Smart factory: specific advantages for SMEs
News of 20.06.2017
The positive aspects of the Smart Factory are now well-known to all the players in the industry. The benefits are concrete and measurable, but what emerges from the analysis of companies that have joined the digital transformation are the benefits that, in particular, invest small-medium businesses. In fact, smaller companies have the opportunity to get interesting results, thanks to the structure of the production plant. They realize smaller volumes and custom orders, which involve less assembly activity but a greater amount of work within the same plant. This means that the operator typically takes more decisions. Hence the need to simplify this step by providing the tools to handle quickly and in a diversified manner all the processing phases.
And here's where Smart Manufacturing can help, through orchestration of work processes. The goal is to eliminate the most possible differences within the same process, thus reducing the excessive number of variables in play and thus improving the quality of production.
A further step in achieving better business management is the choice of a cloud-based MES, a service that speeds up every single operation, simplifying work, reducing waste, and giving you the ability to add new implementations. We also think of another aspect of production: the shipment/delivery of the material. Thanks to digitalization, orders can be easily subdivided into smaller orders. In this way, a small manufacturer can accept a local order and follow all stages of the process, following all the compliance standards. The most important aspects for SMEs are the low cost of software and the gradual and scalable implementation that enable the company to obtain the most suitable service for its kind of work.
By summing up, the applications of the Internet of things for SMEs are:
- traceability of the product
- monitoring product transport & storage conditions along the supply chain
- More accurate stock data
- Native integration of sales/storage data
- Careful monitoring of packing conditions along the transport
- Real-time assembly line control
- Monitoring the real-time operation of the product
- Bring key product information (potentials, limits, correct use) to the final user
- Increase efficiency/effectiveness of new product development activity
- availability of technical data of up-to-date components in relation to the usage data collected on the products already sold
- Optimization of personnel and machinery productive activities
- Detect product operation data via sensors
- Process the collected data and evaluate the ways in which the products are operating
- Develop custom service policies for each customer
- Customer loyalty through a service that is unlikely to be imitated
- Optimization of maintenance planning
- Reduction of downtime
- Increase the company's profit margin