In today’s marketplace, manufacturers rely on technology to manage various stages of the manufacturing process including product design, inventory management, resource utilisation, production scheduling and process optimisation. This is often a combination of processes, with lean manufacturing methods often managed through separate systems. This method can lead to a number of limitations making it difficult to cost-effectively satisfy customer demands, particularly across multiple sites and locations.
With the globalisation of supply chains and increasing customer demand for innovation and low cost production, manufacturers today need easy-to-use, flexible solutions to more effectively manage their business. In order to be successful, manufacturers must constantly review and evaluate internal processes to keep operating costs low while controlling the variability of raw materials at each stage of production.