Advanced Discrete Manufacturing and Automation

Apr 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM

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More demand, more production, more chaos and other things that need managing add up to create the reality of today’s manufacturing professional. As you find yourself trying to keep everything together, you might want to consider increasing automation.

I’m not just talking about automating a few simple processes; I’m talking about embracing a strategy of automation. I see that’s where advanced discrete manufacturing is heading. Here just a few trends that seem to show the conversion to automation is accelerating:

3 Trends With Advanced Discrete Manufacturing and Automation

  1. Combining systems – As processes evolve and more emphasis is put on streamlining operations with advanced discrete manufacturing, it’s important to combine efforts, which includes our systems. Whether it’s ERP and PLM integration or other types of manufacturing infrastructure, getting all of our systems on one interface is now crucial.By combining IT assets, you’re not just getting a unified look into your operations, you’re cutting costs and automating tasks that could take much longer with a separate infrastructure.

  2. Quality management– Another automation trend is on the topic of quality. We all know how important quality is when it comes to manufacturing operations, but many companies lack a cohesive IT architecture to monitor quality from all aspects.Going forward, more firms will look at effective advanced discrete manufacturing with the addition of management software that handles quality over all areas, including engineering, procurement and other processes or departments.

  3. Industrial automation – With the move to automation, a growing trend is combining it into advanced discrete manufacturing best practices. By adding things like unified standards for IT and combining traditional IT solutions with multiple variations of automation, you get a whole different way to efficiently manage a manufacturing operation.

Growing into the next evolution of manufacturing, in my opinion, requires less manual interaction and more automation. Without it, many organizations will find themselves left behind and trying to catch up to those already automating many of their essential 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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