How Enterprise Asset Management Benefits Your Manufacturing Operation

Feb 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM

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Does this scenario sound familiar? Your lead times are up, costs are up and you don’t know what’s happening from one work center to the next. If it does, first, I understand – been there; done that. Now, I can tell you it’s not going to get any better unless you look at evolving your manufacturing assets and resources.

When I say evolve, I am referring to growing your infrastructure and improving your process efficiency with enterprise asset management. It may sound like a complex and, perhaps, uncertain option, but there are many many benefits. In fact, I’ll share with you some of the top benefits in this post.

Here are a few ways enterprise asset management can benefit your manufacturing operation:

How Enterprise Asset Management Benefits Manufacturing

  • Reduce downtime – Downtime is the bane of every manufacturers schedule. If there’s a problem, it needs a resolution and fast. With added downtime, your production schedule backs up and your projected profits go down. Now combine multiple work centers and you could have more than one issue, with possibly larger implications.With enterprise asset management, you can take a more proactive stance with each work center and the assets that lead up to your production schedule. This also helps your staff work more efficiently and achieve their goals by giving them the resources and information they need.

  • Streamline processes – I’ve spoken before about streamlining processes – it still is, after all, a subject I feel very strongly about! That’s because today’s manufacturing operation isn’t going to grow by sticking with outdated systems or processes – it needs to evolve. This means embracing streamlining and automation of critical practices.By integrating enterprise asset management into your manufacturing mix, you benefit as you move away from manual or repetitive processes with a more automated solution. Also, by staying up-to-date on your technology and organizational data, you know where everything is and what everyone is doing.

  • Gain insights– Running an effective manufacturing operation requires many technical, business and operational responsibilities. If your company wants to find where it can save funds or create more efficiency, it’s important to know what your cost of ownership is and how you can improve it.Again, enterprise asset management is an indispensable resource to gain insights into your manufacturing operations and know how your work centers perform, as well as what it will take to accomplish company goals. By utilizing this add-on with your existing Microsoft Dynamics AX system, you won’t have to guess at what will work – you’ll already know.

Today, it is vital to evolve beyond simple spreadsheets, worksheets and sketches to look at a total asset management system. With enterprise asset management, your manufacturing processes gain more efficiency, a proactive stance against downtime and insights for unleashing potential. This leads to growth, not only in your production schedule, but also in your profit margin.

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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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