Today’s Manufacturing Challenges
There are many challenges that manufacturers face. Although the list is long, the four key challenges that our customers are telling us are:
Labour is very important in the current manufacturing industry.
Labour is very important in the current manufacturing industry. Most processes are still very manual. This is more prevalent in small to mid-sized businesses. Larger manufacturers are also faced with this problem but have adopted automation and various technologies to minimise the dependency on manual labour. As employees leave the company for various reasons, replacing these skilled talents is not easy. Employees may also leave due to retirement and many companies use different and expensive employee retention programmes to keep their best talent. This challenge is getting more difficult as the competition start to pile on more attractive programs and compensation to pull your skilled employees over.
Many large manufacturers have huge budgets and resources to learn, keep up, evaluate and deploy technology.
Many large manufacturers have huge budgets and resources to learn, keep up, evaluate and deploy technology. Their automated big budget plant floor operations enable them to produce more and better products faster. Small and mid-sized businesses struggle with the inaccessibility of expensive technology. In addition, as technology moves so fast, small and mid-sized manufacturers sometimes find it very difficult to keep up. However, as adoption of technology like IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) and Cloud Computing become more affordable, the small and mid-sized businesses are now able to embrace and implement quick solutions to mitigate the challenges in manufacturing. Finding the right and affordable solution that takes the small and mid-sized manufacturer on this journey of technology adoption is key.
Market driven demand is taking over the way manufacturers produce.
Market driven demand is taking over the way manufacturers produce. Gone are the days where products get made and customers simply buy. Mass production to mass customisation of products has taken place and is accelerating. Manufacturers need to be agile and quick to enhance their manufacturing processes to meet this trend. All manufacturers have to adopt the right strategy for continuous improvement in order to stay competitive and profitable. Competition is global and buyers can buy anything and from anywhere. Value, whether perceived or real, must be created so that buyers are willing to pay for these products.
Growth and Marketing
All manufacturers plan to grow! The front-end effort in marketing and sales is critical to generate revenue growth.
Growth and Marketing
All manufacturers plan to grow! The front-end effort in marketing and sales is critical to generate revenue growth. In today’s digital age, buyers are getting more sophisticated. Assessing the marketing and sales strategies is critical to understand purchasing habits and to reach existing and new buyers. Manufacturers are looking at out-marketing and out- selling the competition constantly as the buyers’ profile changes. Marketing and sales strategies need to be aligned with the company’s goals and vision, assessed and re-tuned in order to be deployed to win the markets they serve.
What is SmartMES?
Affordable Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT) for the small and mid-sized business.This is where all your manufacturing planning comes together seamlessly 24/7. Here’s how we help you produce what you need just-in-time, sell more and ensure all work orders are managed efficiently.
Unique Selling Points
- How SmartMES helps your business?
How can SmartMES help your business?
In two words, Manufacturing Planning.
SmartMES helps you turn the demands of your customers into real-time orders, ensuring you can forecast demand, manage the production schedule and any planned purchases efficiently. The end goal is that you have everything you need – materials, parts and products – all available exactly when you need them, and in the quantity desired.
- Accelerate your planning process;
- Give you greater visibility across your business;
- Give you access to historical data for more informed decision-making and improvements;
- Help you grow your business;
- Help you to delight your customers.
- Why should you use SmartMES?
Why should you use SmartMES?
SmartMES transforms how you work.
It enables you to get visibility of your business anytime, anywhere. Using SmartMES means you have greater accuracy based on real-time data across all business domains. This translates to improved delivery times, resulting in greater client satisfaction.
- Who is SmartMES for?
Who is SmartMES for?
SmartMES is designed for small to mid-sized manufacturers who are faced with the following challenges:
- All of their planning is done manually, on paper or with Excel spreadsheets;
- Most, if not all, the available planning systems in the market are on-site and are expensive and tedious to implement;
- The existing software that they use does not cater to manufacturing planning in any way.
SmartMES is for the dynamic small to mid-sized manufacturer who is keen to take things to the next level. You don’t need the software systems of large businesses which are expensive, complex, tedious and slow to deploy. SmartMES is a cloud-based software solution that is quick to implement, affordable and hardly requires any IT infrastructure. SmartMES gives you easy access to the data you need, anytime and anywhere.
- Why is SmartMES for the entire enterprise?
Why is SmartMES for the entire enterprise?
The Sales Team
Your Sales team can place orders anytime, anywhere and track the status of each order. Work order schedules provide Sales with an indication of estimated delivery time which empowers them to manage customer expectations
The Production Team
Production has immediate and real-time visibility of incoming orders and raw material status. As such, they can make quicker and better scheduling decisions. Production operators can view work orders by day, week or month and production recipes are easily accessible. Production planners can develop and reschedule production plans easily with full visibility of material status and ongoing production status. Further, role-based access minimises unintentional data alteration and error, thus maintaining data integrity
The Management Team
Management has full visibility of every aspect of the process. Inventory carrying costs can be captured to provide insight into optimising raw material stocks in line with production priorities. Access to historical data assists in improvement tactics. An intuitive dashboard provides all-in-one access, anytime anywhere to relevant information on production, sales, inventory and performance
- What does deploying SmartMES involve?
What does deploying SmartMES involve?
If your data is managed well and in good order, you can be up and running with SmartMES within a week.
- There are no infrastructure or hardware costs;
- There is no deployment or maintenance of any IT systems;
- You have 24/7 access to the software;
- You determine the number of users accessing SmartMES;
- You have a cloud-based software service which is quick to deploy, is easily maintained and scalable; and
- The software is user-friendly – a HTML user interface through any device or tablet with internet access and web browser.
The world’s #1 advanced all-in-one cloud-based manufacturing planning software.
Here’s how we help you unlock the power of your data and take advantage of available technologies to embark on your IIoT journey.
From implementation right through to deployment and training support services.