Paper-based information also exists in silos – what’s written on the paper exists only on the paper. But information within manufacturing plants typically needs to be archived, shared, or analyzed. And if analysis is needed on data that only exists in huge reams of paper it can be an impossible task just to gather all the information needed in one place.
All these factors create a complex working environment for manufacturers—not just on the shop floor but through all support and strategic levels, right up to senior management. Whether it’s real-time tracking or monthly reporting, managing the paper trail can be inefficient, time-consuming, and simply overwhelming. This results in lower quality, longer lead times, and higher costs.
Make the Paper Trail a Thing of the Past
Managing data from diverse equipment and multiple suppliers is another challenge that manufacturers have to solve. When looking for a solution to help move from paper to data, look for manufacturing and supply chain solutions that can interface with a wide range of industrial equipment and protocols, either directly or through relevant standards like OPC. Our Proficy portfolio of applications - MES, HMI/SCADA, Historian, CSense, and Operations Hub software - is open, layered and “asset agnostic,” meaning it interfaces with all asset types regardless of supplier.
Remember to consider all the pieces of the “data value chain” so you have a solution for acquisition, storage, processing and security of all the data.
Once you have moved from paper to digital, you can move all those “25-minute tasks” to “6-minute tasks” and you will be on the road to gaining speed, accuracy and traceability.