Automation Fails without Aligning Materials Support Function with Demand According to Synchrono

Automation will fail without aligning materials support function with demand according to Synchrono [PB1]  VP of Marketing. Synchrono was featured in the recent issue of Robotics and Automation News authored by manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler. Robot-to-person solutions are on a rapid trajectory for 2017 and beyond. Yet discrete manufacturing organizations which initiate material replenishment automation programs without properly analyzing processes and priorities for internal and external stakeholders, find far less value than anticipated.

Manufacturers are unsure about current replenishment capabilities within ERP (enterprise resource planning) and other systems, and are even less clear whether to fix, buy, or build a solution to gain the capabilities needed. Too often disruptions in leadership and a change-averse environment can create barriers to improved production flow and automating processes. The manufacturing sector is well-served when considering whether a replenishment solution can enhance flow and enable continuous improvements; often best practice robotic solutions follow. 

According to Pam Bednar, VP at Synchrono, misalignment is often a key challenge. “Aligning the materials support function with demand is key,” says Bednar. “Many manufacturers still perform planning and scheduling processes far away from actual orders and from execution on the shop floor. That’s how suppliers can be divorced from almost every aspect of the business that they are supplying.”

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About Synchrono

Synchrono ( 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.

When integrated under the Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform, lean and demand-driven initiatives achieve new levels of excellence, transforming businesses by synchronizing people, processes, machines, materials, and data to drive production flow from order inception to delivery.

The award winning Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform 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.   Everyone at every level of a manufacturing organization has access to one version of the truth with a dynamic view of what is happening at every stage of the manufacturing process; from order inception through production and delivery.

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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Company Name: Synchrono
Contact Person: Pam Bednar
Phone: 612.817.5132
Address:287 East 6th Street, Suite 5
City: St. Paul
State: MN
Country: United States