As top talent goes elsewhere, traditional offshoring becomes obsolete, customers demand lower operating costs, and upstarts continue to disrupt the industry, companies are feeling increased pressure everywhere – from the boardroom to the plant floor. Where is the competitive advantage? In my opinion, it’s tablets.
The fact that Gartner predicts 33% growth in mobility in manufacturing through 2015, a smart mobile strategy with a tablet implementation can lead to a more productive, more empowered, and more informed workforce.
Productivity to the people
People power manufacturing, and the right mobile tools enable them to do their jobs better than ever before. This means companies can do more without having to hire more talent or rely on automation.Tablets provide instant access to essential tools and information, enabling everyone in your plant – from line operators to material handlers, mechanics, and managers – to do their jobs more effectively while sharing live updates across the company.
Relevant information, smart decisions
These efficiencies stem in part from the fact that mobile technology can provide a 360-degree view of the plant floor that extends outward to the competitive landscape, providing teams with the visibility they need to make fully informed decisions on the go.With tablets at their fingertips, CEOs can quickly visualize performance, managers can observe their lines, and shipping can see what’s on hand – and where it is on site.
Real-time knowledge of assets at every turn can make ordering, fulfillment, shipping, and everything more efficient. Tablet dashboards empower decision makers to respond to changes everywhere, whether they’re on the floor or in the back office. This allows for tighter inventory turns, reduces the need for back stock, and supports a leaner manufacturing effort.
Tablets aren’t just a tool to view and update information: it can also be used to control machinery and manage production. With machine-to-tablet technology, manufacturing plants can use tablets to create new interfaces for machines or connect to sensors to receive just-in-time updates and alerts.
Assembly line managers can coordinate production changes without having to return to a dedicated workstation. Workers can see water levels, temperature, and performance data in real time, which can help respond to issues proactively so they can reduce downtime dramatically.
Reach out and touch the future
Tablets on the plant floor provide workforces with unique advantages, enabling employees to be more productive, more empowered, and more informed whether they’re controlling machines or managing production.Considering the cost of not going mobile – sluggish productivity, talent shortages, stagnant innovation – investing in a strong tablet strategy is the first step any company should take toward not only reviving but revitalizing its manufacturing operations.