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Operational Excellence Requires Paperless Manufacturing

ShopVue has grown up with its manufacturing customers and we have watched the industry evolve tremendously over the years.

One of the biggest hurdles our manufacturing clients have had to overcome is their reliance on paper-based processes.

Reliance on paper based systems for data collection stands in the way of making real-time business decisions. Across the shop floor, delays and inaccurate data lead to increased costs and lower efficiency.

Let’s face it change is hard.


A paperless manufacturing strategy supports operational excellence by increasing response times and decreasing waste, ultimately resulting in higher quality.

LNS Research reports on recent work they did with a VP of Manufacturing at a major vaccine manufacturer. The reason they moved to paperless manufacturing was simple.

“We knew that with paper-based manufacturing, we would never achieve our goal of 0 incidents and 0 deviations.”

Paperless manufacturing software makes it easy for factory workers to access the information they need to do their jobs quickly and effectively. As a result, Barcoded Paper Travelers, Paperwork Instructions, and Inspection Sheets are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Benefits of a Paperless Factory include:

  • Directing the proper sequence that work orders are produced, improving workflow, and eliminating “cherry-picking”
  • Greater visibility into where the work orders are at, ability to spot problems early, and meet or exceed promise dates
  • Enhanced collaboration and continuous improvement
  • Reduced lead times, reduced cost, and increased competitive advantage

The effects of reliance on paper systems can be felt across the production process, and even into the back office. This could mean spending more time on paperwork than making parts, maintaining a whiteboard, and printing large, costly, wasteful paper packets. If you are plagued by inefficiencies in your manufacturing process, it is time to consider a paperless system.

ShopVue MES

ShopVue has been a leading MES provider for manufacturers across the globe for over 35 years.

ShopVue was developed to create factory software that helps manufacturers do their jobs more effectively. Over the past three decades, ShopVue has evolved from a manufacturing labor management solution to the complete MES it is today. Our solutions include Traceability, Component Control, Digital Work Instructions, and Manufacturing Analytics.