Gartner – “Software is altering how manufacturers innovate and execute.” “Software solutions must enable growth but not disrupt existing processes to prove their value. For manufacturers, they must align IT with operational technology and enable flexible product architectures and agile manufacturing to succeed.”
Manufacturers’ focus on equipment alone to advance shop floor production capability and capacity is rapidly diminishing. The realization that technology, not equipment, is the key to greatly improving quality, efficiency and predictability at all levels of an organization has taken the front seat.
Manufacturing is undergoing a transformation. The availability of new technology that is simple, flexible, adaptable to unique situations and affordable is more prevalent now than ever before.
The real question then is how to successfully introduce technology to the production process? Many companies believe that since their production processes are unique, they need a custom software solution tailored to match those processes and manage shop floor operations. This belief has caused companies to spend millions of dollars on technology solutions that are obsolete within the first few years of introduction.
Software now exists to manage production operations within an adaptable product architecture without the need for custom solutions. These software solutions also provide the user with the ability to enhance and configure the product to meet local needs without vendor services. Manufacturers gain more control over the technology and have the ability to synchronize processes, streamline operations and match process changes when they need capabilities. The end result is a sustainable software solution that evolves and changes with manufacturer’s requirements and will not become obsolete over time.
Adaptable and sustainable software solutions are now in the manufacturing sweet spot. They allow manufacturers to act with precision, accuracy and speed to produce a higher quality product than ever before. The IT organization becomes more responsive to operations by gaining control of the technology, without being “held hostage” by the software supplier and the supplier’s schedule.
The manufacturing industry is changing, is your company keeping pace?