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The Benefits of Paperless Manufacturing

The effects of reliance on paper systems can be felt across the production process, and even into the back office. This approach can result in 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.

Connective Technologies

Most professions have a suite of software tools that help them do their work better. Technologies that digitally unify workers, however, go beyond software. They actively exchange data with other devices and machines in an integrated working system, enabling workers with these connective technologies to do their job more effectively and make real-time, data-based, decisions. The key is to provide them with software that provides just the right amount of information at just the right time.

Paperless manufacturing software terminals enable factory workers to access the information they need to complete an order. This information helps:

  • Improve workflow
  • Provide greater accountability
  • Reduce lead times
  • Attain daily production goals
  • And much more

The landscape of connected workers benefits the entire organizational workforce from shop floor to C-suite with paperless manufacturing, digital work instructions, labor management, advanced machine maintenance, and more. Prioritized work lists used to communicate work orders can be enhanced with associated instructions, photos, and videos. Digital instructions assist organizations in identifying scrap, rework, and are critical to employee development. Shop floor supervisors and production operators can quickly identify factory inefficiencies through KPI dashboards.

Additional Benefits of Going Paperless

Employee certifications and training are verified to ensure that they meet the requirements to run the machines required to the perform job. The current state of manufacturing requires connected workers, due partially to the skill gap or lack of skills necessary. Employees use these connective technologies to help close these skill gaps through just-in-time training and process visibility. 

The interconnected Industry 4.0 mentality attracts a younger workforce who bring additional perspectives to the manufacturing process and ultimately provide a diversity of thought needed to stay competitive. This training along with the ability to make critical decisions based on accurate information is just one of the ways a paperless workforce helps a company differentiates itself from competitors.

A Paperless Workforce Drives Productivity

As manufactures forecast their way into the future and Industry 4.0, they are arriving at the same conclusion: Humans are foundational to manufacturing, and a company will only be as successful as its connected workers. These connected workers — using robust productivity solutions such as ShopVue’s Paperless Factory — will have access to just the right amount of information at just the right time to allow them to make better in-the-moment decisions that ultimately impact your bottom line.

ShopVue MES

ShopVue MES offers a comprehensive Paperless Factory Module for mid-to-enterprise size manufacturers. To see how a Paperless Factory can help you, request a product demo today!