Operational Excellence through Digital in Manufacturing Industries

Manufacturing companies have traditionally been early adopters of selected technology such as ERP and Production Planning systems. For instance, a survey among 170 global manufacturers reported that 92% of them had implemented an ERP system. Manufacturers also have systems in place that are able to support the management and control of internal material flow. Most warehouses are managed automatically and machines are controlled by CNC or DNC software. However, the challenge is that most of these initiatives have been implemented in silos. Different processes have been made digital at different times and to varying extent. Consequently, most manufacturing companies have not achieved a complete integration of information flow along the operations process.

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