As we see manufacturing making a comeback, we see companies putting a modern twist on “old” methods. They are doing this by integrating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) systems to boost productivity and efficiency. This makes manufacturing companies of all sizes able to compete on the world market.
ERP allows easy automation by collecting data and interpreting it from multiple sources. What does this have to do with improving rank in worldwide competition? In times past, a manufacturing facility’s individual departments were somewhat alienated from one another. ERP brings the data from various departments together, enabling for more seamless communication and better informed decision making across the organization. PLM is traditionally used to manage each product from idea, through production, to disposal. By bringing these different tactics together, a highly effective collaboration can be built.
PLM builds an extremely useful foundation for ERP by introducing cutbacks to the product development cycle. PLM takes ERP’s efficiency in execution and couples it with advancing innovation. There is a need to rely on both systems to manage the growing intricacy of the international workforce and worldwide supply chains.
A manufacturing facility ought to have the ability to merge the most important and current information to a central location and make it available to design, production, and distribution teams for easy collaboration and decision-making. ERP partnered with PLM systems allows this information to cooperatively move between systems to reduce timely errors. Using this partnership, customer feedback can be analyzed and implemented with the reassurance that supply chains can support the variations.
The manufacturing scene is constantly changing. Tools needed to integrate are now more available than ever to meet the industries demanding evolution. The line of distinction between ERP and PLM has blurred. Each application enforces the other and overlaps throughout production. The way ERP and PLM streamlines information allows easy access at each crucial stage between engineering and the final product.
The comeback of manufacturing can be transformed by integrating ERP and PLM systems for a new level of success the industry has yet to see. The days of making decisions based on time-and-motion and supply chain management alone have passed. Information to make decisions and modernize supply factors now has the potential to be accessed throughout each developmental stage. Manufacturing off and near-shore alternatives demand this evolution of system integration. To ensure products are manufactured in the most effective way, ERP and PLM can complement each other with a complete integration to meet the demands of an international audience.
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