To help simplify managing complex manufacturing operations and production processes, companies employ some form of enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, manufacturing execution system (MES), or product lifecycle management (PLM) software. These systems can be useful for integrating multiple business units and streamlining operations by automating manual tasks. A core feature of resource and manufacturing management software is a centralized database. This allows all business units to easily collaborate by having immediate access to the same relevant, up-to-date data.
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Implementing a software solution for managing resource and manufacturing processes can be complex. However, you can eliminate a lot of the guesswork by first developing an enterprise resource program that outlines the processes and tasks that would most benefit from automation technology. This enables you to choose a solution and implementation strategy that is more suited to your company based on your industry, priorities, challenges, and operating style.
The following are organizational processes you may want to consider when you set up your enterprise resource program:
Human Resources – Employees are your company’s most valuable resource for achieving growth and success. It’s important to ensure that your employees are sufficiently trained for their job responsibilities. Also, managing your production units economically relies on your ability to tightly align your workforce with your production cycles and timelines.
Manufacturing Planning – A common challenge with production is experiencing equipment malfunctions or scheduled maintenance during peak production times. Costly supply chain delays can be kept to a minimum with proper planning. Make sure equipment maintenance schedules and production planning are a coordinated effort to reduce downtime due to scheduled or unplanned equipment maintenance. In the event of an equipment malfunction, having accurate data on maintenance history and parts replacement is valuable for making critical and timely service and repair decisions.
Supplier Management – Procuring raw materials often involves using external suppliers. This requires a high level of oversight and coordination to ensure your vendor activities and materials adhere to your company’s production schedules and quality standards. It is recommended that your enterprise resource program has a structured vendor management process that includes an up-to-date approved vendor list, a scorecard for each vendor, and a way to facilitate corrective action requests.
Work in Progress (WIP) – The ability to monitor, track, and record critical production data and activities is extremely valuable for setting up production schedules and eliminating errors. An important function of a manufacturing management solution is the ability to generate, store, and distribute documents such as batch records and device history records (DHRs).
Document Collaboration – Routing documents through all stakeholders for approval can cause delays in already tight production schedules. The ability for stakeholders to simultaneously review and collaborate on data, reports, and other documents from a single interface can eliminate costly operational bottlenecks.
Return on Investment (ROI) – Developing an enterprise resource program can help you define key performance indicators (KPIs) for measuring the cost benefits, operational efficiency, and improvements in manufacturing performance from implementing automated technology.
Using manual processes to oversee multiple manufacturing units is no longer sufficient or cost effective. Technology continues to move fast, which heightens customer expectations for quality products and faster turnaround times.
MasterControl’s Manufacturing Excellence Solution provides new levels of digital process automation that addresses gaps in manufacturing execution systems (MES), manufacturing operations management (MOM), product lifecycle management (PLM), paper, and home grown systems.
You can build and manage your entire enterprise resource program with the features and functionality of MasterControl’s Manufacturing Excellence Solution. Gain a holistic view of all business units in your enterprise for more effective communication, collaboration, production planning, and inventory and supplier management. Collect and share relevant data in real time, which fosters consistency across all organizational business units.
In addition to collecting and sharing data, the collected data includes the detailed metadata necessary for tracking critical information, such as data owners, change histories, and time stamps. Using MasterControl’s Manufacturing Excellence Solution, your organization can benefit from operational efficiency, predictive analytics, more informed decision-making, and reduced operating costs.
To learn more about MasterControl’s Manufacturing Excellence Solution, contact a MasterControl representative.