Making manufacturing more flexible while also controlling costs can feel like being dropped in a maze with a hidden exit and no connecting paths.
Too often, it’s up to manufacturing leadership to resolve conflicting business objectives that collide on the factory floor.
Support product innovation – but without new equipment or adding staff. Reduce energy consumption – but increase overall throughput. Keep inventory levels low – but ensure 100% fulfillment…
What if there was a roadmap showing how to harness factory data that could help solve multiple problems at the same time?
What if you could give your team the levers of control they need to win back the time and space to focus on the big picture?
Traditional investment approaches to automation have delivered gains at a machine or process level, with manufacturers being content to reap immediate gains relative to legacy equipment capabilities.
Similarly, investments in point solutions aimed at functions like quality management, work order tracking and compliance have each stood as valuable in their own right.
But as external factors and deliberate business choices create more demands on your factories, these isolated technologies may not be able to flex or extend to meet new demands.
But thinking of them as part of a more connected factory systems landscape may put you in a position to capture fresh rewards for the different stakeholders in your operation.
Over more than 20 years delivering automation and production management solutions, Novotek and key partner GE Digital have found that firms with best-in-class performance in areas such as on-time delivery, right-first-time quality, and capacity utilisation have all had similar experiences in the way they developed their performance improvement programs.
There are common steps in each of their journeys that show how they supplemented existing automation and systems with staged investments in new technologies to give them key capabilities in performance analysis, production execution and supply chain coordination.
Their experience can be put to work for your benefit – illustrating how they tackled challenges like yours, and how the choices they made helped balance their competing priorities.
We invite you to download our paper – Production Is Evolving, where we share ideas gleaned from customers who have succeeded in harnessing the data generated from their daily operations to achieve results like:
- 15% improvements in first-pass quality
- 10% capacity recovery
- 30% inventory reductions