Production has stopped and no one is scurrying around to take care of the flashing red lights.
An event that at one time would have caused serious downtime is now only a blip, thanks to the evolution of manufacturing technology.
Today, the appropriate employees would be instantly notified of the outage and the problem quickly fixed because the factory is digitized and connected in real-time.
Everyone - management, maintenance, production, planning, scheduling and more – have visibility into the production process because they are all on a single, synchronized platform.
In an afternoon continuous improvement (CI) meeting, some team members are clustered around a large flat screen - while others are accessing the same information on their smartphones miles away.
The entire team comes to an agreement quickly because all of the facts are visualized.
Enabling this is technology based on proven, demand-driven methodologies that encompass the best of Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints (TOC) principles.
Enterprise, system and machine-level data are transformed into actionable information - making this CI meeting more collaborative and effective.
Using demand-driven principles and synchronized systems, manufacturers have learned to reach new levels of communication, growth and customer responsiveness.
Every forward-thinking manufacturing environment is somewhere on the path toward becoming more synchronized and demand-driven. Where are you?