Does efficiency only come down to machines?
Since the beginning of industrialization, inventors and developers have tinkered with machines to make them better and more productive. Today’s machines and mass production techniques are so sophisticated that product manufacturing has become extremely fast — and very economical.
But now the markets are changing and we are facing a huge challenge: people want customized products, but they want them to be manufactured just as quickly and economically as their mass-produced counterparts. Small batch sizes require top-notch efficiency throughout the organization.
Getting a product from the quotation to the delivery stage generally requires much the same effort regardless of batch size. But profitability clearly drops dramatically when the order comprises just five identical pieces instead of 5,000. And that’s why it’s no longer enough to focus solely on machines when it comes to making production more effcient.
Traditional office processes often lag behind high-tech solutions in the production hall. But that doesn’t have to be the case, as the tools from the TruConnect portfolio can boost the effciency of processes upstream and downstream from the
Although developing machines to their current level of effiency has taken decades, and although there have been plenty of intermediate stages and setbacks along the way, it was a necessary development. Our job now is to apply it to upstream and downstream processes. Of course this won’t happen overnight, but it will certainly take place with the same degree of focus and determination.
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This article was first published in Spring 2016.