Director Shop Floor Systems & Manufacturing IT

Director Shop Floor Systems & Manufacturing IT Commercial Vehicles

The challenges for a Director Shop Floor Systems & Manufacturing IT working in Automotive - Commercial Vehicles include ...

Increasing flexibility and modularity in production processes

Standardising production tools and processes

Filling the data-gaps inherent in real-world processes

Increasing flexibility and modularity in production processes

A lack of flexibility and modularity causes a number of challenges, including: 

  • Ability to implement Industry 4.0 strategy limited by inflexible production processes
  • Inability to proactively correct for real-world deviations from the production plan
  • Process blind spots limit awareness of impending disruptions
  • Processes can’t adapt to changing circumstances because of inflexible work zones and identification strategies
  • Inability to integrate new products into existing plants because rigid work zones and identification triggers can’t accommodate a high degree of product variability
  • Waste associated with manual approaches to creating flexibility

Standardising production tools and processes

For Business Transformation Officers seeking to standardise production tools and processes, SmartSpace is the single unifying platform that can be tailored to address a wide range of production applications and adapt to plant-specific production strategies.   

In any process where movement demands a need for location context, SmartSpace becomes the single hub for visibility and control applications, seamlessly connecting all departments across materials handling, assembly, finishing and shipping. 

For global manufacturers who must accommodate local deviations from their best-practise blueprint, SmartSpace is the common platform which can be effortlessly tuned to meet the needs of plant-specific visibility and control strategies.

Filling the data-gaps inherent in real-world processes

These data gaps cause a number of challenges, including: 

  • Lack of situational awareness required to coordinate complex production flows
  • Hidden process performance issues causing low productivity
  • Poor planning because of out-of-date production status from manual paper-based reporting
  • Continuous improvement limited by an inability to measure and characterise actual production flow
  • Lack of situational context for enabling self-configurable processes
  • Ability to implement Industry 4.0 strategy limited by departmental data silos
  • Cost of verifying that dynamic processes are correctly staged and configured
  • Additional capital expense through an inability to maximise use of available resources


 

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