Manufacturing is ever evolving to meet challenges on its road to efficiency and profitability. When one talks about manufacturing the talk inevitably steers towards constraints. Manufacturing is not simple since there is an entire linked chain of activities that must work like an oiled machine at high speed to ensure flawless products, timely supplies, and finest cost control without affecting quality.
Even with the best of intentions and actions, one can only achieve so much in identifying and eliminating constraints. Management may make use of thinking processes and measurement of performance to make decisions but manual processes tend to be slow and prone to errors. Apart from the internal constraints, there are external factors such as changing customer preferences and market trends as well as big data analytics that must be considered. It makes for a complex scenario where automation is the key. The solution is Microsoft Dynamics for Manufacturing Industries, especially NAV and Dynamics AX. This is tied to Industry 4.0, IoT, machine learning and AI. So, how do Microsoft Dynamics and its AX and NAV modules help to manufacture industry transformations for profit?
Seamlessly tie in backend with front end
In a typical enterprise, the manufacturing operation is considered as the backend and the marketing or sales the front end, often working in compartmental fashion. Get a specialist in Microsoft Dynamics development and the barriers break down, integrating both into a smooth, collaborative platform. Visibility of processes increases so sales people know when they can promise delivery and satisfy customers. Production team can guarantee delivery based on the fine control over inventory and supply side operations.
Manufacturing a product involves dozens of components, some of them produced in-house and some of them sourced from vendors that may be in the same country or located elsewhere. Further, manufacturing may take in one plant or in several plants. Managing the supply chain in such instances can lead to disastrous mix-ups and delays but with a Microsoft Dynamics Consultant to implement processes that will manage supply chain to perfection these constraints are overcome.
Without innovation there is no progress. Microsoft Dynamics, with its elements of IoT and AI, helps gather data that can be used to derive insightful and actionable information that lead to innovation in processes, people handling and material handling. There is all round increase in speed besides improvement in quality with Microsoft Dynamics solution for manufacturing in place.
From a narrow perspective, manufacturing would consider only the equipment as assets. No doubt Microsoft Dynamics 365 does have smart processes to monitor, control and manage these assets. From a broader perspective, employees are also assets and so are customers. Dynamics ties all assets together in a fluid platform. Managers are better informed about all these aspects and can take action ahead of time. Machines keep running with minimal breakdowns; people work better due to better working environment and processes as well as their payroll management in the ERP and the final, important link, the customer, is supremely happy because of enterprise-delivers on its promises.
As with any sophisticated enterprise grade ERP package, how well Dynamics performs depends on how well it is implemented and aligned with a manufacturing industry’s specific process and goals to show profit.