Manufacturing lifecycle document management with digital workflow automation

Talk to Document Logistix about how digital document content management systems improve workflow, production, business intelligence and, ultimately, profits.

As a manufacturer, do you face these information management issues?

  • Can you feed back into the manufacturing process quickly a delay or change to an order or request from the customer?
  • Can Team Managers report to management to avoid delays in payment that might affect cash flow?
  • Can management view how efficient processes and teams are?  Are resources balanced at the correct points in the process?

In 2015, Gartner suggested that “leaders must drive companies to become more agile and insight-driven as products, markets, regulations and customer needs evolve at an increasingly rapid pace.”

The challenges facing CIOs and technology-centric leaders of manufacturing operations include two that involve strategic document content management.

  • Profitable customer engagement: How can manufacturers gain more insight and improve decision making? How can manufacturers improve collaboration with their partners in the supply chain?
  • Product life cycle excellence: What practices should manufacturers adopt for continuous product innovation and PLM discipline? How do manufacturers remain agile in procurement, production and product strategies?

Iterative information management processes

Document Logistix looks at customers’ through-process information flow, from “Information in” to performance monitoring, automated alerts and escalation paths.

Document Logistix helps customers to achieve the critical information management tasks of capture, storage, retrieval, governed sharing and records retention.

The addition of workflow checkpoints, from procurement to invoicing, assures smooth development, production and QA processes.

Document Logistix helps customers to achieve additional workflow agility with Dynamic Designer options that make it possible to change workflow processes on-the-fly.

It is also possible to add Business intelligence dashboards that represent data from multiple data feeds to inform management decision making.

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Overcoming manufacturing process bottlenecks and silos: Business intelligence (BI) and automation

Core workflow functions enable manufacturers to manage processes from orders in the supply chain, through production, to POD and billing.

Manufacturers’ workflow can be designed to include agreed checkpoints assigned to owners for comment, approval or escalation.

The great advantage of digital systems for a manufacturing operation is that many aspects of the process can be automated, which increases efficiency throughout.

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Document management thoughout a product's lifecycle

Digital document information management helps manufacturers to manage the complete lifecycle of products.

Product lifecycle milestones include:

  • Customer order
  • Design
  • Build, including time management
  • Approval
  • Completion
  • Despatch
  • Customer feedback
  • Disposal

Customer engagement: the cornerstone of innovation

Customer engagement and early feedback on product quality are key to sustained success.

Document Logistix customers implement electronic document and information capture processes to enable client services teams to interpret customer and consumer feedback.

The latest client research solutions provide semantic search capabilities and data modelling to support knowledge-based engineering and product innovation.

Systems implementation and deployment

Today, even though their premises may be brick and mortar, manufacturers have to be agile and use every advantage at their disposal. Staff are likely to work across multiple company, partner or customer sites, so secure cloud-based services or mobile could be a preferred option.

Manufacturers can make choices about software, business processes and deployment.

Document Logistix offers a full range of deployment options, based on the precise needs of each customer.

Document information management for the entire manufacturing organisation

Aside from the manufacturing oricess, there are many other areas of the business that can be enhanced by electronic, such as HR and asset management.

From personnel records management (which may include anything from on-boarding documents to pension records) to vehicle or facilities management (which may include anything from insurance renewals to H&S statements), processes can be digitised and part-automated for maximum efficiency and demonstrable ROI.