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Agile Factory

Agile Factory Analytics translate data to actionable intelligence, helping manufacturers gain visibility into overall factory management, from demand planning through factory execution​

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Agile Factory

Demand Planning & Shop Floor Execution​

Driven by insights captured from data, the Agile Factory responds to immediate issues, and this intelligence is used to minimize disruptions and optimize performance over the long term.  It is not just about capturing more data – it is all about getting the needed data in the hands of the right people when they need to make proactive decisions that impact the business.​

The successful Agile Factory enhances the demand planning capabilities to ensure an achievable, optimized production plan is created, and then delivers insights that increase the factory’s ability to improve shop floor execution.​

“Gaining visibility into the factory floor, including equipment health, schedule performance, and early alerts to potential delays is critical to maximize operational performance while reducing costs, which ultimately results in increased customer service levels.”​

Challenges

70%

of manufacturers in “pilot purgatory”, unable to scale smart factory innovations Source: McKinsey

88%

of manufacturers forecast an increase in smart devices and embedded intelligence in their production processes within two years

46%

of company executives have full access to the data access they need for Industry 4.0 analytics and planning

  • Limited visibility to work in process, work order status, completion dates​

  • Lost production and excess costs caused by unplanned equipment downtime, unnecessary changeovers, or missing components, materials, and information​

  • Poor process monitoring leading to suboptimized capacity utilization and reduced throughput​

  • Extended lead times resulting from incomplete and/or missing data

Business Outcomes

Agile Factories transform data into actionable insights manufacturers use to reduce cycle times, improve capacity utilization, optimize inventory investments, and adapt to demand mix + changes.

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Reduce Cycle Times 

 

Manufacture and deliver product to meet increasing customer delivery expectations

Optimize Throughput 

 

Seamlessly manage product flow in response to fluctuating demand patterns

Improve Capacity Utilization 

 

Maximize investments in resources and equipment to meet customer commitments and maximize returns

Improve Workforce Productivity 

 

Increase production per unit of input while eliminating waste and maximizing quality

Agile Factory Use Cases

Through Agile Factory Analytics we help you enhance the control points across the factory operations. We’ve identified tangible Use Cases where challenges and opportunities exist and are measurable in order to realize target business outcomes across Demand Planning and Shop Floor Execution.​

Demand Planning Use Cases:
  • Prioritize factory and resource capacity by optimizing sequencing to know what make and when

 

  • Forecast resources accurately by incorporating quote activity and backlog bookings to proactively adjust to demand fluctuations

Shop Floor Execution Use Cases:
  • Detect anomalies, output trends, quality issues and identify root causes

 

  • Eliminate delays caused by missing components, tools, raw materials, and information with optimized resource allocation

  • Reduce cost of costly unplanned downtime due to risk of equipment breakdowns and unnecessary changeovers

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VIRTUAL EVENT

Join us for a 30-minute live, virtual event on the Agile Factory & Resilient Supply Chain

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VIDEO

In this video, hear ways manufacturers can find strategies and methods to quickly surface and leverage insights to improve their operations.

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INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE

What Makes an Enterprise Intelligent?  Check out this post from Tom McKee to read more about the Intelligent Enterprise.

The Intelligent Enterprise
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Disruptions, unknowns, volatility, delays. These are all challenges that manufacturers are facing – but they’re not insurmountable.

 

What Makes an Enterprise Intelligent? 

Successful Intelligent Enterprises tend to leverage their data to provide actionable insights that empower their teams to make proactive, real-time decisions.  This ability enables them to optimize performance, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and deliver better value to their customers.

The true power of the Intelligent Enterprise is realized when companies harness the end–to-end business process integrations that span every element of their enterprise.

This is where the transformative impact of the Intelligent Enterprise can enhance a company’s ability to overcome challenges and realize business outcomes.