Manufacturing technology has been proven to bring organizations a great return on investment of late, according to Mark Davidson on Manufacturing Business Technology magazine. However, each organization will need to figure out what kind of technology will be the best investment for their business. He wrote that manufacturing operations management software could include investments in time trackers, warehouse management systems and other apps that could help make an operation more efficient and productive depending on how it is utilized.

The 2013-2014 LNS Manufacturing Operations Management Survey was recently undertaken, he wrote, and spoke with many executives to find out what the most adopted tools were. Quality management apps came in first at 39 percent, followed by planning, scheduling and dispatch apps at 28 percent. Other popular tools included asset management, manufacturing management suites, operational intelligence software and more.

“If you’re considering any of these MOM application areas, what are some of the considerations you should be making to choose a ‘best fit’ vendor for your situation and requirements?” he pondered. “There are many to consider, including industry expertise, geographic coverage, technology delivery models, current and emerging solution strengths, and others.”

Cloud helping manufacturing software grow
IT professional Louis Columbus wrote on CloudTech that manufacturing is being revolutionized by cloud computing in many ways, including the adoption of software and new apps. He wrote that executives in this industry are trying to gain insights into their business that they could not previously have readily accessible. Capturing and applying company-wide analytics is one area these organizations want to see improved over the next few years, he wrote.

Other reasons this has become so popular in manufacturing include:
– Quick and easily piloting of new software to figure out whether it will work or not
– Better design across the organization
– Acceleration of new product development
– Improvement to convergence of enterprise resource planning

“Manufacturers are also using this strategy to gain greater independence from a single ERP vendor dominating their entire operations,” Columbus wrote. “Several manufacturers remarked that their large, monolithic ERP systems could not, without intensive programming and customization, scale down to the smaller operational needs in distributed geographic regions.”

No matter what an organization adopts, there must be certainty that it will bring back a good return on investment and improve business.

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