient.

Using these solutions, you can manufacture innovative products, high-value, ETO, or complex products. Here is the list of production management solutions that you should focus on to meet production requirements:

  1. A connected cloud-based ERP solution: When you are in the business of manufacturing, you cannot afford to have different systems that operate in isolation to support your operations. Though these solutions may offer specialized support, your teams may find it difficult to retrieve and update information in different systems. When the solution you use can provide complete support for your requirements in a single environment, then you can see the results quickly. And when the solution is on cloud, deployment happens faster, functionalities are enabled, and you can save on resources for hardware and networking technologies. For cloud solutions, upgrades and integrations are also quicker and easier. Today, you have manufacturing solutions that can be easily deployed using configuration instead of coding for any gaps you may for the functionalities that are missing.
  2. Integrating manufacturing and engineering: As you know, ERP powers manufacturing and PLM (product lifecycle management) helps manage the engineering, design, and other technical aspects of the product. In many companies, PLM is not integrated with ERP and this can lead to manual updates, rework, lack of shared data, and thereby losses. When you have changes requested by the customers and have been updated in PLM but not to the ERP or vice versa, there would be a gap in the product specifications leading to a cascading effect. Procurement would not be aware of the material requirements and there would be plenty of rework.
  1. Mobility enabled solutions: The whole world is on mobile, which is making distances seem like nothing. Imagine if you can replicate the same ease, immediacy, and convenience to your work bringing together production shop floors, warehouses, branch and main offices, and more together. The field staff would find it easy to access the solution and update details while on the move. There would be little lag in the way updates are followed up and acted upon. Today, technology has enabled functionality without compromising on security or convenience. The transformative effect that mobility can bring to your operations can be far-reaching and profound.
  1. Functionality quote prices: In manufacturing, one of the most important aspects is the ability to configure the requirement that a client has, price it correctly and send the quote. The product configuration has to be viable and all the aspects need to be checked before you can rate it and share the quote. When you follow this process manually, there is a chance for errors occurring, some details being missed, and a lot of rework. With configure-price-quote (CPQ) functionality, you can move from the initial talks to the quote level, which can be converted to the engineering and manufacturing bill of materials (BOM). The CPQ feature will ensure that production and design can work in tandem and that any changes are duly noted and updated. 
  1. Managing assets and maintaining them: In a manufacturing setup, it is essential to ensure that your equipment in good shape. Which means, efficient management of the asset usage, scheduling downtime, and stocking enough spares. Asset management capabilities should be part of your solution. This feature will enable you to gather data and process them even from customer premises. You can analyze the data to look at deviations, monitor performance levels, quality issues if any, and all other aspects. These insights will enable you to move from reactive maintenance to proactive and predictive maintenance to help reduce the downtime.

The way forward to ensure that your manufacturing unit performs at maximum efficiency is by ramping up the productivity with these five features.

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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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