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Resolutions for Manufacturing Operations in 2020

Personal resolutions help individuals identify areas to focus on in the New Year. When it comes to manufacturing operations, resolutions need more planning and work. But, they are no less important and can lead to an even more successful 2020.
Optimize Organizational Capabilities
Manufacturing operations are enhanced or hindered based on the capabilities of their workforce. According to Forbes, optimizing your organizational capabilities through your workforce is vital to your 2020 success.
Workers often come with distinct skill sets that help them excel at one or two specific tasks. Yet, the workforce of the future needs to be multi-faceted. This is particularly true of those in key leadership roles.
For many manufacturers, machinery shoulders the bulk of the production and assembly. But, human hands are still part of even the most modern of manufacturing processes.
This is true whether this comes in the form of machine operations or business operations. Thus, hiring employees with diverse skill sets can help boost production, improve processes, and mitigate issues.
Invest in Process Improvement
One of the best ways to stay on top of process improvements comes from eliminating data silos. Silos occur when there’ a lack of communication between departments, software, or databases.
The breakdown in communications creates missing or outdated information. This can impact your manufacturing operation’s ability to recognize issues, avoid delays, and more.
For example, many manufacturers rely on the use of three primary data systems:
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
While each system stores a wealth of valuable information, they may not share information between them. As a result, your team may need to spend time compiling data from each system separately. Then, they need to compare and analyze the reports to identify areas where the data doesn’t match.
By eliminating the data silos you can streamline your processes and increase productivity. And investing in the right software can merge the information held within all three solutions.
In fact, investing in systems integration services can ensure data sharing between ERP, MES, PLM, and other databases. Thus reducing the likelihood of data gaps, missed improvement opportunities, and process impediments.
Consider Smart Manufacturing
Smart manufacturing, often referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), relies on real-time status updates from integrated machines and software. Connected systems can keep you informed of the most up-to-date information available.
Smart manufacturing helps reduce costs, organize machine availability, prevent unnecessary downtime and more. This type of insight can help manufacturers monitor their equipment and labor. As a result, they can better predict issues before they become problems.
Streamline with Radley
The experts at Radley understand the importance of identifying potential process improvements . As we head into 2020, spotting opportunities for improvement and enhanced communications can help ensure the New Year is a successful one for your manufacturing operation.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Radley can help you achieve even more success in 2020, request a consultation today.
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