5 Ways to Enhance Efficiency, Productivity and Performance in Manufacturing

Digitalized production with an operations management platform delivers considerable benefits to manufacturers, whether it's through streamlining workflows, minimizing downtime, lowering costs, or increasing output. However, knowing which solution best fits your operations and leveraging its full potential is a significant challenge. With years of experience from implementing manufacturing operations management solutions, our experts can help you define your needs, identify the optimal solution, and get it up and running for fast ROI and long-term improvements.

Here are 5 ways we have helped manufacturers.

1. Lowering costs and minimizing wastage

Effective resource management is key to value-driven manufacturing. However, this relies on end-to-end visibility of the production process. A digital operations management solution can help provide timely and relevant information, presenting it in intuitive dashboards that highlight the correlation between everything from resource utilization and production schedules, through to inventory levels. Based on this, you can enhance planning, sourcing, and allocation of materials, equipment, and staff. As a result, wastage is minimized - an important contributor to lowering environmental impact - costs are reduced, and production is streamlined.

 2. Improving quality and saving costs

Effective quality control delivers cost savings in the form of fewer defects and returns. The right quality control can track your quality metrics, detect defects at an early stage in the production cycle, and alert operators to take appropriate action. This early identification allows for a proactive approach in which problematic raw material batches can be analyzed, rectified, or replaced before being entered into production. This can significantly minimize the costs associated with producing faulty goods, including reworking, returns, and damage to reputation.

3. enhancing workflow automation

Automation is essential to minimize errors and save on resources. A digital manufacturing operations management solution can automate data collection from diverse systems and operations and schedule production in line with stock deliveries and maintenance requirements. You can think of it as a touch point between machines, systems, and staff, seamlessly interacting, informing, and supporting them to be more productive while ensuring consistency throughout the production processes.

4. improving decision making

Leveraging the data collected from diverse systems and operations is vital to gain a competitive advantage. The right solution will do the heavy-lifting for you by filtering and analyzing the data and providing actionable insights. By identifying trends, patterns, and areas for improvement, you can make informed decisions to enhance efficiency and productivity. However, to do this effectively, you must have the optimal system and the right implementation to collect, aggregate, and analyze valid data sets.

5. continuous improvement 

Investing in the right solution can deliver quick wins in production, but it's over the long-term you will see the most significant gains as the solution learns processes and can evaluate real-time data against benchmarks. Digital operations management solutions can continuously help you refine and optimize processes and generate data-driven improvement initiatives using performance analysis and benchmarking tools. Additionally, as staff become familiar with the implementation and the insights, we have noticed an increased interest in using the system across departments. And with a broader user base come more improvements.

Get started or catching up

If you are looking to improve your production process by leveraging data and haven't implemented a digital operations management solution in production yet, or if your current solution isn't delivering the results you hoped for, we can help. Contact us today to find out more.

Article author

Linn Fransson, Consultant at Plantvision AB Linn Fransson, Consultant at Plantvision AB
Linn Fransson
Consultant Manager Supply Chain and Production

Article author

Linn Fransson, Consultant at Plantvision AB Linn Fransson, Consultant at Plantvision AB
Linn Fransson
Consultant Manager Supply Chain and Production

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