Effective supply chain management is all about delivering the right product in the right quantity and in the right condition with the right documentation to the right place at the right time at the right price. If only it were as simple as it sounds
Effective supply chain management is all about delivering the right product in the right quantity and in the right condition with the right documentation to the right place at the right time at the right price. If only it were as simple as it sounds.Supply chain operating costs are under pressure today from rising freight prices, more global customers, technology upgrades, rising labor rates, expanding healthcare costs, new regulatory demands and rising commodity prices. To control such costs there are thousands of potential metrics that supply chain organizations can and do measure. Managers need to zero in on the critical few that drive total supply chain costs within their organizations.
Growing importance of the quality function.Scope: Enterprise-wide.Issues: consequences of M&A, Global plants, bus. Units and divisional segmentation and past trends of decentralization.Supply Chain, Product Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Shipping, Finance, Customers are all directly involved.Evolution of Quality as an after-thought (something done on top of the production process) to an intrinsic, value-adding element of the enterprise.
We are living today, says the Economist, in a third industrial revolution.1st was the textile industry in the UK.2nd was Henry Ford’s moving assemby line.3rd is the growing digitalization of manufacturing. (Extreme example of which is 3-D printing.)There are Millions of lines of running in each car today (on about 100 ECU’s (microprocessors) ), and millions more went into it’s design and production.Bottom line: manufacturing data, data-systems is exploding – and so is the volume and complexity of the quality-data management problem.
“Product data” as defined by SASIG (Strategic Automotive product data Standards Industry Group)
How can the variety of quality-data be efficiently handled?How can you get the quality-data when you need it and where you need it?Factor in the organizational complexity – often compounded by acquisitions.The critical importance of Info Technology to today’s manufacturing enterprise.
A direct result of productivity gains. Importance of labor cost is diminishing.(E.g., A $499 iPad has only $33 of manufacturing-labor cost.)Consequently, manufacturing is moving closer to customers (increased globalization & dispersed mfg.).Labor important for designs, engineers, logistics experts AND IT SPECIALISTS in manufacturing.Quality-data management is becoming the critical differentiator. Those who perform badly will have customers and auditors finding problems after the fact, with consequences on the financials, on the supply chains, and on the corporate brand.Merging of shop-floor and back-office
Without IT the industry cannot:Provide “mass customization” with “made to order” assembly
http://seekingalpha.com/article/210884-auto-industry-domestics-pass-imports-in-quality-surveyThe auto industry has made huge strides in product quality, and the US makers do as well as the imports, but there is still room for improvement.
What does it mean when we say “Enterprise Aware”?The framework must be able to scale across the organization (cross-functionally) and with other systems in the organization.
The solutions offered by the IBS AG Group for quality, compliance, production and traceability form a single information source within the device (instruments and controls) to enterprise (ERP), allowing you to make timely and accurate decisions within the value chain.