Manufacturing

Modernizing process with automation and reporting for the digital age

Industry Challenges

Manufacturing is becoming more aggressive and deliberate in making investments. By developing technology platforms and new operating models, manufacturers can enable connected products and services and integrate their customers’ operations. This overhaul of IT architecture serves as the backbone for internal and external technology initiatives.

Efficiency and quality
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Insight into production levels and inventory
82%
Deep visibility of supply chain
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Current Trends

One of the biggest challenges manufacturers face today is determining how best to implement IoT to achieve operational goals like reducing costs, improving efficiency, increasing safety, supporting compliance or spurring product innovation.

Companies are beginning to recognize the value of thinking strategically and operationally, as well as better understanding the importance of data management. They're gathering operational data, analyzing it and leveraging valuable information gleaned from manufacturing processes to spark transformative organizational change.

The rise of Industry 4.0, or smart manufacturing, has provided manufacturers with the opportunity to utilize advanced manufacturing capabilities and information technology (IT) throughout the product lifecycle. It can improve production processes, increase efficiency and improve safety on the factory floor, because it provides manufacturers with better abilities to monitor and analyze assets, as well as offers them improved monitoring and simulation to help them gain better intelligence about their systems.

Companies are seeing the value of employing additive processes for prototyping, tooling and even final production applications to help positively impact time and cost efficiencies. Technologies like 3D printing enable manufacturers to maintain equipment by making replacement parts as opposed to having inventory in place, saving them the significant overhead costs of warehouse space. Furthermore, the production of molds, jigs and fixtures used in the mass production of heavy equipment presents an even greater opportunity to leverage additive manufacturing to increase operational efficiency. The challenge ahead is how best to use this technology to suit individual business needs.

Groundbreaking advancements in technology are propelling manufacturing into a new age of automation. Robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to disrupt the industry in the years to come, and the continued evolution of these technologies will literally shape manufacturing’s long-term future.

The challenge for companies is to decide what to automate (and what not to automate) in order to best obtain value. Technology makes it possible to not only automate tasks on the show floor, but also to automate jobs in other areas of a business, such as maintenance, management and administration. Furthermore, in many cases, machines are able to match or exceed the productivity output of their human counterparts.

While the concept of augmented reality (AR) is still in its early stages, companies are beginning to evaluate its potential impact on the industry. Possible applications for AR include complex assembly, maintenance, expert support, quality assurance and automation, but that just scratches the surface.

While the technology may seem futuristic, that's really not the case. AR is currently being used in manufacturing facilities across the United States and around the world. And companies utilizing it are experiencing a number of benefits, including cost reduction, speed increases, fewer errors, and overall improved safety.

Case Study

Hardware Management Interface

The client is an A/V hardware manufacturer. Gavant developed a web-based management interface for their video signal converter hardware that enabled users to access firmware-level operations for remote management of the device. The result was a streamlined and improved production workflow.

Case Study

Operations Management System

The client is a nanotechnology company. Gavant built a custom Manufacturing Requirements Planning (MRP) and Batch Lineage Tracking system that enabled precision scheduling of manufacturing activity and tracking of essential product data through the manufacturing process. The result was more flexible than conventional off-the-shelf software in that it tracked custom product batches and recipes in addition to standard products and batches.

Case Study

Manufacturing Yield Measurement

The client is an electronics manufacturer. Gavant built a workflow system designed to measure and report manufacturing yields based on finished product passing quality testing. The system provided enhanced testing with analytics and reporting that enabled real-time responsiveness to out-of-tolerance elements in the manufacturing process. The result was a greater manufacturing yield.

Case Study

Custom Order Entry

The client is a swimming pool manufacturer with an engineer-to-order (ETO) and make-to-order (MTO) manufacturing division. Gavant built a custom order entry interface for ETO/MTO product lines with business logic that recognized the interdependencies of materials and application, including a design management tool that facilitated exponential growth in custom orders. The result was improved quoting accuracy, billing accuracy, throughput speed and customer satisfaction.

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Workflow Automation

The client is a swimming pool manufacturer. Gavant developed a mobile app that enabled users to operate a proprietary hardware device capable of automated data collection prior to custom fabrication. The result was a more efficient workflow with improved accuracy of data, ensuring orders were actionable for manufacturing.

Hardware Interface
Operations Management
Yield Measurement
Order Entry
Workflow Automation
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