The world has drastically changed for discrete manufacturing, and only now are many organisations realising that they haven’t driven sufficient innovation in their supply chains to respond to these challenges.
Darren Hardman, president of Avanade Europe, explores a trio of still-developing technologies with the most potential to help manufacturing operations achieve greater operational efficiency, and then considers how to boost their individual power even more by integrating them into a truly intelligent enterprise.
The UK manufacturing sector continues to grow, even in uncertain times around Brexit. It is currently the ninth largest globally and contributes to a huge 44% of the UK exports. Rapid growth has resulted in successes and struggles, bringing about concerns faced by few other industries as a whole.
Fives Landis Ltd, a UK-based grinding machines manufacturer, needed a dynamic document management system that gave remote sales teams total access to the information they needed to serve their customers.
To significantly reduce its design-to-manufacture time, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), the British manufacturer of the recently launched elite supercar Mono R, turned to Stratasys and its FDM 3D printing
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) provides trading partners with automatic, standardised business document exchange. To process documents, the data needs to be converted to and from different EDI formats, very often modified to partners business needs.
Manufacturing is adopting and adapting to new technology, but sometimes businesses can end up chasing their tail in proving the business case for the latest kit. Utilising the cloud and edge computing can maximise a manufacturer's data, operations and productivity, but the element of risk still weighs on decision-makers minds.