is the implementation of digitization to streamline processes, create
efficiencies, and work smarter, not harder. Similar to Lean
Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing is taking efficiency to the next
level to help organizations achieve success.
This is the second in a three-part series on Smart
Manufacturing. In Part
1, we described the role smart manufacturing plays in delivering new
services. In the forthcoming Part 3, we’ll discuss how smart manufacturing
is transforming the workforce. Today, in Part 2, we’re writing about how
smart manufacturing is optimizing digital operations. Enjoy!
Optimizing Digital Operations
Manufacturing as a concept is in the midst of a fourth major
industrial revolution. The first and most widely recognized was the
introduction of water/steam power in the early 1800’s. A century later,
manufacturing was forever changed by the emergence of mass production and
electricity – the second major industrial revolution. About 50 years ago,
manufacturing was again revolutionized – this time by electronic automation.
And now, with the advances in smart automation, manufacturing is changing
exponentially right before our eyes. Indeed, machine learning and artificial
intelligence are changing literally everything – and smart manufacturing is a
Let’s consider some of the problems that used to plague
- Disconnected systems led to inaccurate
- No real-time updates/data/inventory
- Disparate and legacy solutions patched
- Systems unable to handle product recalls
Through the relatively simple
act of optimizing digital operations by implementing smart manufacturing
technology, such problems are nonexistent. How is that possible? Well, a robust
technology solution like Dynamics 365 – especially with related Microsoft
Business Applications working in concert – is what makes it possible. And it
does so by empowering all of the following for organizations:
- Close your books faster, deliver robust
reporting, increase profitability with business intelligence, and ensure
- Bring agility and efficiency to your
manufacturing to connect and optimize production planning, scheduling,
operations, and cost management.
- Modernize your supply chain with unified,
advanced warehouse and inventory management to improve fulfillment,
material sourcing, and logistics.
- Drive innovation with an intelligent application
that is easy to tailor, extend, and connect to other apps and services you
- Seamlessly connect sales and purchasing with
logistics, production, and warehouse management for a 360-degree view of
your supply chain.
In addition, with Dynamics
365 for Field Service – and particularly with Microsoft’s Connected Field
Service, which is tailor-made for manufacturing organizations – today’s manufacturers
are optimizing their digital operations.
There’s a lot more to smart manufacturing than just
optimizing digital operations to increase efficiency and revenue. Learn
more by downloading this digital transformation fact sheet and in a few
weeks, look for the final installment in this 3-part smart manufacturing series.