5 Key Ways To Optimise Your Manufacturing Plant in 2024

5 Key Ways To Optimise Your Manufacturing Plant in 2024

A pandemic-fuelled period of uncertainty coupled with supply chain difficulties triggered by changes in consumer behaviour have no doubt made the last couple of years difficult for manufacturers. 


However, by leveraging big data and pioneering technological concepts, alongside increased automation and the implementation of advanced manufacturing techniques, companies can ensure that in 2024 they are truly stepping up their game. 

Here are five ways to optimise operations in order to streamline manufacturing processes in 2024.

5 Key Ways To Optimise Your Manufacturing Plant in 2024

1. Utilising big data

Supply chain management, quality assurance, maintenance management and risk assessment in manufacturing can all be completely transformed by big data. 


However, a prerequisite for shifting to big data analytics is stellar real-time data management and utilisation. This, in turn, calls for investments in technology, such as cloud-based manufacturing systems and high-speed networks. These investments are essential to ensure that an organization can access, process, and analyze the data at scale in a cost-effective manner. 


By embracing cloud-based manufacturing systems and high-speed networks, companies can improve their data management and utilization capabilities, enabling them to make the shift to big data analytics and gain a competitive edge in the process. 


Ultimately, big data analytics make data management simpler and offer essential insight for ongoing procedures and quality enhancements.

2. Automating routine workflows

Manufacturing requires collaborative workflows and systems to achieve productivity goals, but manual process and personnel control can lead to errors


The management of maintenance, employee timesheets, productivity tracking, production planning, production equipment and consumer market research can all be automated in order that day-to-day processes run more smoothly. These automation systems can easily be accessed on mobile devices and linked together for the purposes of internal communication. 


Automation systems must be able to collect and process data quickly, using cloud technology and high-speed connectivity; however, if implemented properly, this is a sure-fire way for manufacturers to maximize productivity in 2024.

3. Using Smart Factory concepts

The Smart Factory, an integrated manufacturing facility with networked systems, is where manufacturing will move to in the future. Putting Smart Factory ideas into practice improves operational visibility meaning factory managers can streamline product development, track quality issues, identify the most common types of asset failures and monitor the performance of each piece of production machinery. 

Maintenance supplies, maintenance schedules and remote process control can further be optimised via the aid of predictive analytics. IoT sensors can help businesses develop energy-saving strategies, which results in more sustainably-run operations.

4. Working smarter, not harder: Digital Work Management

Digital Work Management (DWM) is a broad term that refers to a variety of systems that improve maintenance work. These systems include everything from planning and identifying new work to scheduling, managing materials, dispatching, executing work and closing out the project. 


Based on limitations like the skills of available maintenance personnel and the availability of parts, the DWM system then optimises job prioritisation, job planning, job assignment, permitting, scheduling, and dispatch. 

Effective businesses must also integrate their DWM tools with other systems, such as CMMS. This guarantees that data collected in the field is added to the organization's master data and is accessible for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) analysis.

5. Engaging with advanced technology to streamline workflows: mobile CMMS and augmented/virtual reality

It requires careful planning and frequently a sizable budget to train multiple technicians. In order to streamline this process and cut costs, companies can train employees in technical skills using augmented and virtual reality. These technologies model various maintenance issues and offer a step-by-step procedure to fix them. 


Technicians can also remotely log maintenance work using mobile CMMS systems. This ensures that all maintenance information is centralised and accessible to users with system access rights. CMMS systems also contain manufacturer manuals, safety information and standard operating procedures to ensure standardised work.


Through the simplification and automation of routine tasks, manufacturing companies can and should optimise their maintenance processes. By utilising cutting-edge technology, businesses can reap the rewards of innovative solutions for their pain points. They can also customise these solutions to meet their requirements for maintenance, their financial constraints and the skill levels of their maintenance staff. 


However, to stay competitive and continue providing value to their customers in 2024, manufacturers will need to select a blend of solutions and technologies that offers the highest return on investment and is in line with the business objectives of their company.

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