When it comes to enterprise software applications, not all are created equal in scope or relevance. Some applications may be specific to one aspect of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) or Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS), or may be targeted at a specific industry subset. Others, have applicability across a range of solutions.
At a high level, manufacturers share some common goals and operations. And at their core, all manufacturing companies convert raw materials or components into finished goods through some set of processes for customer use/consumption.
Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)
Manufacturing strategies need to be adapted and tuned based on several factors. What do your customers care most about? How large is your company’s operation? How many different plants and systems do you have? How large and diverse is your product line? In which industries do you operate? The answers to these and other questions will likely uncover your optimal software strategy for managing manufacturing operations.
In manufacturing, where competition, customer demands, and business complexity continue in an upward trend, the ability to successfully manage all aspects of manufacturing business operations and to connect systems and people on the shop-floor to the upper-level business suite quarterbacking the enterprise is becoming more and more challenging.
As technology, particularly in the manufacturing enterprise software category, develops and matures, the framework for its application and surrounding discussion is shaped by those at the forefront of its use and development. Put simply, these words and terms are alive and subject to change. New technologies and terms are always being introduced. Some of these new terms quickly fade. Others evolve over time to take on expanded meanings.
There’s a set of high-level best practices to the implementation of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software and processes across the manufacturing industries at large. Generally, it makes sense to integrate MOM, enterprise/business systems, and industrial automation applications in order to foster areas of communication throughout the value chain, and eliminate information disconnects wherever possible. It is also typically a best practice to roll-out a solution over time, beginning with a single plant to ensure operational effectiveness and prove ROI.
Over the course of the last several years, cloud solutions in the arena of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software have gone from a pool in which few wanted to dip their toe, to a place where many are comfortably swimming and enjoying the lifecycle benefits the architecture provides. Initial concerns about security and safety still exist, though vendors have advanced their offerings and showed enough social proof in the marketplace to quell the foremost worries.
Looking at some of the most widely used metrics and key performance indicators by manufacturers—overall equipment effectiveness, scrap, yield, etc.—one variable that consistently impacts each is quality. If products or processes are out of quality specification, those measurements will be negatively impacted. For years, manufacturers have overcome such non-conformances by initiating corrective and preventive action (CAPA) procedures, often managing them with log books, spreadsheets, or other homegrown solutions.
As time marches forward, new technological capabilities often reach a point where their affordability and benefits make them approach a level of indispensability. In the developed world and beyond, cell phones have reached this status for most consumers when it comes to communication and, for most of us, it’s hard now to imagine our lives without them.
As a manufacturer in an increasingly competitive marketplace, there’s a good chance you’re on an Operational Excellence journey of some kind. And while your specific objectives may vary depending on the industry in which you operate, your geographic footprint, or current strengths and weaknesses, chances are that achieving greater operational agility is one of your important Operational Excellence initiatives. Agility is critical in allowing you to come closer to being a more customer-driven organization—which should be an important goal for any manufacturing company.