Cloud Computing in a Manufacturing World

Jan 13, 2017 | Employee Expertise, Industry News

Imagine total integration of all a warehouse’s machines, working together and communicating with one another as well as with the employees. This set-up resembles a well-designed ecosystem and when utilized correctly, all pieces and parts can coexist together for the best and most efficient results.

Cloud computing, which was initially created to share and access data, is changing the way manufacturing companies operate by allowing factories to connect all of their machines and materials. More and more often, technology and automation are utilized in manufacturing companies and now cloud computing can make those processes even better.

 

Improve on time management

Using cloud computing can help a warehouse operate more effectively and makes better use of employees’ time. Take, for example, a more traditional factory system, checking their production for the day. A worker might have to write down how many parts were made, how much waste was produced and problems they encountered and then later enter it all into a computer. Now, machines can record all of that data, saving the worker’s time and in the process, saving money and achieving efficiency.

 

Create a greener warehouse

If more data is digitally recorded, we will use less paper, which in turn is better for the environment. In addition to cutting down on waste, storing data electronically also makes it easier to organize your filing system and keep records. Keeping better records can help with manufacturing compliance. Compliance includes things like data protection, product safety, IT safety and security, fair competition and employment law, to name a few. Non-compliance has become a concern recently, especially for manufacturers who deal in more than one country or jurisdiction. A digital filing system can help avoid non-compliance and also be easier to search than paper records.

 

Data security

With important information going into the cloud, you must think about tightening up security. Some smaller companies use third-party software developers to integrate their factories, instead of in-house solutions. Physical security devices, such as keypad entry systems and cameras can also be managed and monitored as part of the cloud systems.

 

Minimize down time with live feedback from machines

With cloud computing, some machines can give real-time feedback about how they are functioning so employees are made aware of any issues immediately. This reduces any downtime the machines might experience if workers were not made aware of the problems right away.

 

Change may seem scary or overwhelming to some at first but the benefits of being better connected with cloud computing are too great to ignore. With better processes, security and productivity, cloud computing will surely improve manufacturing operations by saving time and money, making way for more growth and success in the future for your company.

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