The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) recently released its "2013 Next Generation Manufacturing" (NGM) study, and the results show that improving processes within the manufacturing supply chain is becoming a top priority. The study was also conducted in 2009 and 2011, and is beginning to establish some trends within the industry.
The study found that the top priority of 85 percent of manufacturers is human capital acquisitions and the ability to retain the best talent. It's not surprising this was high on the priority list, as the study of 375 manufacturers found that 40 percent reported turnover rates of more than 5.1 percent. However, 9 out of 10 organizations surveyed also realized the need to improve processes, and 44 percent were considered at or near world-class status in the area.
Improving processes starts with gathering the right information to do so. Automated data collection is essential to providing the proper quantity and accuracy of data. The more often the data is collected, the more accurate it will be. Analysis of this data is the only way to determine what processes need improving and how to go about doing so. Companies that have realized the need for process improvement in the past may not have had the tools needed to accurately build solutions to existing problems.
Automated Data Collection Solutions In The Next Generation
To bring processes to world-class levels, organizations must do away with paper-based systems and upgrade their barcode scanning software and data collection systems. This information will quickly help improve inventory control as well. When this data can also populate into existing ERP systems, the entire business can update processes that will ultimately save money and improve customer satisfaction.
These tools can also reduce employee turnover by sparing employees from the redundant and unskilled task of collecting and logging data. The process is slow, boring and often highly inaccurate. With automated collection, employees will simply need to scan a barcode and can focus on the finer points of their jobs. For many organizations, this alone could be viewed as a process improvement.
RFgen offers a number a solutions to help manufacturers optimize supply chain processes while reducing costs. Whether the needs include better tracking and tracing, inventory control, government compliance or remote data capture, RFgen can help any organization reach a world-class standard.