Plastic is still the most used material in the world but a different revolution is on the horizon. A revolution affecting all sectors of manufacturing, not just plastics. A revolution that you can’t possibly fail to have heard of. Yet like so many, may not fully understand how it will affect their industry.
There is now a way for manufacturers to overcome these hurdles and become more efficient and competitive. SYSPRO’s new MOM solution provides a real-time link between the shop floor, the core ERP system and a business’ management. By improving visibility of the shop floor through employee and machine tracking, MOM equips customers with invaluable information so they can plan more accurately, reduce lead times and loss and maximise the ‘up time’ of machines.
Not all waste is physical and according to lean manufacturing theory, there are seven types of it. Any action that the customer wouldn’t be willing to pay for is “muda” or waste to the proponents of lean manufacturing, so keeping these actions to a minimum forms the basis of lean. Although initially designed for “just in case” rather than “just in time”, manufacturing management software such as ERP can be an effective way of reducing waste in these seven areas.
Implementing ERP is never going to be a walk in the park, even the smoothest of implementations aren’t without some turbulence. Supply chains are increasingly complex, refined and subsequently, fragile, so to prise an ERP implementation into a business without disruption is short of a miracle. But that’s not an excuse for failure. There are several reasons why an implementation may not go to plan, many of them intertwined, here’s our take on what they are and how to keep stress to the minimum.
ERP systems can be complicated. Let’s not pretend otherwise. But just as we don’t need to know the inner workings of the internal combustion engine to be capable of driving a car, we also don’t need to know the complexities of SQL or C# coding to use ERP. Although the additional knowledge certainly won't go a miss, what really matters is that it works and that you can use it well!
Globally our SYSPRO experts spend a lot of time in customers’ businesses trying to identify barriers to increased productivity and business growth. Time and time again we come across businesses that, despite having invested heavily in technology and having ERP systems such as SYSPRO ERP in place, remain heavily reliant on vast Excel ecosystems.
Digital technologies are transforming the way UK manufacturing supply chains function and while some manufacturers may still be trying to determine how best to prepare for these developments, others are already one step ahead, reviewing their business processes and identifying where investment in business automation and integration could deliver the greatest benefits.
The quick answer would, unfortunately, be another question: “How big is your business?” One vague question leading to another. Although both are valid questions, they are only the starting point. Manufacturing firms of all sizes are beginning to seek the flexibility of the cloud so, to answer the question fully, more than just the size of your business needs to be taken into consideration
Times are tough for UK manufacturers with trends towards robotisation, automation and mass customisation placing increasing pressure on them to up their game. Coupled with this is the pressure from OEMs to meet ever more challenging KPIs relating to production turnaround times, quality standards or compliance.