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Saturday, August 30, 2014

How Manufacturers Can Benefit by Going Mobile

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Growth of 33 percent is predicted in mobility in manufacturing through 2017. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Mobile devices have become nearly ubiquitous sights while waiting in line, taking public transport, and walking around, but they have yet to conquer manufacturing. However, Manufacturing.net shares a list of ways that mobile can help your plant become more efficient and productive.

Noting that “70 percent of manufacturing decision makers are looking to leverage mobile and wireless” and “33 percent growth is predicted in mobility in manufacturing through 2017,” Manufacturing.net outlines multiple business areas that mobile expansion that serve. From supply chain to the factory floor to customer interaction, mobile devices can find a niche in manufacturing operations.

Some of the points Manufacturing.net makes are:

Make field workers more productive.

Enabling factory workers to monitor inventory and track production while keeping up-to-date task lists sidesteps the need for rigorous, clumsy analog record keeping. Not only do workers update factory conditions in real time, but managers can monitor everything with the touch of a button.

Bring old technology back to life with a new interface.

Older machines can be improved to up-to-date efficiency standards by installing mobile interfaces. As above, workers and managers can monitor a machine’s performance on the go to prioritize mobility rather than tying employees to stations and limiting their workflow.

Get visibility into the supply chain from anywhere.

The massive logistics map charting a manufactured component from sourcing materials through production to point of sale can be a headache. Using a smartphone to track supplies on the go can make the whole process more manageable.

To see the full list of mobile benefits for manufacturing, please see the article here.

Brian Lane

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