Technology overcomes global manufacturing language barriers

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Most modern industries have gone global. Manufacturers employ an international workforce to work production lines or warehouse distribution. E-commerce forces companies to compete with other product suppliers around the world and ship goods to customers outside of their home country.

Technology provides the tools for a manufacturing warehouse to keep up with the global economy. If inventory is being counted by a worker who speaks English as a second language or the distribution flow is presented to international clients, Microsoft Dynamics NAV software allows for communication to remain crystal clear.

Translation tools
Enterprise resource planning software is adaptable. Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions are implemented to meet the needs of the company that is adopting the technology.

The interface, window layout, color scheme and language is adjusted for each user and can integrate with other software and hardware the company is using. Microsoft Dynamics NAV features an ERP translation solution. According the Microsoft product description, the translation tool provides automated translation services and access to the MS linguistics assets.

IT Toolbox, an information source for business technology, advised companies to work with a software partner that will create a system specifically tailored for a company's needs. If a manufacturer does business with particular foreign markets or employs certain nationalities, the ERP tools can meet the language and currency demands of that region.

Mobile visual data
Fast Company Magazine suggested companies should present data in a variety of forms when working in an international environment. Visual graphs and hard numbers are much easier to communicate than text descriptions.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV reformats data to the preferred presentation style. Numbers from Excel documents are captured by the system and turned into charts or other visual tools. If a manufacturer utilizes cloud-deployed ERP software, it can collect information from any location and provide real-time data to the rest of the business.

Warehouse employees may use mobile technology to access the same visual tools. Inventory workers who don't share the same language can still share the same information presented in a comprehensible manner. Employees can use personal devices with their preferred language tools in the warehouse.

Automated systems
Additional software modules facilitate automated work processes that are easy to learn no matter the language. When a warehouse employs workers who speak more than one language, the inventory system should account for the communication barrier.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Warehouse Barcoding makes inventory counting and distribution simpler and more efficient. It eliminates the need to constantly write down and carefully read information. A barcode label provides all necessary information at the click of a button. Practical Ecommerce shared a case study of a warehouse that used barcoding technology to create a routine training program. The training was quick and employees were much less likely to make an error due to miscommunication.

Barcoding turns labels into hard data. The information is integrated into the ERP system and distributed throughout the business. Distribution flow becomes part of the data infrastructure. Each step of this process is expressed visually and in the language of the user's choosing.

To learn more about how data can overcome language barriers download the "Keeping the Physical World and the Virtual World in Sync" white paper.