John Maher, vice president of product strategy at Synchrono Inc., recently discussed automating real-time demand-driven supply chains in Manufacturing Automation magazine. According to Maher, a number of large, multinational manufacturers are still using spreadsheets and manual processes to manage their largest cost center, production operations.
First, there is no reliable “single version of the truth” from any one system they can draw upon. Secondly, manufacturing software packaged with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems lack flexibility.
A layered approach goes hand-in-hand with the lean and continuous improvement principles inherent in modern demand-driven manufacturing. Layering technology allows manufacturers to approach transformation to modern methods pragmatically and achieve significant wins.
For many modern demand-driven manufacturers, transformation begins at the core of their business: throughput. That is, how quickly and cost-effectively the product gets into the hands of the customer. Toward that end is the layering of a manufacturing system of record MSOR on top of the ERP system to automate and – this is critical – synchronize planning, scheduling, and production execution. Synchronization of all production-related elements is the key to eliminating costly downtime, driving end-to-end production flow and ultimately increasing throughput.
Manufacturers are responding to more enterprise-level requests for synchronization to provide a real-time, single version of the truth to all. Access to order status, priorities, production schedules, replenishment across multiple facilities, supplier networks, and outsourced/contract manufacturers is possible thanks to both the MSOR and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies.
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Synchrono (www.synchrono.com) demand-driven manufacturing software synchronizes complex manufacturing environments in real-time, to drive business results. For almost twenty years, Synchrono systems have helped discrete manufacturers, engineer-to-order manufacturers, and others manage constraints, improve flow and drive on-time production.
The award winning Synchrono offers five system components, including a planning, scheduling, and production management system and ekanban software for real-time inventory replenishment and supply chain collaboration. The Synchrono Platform has a unique a data collection, historian, and automated workflow engine along with an application that generates automatic alerts, escalation and action plans to minimize disruptions. Perhaps most importantly, this technology platform also includes a real-time visual factory information system.
Synchrono systems allow for the simultaneous exchange of data across systems and resources, the ability to respond to constraints and changes in demand as they occur, and to predict, pre-empt, and prioritize issues. The Platform components may be implemented independently or collectively to enable the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), providing an unprecedented foundation for communication, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
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