Driving Innovation Across Manufacturing Value Chain

By August 8, 2013Uncategorized

Accurate Data and Real-time Analytics is Critical to Manufacturers

For decades, manufacturers have invested in and developed technologies that leverage “just in time” and “Six Sigma” approaches to (a) impose flexibility and scalability into their production and supply chain disciplines, (b) achieve zero defect quality performance, and (c) efficiently meet the growing demand and expectations of a savvy consumer market so as to lower costs and increase product margins.

During the last two decades, data analytics has established itself as the means to drive value across the entire manufacturing value chain.  Further, experts suggest that, at the enterprise level, it has played a leading role in development and investment which has resulted the advent of an array of business software systems, such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and MRP (Material Resource Planning), SCM (Supply Chain Management), PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management).

Over time, in order to take full advantage of these systems, manufacturers developed processes facilitating collection, forwarding, storing, analysis and report data.  Initially, that approach presented challenges such as assuring that (a) the appropriate data was collected from the correct sources, (b) the data was delivered at the right time and to the right person or organization and (c) the data was accessible and delivered in the correct formats.

Currently, there exists another so-called “paradigm shift,” viz., “Big Data.” As the Internet of Things gathers momentum, this challenge intensifies as the amount of available data grows. This data deluge will only grow as the next phase of the Internet of Things “” the Internet of Everything “” comes online. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, by 2017, there will be 1.7 billion machine-to-machine wireless connections””including asset-tracking systems in shipping and manufacturing sectors.

Just as a person reading a book must understand the definitions of the words on the page, the value of Big Data must be realized for long-lasting impact. For today’s manufacturers, the essential challenge becomes: How to effectively harness and leverage the vast amounts of data collected from various sources to drive sound business and operational decisions throughout the entire manufacturing value chain? There are obstacles to meeting this challenge. Currently, many of the business and supply chain management systems are “siloed” within the manufacturing enterprise. In addition, out of the vast amount of data generated, a significant portion falls “on the floor” and goes unused. For many manufacturers, the consensus is that much of the data collected doesn’t have sufficient value because it is not delivered in real-time to the correct decision makers in a format that is easily digestible.

Manufacturers are looking for a methodology to “stitch” these various business systems into a cohesive and integrated decision engine that will combine, for example, data from computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, collaborative product development management, and digital manufacturing production systems across organizational boundaries. This will help drive innovation, quality and cost savings throughout the organization. That is to say, Big Data is not enough. Manufacturers also need to collect, analyze and report the data dynamically. Thus, they must learn to harness “Data in Motion.”


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