3 Steps to Achieving Manufacturing Automation

manufacturing automationYou already know that automation tools can help your company become more productive, while also increasing your overall speed and agility. You’ve also recently heard through the grapevine that your competitors are planning to start automating their operations in the very near future. Clearly this year is the year you need to start planning your own manufacturing automation process … but you aren’t sure where to start.

At Scanco, we’ve been in the automation business since 1989, and we’re happy to help you understand how you can achieve the time-saving automation your company can use to stay ahead of the competition. All you need to do is start with these three steps:

  1. Eliminate Duplicates

Saving time and automating your manufacturing operations starts with keeping everyone on the same page, no matter where they are on the shop floor. This will help your company avoid duplicating orders, producing excess inventory, or using extra raw materials, so that you can stay not just on track, but moving forward at all times.

Eliminate duplicates in your own business with easy-to-use mobile technology that keeps your workforce on task as they seamlessly track raw materials usage and inventory, as well as production status, work order stages, and other critical data that helps you plan better. Choosing a system with real-time updates will keep everyone in your company informed at all times—without pesky sync delays.

  1. Apply Automation to Everything

Keeping jobs and production moving fast is only a single facet of your job, but you have a lot more to take care of during your workday. That’s why it’s important to automate all the routine tasks that take up your time, such as labor tracking, time card updates, materials tracking, field service dispatch, production status info, and quality control entries.

With mobile-based automation software, it will be easy to track your labor hours and activity for all your employees, whether they’re on the shop floor or out in the field. Plus, since your workforce will always have their updating tools at hand (literally), automation will get you the real-time data you need to answer customer queries instantly, as well as strategically plan your production based on updated order or supply-chain information.

  1. Integrate with Your ERP

Automating your shop floor is only effective if you use tools that can integrate seamlessly with your ERP system. After all, without ERP integration, you’ll have to enter all the data your manufacturing operations create into your ERP yourself, which increases your likelihood of data-entry error and wastes all that time you saved in automating your manufacturing operations.

Ensure that the real-time updates you get from your production line reach everyone in your company, with data that transmits instantly from your employees’ handhelds on the shop floor into your Sage 100 system. Not only will ERP integration help you plan your time and resources better, it’ll give you reporting capabilities and in-depth insight into how you can improve your operations to become even more efficient.

It’s Easy to Get Started with Manufacturing Automation

Okay, so now you know you need to eliminate duplications, apply automation across your entire shop-floor operations, and integrate your solution into your ERP, but you’re still not sure where you can find a great manufacturing automation solution? That’s the easiest part. You just need to get in touch with the automation experts at Scanco.

When you’re ready to start planning, we here at Scanco will be happy to meet with you so you can determine the exact benefits your manufacturing company would achieve by implementing cutting-edge, mobile-based manufacturing automation tools. Contact Scanco online or call us at 1-877-SCANCO-1 to set up your free consultation.