Enabling Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturing organisations are replacing linear, operations oriented
processes with structures more capable of focusing on individual
customer requirements and rapidly changing market demands.
Globally dispersed virtual enterprises enable manufacturers to
reach regions without infrastructure investment, and offer products
anywhere in the world.
Key Success Factors
Key success factors are increasingly dependent on the ability
to respond to unpredictable opportunities and change. Change is
being driven by the social and political environment, the needs
of the marketplace, and opportunities created by technological breakthroughs.
The main challenges to take advantage of this environment are:
- Achieve concurrency in all operations
- Integrate human and technical resources to enhance workforce
performance and satisfaction
- Instantaneously transform information gathered from a vast
array of sources into useful knowledge for making effective decisions
- Reduce production waste and product environmental impact to
- Reconfigure manufacturing enterprises rapidly in response to
changing needs and opportunities
- Develop innovative manufacturing processes and products with
a focus on decreasing dimensional scale
New Manufacturing Operational Models
New manufacturing models such as 'Concurrent Manufacturing' are
driving a new wave of business process re-engineering [BPR] and
business process management [BPM]. Where once, the focus of such
initiatives was in more efficient linear sequencing, today the focus
is on how intelligence can be imbedded into all operational activities
and decisions, with automation and intelligent operation a key process
Currently, many manufacturers struggle just to exchange data between
different production processes. Advances in data integration and
exchange is paving the way for tighter cohesion between processes,
such that any alert triggering a change in one process stream, can
signal a sychronous adjustment in a concurrent production process.
New methodologies for integrated product and process design and
production have significantly reduced time-to-market, however even
the most advanced collaborative design software cannot incorporate
tacit knowledge, respond to changing markets or organizational structures,
or accommodate multilingual or multicultural projects.
This requires the integration of advanced business analytics which
melds together market, product and production knowledge in a seamless
Enabling BI in Manufacturing Processes
The key to melding business intelligence and operational processes
together relies largely on the enabling technology. At the high
level, this demands:
- Information Technology - System architectures
and methodologies for acquiring information and converting it
into immediately usable knowledge.
- Agile Design Methodologies - Capable of adaption
based on enterprise reconfigurations
- New Materials Processes - To create new materials
and bulk manufacture them to enable production of new classes
of products or radical reengineering of traditional products.
- Enterprise Modeling and Simulation - Manages
the processes to enable virtual prototyping and simulation of
complex manufacturing processes and systems to enable ''just-in-time"
reconfiguration decisions for products, processes, organization,
operations, and control:
- Conceptualizing manufacturing functions and operations
- Combining information from many sources into a consistent
description of the enterprise and its operations
- Converting that information into knowledge upon which effective
decisions can be made around predictions, optimizations and
of system performance.
- Machine-human Interfaces - Enable individuals
to access and synthesize information and knowledge within the
enterprise's systems for application in manufacturing operations.
- Adaptable and Reconfigurable Systems - Enable
rapid reconfiguration of equipment, business processes, and manufacturing
systems and easily integration into macro-processes and systems.
- Collaboration Software Systems - Enabling rapid
reconfiguration across disparate multiple teams with various functional
backgrounds, skill levels, languages, and cultures.
- Education and Training - Enable workers to
participate in the transformation of information into useful knowledge.
As floor workers take over decision making they must be skilled
at acquiring and processing information in ways that can be used
in manufacturing operations.
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