Speaker: Conrad Leiva
In a perfect world, all manufacturing systems would be pre-integrated. There would be a hub containing requirements information, and all suppliers would be connected through a subscription service to receive change notifications. Change would be identified by date, serial number, or end unit, and associated with purchase and work orders to flow seamlessly through the system and into the supply chain, informing the correct supplier when to cut in the change. Results could then be matched to the requirement to ensure installation of the correct part.
This approach creates a more systematic, integrated, and predetermined flow of information with fewer errors at the end of the process. It prevents mistakes with revisions at different drawing levels. By the time parts get to inventory, the requirement for their particular revision level matches what is being assembled on the shop floor. The end goal is fewer issues at final assembly by more proactively managing the supply chain.
At the end of the day, in order to compete in today’s digital manufacturing revolution, companies must find a solution to integrate all interfaces into one digital thread.