Making Manufacturing Intelligence Work For You

Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) refers to applying specialized software to bring together your manufacturing-related data from many sources and using it for reporting, analysis, visual summarization, and sharing between enterprise and plant floor-level systems. Utilizing MI in your business gives you structure and context that helps all data users find exactly what they need regardless of the source, turning all of your manufacturing data into real functional knowledge that then drives your business results.

Core Functions of Manufacturing Intelligence

If you’re looking to pull more manufacturing intelligence capabilities into your manufacturing operations, make sure to look for a software that incorporates all of the necessary core functions. AMR Research identified the five core functions that every effective MI software should include.

Core Function #1: Aggregation

Effective MI software should make data available from multiple sources, including databases.

Core Funtion #2: Contextualization

Most often a folder tree utilizaing a hierarchy such as the ISA-95 standard, contextualization provides a model for your data that will help all of your users find what they need.

Core Function #3: Analysis

MI analysis should enable all users to evaluate data across all sources and production sites and often includes the ability for true ad hoc reporting.

Core Function #4: Visualization

The MI software should provide a dashbaord tool that creates visual summaries of data that will alert all of the decision makers within your company to the most important data information of moment.

Core Function #5: Propagation

This function automates the transfer of data from the plant floor up to the enterprise systems and vice versa.

Manufacturing Intelligence Aids Employees at All Levels

Manufacturing intelligence solutions combine all data available throughout your company into appropriate operational context and securely delivers it via a simple web browser to everyone who needs access. This benefits employees at all levels, giving you smooth operations across the board. For example:

  • Equipment operators can use MI data to study cycle times and scarp rate without walking away from the machine.
  • Engineering and maintenance managers have access to efficiency data right from the area of operations, giving them the ability to conduct root-cause analysis and equipment availability from the floor.
  • Quality managers can check selected work cells and look further into details of events, which makes it possible for them to quickly see how their quality levels are tracking.
  • Plant managers can easily look at plant-wide data and metrics for individual areas.
  • Senior executives can then take all of the available data and use it to continually evaluate production information in real-time, helping them better understanding all aspects of any issues encountered and link them to your company’s overall financial performance.

Ultimately, utilizing manufacturing intelligence in your manufacturing business helps all relevant information flow seamlessly throughout the entire organization in real-time, boosting the strength of your company’s connected enterprise system.

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