Mobile Manufacturing is a hot topic in the industry, but many manufacturers are clinging to myths holding their company back.
By David Oeters, CIMx Software Corporate Communications
Manufacturers see the advantages of mobile technology on the shop floor. For example, how much more effective could your quality control be if they could implement a hold from the shop floor? How much more effective would your organization be if customer service had access to real time data on production from anywhere? Would leadership meetings benefit from real-time production reports and dashboards?
Mobile manufacturing obviously holds promise, including increased quality, better process control and productivity, but while companies search for information, little benefit has come from these investigations into mobile or collaborative manufacturing. Perhaps it is the misguided belief mobile manufacturing is simply giving iPads to the shop floor employees, or that mobile manufacturing will lose production data, holding companies back.
We wanted to take a few minutes to shine the honest truth on the mobile manufacturing myths. Here are our Top 5 mobile manufacturing myths, and the truth hiding behind the myths:
1. Mobile Manufacturing means putting iPads on the shop floor.
2. Mobility is another name for cloud computing, and I’m going to lose control of my data.
3. Mobile manufacturing will expose my data to outside security threats.
4. Mobile Manufacturing will expose my business to change I can’t control.
5. Mobile devices can’t be trusted.
Paperless and mobile manufacturing systems hold a lot of promise for manufacturing, and can make your shop floor more productive. But few manufacturers have taken action on the research. Myths and misinformation are clouding the topic. Visit our website to learn the latest CIMx initiatives in mobile manufacturing, and see what other advantages you might be missing. As you consider possible process improvements for your shop floor, find the truth - don’t let myths get in the way of game-changing ideas.