Mobility in Manufacturing
Business to end customer – In these interactions, mobility in manufacturing can help improve customer service, manage reverse logistics, and provide a channel to engage with customers for product co-innovation, improved service delivery and demand forecasting.
Business to employee – In these interactions, mobility in manufacturing can improve employee productivity, encourage a self-service culture, improve collaboration and lead to faster execution.
Business to Business – Partners and suppliers can take part in the manufacturing process by mobile enabled information access thereby improving quality of decisions.
- Mobility solutions can offer manufacturers the means to achieve ‘6-sigma’ data-capture accuracy. This can help reduce some of the ‘7 wastes’ in manufacturing and eliminate the “hidden barriers to Lean manufacturing”
- Even a 10 minute reduction in process – for example, by eliminating manual data entry –results in a productivity gain of 2.5%
- Mobility solutions can make decision-ready data from SCADA/ MES systems – typically housed in a “control room” – available to key stakeholders on the factory floor. For example, an engineer calibrating a sensor or a technician adjusting the process can access real-time data on a mobile device
- Mobile error-proofing solutions such as ‘context aware checklists’ can help reduce errors and defects
- ‘Mobile forms’ reduce the ‘data gap’ (typically around 30% due to manual collection of data) and can significantly improve SPC/SQC results
- Mobility solutions can help create real time compliance reports – such as ISO 9000. Mobility solutions can also help achieve real-time end-to-end traceability for safety-critical manufacturing such as Aerospace
- Mobile devices can ensure verification of material at the point of assembly/consumption for vendor-managed inventory to support JIT manufacturing.
- Mobile labor costing and tracking applications can help accurately monitor/manage a labor pool including the ability to sign-up temp-labor on the spot.
- Choice of middleware
- Native vs hybrid apps
- Impact on customer experience
- Agility of deployment