Going Paperless in your Manufacturing Processes

Ashley Chambliss
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Picture this: physical documents are being run through the shop floor, your job travelers are on paper, and your drawings and specs are all on paper. Running paper invoices and receipts for customers? As a professional in manufacturing, does this sound familiar?  

If you’re running multiple processes on paper, there are some risks. What happens if you lose that printout? Or it is has errors on it? What do you do about multiple revisions and versions? The time and energy it takes to resolve those human errors runs the risk of lost productivity and costly mistakes. There’s a better way and we can help get you there. 

Manufacturing Technology  

Does your ERP system do everything you need it to? You may find you have an ERP system, but it might not be the exact right solution for you. Or perhaps your organization is not leveraging the most of all it can do for you, or it has not been set up in a way that is custom to your unique needs. When your business leaders are focused on the bottom line or managers are engaged on the shop floor, you may not have the expertise or time to fulfill all the IT needs for your most efficient processes. We can help you change, replace, or tweak your ERP system to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment.  

The Importance of Digital Transformation 

Technology is not slowing down any time soon, so engaging in digital transformation is crucial for any business, especially in the manufacturing industry. What is digital transformation? It is the integration of digital technology into all areas of business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It requires organizations to build a culture of continually challenging the status quo, experimenting, and getting comfortable with misses. What are some ways your processes can engage in digital transformation to reduce waste and eliminate deficiencies?  

Read more: 3 Signs Your Company is Missing out on Digital Transformation 

The Future is a Modern Workplace 

Reducing paper processes is key to a modern workplace that is forward-thinking, efficient, and defect-free. Leveraging the best technology products and systems to create automated processes reduce the risks that come with running on paper. It gets your employees more engaged, and leaves customers more satisfied. With a modern workplace, you’ll see seamless collaboration, integrated systems, and business intelligence tools to inform and strategize.  

Read more: Is your workplace modern? 

Manufacturing Cybersecurity

 With paper processes, there are some security risks, such as losing the printouts with customer and company data on them. With digital tools, cybersecurity is a necessity with ever-increasing cyber attacks. The manufacturing industry often has large monetary transfers that need to be properly and securely managed. 

IT Strategy and Decision-Making 

You might not be entirely sure what the needs around inventory management and going paperless are for your specific manufacturing processes, but with strategy and proactive planning you will see positive returns and more efficient processes. You may not have the proper technology in place today, or the tech you have is not properly aligned to your business. We have experience auditing and aligning manufacturers to their IT processes and work with 3rd parties to recommend ERPs and other technologies best suited for their custom needs. 

If you’re ready to take the next step in reducing the paper trail and automating your processes, schedule a free consultation with us today and let us set your IT strategy up for success! 

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