It’s no secret that technology is a heavy focus for today’s manufacturers. Unfortunately, many manufacturers often focus on technology as an end, when in reality, technology is a means to achieving better business outcomes.
In order to improve productivity growth, it is critical that manufacturers strategically adopt factory-wide technology that actively promotes workforce efficiency. But which technology is worth the investment? To find out, let’s examine the top productivity pain points manufacturers are experiencing today.
More advanced technology equals higher workforce productivity—this is the simple equation that drives enterprise strategy for many manufacturing leaders. But technology and productivity do not always increase in direct correlation with one another. Instead, it is only by strategically investing in the right technology solutions that manufacturers can ensure effective productivity gains for their workforce.
As the next wave of flexible, more efficient, and more affordable factory automation options hits the market, the use of Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) robots for lean manufacturing on the shop floor is becoming more common. Business leaders looking to stay on top are investing heavily in next generation technologies, combining the use of robots with their Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) & Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to reduce costs, increase throughput, improve worker safety, and enable complete traceability.
In this blog post, we cover highlights from a recent webinar with Aegis Software and Vecna Robotics: Breaking Down Islands for Lean Manufacturing. Read on to find out how leading manufacturers are creating a truly adaptive and totally visible factory with AGV, MES systems and WMS together with lean manufacturing principles.
Even for industry-leading manufacturers, making the move from manual processes towards a “digital transformation” is not without its challenges. One of the biggest hurdles is deciphering what YOUR organization’s Industry 4.0 journey looks like, unique to your own industry, customers, and manufacturing blueprint. Ultimately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method for embarking on the Industry 4.0 journey, but there ARE a few common in-roads to achieve sustained success.
In this blog post we’ll cover four potential starting points to jump start your efforts. Keep in mind that each of these key elements of digital innovation—IIoT connectivity, smart applications, and advanced analytics—will eventually play a critical role in your factory. Regardless of where you choose to begin, this framework is meant to create an architecture into which you can implement small projects.
Today’s shop floor is a highly-complex, continually-shifting environment. A recent study by Aberdeen Group polled today’s best-in-class manufacturers and found that the top reported pressures of modern manufacturing include:
• Differentiation while still improving quality (39%)
• The flexibly to respond to business demands (36%)
• Compliance with current and future industry regulations (27%)
While an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can solve challenges in areas such as capacity planning, inventory management, and business financials, today’s manufacturing environment requires much more than an ERP system alone — more flexibility, more data, and more connectivity.
With companies like Microsoft promoting their HoloLens for design and manufacturing environments, Augmented Reality (AR) is finding its way into today’s factory, promising value through increased visibility. But what AR concepts are already being applied today, delivering measurable value for the operator, the manufacturer, and the end customer?
Every aerospace manufacturing organization needs a quality system. The differentiator is how readily one can react to a non-conformance and how frequently report their quality metrics. In absence of MES, reporting is purely historical and is often available too late to take action on its findings. MES enables non-conformances to be addressed in the present and minimize their potential impact.
At Atrenne Integrated Solutions, customers include some major Aerospace and Defense companies, requiring the utmost quality control and production efficiency. On the factory floor, an integrated MES system provides a form of “manufacturing intelligence” to drive Digital Transformation. Operators use Aegis’ FactoryLogix MES for real-time visibility into production, allowing them to streamline processes and ensure quality.
Manufacturers like you face critical demands to maintain regulatory compliance while also driving value for your customers. Moving from a manual tracking system to an automated MES provides complete quality control plus the flexibility for you to respond to changes in real time.
But what if your operation isn’t quite ready for an entire enterprise-wide MES system?
One manufacturer who faced this exact challenge is K2 Energy, a leading supplier of lithium-ion battery modules.