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How do Automation and the IoT impact a Manufacturing Business?

The Internet of Things is typically associated with the devices that our society relies on day-to-day, such as smart phones, wearable devices, smart speakers, and so on.

However, the use of IoT and automation in manufacturing far outdates its use in our homes.

“The IoT is removing mundane repetitive tasks or creating things that just weren’t possible before, enabling more people to do more rewarding tasks and leaving the machines to do the repetitive jobs.”

— Grant Notman, Head of Sales and Marketing, Wood & Douglas

Despite working in a different sector, Grant Notman’s notion is spot on for manufacturing and industrial settings, too.

Introducing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

As part of our Sage, IoT and Automation series, in this post we will explore their roles within the Manufacturing sector, and how they can revolutionise your Manufacturing Business.

What is the Internet of Things?

Learn the ins and outs of the IoT and how it works in our blog post

Discover the IoT

It is thought that automation was first introduced in manufacturing in the automotive industry back in the 1940s, where it was used on production lines.

Fun fact: The origin of the word ‘automation’ is attributed to D.S. Harder, who worked for Ford Motor Company as an engineering manager.

While the introduction or development of automation in any industry is often met with trepidation – most likely due to a lack of understanding of what these machines would and could do – we really can’t deny that the IIoT within a manufacturing business has led to vast improvements.

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As Grant Notman discussed, by taking those monotonous, repetitive tasks that often sit at the core of a manufacturing business and having a machine carry them out instead of people, the workers and the company’s bottom line see countless benefits.

Firstly, a machine can often complete these tasks more quickly and more accurately than a human, speeding up production processes and therefore making more money for a business overall.

However, that does not make the employees of that business redundant.

Instead, these people can be reallocated to more important roles and tasks, such as product development, testing, QC or even allowing engineers to work on improving and enhancing product lines and the machines that run them.

In the long term, the IIoT and a business’ employees work together harmoniously to push the business towards success and increased profitability.

While the possibilities for automation within manufacturing processes specifically are endless, its potential for the business as a whole can be just as vast.

So, where does Sage come in?

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Sage X3 and automation

We would argue that while those automated machines can speed up production processes, without a robust ERP system that enables users to manage the entire manufacturing process, and surrounding processes across the business, effectively and efficiently, a business simply won’t grow to its full potential.

With Sage X3 for Manufacturing you can introduce your business to enhanced inventory management, evaluation of product line profitability, better handling of production costs and leaner operations.

As a result, your business can operate more efficiently and, most importantly, profitably.

As a cloud-enabled solution, users have the option to deploy Sage X3 on the cloud to benefit from its automation capabilities and the benefits they bring.

With a cloud-based system, your team can enter information from the shop floor, which is then instantly accessible to office staff, allowing efficient planning and management from all departments.

With auto-syncing on cloud systems, you are guaranteed access to up-to-date, up-to-the-minute information.

Wherever you are in the world, quickly access multiple reporting and dashboard options created to suit the needs of all users in your organisation, giving your team a visual of what they need to be working on, and you the power to action items directly from the portal, with information immediately sent to the right people.

Sage X3’s powerful capabilities for manufacturers provide all the tools required to improve productivity, including automated finite capacity planning, extensive traceability, product configurator, options and variants, and so much more.

As a full ERP system, you can manage and track an order from initial quote through to purchase order, production, dispatch, and delivery.

Use Sage X3 to its fullest capabilities and improve traceability across the board, in turn streamlining processes, improving communication, and saving time for everyone.

With full traceability comes the added bonuses of minimised risks and scope of recall.

Easily keep track of Quality Control and Production processes and maintain the flexibility to act on any opportunities that arise while also adapting to any potential problems before products leave the production floor.

With Sage X3 you it has never been more straightforward to keep everyone from employees to suppliers and customers in the loop.

Get an accurate and up-to-date view of product costing and pricing, allowing you to respond to customer enquiries and requests for quotes and other updates faster.

Use up-to-date information from across the business to monitor, manage and respond more quickly to shifting demands, and forecast and reduce fluctuations in purchasing, production and shipping to increase output and revenue.

Finally, at the end of the order process, many businesses see logistics departments spending hours of time manually looking up and confirming rules and regulations.

Find relevant global laws and restrictions and become globally compliant across multiple currencies, regions, and regulations with the click of a button.

Revolutionise your Manufacturing Business with Sage X3 and Automation

If you would like further information on how your business could benefit from a Sage X3, the full ERP system…

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