Managing control across product variations with automation
More than ever, product variations mixed with ever increasing complexities, are making sure organisations keep on their toes. From procurement to quality, control is the anchor of all processes. But to maintain control of complex production planning, you need a combination of flexibility and speed. One way to address this challenge is to drive automated processes in the production line that can be responsive to variable demand.
Without this in place, managing control in product variation can throw up a number of challenges:
- Security: with a large uptake of siloed legacy systems needing to talk to each other, breaches become more likely. There’s a desperate need for faster material requirements planning within one system where security is centrally managed
- Mis-managed variation: Products and services have moved away from being standardised and new introductions much more frequent. There is a risk of overstocking the business to cope with demand for one variation, but then the requirements change shortly after – hence the need for both flexibility and speed
Automating functions bring more effective control in a number of core business processes. For example, by automating background jobs between planning and execution, you can drive greater visibility over production lines, ensuring that the right materials are available and the orders are correctly sequenced before coordinating the production floor. When working with highly variable product lines, the ability to auto-run availability checks, perform capacity leveling and auto print production orders ultimately helps you to maximise usage and be more efficient.