The manufacturing industry in the Netherlands is still a growing industry, although the increase in growth is decreasing.
In order to remain as an organization in this market, it is important to continue to produce as smartly as possible.
Smart production is flawless production. This can be done by 100% checking every step in the production process, combining data measurement, storage, analysis and machine learning. Error-free products (zero defect) minimize failure costs.
Failure costs may be due to, for example; overproduction, waiting, transport, unnecessary process steps, stock and unnecessary movements.
In the manufacturing industry, many transactions take place between companies, such as order processing, planning sharing and invoicing. If companies’ digital systems connect well, this will save costs and time.
In many production environments, however, it is very challenging to get all relevant data in the right place.
Examples of Integration flows
To arrive at a product, raw materials and / or semi-finished products are supplied, for all these products there are specifications that must be stated on the final product. The information is provided by various suppliers. One supplier provides a PDF for this, others an XML and sometimes it is supplied as a text file. The format of the files is different, there are no standards for this. To distill this information from the files and import it into the ERP system, the import format must be changed every time.
In order to run the production process optimally, it is important that sufficient raw materials are available, but also not too much in connection with (expensive) storage space. It is therefore very important that the information about this is gathered in a central location by the various suppliers.
More and more organizations want to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT) in their ERP platform so that the production process can be thoroughly improved. Think of KANBAN controlled supplies that are equipped with weight sensors. If a container falls below a certain weight, a purchase request for that specific part is automatically created via the ERP system. In addition, you can also monitor processes with sensors. This way you can automatically check whether a filling machine is not too far above or below the set number of liters per hour. This keeps underproduction in check and prevents an entire production line from going out of business. ”
Most production companies work with a wide variety of suppliers and systems. Information is in many different places and it is difficult to consolidate it.
However, as in other sectors, the manufacturing sector is faced with ever-increasing legislation and compliance with measures. Everything from health and safety to waste management is surrounded by administration. Certain regulations are indisputably essential, but others can be a major burden for manufacturing companies. Both in terms of the production process itself and in terms of the end product, a great deal of attention must be paid to obligations, especially internationally. It is therefore essential that all production data must be 100% correct.