Manufacturing Project Management

Manage Complex Processes and Products with Manufacturing Excellence

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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What Is Manufacturing Project Management?

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.

Why Is Manufacturing Project Management Important?

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:

  • Improved team flexibility: Project management practices clarify team roles, giving employees a better understanding of their responsibilities and more freedom to work within those roles.
  • More responsive risk management: Risk planning and response is a major part of manufacturing project management. Proper risk management can improve your delivery times and your company’s bottom line.
  • Lower error rates: Well-defined processes, team roles, and risk response plans all help to lower the frequency of errors that can disrupt production timelines and budgets.
  • Faster and more cost-effective processes: When planning, manufacturing, and delivery processes are well-defined, they can happen more quickly and with less overhead.

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.

Who Can Use Manufacturing Project Management?

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:

  • Critical paths: Calculating the critical path—the minimum amount of time needed to complete a production task—is an essential part of developing robust master schedules and delivery estimates.
  • Project life cycles: Project management provides a methodology for understanding project life cycles. This is particularly useful in manufacturing, where life cycles are clearly defined.
  • Team-based approaches: Well-defined teams and team roles can make responsibilities clearer and eventually improve efficiency and reduce management overhead.
  • Process execution, monitoring, and controlling: Standardized methodologies for executing and tracking the progress of production processes can save your company time and money.

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’s Manufacturing Project Management Solution

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:

  • Ease of implementation and use: Compared to major MES solutions, Manufacturing Excellence implements intuitive user interfaces and functions that your production engineers, directors, and line workers can quickly learn and put to use.
  • Improved tracking: Our solutions let you collect, track, and monitor inspections and process control more quickly than with traditional paper-based solutions, providing the insight that fuels popular project management methodologies.
  • Customizable system: Our powerful design customization features let you develop tailored solutions onsite rather than relying on potentially slow and expensive external developers.
  • Efficiency and automation: MasterControl can support your company’s digital transformation and smart manufacturing initiatives; our electronic, cloud-based solution supports paperless production processes and lets you streamline or automate time-consuming tasks.

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To find out more about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it simplifies manufacturing project management, please contact a MasterControl representative.