Smart Manufacturing Advisory Council
What is 'Smart Manufacturing'?
- 54% of manufacturing industry decision-makers consider expansion of M2M ('internet of things) initiatives a critical priority, and 36% have already implemented such initiatives
- 54% of IT respondents identified providing seamless wireless connectivity throughout their warehouses and plants as their top priority.
- Business goals which depend on reliable wireless solutions include: improving data accessibility at the point of work (40%), enhancing employee communication, collaboration and productivity (39%), strengthening asset management capabilities (36%), and reducing reaction times to events (30%).
- IT respondents claim seamless wireless connectivity is already available in their plants and warehouses 2.5 times more than their operations counterparts.
What are the challenges of 'Smart Manufacturing'?
- Security; what modifications to company systems are required to ensure the same or higher security practices are integrated to accommodate mobile/wireless (connected) technologies
- Industrial plants can be highly reflective environments which scatter radio waves and interfere with wireless transmissions
- Integration with existing legacy systems
- Lack of uniformity in wireless performance measurement metrics and methods make it difficult for manufacturers to assess performance against platforms.
The importance of 'Smart Manufacturing':
- If decision-makers have the right information, they can continuously monitor performance and manage business operations
- In case of emergencies regarding operational data or external events, designated 'go to' persons can always be accessed
- Executives can provide performance statistics to investors, suppliers, partners and customers as needed, even when away from the office
- Decision-makers can manage uncertainty of supply and demand, or other important issues immediately
- Staff or customers can track orders
- Staff can track and document quality issues instantly whenever and wherever they occur
- Decision-makes can have 'real time' data on production and inventory to enable 'on the spot' decision making as may be required.
Benefits of Connected Technologies in the Manufacturing Environment:
- Control waste and inefficiency
- Increase productivity
- Decrease in costs to achieve quality; less re-do's required
- Efficient material tracking
- Increase on-time deliveries
- Minimize process cycle times
- Improve decision-making capabilities
- Facilitate cross-departmental communication
- Provides real-time critical business information which is useful for inventory management, warehouse management, procurement, financial management, sales, marketing, and more
- Enables machine maintenance tracking in real-time which facilitates immediate response and increased machine productivity
- Allows field staff to collect real-time information which maximizes the value of customer visits and enables increased sales and better customer service
- Provides immediate access to plant, equipment, and tool availability and location information, manuals, and inspection reports
- Helps reduce turn-a-round time resulting in increased productivity, efficiency and customer satisfaction
- Increases manufacturing floor efficiency and process / report streamlining
- Enables tracking of labor costs per job at the time of activity which facilitates payroll accuracy as well as better job costing, customer reporting and invoicing
Why MTAM has formed a 'Smart Manufacturing' Advisory Council:
MTAM 'Smart Manufacturing' Advisory Council Objectives:
- Assist MTAM in development and implementation of strategies that will increase the use of mobile/wireless (connected) technologies by the Michigan manufacturing community
- To promote MTAM's role as a neutral entity providing opportunities for discussion and collaboration among all stakeholders interested in facilitating innovation in the manufacturing industry
- Identify training needs that will benefit the manufacturing and mobile/wireless (connected) communities related to the use of these technologies in a manufacturing environment
- Examine manufacturing-related regulation (specifically related to the use of mobile/wireless - connected - technologies) at the state and federal level; recommend positions MTAM should consider supporting and provide info as to the reason for that recommendation
- Identify information that is recommended for dissemination to MTAM membership
- Assist MTAM in developing a database of potential speakers that the association may refer for speaker requests
- Identify Michigan-based uses of mobile/wireless (connected) technologies within the manufacturing industry so MTAM may promote those efforts inside/outside Michigan
- Promote MTAM resources to members of the manufacturing community and the mobile/wireless (connected) tech community focused on the use of these technologies within the manufacturing environment to facilitate new business opportunities, education, talent recruitment, etc.
- Facilitate relationships for MTAM within the manufacturing community
- Promote MTAM content in social media and promote events sponsored by the trade association to the manufacturing and mobile/wireless (connected) tech industry communities
- Other items as defined by the council which may be beneficial to MTAM and its mission of growing the use of mobile/wireless technologies within the manufacturing industry.