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How can manufacturers optimise processes for maximum output?

A key challenge for modern manufacturers is learning how to achieve an optimised schedule that maximises output, minimises loss and uses available manufacturing resources in the most economical way possible.

The days of manually creating and updating production plans are long gone.

Manual processes such as excel spreadsheets or whiteboards can be difficult to manage and time consuming and plans are difficult to share with the team and often out of date as soon as they are produced. It is also difficult to achieve JIT (just in time) manufacturing and hard to analyse where process improvements can be made.

So, what’s the solution?

The simplest way to combat these manufacturing challenges is through the effective use of manufacturing technology. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Solution that includes features such as Advanced Planning and Scheduling functionalities will arm a manufacturer with the tools they need to be able to optimise their schedule.

A full MES solution includes all features a manufacturer needs to plan, track, automate, analyse and optimise. This means a manufacturer can have a detailed, accurate schedule which will outline how long it takes to produce an item, uncover any areas of loss, reveal where savings can be made and implement process improvements.

Without the ability to collect accurate data on your manufacturing resources, it’s extremely difficult to optimise your production schedule effectively. By using one solution for manufacturing data collection as well as advanced planning and scheduling a manufacturer gains visibility into their resources that can then be used to create the most effective schedule for production possible.

A manufacturer is able to analyse planned vs actual production numbers, know exactly the materials that are needed to be ordered to fulfil their production schedule and share all of this online.

A MES solution (such as LYNQ MES) integrates with a manufacturer’s ERP (such as SAP Business One) to achieve maximised output:

• Maximise loading of resources
• Provide the ability to achieve higher levels of order fulfilment
• Increase the utilisation of resources (employees/equipment)
• Increase the overall factory output through optimising manufacturing workflow, improving manufacturing processes and reducing lead times

Discover how implementing a MES solution can help digitalise and drive factory performance in your business. Contact the team today.

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