One of the buzz words floating around the manufacturing industry sounds simple enough: machine monitoring. But what does it really do for your job shop?

Turns out, it doesn’t do much. Products that simply pull existing data from machines on your manufacturing floor have a limited view—focusing only on machine data—which means they are, by definition, a limited solution.

Manufacturers generate massive amounts of data—raw data from numerous sources in a variety of disparate formats—and it can be overwhelming.  All that shop floor data is difficult to deal with—it's comparing apples to oranges in an effort to uncover trends or patterns. Siloes further complicate the effort—there is information trapped in people, in machines and in systems—many of which don’t talk to each other.

Most manufacturers don’t have the skills and resources to deal with complex data. They don’t need more data—they need answers. They need to know what is happening on the shop floor, why it is happening, and what needs to be done to be more effective. Not one more report to decipher.

That’s where manufacturing intelligence comes in.

Manufacturing Intelligence Puts Data Into Action

Manufacturing intelligence addresses the root of the problem and lays the foundation for continuous improvement by translating all that raw data into results. With simple information available throughout your business, you can align your team, get everyone working in sync, and transform your job shop’s utilization, driving profits skyward. By integrating manufacturing operational data and eliminating those pesky siloes, manufacturing intelligence takes raw data, simplifies and formats it, and then reveals the patterns to create actionable information employees can use every day in their jobs.

While products such as machine monitoring can deliver data (from one single source—machines), they only track and record—nothing integrates that info with other data sources, such as ERPs. They aren’t alone. Most data collection tools miss the step where data becomes part of a bigger picture with actionable information that employees can use.

Research shows that business leaders are exhausted by the number of solutions in their companies. Rather than taking advantage of existing data sources, products such as machine monitoring add complexity—another layer, another report, another system to deal with. Manufacturing intelligence focuses on using the data you already have lurking in your people, machines and systems and transforms it so your entire team can see what’s happening in real time. That data then drives decisions that help improve performance, increase engagement and, ultimately, lead to shifts in behavior that drive continuous improvement.

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