Studies show that manufacturers usually have an ERP in place for their day to day business operations. However, they do not make optimum utilization of their ERP. They may use not for billing, tracking equipments and to manage inventory. However, an ERP can do a lot more than just that. While most ERP installations take place on computers and mobile devices, there is another way to use it. If you are a manufacturer, or use machines and devices in some capacity, you can directly integrate your ERP with machines. Thanks to Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled sensors, integrating ERP with machines is not only easy, but a practical solution to many of your problems.
If you already own an ERP, here is why you should integrate it with machines immediately.
1. Make the most of your ERP
Given that you already have ERP implemented, it only makes sense to take it a step further. Studies show that most ERP owners do not use it as intended, leave alone use it to its full potential. Most businesses implement ERP and leave it on auto-pilot mode, and do not explore surprising features that most ERP tools already come with. By integrating your ERP with your machines directly, you will add a layer of performance to your ERP and thereby, make the most of your investment. If you are confused how you can directly integrate an existing ERP with your machines or devices, and how IoT comes into picture (or not), you can speak to a vendor experienced in ERP Direct Machine Integration.
2. Derive insight from your machines
A lot of times, we continue to use machines and physical infrastructure in an analog manner. Even when we are hurtling towards 2020 and a new decade is just around the corner, we are tied to the 90s, so to speak. Machines can be rendered intelligent and smart enough to provide you with insight which was not possible just a few years ago. Your ERP, when connected with your machines, can accurately pinpoint towards trends, help you forecast better, and arrive at insight-driven decisions. This will allow you to make informed decisions about replacements, repairs and actual performance of your machines. In short, integrating ERP with machines will help your business perform better and achieve the strategic goals.
3. Push your infrastructure towards automation
While it is one thing to invest in infrastructure, it is completely another to make sure that it is modern and contemporary. Studies show that most businesses lag behind in adopting automation at the risk of losing out to competition. Contemporary machine management involves a certain level of automation, without which, any manufacturing or production unit remains archaic. By integrating sensors and ERP with your existing infrastructure, you will help your business to adopt automation. This is very important in order to remain competitive and stay ahead of your peers, who probably have already adopted automation as a strategy. Direct Machine Integration provides your infrastructure the impetus it needs to march forward towards complete automation of the floor.
4. Track performance real-time
If you have a manufacturing unit or a production floor, one of the biggest worries you may have is how your infrastructure performs when you are not physically present. Monitoring your machines’ performance is easy when you implement sensor-based ERP technology across your devices. All you need to do is to integrate ERP with your machines directly, and track the performance on a dedicated application on your mobile phone. You or your managing staff do not have to physically monitor the performance of the machines. Instead, you can focus on other pressing needs and requirements of your business. Certainly, that is something that no business owner would like to shrug away, as marketing and sales efforts require more attention usually.
5. Enhance communication between users
A big problem with using machines in any setting is being able to coordinate with the different kinds of staff that may use them. While engineers maybe required fixing or repairing them, production staff may use it during a different shift. Lack of coordination between managers, workers, engineers and repair folks can result in the loss of valuable time and a chaotic inter-departmental communication. Integrating ERP across your machines directly will help ensure that all associated staff can interact with other via mobile apps, and specifically coordinate with each other regarding machines’ performance. Studies show that lack of coordination is one of the primary causes for production activities to suffer, and you can avoid it now.
Integrate with your machines today
It is a pity that most business users let their ERP languish on computers that they hardly use. Most do not even install ERP on their mobile phones, leave alone on their machines. However, ERP integration with machines directly will help business owners such as you, to achieve optimums production levels. To begin with, you can make the most of your ERP implementation and derive insights easily. You can also make sure that your production activities are more geared towards an automated situation, while performance tracking becomes easier. Finally, all users can communicate and coordinate with each other easily and ensure that your machines are working in tandem with production requirements. To find out how you can integrate existing ERP directly with your machines, contact us today.