Businesses everywhere are looking at ways they can utilize mobile devices to make work easier and less complex. Manufacturing is no exception. Warehouse management systems, which were previously desktop based, now have mobile apps and programs that allow managers to control the shop floor from the palms of their hands.

How is all of this possible? Let’s take a look at a few ways this can be done:

1) Connecting employees

More employees organizations are now in communication, and that is certainly a good thing for business efficiency and productivity. With mobile manufacturing tools, industry professional Jason Pates wrote on IndustryWeek that there are ways to utilize these workers to better serve customers.

“The reasoning is simple: Deploying mobile collaboration technologies on the plant floor adds value by connecting factory product experts with R&D, sales and even maintenance teams that are off-site,” he said.  “Until recently, plant floor engineering resources were ‘off the grid,’ detaching product knowledge and real-time production status from enhancing global operations, sales and customer support.”

Now, these workers are added to a network. They can help keep the workflow and motion and ensure best practices are undertaken across the entire organization.

2) Better, more reliable information right away

Managers may be used to waiting for printouts and reports, but with mobile manufacturing tools, real-time information will help make work easier right away. Mobile professional  Stephen Brown wrote on TabTimes that CEOs and other executives can visualize performance, observe their line of workers and know what is happening with shipping. This knowledge can make everything the organization does more efficient.

“Tablet dashboards empower decision makers to respond to changes everywhere, whether they’re on the floor or in the back office,” Brown said. “This allows for tighter inventory turns, reduces the need for back stock, and supports a leaner manufacturing effort.”

3) Spreading ERP across the company

Putting mobile in the hands of employees means having an expanded ERP and facilitating the flow of information across business functions, Pates said. This can help leverage lifecycle data, react to data and make shifts when necessary.

With the greater depth of technology and better communication in place, executives can take what they have learned from the ERP program and put it into action without having to wait

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