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Mobility in Manufacturing for Exponential Productivity

  • January 29, 2018

We have entered a new era of manufacturing automation “Industry 4.0” which creates what is called the “smart factory”. In this rapid technological advancement, Mobile technologies are widely recognized as one of the leading forces helping to drive Industry 4.0 and further streamline manufacturing operations with Mobility.

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Manufacturers see the implementation of mobile technology as promising because they are witness to the tangible improvements which it has brought in other sectors. Mobility in manufacturing is bringing enhancement across all divisions of the plant i.e. from the shop floor to the warehouse to management. IT leaders believe that they cannot ignore the competitive benefits of production downtime and raising up the productivity by mobile devices and solutions on top of it. Especially today, when the world is entering into Industry 4.0 revolution, the manufacturing operations has to be closely connected, wherein communication and cooperation happens both among machines and with humans in real time via the wireless web.

Mobility Applications in Manufacturing
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Typical Applications in manufacturing are

Asset Management
Shop Floor or Warehouse Management
Field Sales Management
Field Service Management

Benefits of Mobility in Manufacturing

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Various mobile apps for manufacturing industries are developed for the applications as listed. These apps are then deployed by the companies on tablets/ smartphones which are given to the employees working on the shop floor and other divisions. But, for a successful implementation of mobility in manufacturing, it is critical for the companies to integrate, control and manage these devices. This calls for a powerful and secured Mobile Device Management Solution like Scalefusion.

Many manufacturing companies, has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, that is, allowing their staff to bring their personal device to the office premise which they can use for work purpose as well. But, it brings on a lot of risks, when they connect their smartphone or tablets to the company network. They expose the network and business data to risk.

Mobility in the manufacturing industry becomes a trend nowadays like other industries. This is the reason why many companies provide mobile devices to their staff and discourage BYOD to avoid risk. But, for the company-owned devices as well, organizations have to be extra vigilant for the security of the devices as well as business data. For this very purpose, Scalefusion helps companies to rule out any concerns related to the mobile device management like, device and data theft, misuse of the devices for personal entertainment which eventually leads to wastage of time and productivity decline.

Scalefusion also supports Android rugged devices which are preferable in tough shop floor environments as they are able to withstand hard handling. Consumer grade smartphones/tablets are not sturdy enough, and, on other hand, workers need to complete their tasks even if they happen to drop their device or the device is experiencing lots of jerks and vibrations.

Secondly, whenever devices face breakdown or any other operational issues, it can be supported remotely from the central web console – Scalefusion Dashboard with remote screen sharing and access.

Advantages of powering the devices with Scalefusion

–  Real-Time Responses and Information Visibility
Easier Monitoring on Remote Dashboard
Suitable Alerts Through The System
Timely Information Sharing
Keeps the Health of the Devices in Check
Remote Support

Advantages to the employees

Improved User Experiences with Smartphones, Tablets & Wearables
Increases Engagement & Productivity
The balance between Work & Life with Greater Ease
Flexible Working Hours becomes possible
Efficiency of Performance Rises

Operational Advantages

Ensures Cost Reduction with Increased Efficiency
Faster Access to Critical Information
Facilitates Practical Collaboration between People at all levels
Assures a Competitive Edge

Conclusion

Ubiquitous connectivity of smart devices simplifies communication, enables highly productive business processes and provides an instant solution in many respects. However, this comes at a cost. For these reasons, it’s crucial – especially for businesses – to implement mobility in manufacturing like Scalefusion. For more information, you can visit our website www.scalefusion.com as well as Sales & Support.

About the Author

Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for Scalefusion on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.

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