That said, data collection software all too often remains divorced from other business systems. In contrast, a true intelligent shop floor integrates ERP software into the mix. As a result, manufacturers have a top-to-bottom view of the environment as it really is. Furthermore, real-time data from the shop floor to the back office means a single system of record.
That means if a client calls for a status update, the most up-to-date information is at your fingertips. With a few clicks, anyone with access can find out what projects are underway. If there are any problems on the line, you can see those too.
Another, far less efficient way to get much of this data involves handwritten reports. Such reports take time, use paper and are subject to all manner of human error.
An intelligent shop floor software product cuts out the middle man. Thus, freeing workers to do their jobs without taking time out to fill out endless reports. Eliminating manual data entry frees shop management to focus on just that—managing.