Manufacturing processes are complex, involving dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees, steps, and material requirements. Manufacturing project management provides a methodology for organizing these components in a way that can accelerate your production process. Strong project management—especially when supported by the right tools and software solutions—can increase team effectiveness and production accuracy while keeping deliveries on-time and on-budget.
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Project management refers to the body of knowledge, tools, and processes that are used to undertake projects in many industries. Manufacturing project management is a specific type of project management, one in which project management tools and processes have been adapted for the unique challenges faced by teams who are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects in manufacturing-based industries.
Manufacturing project management is most effective when the project manager and members of the project team have access to resources that streamline the production process, enhance regulatory and cGxP compliance, and provide managers with insight into the current state of production and inventory levels. For this reason, manufacturing project management makes use of operational tools like material resource planning (MRP) systems and MRP operations management principles.
Evidence shows that manufacturing project management can have a significant impact on the success of projects, particularly when supported by robust, integrated software solutions. For instance, surveys have discovered that applying project management principles leads to:
Manufacturing project management is particularly effective when these principles are applied consistently throughout your organization, a goal which is more easily reached with a comprehensive set of tools and techniques that can be used for projects in different divisions and business areas.
Project management methodologies are particularly important in manufacturing because complex production consists of interrelated processes that connect well with project management principles and concepts, such as:
Everyone involved in your company’s production process—your executives, engineers, and frontline workers—stands to benefit from a robust, software-supported approach to manufacturing project management. These approaches may be particularly beneficial for manufacturing directors, manufacturing supervisors, and other roles with oversight responsibility that spans large portions of the production process.
MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence solutions are the perfect complement to your company’s manufacturing project management methodologies. Our tightly-integrated solutions provide an easy-to-use interface that covers multiple areas of production, planning, and analysis. We also offer standalone components that integrate seamlessly with your existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions or manufacturing execution systems (MES). Major benefits include:
To find out more about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it simplifies manufacturing project management, please contact a MasterControl representative.