Putting down the pencil and paper in favour of automated data collection solutions

07 March 2017

InfinityQS International is calling for greater adoption of automated data collection technologies to attain enterprise visibility and begin to adopt Industry 4.0. A recent survey of 260 manufacturers found that 75% are still manually collecting data.

According to the findings of the report – Sprinting to Value in Industry 4.0 –  the value created by Industry 4.0 vastly exceeds the low-single-digit cost-savings that many manufacturers pursue today. The new technologies promise to revolutionise manufacturing, shifting the competitive balance among countries and transforming the industrial workforce.”

However, the foundation of Industry 4.0 is automation and data exchange, and InfinityQS found in its recent survey of 260 manufacturers that 75% of respondents are still manually collecting data, 47% still rely on pencil and paper. 

To facilitate Industry 4.0, manufacturers need to automate and standardise data collection processes and create a centralised repository that is accessible to all stakeholders within the organisation. When data is unified, from all sources, it is possible to visualise more than a single aspect of operations. The outcome is real-time visibility of the entire enterprise, from end to end — including suppliers, incoming inspection, raw materials, in-process checks from shop floor operators and the quality lab, process data, packaging, and finished products. This visibility identifies potential opportunities to increase output, decrease costs, and improve quality across manufacturing operations.

Commenting on the issue, Michael Lyle, president and CEO, InfinityQS, said: “To reach the full potential of digital transformation, it is vital to find the right talent and resources to configure and deploy the technologies, as well as interpret the resulting data. However, what many manufacturers don’t realise is that it’s not an all or nothing proposal. There are small, less expensive steps that can be taken to adopt Industry 4.0 in a more iterative and agile manner.”

To learn more about the first step to prepare your manufacturing organisation for a digital transformation, InfinityQS has produced a white paper - Enterprise Visibility – which can be downloaded from the company’s web site free of charge. www.infinityqs.com

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