How Workflow Automation Expedites Manufacturing Process Efficiency and Growth?

May 25, 2017

Anand Kannan

How Workflow Automation Expedites Manufacturing Process Efficiency and Growth?

Success of manufacturing industry is heavily dependent on quality and process efficiency. Automating process workflows reduces manual processes, ensuring enriched quality and productive operations management.

Top challenges impacting the process managers of manufacturing industry are:

  • Paper-based documentations
  • Process delays due to no hierarchy
  • Lack of visibility in supply chain
  • Inefficient collaboration between partners, customers, workers
  • Hard-to-digest text-based reports
  • Defective task management

These eventually add up to managing the inventories, operations, responding to customer demands, and on-time delivery headaches.

One of the industry research leading groups, Aberdeen Group, has released a report on how companies including mobile workflow automation as part of the business process management have improved their performance, productivity by at least 19%.

Here’s the summary of the report.

Top organizations including mobile workflows as part of their BPM enjoy:

  • 64% Improved efficiency
  • 7x More visibility into processes
  • Adopting new ways of doing business
  • 19% Improved cycle time for better performance

The industry report apparently points out top organizations adopting to mobile workflow solutions are experiencing substantial growth compared to those with not.

Let’s discuss how workflow automation improves manufacturing companies’ business process management and growth.

Here are 5 ways automation solutions can enhance your manufacturing industry’s performance.

  1. Deeper visibility into critical processes for flawless productivity

From our understanding on automating workflows for manufacturing clients, we have realized even the best of workflow processes don’t have a complete visibility. Poor visibility to certain parts of the critical processes can delay the process cycle and below par productivity leading to unhappy customers.

With automation, it is seamless to garner complete visibility over the entire process without breaking a sweat. Notably, identifying the redundant part in the process helps in fixing the gap and this guarantees a transparent process management ensuring success.

  1. Meticulous process management and quality control

A biggest challenge every manufacturing company face is developing a quality product on-time that sells red-hot in the market. To achieve that, assigning the right resource with expertise, experience in development is a must.

Automation enables managers to map the right resource and match with their expertise to develop a robust product. By standardizing the process with specific set of protocols and automating, replicating the finished product again and again wont’ be troublesome and saves time.

  1. Reduced time spent on operations management

Heavy manufacturing companies involve surplus operational processes and managing them on a day-to-day basis can be grueling. Most of the processes require constant monitoring and this eats up the time of managers.

Automated workflow solutions can simplify this by monitoring the routine processes without any oversight of top level executives. Also, this helps in saving substantial time to be spent on innovative business growth ideas.

  1. Weeding out paper-based documentation process

Manufacturing involves plethora of processes and documenting the data for each process is a tiring effort and consumes a huge volume of time. On top of the above, cost incurred for paper documentation is massive. This could bring down the profit of your business.

Interconnecting the departments and introducing centralized data storage using automation solutions can reduce paper burden and cost incurred. Again, this saves time and money.

  1. Efficient centralized data storage and recuperation

Storing a massive volume of data in different locations can impact the efficiency of project management. Retrieving the data during crunch times is equally challenging as it is hard to locate the right document comprising the data. This retards the complete process cycle.

Automating the documenting process will enable business heads, managers to store data in a centralized location to access without any trouble at crunch times. This saves a lot of time and energy of the workers, managers and allows them to expedite the complete project cycle.

Start automating your manufacturing business process today to ensure elevated product efficiency, performance, and growth. Don’t know how to get started with? Talk to our workflow automation experts.

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