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How is cloud computing helping manufacturers innovate?

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020

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The build-store-sell model is no longer a sustainable model for the manufacturing industry. A just-in-time model is the new shift companies are leaning toward now. Because the consumer lives in a highly-connected world where everything they want is just a click away, it's become more difficult to predict demand.


Manufacturers aren't conceding, though, and are looking at this as an innovating opportunity by embracing the cloud. Not only does the cloud help manufacturers maintain continuous innovation, but it also helps them enhance their ability to manage the consumer's ever-changing demands.

2017 State of Manufacturing Technology Survey

According to a survey Plex conducted

97 percent

Said that reduced costs for cloud deployments is important

96 percent

Cited connectivity as an important benefit of cloud computing

> 50 percent

Said cloud enables improvements across the supply chain

Cloud solutions: An integral part of a manufacturer's plans


Experience acceleration in cycle times

When insights are available through cloud-based intelligence systems, it's possible to receive information quicker regarding the amount of time elapsing from the time of order to when the finished product goes into inventory. When companies have more significant insights into this information, they experience quicker cycle times.

Time-saving

When automating reporting and compliance occurs, this saves valuable time. Manufacturers can maintain a file history by compliance requirements, rather than having to catalog everything manually. In turn, they can quickly prepare these histories for government and industry filings.

Order reworking is reduced

It isn't uncommon product problems to occur, and they typically begin when incomplete or incorrect orders are created. When errors in delivery instructions, pricing, product configuration, or quoting occur it causes errors in quality and quality. However, automating quoting, pricing, and customer approvals helps reduce such mistakes when cloud manufacturing is in place.

Where AI Comes Into the Manufacturing Process?

Because it's possible to develop factory robots with applications, like machine vision that is more sensitive than the human eye, adding AI allows us to interpret these images. In doing so, the use of AI can create safer working conditions on the factory floor because robots can be trained to avoid danger and disruptions.

IoT

AI

PowerBI

Dynamics 365

Azure

Office 365

Integration between these technologies with Office 365 ensures efficiency, productivity, decreasing cost, and increasing profitability.

Because they have access to powerful apps, data services, and Microsoft Stream, managers can determine relationship analytics and lead scoring. In addition to enhancing their customer service engagement and experiencing easier storage accessibility, managers can also work optimally on their finance and operations toward achieving improvements with their business.

Manufacturers Offer Consumers One-on-One Help

When manufacturers can offer their customers help one-on-one because they can know, as well as deliver what they want, this puts them better achieve customer satisfaction.

Using connected manufacturing allows manufacturers to have real-time insights into their customer's behaviors.

They'll also have real-time insights into the customer's products and services, as well. Each of these efforts helps give manufacturers a competitive edge.

Will You Experience a Reduction in Staff?

Is it possible that the need for less staff will be the result of connected manufacturing? With the help of an integrated system, it's possible that some of these processes may require less staff on the shop floor. 

The result is the creation of a centralized system that can deliver better results for a work schedule that's complex. However, to make this centralized system feasible and functional, the onboard staff must have the correct skill set.

Because some of these technologies are complex and require steady hands for monitoring, companies must have a team of dedicated personnel utilizing these practices.

Why Connected Manufacturing?

The longer you wait to embrace connected manufacturing, the further behind your company will be behind the rest. 

The more you learn about this way of integration, though, the better chance you'll have at embracing this business strategy. 

Rather than experiencing errors or down-times, or other frustrations on the production floor, it's better to make adaptations with the shifting manufacturing industry.

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