Acumatica ERP can help your manufacturing plant embrace the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things is the interconnectivity of devices and objects in which software is embedded to track data. With the IoT, you can track everything from equipment to vehicles, monitor sensitive shipments, and ensure quality control through the supply chain.
Acumatica ERP offers a cloud-based approach to enterprise resource planning. The IoT produces and sends data using cloud-based systems. Incorporating this data into your ERP system can help you build out a system that offers extensive real-time visibility into everything from sales to operations, production to warehouse management.
Monitor the Shop Floor
Interconnected sensors added to the shop floor can capture and relay data throughout your operation to ensure optimal working conditions and productivity. Sensors added to production areas, for example, can monitor temperature and air quality. They can then adjust the HVAC controls to ensure the temperature is kept at a comfortable level for workers and for optimal equipment usage. They can also warn when air quality falls below adequate levels and maintain quality and safety standards.
Other uses for IoT data include sensors used in equipment on the plant floor. Information relayed from equipment may help them gauge the shelf-life of components or weigh the need to take something offline for maintenance. Using this data, you can build out predictive maintenance schedules so you’re always one step ahead of your equipment, preventing breakdowns and costly downtime.
More Data Can Help Improve Safety
Every company shares the goal of improving workplace safety. Better safety records can lower insurance premiums and improve working conditions, making your workplace more attractive.
Data captured by the IoT and relayed from equipment into your system can help you monitor air quality, ambient temperature, and other factors. This can help you determine when breaks are scheduled or if workers need shorter shifts to stay healthy and focused.
In addition to improved safety for the people in the workplace, such monitoring can also be used to extend the life of the equipment used throughout your manufacturing plant. With better monitoring, you can adjust conditions near the equipment to prevent overheating and other breakdowns.
Even something such as a wet floor, which is a potential safety hazard, can be monitored using sensors built into floor tiles. Signals sent to the main system can then trigger warnings or crews to tend to the problem.
Vehicles outfitted with safety sensors connected to the IoT can monitor driving habits so that drivers who exhibit safety best practices can be rewarded and those who take risks can receive remedial training. Data derived from the IoT can also be used for safety training. The safer the workplace, the better.
Improved Data Access
Improved data access through Acumatica ERP and the IoT can improve every aspect of your business. The foreman who has access to shop floor data, safety data, and productivity data can make better decisions.
In today’s modern workplace, no job functions in isolation. Everything is interconnected. Order taking, production, and shipping requires teamwork throughout the company. The IoT can provide data from every point in a manufacturing company to a centralized system, such as an ERP system that produces vital data for everyone. Access to such data can encourage teamwork, collaboration, and improvements that benefit everyone but, most importantly, benefit your customers and your business.
Acumatica ERP: Cloud-Based Systems for Better Visibility
Acumatica ERP offers a powerful enterprise resource planning system with built-in visibility and easy expansion capabilities. The full suite includes integrated accounting, finance, distribution, production, project management, and other tools to improve productivity.
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