These 7 manufacturing processes and components can and should be automated, and here is why. Research and development
There is a lot of research and intense communication between various structural parts of your company before a new product hits the market:
- Evaluation of product design options and using virtual simulation software to test them out
- Fast product prototyping using additive manufacturing
- Generative design
- Development of cost-efficient approaches to customization in mass production
Implementing product lifecycle management software helps structure all these activities and streamline the R&D processes for your company. Procurement
Managing the stock of raw materials usually involves multiple ad hoc interactions with suppliers, email/phone/messenger communications, etc. Various procurement aspects can be automated:
- Securing the best price and availability of raw materials using data analysis tools
- Shortening the cycle time between the order placement and the delivery
- Providing transparency to all stages of order handling.
Applying AI algorithms for dealing with these tasks helps with shortening the procurement time and increasing the production output, thus growing your revenues. Sales and order processing
Ensuring the correct quantity of the right product is delivered on time to the right customer has always been an administrative sink drain for any business. Here is how automation can help:
Distribution and logistics
- Order your products and services at greater speed through integration of sales into MRP and ERP systems
- Use CRM systems to manage stakeholders' expectations, order inventory and payments
Keeping an eye on all carriers involved in delivering your orders as well as monitoring the stock of your goods at all warehouses involves an enormous amount of work. Add periodic customer requests for checking where their items are — and you have yet another level of complexity.
- Enable supply chain tracking and control of the movement of goods
- Gain full transparency of the inventory quality and quantity
In order to ensure uninterrupted and positive end-user experience, you need to provide stellar customer support — and here is how automation can help there:
- Use Big Data analytics to predict customer needs and exceed their expectations
- Provide personalized pricing and perks based on unique customer's data and the available inventory
- Deliver memorable customer journey with sensor-enabled apps
Plenty of auxiliary operations are required to enable a smooth product journey across your factory floors and sections, from raw materials storage to the ready items warehouse:
- Predict and avoid production waste using IoT tools
- Leverage predictive maintenance to minimize equipment failures
- Implement human-robot collaboration
- Utilize remote monitoring of assembly lines
- Use AI-enabled decision making
Handling these production activities can and must be automated through the use of manufacturing workflow software that ensures production continuity. Operations
Manufacturing companies need lots of secondary operations to ensure timely completion of their product orders. The following aspects of HR, L&D, IT and other operations can benefit from automation:
- Streamline basic paperwork like contract signing, approval of blueprints, product drawings and design sheets, using workflow software.
- Automate most of the routine recruitment, HR, accounting and operations to minimize the effort spent on mundane work and maximize is efficiency.