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By Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director, EU Automation
Remote monitoring is not a new phenomenon. The technology has already become established as a standard element of production control. Remote monitoring gives manufacturers real-time insight into operations, helping them make better decisions no matter where they are in the world. This article explains how manufacturers can optimize their supply chain with remote monitoring.
Manufacturing facilities are not a single unit anymore. Globalization has created extensive supply chains that often span multiple production sites and multiple countries. Surprisingly, in the 2018 Annual Report 80 percent of manufacturers believe that investing in smart factory technologies, such as remote monitoring, are key to improving supply chain relationships. But what is the consequence of a poorly managed supply chain?
Consider this example. An automaker has not received an order for electronic control units (ECUs) for its vehicles. During the investigation, the manufacturer determines that his supplier has experienced a machine failure that delays the delivery by two weeks. The delay means that customers do not receive their vehicles on the promised delivery dates - a complaint jam arises.
After the manufacturer had maintained a better relationship with the supplier and monitoring the supplier could be monitored by remote monitoring, the manufacturer could have done this in real time before the collapse warned. In this case, the manufacturer could have minimized financial and reputational damage, either by informing customers about their postponed deliveries or by looking for a new supplier.
However, remote monitoring is not just about fault detection and alerts. The technology can be used to create improvements in the supply chain. In industries such as the food and beverage industry, which are volatile due to changing customer trends, these network-wide insights can increase efficiency, competitiveness and profit.
Suppose a food manufacturer has received negative feedback on a new and improved product recipe. After an unsuccessful start, the producer returns to the original formula and requires immediate changes to the raw material orders. When integrated with enterprise systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), remote monitoring can determine which suppliers can deliver quickly, efficiently, and at the best price.
Some manufacturers are skeptical about the security risks involved in connecting their entire supply chain. However, modern software is equipped with various clippings, authorization layers and chain-to-cloud encryption, so these technologies can be adopted and protected against security breaches.
Maintaining a reliable and efficient supply chain is the nuts and bolts. Backbone of successful manufacturing, regardless of the industry. With more than 80 percent of manufacturers investing in intelligent factory technologies to improve supply chains, manufacturers can not ignore the opportunity to maximize efficiency through remote monitoring.
While remote monitoring is not a new invention, it can not result in this technology being expanded across networks, as supply chains lag behind.
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