Connected Mobility in Manufacturing
For years, our global economy has been reliant on traditional industries for the production of goods and services. The conservative nature of these traditional industries has allowed them to remain unchanged largely. However, pressure to reduce costs and improve profit margins has compelled manufacturers to make strategic moves in pursuit of reducing overall costs.
With the growth of mobile adoption, and more employees bringing smartphones to the workplace, it is becoming easier to work offsite and ensure that everything is running as planned. The fast growth of mobile connections is already influencing production. Each year brings with it different trends, behaviors and nuances in the market, demanding manufacturers to make an ongoing quest to innovate, drive efficiencies and enhance agility to adjust to these market trends.
Handheld devices are quickly replacing paper-based processes with electronic workflows. Intelligent mobility solutions are becoming a fast favorite for manufacturers looking to derive long-term benefits and to gain a competitive advantage without spending too much.
The use of mobile devices and applications has removed traditional restrictions that required manufacturing professionals to be on-site or near hardwired computing devices to access performance and other production-related information.
It is becoming increasingly important to optimize the value of corporate information by making it accessible wherever teams are, and to be done through connected devices. Through investing in mobile technology, manufacturers can remain competitive, crafting more informed, capable workers on the shop floor.
Mobile data helps management too; the ability to consult a tablet or device to see the status of jobs, access customer or order documents or even check the maintenance schedules, boosts productivity and efficiency. The ability to quickly update the status of a project or discuss it in real time without having to break to meet is a productivity booster.
Empowering the mobile worker and improve outcomes
Handheld devices such as phones, computers and scanners can help you to instantly communicate, capture data and access critical information, wherever you are. Through mobility, you can engage smarter customers who are looking to new technologies to provide status updates of when their goods will arrive or how far they are in the production lines. Mobility enables better production processes, improved quality and better collaboration in the workflow, yielding real returns on investment.
Next Generation Mobility in Manufacturing
Various trends have gained traction in the market and mobile and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solution has proven to be a great support for businesses.
Numerous challenges to adopting data-driven technology persist despite declining prices for both software and hardware. To exploit mobile technology, wireless infrastructure and connections to back-end systems must exist. Manufacturers will need to ensure that the connectivity and digital infrastructure is good enough to support this culture.
By providing key performance indicators (KPIs) and analytics, relating to machinery and human performance, mobility will prove instrumental in allowing manufacturers to remain successful for a very long time. Through removing data silos and leveraging security, mobile, IoT, and data processing technology adoption, they will be able to achieve a level of agility fundamental to succeeding in today’s fast-moving economy.
Even though lack of wireless infrastructure still is a barrier towards success. It is important to use the power of connectivity to bring about sophisticated level of data integration in every part of the manufacturing process. The journey towards the connected factory has begun, and those still reluctant to see the importance of it will move fast towards destruction in a short space of time.
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