50% of manufacturers can’t share product data across their business
Articles • Central Innovation • 22 July 2019
A new study of Australian manufacturers rang alarm bells because more than 50% of their teams believe they are not effectively passing data between the steps in the product life cycle.
In the study conducted by engineering.com, the product life cycle was broken down into nine steps. Less than half of the teams surveyed rated their ability to pass data across each step as efficient or very efficient. The study highlighted that the least efficient areas of data sharing are the beginning and end of the life cycle.
For the initial step of input and requirements gathering, respondents rated their efficiency at only 40%, and the final step from maintenance/support to gathering input for the next cycle was even lower at 39%.
Crucial post-CAD modelling steps within the life cycle fared not much better. The steps from product simulation to prototyping, then to manufacturing, and on commercialisation, were all rated at less than 50%. Further, 68% of the teams did not have a review system in place for each step of a product’s life cycle.
These statistics bring into stark relief the need for a better approach to data transfer, to enable management and review of the product lifecycle.
Also, the survey results confirmed what a lot of industry professionals know. Manual-workarounds and quick-fixes simply don’t work. They usually lead to increasing inefficiency and costly errors. Issues such as re-keying data from the CAD system into the ERP system or ensuring that an accurate list of part numbers is being used in the BOM are examples of the persistent problems that are not being addressed by having professional staff doing manual data entry and checking.
A proven solution is to use DataSuite, a cost-effective way to enable disparate systems to work together across the entirety of the product life cycle. DataSuite enables businesses to implement their own business rules around the design to production processes, bridging multiple systems and closing gaps without costly replacement or changes to systems.
DataSuite has been designed to speed up data transfer, eliminate errors and ensure Quality Control compliance at all stages of the product life cycle – without manual checking and re-entry of data.
Developed by Central Innovation, an Australian company with more than 30 years’ experience working with product designers, engineers and manufacturers to solve workflow problems across the design to production workflow. DataSuite enables data systems to work together seamlessly. Not only does it integrate, manage and reconcile data, according to your process, it also optimises the performance of existing systems.
DataSuite can create an end-to-end workflow that automates all processes across the product life cycle, from design through to production and distribution – making it ideal for businesses which have an ERP or are considering implementing one. DataSuite has an advanced visual interface for managing production information data, and a report module with automated email alerts and process triggers.
The user interface makes it easy to set up and maintain without having to learn deeply technical tools. This means if your key systems change at a later date, DataSuite’s parameters can be changed to reflect new system components and workflows. Because it’s made and developed by Central Innovation in Australia, you’re ensured of ongoing version compatibility, local support and access to customer service.
DataSuite is the cost-effective solution to ensure data stays current and correct across all systems, eliminating manual processing, saving time and preventing errors. Because of its standard, configurable set-up, you are not locked into an expensive bespoke system. Instead you receive a flexible, economical solution.