Information & Technology

Plant Floor Integration

Operational Efficiency

Scheduling resources for your plant without knowing current inventory levels or the status of an order can be challenging.

That is often what happens when an operation lacks plant floor integration and a proper human-machine interface. In this situation, information does not flow between your plant floor and your corporate offices.

From raw material usage to work-in-process and finished goods production, production work orders to customer sales orders—the transfer of information between your production facility and the rest of your organization, via your human-machine interface, is a critical element of your operational efficiency.

Addressing Challenges Head-On

With a human-machine interface, you can integrate the plant floor with your business system to address these key challenges:

  • Inaccurate Inventories
    Delayed reporting of inventory changes can negatively affect your ability to plan.

    When changes are unplanned, quality, yield issues, or late deliveries from suppliers can be especially damaging to your business success.

  • Delayed Invoicing
    Delays in reporting confirmed and shipped orders can delay your being paid. How much is quick invoicing and peace of mind worth to you?
  • Duplicated Effort
    Time spent manually entering receipts, usages, productions, inventory, and shipping transactions “after the fact” can be significant. When margins are tight, adding unnecessary labor and processing doesn’t help.
  • Human Error
    Errors resulting from manually entering plant floor information can take considerable time. Finding and correcting errors is a costly and unnecessary way to spend resources.

When accurate plant floor information is integrated directly into your business systems, your company can be in a position to make better decisions based on accurate and timely operational information.