Digital Transformation for Manufacturing – A Step in The Future

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Delighting customers has become a key factor in differentiation. Innovation and productivity remain the driving force for your business. Additionally, your customers must quickly become an integral part of improving both.

Delighting customers has become a key factor in differentiation. Innovation and productivity remain the driving force for your business. Additionally, your customers must quickly become an integral part of improving both.

At KloudPLM, we firmly believe that product data and processes should be at the heart of your digital transformation journey.

 

What is Digital Transformation for Manufacturing?

From manual drawing to AutoCAD to 3D, stacks of files and paperless systems, manual BOM creation to automated item numbering, handwritten address books to customer information databases (CRM), institutional knowledge to documented production information (MRP)/ERP ) significant digitization has taken place in the last 40 years or more.

More recently, organizations have tried to optimize and enhance their digital data. Automatic manufacturing drawings, electronic workflows, simulation, connecting engineering to other areas of the organization through ERP, configure-to-order, and engineer-to-order systems are some examples of digitization that have recently been implemented.

These digitizations have happened and are still happening. The goal in this phase is to get the most productivity out of the systems and data you collect and to do what you’ve always done faster and more cheaply.

The next phase is digital transformation. This is where using data and analytics can identify opportunities to rethink your business.

  • Can I create new revenue streams?
  • Shall we enter a new market?
  • Will my revenue model work in the future?
 
How Can You better Connect and Delight Your Customers?
When asked what their most valuable asset is outside of their employees, it is always customer or product data. When we look at how our customers invest, we find that manufacturers typically invest in CRM or production. Traditionally, companies have looked at design data only for design and manufacturing. However, I would say that without a product (and that data used to make it) you don’t have customers. When you start looking at product data as an asset, an investment, and a platform, you will begin to embrace digital transformation.

At KloudPLM, we see a significant opportunity for customers to make better use of their product data to improve customer retention and win more business. By using product data to connect with production and customer insights, you also accelerate innovation.
 
Where and How to Start Digital Transformation?

Product Data:
Start by evaluating the systems you currently use. You’ve probably captured customer data in a CRM tool, technical information in a PDM or PLM tools like Autodesk Vault PLM, or other tools in other areas of your business. By centralizing all your engineering data, you have the foundation to streamline the process. You also have the platform to share with internal teams. Additionally, you also have the safety and security to share with customers, vendors, and installers.

Task-Based Automation:

Now, evaluate your engineering tasks and look for ways to optimize them. Repetitive tasks, frequent mistakes, prototyping costs, and project delays often lead you to these opportunities.

Task automation will add value by reducing errors, improving responsiveness, and providing analytics for continuous technical improvements. Subsequently, task-based automation allows you to spend more time innovative.

 

Process-Based Automation:

Finally, assess your business processes. This phase is all about making the existing technology work better together. Consider the consumers of your technical information: manufacturing, distribution, your customers. Therefore, if you look from sales to process engineering and engineering to the production process, you will find more iterations, gaps, errors, and delays.

Before you start, you need to first answer certain questions about your existing processes. Some of them ae listed below:

  • How are these processes related?
  • Is product information shared?
  • What happens if a product changes?
  • Do customers use product information? If so, how, why and what else could they benefit from?
 
Connect Business Systems:
Connecting business systems and integrating cross-departmental workflows improves your customer experience. Thus, integrating part numbering between design and production, connecting requests to design data, marketing content to design files, installing and designing on-site for access to technical content via mobile devices. Thus, Connecting data to sales and marketing, customers, suppliers, engineering, and on-site installation will create a feedback loop for engineering and stimulate new innovative ideas.
 

 

Begin a New Phase of Manufacturing with KloudPLM

We’ve all gone digital. Now is the time to digitize and optimize existing systems and processes. This creates the analytics and insights to shape your digital transformation for manufacturing. and thinking is important, but learning by doing is more. Start small and you’ll soon be well on your way to successfully positioning your company for the future.

Some Final Advice

  • Don’t let technology limit you.
  • Don’t think too much. In fact, start optimizing your digital data and the transformative ideas will come.
  • Rely on KloudPLM and its features and integrations for optimizations.
 
Take a look at our 2 minute video where we explain how KloudPLM can help you achieve your digitization goals for manufacturing. Schedule a demo to know more.

 

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