Automating Manual Processes is a Focus of the Synchrono 2017 Top Ten Trends in Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing

Synchrono, a leader in modern demand-driven manufacturing software, released its 2017 Top Ten Trends in Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing. The list is based on interactions with hundreds of manufacturers and industry experts addressing challenges, innovation, and technologies associated with manufacturing digitization, visibility, and synchronization.

Synchrono sees automating manual processes as 2017 Top Trend in Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturing. While the digitization of manufacturing automates the arduous task of data collection, aggregation and sharing across machines and systems,  there are still a surprising number of manufacturers using spreadsheets for production scheduling and manual Kanban cards for inventory replenishment. Modern Demand-Driven Manufacturers automate these manual activities and earn a quick return on their technology investment.

A manual Kanban system is generally manageable up to 200 SKUs. Organizations still, however, need to contend with lost cards, human error and non-stop communications with suppliers. Modern Demand Driven Manufacturers adopt eKanban (electronic Kanban) systems that automate the entire replenishment process based on real-time demand signals. While these systems typically pay for themselves just in right-sizing inventory alone (one client saved $985,000 in the first year), they also tend to reduce lead times, carrying costs, and increase inventory turns.

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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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