The manufacturing industry has undergone a sea change over the past few years due to globalization, and while that’s lowered supply costs and finished goods costs significantly, it’s also added a lot more stress to your job. Today’s supply chains require increased scrutiny (and paperwork) for transparency, compliance, and corporate responsibility, while also making business unpredictable with volatile costs and crippling materials delays.
On the whole, your Sage MAS system has probably done a great job keeping up with the times because it’s a modern ERP that receives constant, industry-relevant updates. However, evolving industries require evolving strategies, and this year it’s time to take the reins at your business so your company can become compliant by increasing your agility and reducing costly errors.
Learn how your manufacturing or distribution company can increase agility with ease using manufacturing automation tools built for your Sage MAS ERP. Contact Scanco online or call (330) 645-9959 to get the details.
Give Your Factory a Smart Start
Increased automation adds speed, efficiency, and accuracy to your manufacturing operations, and we all know that the way to supercharge automation initiatives at your factory is to focus on integrating smart technology into your processes.
From IoT (Internet of Things) and wearable technology deployment to hands-free and voice-powered tools at every stage of production, your company can choose to produce more, in less time, just by leveraging the right tools in the right areas. According to a survey by Capgemini, smart factories can improve productivity 700% by 2022, yet capital and inventory costs will reduce 1200% in that same time period (both as compared to 1990).
In addition to saving costs and ramping up production, making the move to becoming a smart factory will also help you switch gears quickly to meet mercurial consumer demand; better technology enables smaller batches and shorter product lifecycles, often with more customization opportunities as well.
Stay Smart about Your Tech
Smart technology is only part of the equation when you’re planning a new, more effective strategy for your manufacturing plant in the New Year. You also need to focus on building your employee skills.
There’s an entire industry devoted to analyzing business processes and suggesting improvements, but we’ve got a secret to share with you. Often, one of the first things the business-process-analysis consultants suggest is to make sure that all your employees know how to use your software properly.
In an effort to improve processes, many manufacturers turn to new technology, such as new ERPs, on a continual basis. We’re not sure how long you’ve had your Sage MAS ERP system (Sage 100 or Sage 500 ERP), but we do know that you should expect to get about ten years of productive use out of it. If you’re not seeing the gains you wanted from your Sage MAS ERP software at this time, your staff may need additional training … or you may just need additional systems that are easier to use.
Many manufacturers enjoy the best of both worlds—a smarter factory and easier-to-use software—by choosing manufacturing automation solutions powered by Scanco. These cutting-edge options are fully integrated with your Sage MAS system of choice, so you can ensure you’ll have:
- Real-time tracking of raw materials and production status
- Reduced manual data-entry needs
- Better planning and resource allocation, as well as faster answers to customer inquiries
Automate Your Sage MAS Warehouse and Increase Your Agility
When looking toward the future, you don’t just want your factory to be smarter, you want your planning to be smarter too, so your company can get more done in less time.
Smart, accurate planning takes expertise—and with Scanco’s two decades of manufacturing automation experience with Sage MAS ERP systems, including Sage 100 and Sage 500 ERP, you can trust that your business will have the right tools and processes to keep your productivity on track for the New Year and beyond.
Contact a Scanco manufacturing automation expert to learn more about how you can make your plant—and your Sage MAS ERP—work harder and better for you in 2018. Contact Scanco online or call (330) 645-9959 to set up your free consultation.