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Use Information to Feed Manufacturing Innovation, From Anywhere

Posted by David Taylor

January 22, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Where are you right now? You might be between meetings, offices or countries. You could be on your laptop, tablet or mobile and you’re probably connected to the internet in some way, or will be very soon.

Now take the information that’s coming into your devices, and going out, throughout one working day. And multiply it by the number of people working at your company, because they’re all doing the same thing.

That’s a lot of information to analyze. Now, add the information produced by the machines in your supply chain to the equation.

Connected Enterprise
It’s no surprise that information has emerged as central to the future of industry – the clue is in the ‘I’ of ‘IT’. The real excitement lies in the possibilities that access to this information unlocks.

The Factory of the Future has the ability to capture previously hidden data and transform it into actionable information, revealing the hidden process events that cause inefficiency and cost.

The Factory of the Future Makes Information Visible
With RFID, GPS and sensory AIDC technologies, assets are given a digital presence and can be tracked by scanners, readers and other infrastructure elements. Real-time asset intelligence on an expansive, secure, connected network enables employees to better manage and simplify operations, regardless of location.

Manufacturers have the relevant, real-time production information to:

  • Make better decisions faster
  • Respond to changes in inventory, production status and customer request
  • Centrally manage and control supplier collaboration, internal supply and facility-wide communication across multiple facilities or within a single location

Effectively, this is information feeding innovation. It gives manufacturers the awareness, the analytics and the scope to extend their boundaries into the products and services the market demands, delivering them in the way the market is expecting.

Discover how information visibility is changing manufacturing with our Factory of the Future Guide.


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About the author: David Taylor is the Business Development Manager for Manufacturing in UK and Ireland at Zebra, responsible for end-user and channel engagement, whilst also acting as the vertical marketing lead for Manufacturing across EMEA.

Topics: RFID, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA