Manufacturing

1. Using manufacturing recipes standardised for the company’s needs helps optimising work flows and reduces errors. This can lead to substantial savings in labour costs and decreased lead times.

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2. Integrated systems can provide up-to-date prices for materials guarding against miscalculations. This protects the bottom-line and saves on administrative costs.

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3. The software aiding the usage of different manufacturing recipe templates or the copying of those of other products saves on labour time and increases accuracy.

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4. Recipe-building features can add some automation, better oversight and improve controllability and can also help with the inclusion of subcomponents. This saves labour costs and increases accuracy. It also helps flexibility and readiness to respond to changing demands.

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5. The production recipe, coupled with a production scheduler being integrated into the system, helps purchasing or accounting have an up-to-date and precise picture of what needs their attention. It means savings in administrative costs, supports decision-making for management.

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6. In an integrated system, production requests could all be funnelled to the production scheduler. This saves on administrative costs, makes sure no request is ever missed and can save money on better optimised manufacturing schedules.

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7. An integrated system can support up-to-date forecasts for production capacity needs. A combination of running and expected sales orders, already-scheduled jobs can show the demand, or lack of it, for individual capacities, components, etc. Having information laid out in effective ways leads to better and quicker response decisions, saving money, for example on last-minute expensive manufacturing and needlessly high stock levels, less overtime, expediting, premium freight, and additional set-ups due to last-minute schedule changes.

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8. Integrating production into overall company ERP can provide up-to-date information about bill-of-materials for purchasing and required costs for accounting. This saves on administrative costs and helps avoiding expensive mistakes.

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9. The system can help you forecast the need for tools, outsourced capacity, reusable stock, etc. based on data available. This can save money on last-minute expensive purchasing and needlessly high stock levels.

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10. Good tools for scheduling can lead to better scheduling. This means  less panic, disruption, and chaos in the plant and in the office due to fewer last minute changes and surprises; more stable schedules; less expediting. The work environment means the company does not have to financially compensate for this, thus saving on labour costs.

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11. Worksheets can be generated from the system automatically, saving administrative cost and increasing precision.

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12. The system can provide job-specific job monitors based on the schedules, making it easier for staff and management alike to plan, control and monitor their shifts. Properly informed decisions save on wasted or ineffectively used time, therefore on labour costs. It also makes job logging and reporting easier, saving administrative costs.

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13. Work can be reported and logged in the system, informing financial controlling and management in detail of what is happening and can lead to a better understanding of costs. This can lead to more cost-effective operational tactics adding to the bottom line.

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14. The system can collect statistical data about production times on which norms can be set for operations and products. This can guide staff to higher efficiency, saving labour costs and machine times.

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15. An incentive system can be built and operated on the data the system collects and provides. This can guide staff to higher efficiency, saving labour costs and machine times.

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16. Scraps and reworks can be reported and followed in the system. This saves administrative costs and can also support waste management.

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17. Industry 4.0 data connections provide additional data into the system. This facilitates wider and more detailed insights and alerts for problems. Reduced response times can save waste, 

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18. Semi-finished products, parts can be tagged by barcodes, QR codes or RFIDs making it easier to follow and find them. This can save on labour costs and reduces stress and frustration.

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19. The system can also help to change ingrained, bad work habits and shop floor culture. By introducing step-by-step, new ways of scheduling and recording work can guide staff towards better practices. The improved efficiency adds to the bottom-line and also prepares the company for new challenges.

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20. The system can objectively reflect back to staff how the results of their work is assessed. This helps with the alignment of staff and management also taking some pressure off mid-management. The improved efficiency adds to the bottom line and also prepares the company for new challenges.

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21. The accumulated data in the system can shed light on problem areas and can also help in prioritising the most frequent and harmful ones. This helps coordinate and concentrate improvement efforts. The improved efficiency adds to the bottom line and also prepares the company for new challenges.

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22. Modelling production for different future scenarios can draw attention to possible pitfalls and success opportunities. This gives more time for the company to prepare and change, allowing for more cost-effective ways.
 

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Contents

Section 1

Department-specific benefits

Section 4

Change Management

Section 2

Restructuring benefits

Section 5

System related operational risks

Section 3

Modelling

Section 6

Interconnectedness
of systems

Section 7

Other system gains

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