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Manufacturing Challenges: How a Platform Approach Can Help

Leveraging cloud−based tools can help small to mid−sized companies optimise growth and increase competitiveness

Manufacturing companies face a range of challenges that can threaten their bottom line. From supply chain disruptions to a serious lack of skilled talent, businesses are constantly seeking ways to improve their processes and maintain a competitive edge.

One common strategy has been to invest in best-in-class tools to help with various aspects of the manufacturing process. However, this can often lead to data siloes and errors due to the disconnect between different tools. In order to truly succeed in today's fast-paced and competitive market, manufacturers must take a more holistic approach to their operations.

Digitally connecting all aspects of a business - from quoting and order processing to production scheduling and shop floor management - is essential to achieving this goal. The benefits of a platform approach to manufacturing are numerous and can help businesses thrive in the face of ongoing challenges.

One key benefit is the ability for executives to make better, informed decisions faster based on real-time data on the performance of day-to-day operations. By connecting all business and manufacturing people, processes, and data, the data silos associated with disparate ERP, quality, production, scheduling, MES, and homegrown tools can be eliminated.

This approach also allows businesses to move away from multiple spreadsheets or accounting software to track production, freeing up time and resources to focus on process improvements and creating strategies for business growth. Additionally, facilitating cross-team collaboration is made easier as everyone is working on the same real-time data.

If you're looking for ways to improve your manufacturing processes and stay ahead of the competition, consider a platform approach to your business. Download the SOLIDWORKS white paper to discover how a platform approach can help you digitally connect all aspects of your business and greatly improve your competitive advantage. With the right tools and strategy, you can overcome the challenges facing your business and achieve long-term success.

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