One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these requirements accurately and quickly, and flow this information efficiently through the organization. Where these requirements change, additional control challenges arise because of the need to manage complex engineering change processes.
The costs of inefficiencies are often clear, but the risks of ineffective processes and systems may be greater in terms of dissatisfied customers. Regulatory compliance is increasingly a fact of life for manufacturers, but in safety-critical industries such as petro-chem, nuclear and defence, the failure to demonstrate full version control and traceability can have serious consequences.
Read these 6 Real World Scenarios, to see how manufacturers are addressing increasing product complexity demands through:
- Component Re-use
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Integration
- Product Configuration to Order
- Product Personalization
- Version Control & Traceability
- Engineering Change Management