In this new reality we live in, change is the only constant. Manufacturers across industries are facing overwhelming volatility due to the coronavirus pandemic, the effects of which are still impacting the global market and supply chains, regulations, customer expectations and more. The way forward implies resiliency in all aspects of the business, and for manufacturing in particular, this means implementing the right strategies as stepping stones to build and drive strategic flexibility.
So, how can manufacturers begin to future-proof their operations? The answer lies in a digital transformation strategy that delivers optimal ways of working. How can this be achieved? Through a cloud-enabled platform that supports strategic flexibility. This enables manufacturers to anticipate challenges and opportunities effectively.
Key manufacturing strategies for competitive, future-proof operations
Acting on problems only as and when they occur just doesn’t cut it anymore. Whether it’s countering a competitor’s pricing or adjusting to fluctuations in the global economy, manufacturers need to be proactive. They need to be able to respond swiftly and in a smart and efficient ways in order to sustain operational resiliency, business continuity and market leadership.
Manufacturers must be able to anticipate changes and opportunities for optimum growth. This is possible when they can gain strategic flexibility through the right set of strategies:
- Digital Transformation: Leveraging the industrial internet of things (IIoT) machinery to elevate production and 5G and artificial intelligence or AI-enabled intelligent machines and robotics to accelerate production while minimizing defects and waste.
- Increased Visibility: Integrating different people and data in one place in a modular system to achieve complete visibility to coordinate all the components and stakeholders throughout the product lifecycle.
- Future Workforce: Building the ideal workforce of the future, leveraging augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), to enable work training to be done in a virtual environment using interactive instructions and images.
Manufacturing a resilient future
It is paramount for manufacturers to start investing in the right digital platform now for those looking to future-proof their operations with ease and speed.
With DELMIA solutions, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, manufacturers can efficiently implement flexibility-focused strategies. This includes deploying digital transformation initiatives, introducing full visibility in modular systems and building immersive learning experiences for employees.
By integrating data sources and stakeholders, the cloud-enabled 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables collaborative decision-making that leads to agile processes. The result? Manufacturers can rely on future-proofed operations, supported by manufacturing and supply chain solutions made for the digital age and for continuous improvement, to thrive well into the future—whatever may come.
Read the full article here to learn more about how to drive future-proof operations, the supporting manufacturing strategies, as well as for more resources on the topic. Included in the article and eBook on “How to Prepare Your Manufacturing Operations for All Eventualities,” which reveals two additional future-proofing manufacturing strategies that power an effective digital transformation for better strategic flexibility.