Manufacturing companies are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit, but with the continued uncertainty about what form of exit will take place, it is proving difficult to plan effectively. Yet smart companies are viewing the uncertainty surrounding Brexit as a time to invest in continuous improvement and business transformation activities.
Supply chain optimisation
With the changing world of work as its central theme, the TRACC & POMS Conference – held in Cape Town, South Africa in April – gave business leaders and CI practitioners the opportunity to explore the impact of Industry 4.0 on the business world. Read more about the key takeaways from the event, and the digital solutions that are helping leading organisations keep pace with disruptive change.
Supply chains have always been one of the key beneficiaries of digital progress. The advent of the internet, in particular, represented a massive turning point in how goods are moved, managed and monitored. In this blog, we explore the benefits that digitalisation, bolstered by the usage of new supply chain technologies, is bringing to the table.
Legacy systems traditionally used for warehouse management are inefficient in the modern era — even systems as little as five years old. So if you’re considering an upgrade or want to determine if your current WMS is still fit for purpose, look out for these five must-have qualities.
Much like we tend to believe that our driving skills are above average, managers tend to believe that their organisation’s process capabilities are better than average. This cognitive bias can be a dangerous illusion. To thrive in the future, organisations should instead challenge their perceptions through open process innovation.
Recently named one of Gartner’s Top 10 strategic technology trends, digital twin technology is poised to change the face of the manufacturing sector. It’ll have a significant impact on the way products are designed and maintained by making manufacturing processes more efficient and reducing throughput times.
There’s no single road map for a successful digital transformation. The path is different for every company and industry. However, there must be a concerted attempt to get employee buy-in from the start. It’s therefore imperative to have leaders with the right mindset and motivation to guide the digital transformation process.
Best-in-class organisations are recognising the importance of leveraging advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solutions by using them to augment their ERP and/or MES operational systems. Indeed, APS represents a revolution compared to traditional planning systems, most notably manufacturing resource planning (MRP).
In many manufacturing organisations, the EAM system (or CMMS) still exists separately from other business systems, and it’s not uncommon for different departments, such as production and maintenance, to maintain their own databases with job information. While it’s possible for manufacturers to function using disparate systems, this fragmented approach may impede downstream improvement efforts.
Over the years, organisations with legacy ERP systems have been trying to keep up with expanding global markets by continually updating and customising their on-premise systems. But, according to Gartner, these legacy systems – some as old as 20 years – are proving increasingly expensive to maintain and difficult to manage.