Building the Case for Paperless Manufacturing: More Accurate Order Processing

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In our previous blog, we began to address the benefits of paperless manufacturing by highlighting the cost efficiency of eliminating paper. Today’s feature addresses the second benefit of implementing a paperless manufacturing execution system:  more accurate order processing

Increased accuracy is the goal when processing manufacturing orders, as increasing the accuracy of processing these orders greatly improves supply chain management.   

How does accuracy increase when utilizing paperless manufacturing execution systems?  Simply stated, paperless MES allows for

  • automatic transmission of data,
  • enforcement of data capture, and
  • increased visibility throughout the manufacturing process. 

Each benefit is expounded upon below.

AUTOMATIC DATA TRANSMISSION.  With MES, the transmission of order information is automatically sent from the ERP system to the factory floor.  This process eliminates potential human errors created by the mishandling of paper spreadsheets.  When utilizing MES, once the order is complete the MES sends key order information directly to the ERP system, and material is consumed.

ENFORCED DATA CAPTURE.  When MES is utilized, data capture is enforced in real time, efficiently sending timely information directly to your ERP system.  The efficiency of this process reduces material cost by creating less rework, less material inspection failure, and less product rejection.   

INCREASED PROCESS VISIBILITY.  Paper-based tracking solutions have limited visibility and can delay response time to production issues.  Paperless MES is a more mature implementation that includes production displays throughout your facility. With MES, line managers have dashboard applications that show them production information in real time, allowing for more accurate and more reliable tracking solutions. These dashboards allow the manufacturing team to respond more quickly to production issues.

ACTUAL BENEFIT EXAMPLES: 

Through the prevention of Material Expiration Enforcement, Roche Diagnostics prevented scrapping a $250k lot on day 2 following ‘go-live’ on eDHR technology.  This occurred simply because MES would not allow an operator to use expired material on a product.

As an additional example, Seabrook worked with an organization that averaged 30 NCR’s per month on 1 production line. After MES, they only had 3 NCR’s for the entire year!

Stay tuned for our next edition on the benefits of paperless manufacturing, as we discuss the cost of non-conformance issues.