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Connecting production processes with the supply chain

27.11.20233 min read

The main objective of any supply chain is to satisfy the customers. How can we make them happy? By modeling an efficient supply chain.

Due to the global character of operations and multiple dependencies, for most companies, making their customers happy is not an easy task for the following reasons:

  • It must efficiently connect data and ideas across the world.
  • It needs to link stakeholders via communication systems, preferably in real time.
  • It has to be able to plot strategies to handle myriad contingencies and haphazard events and mitigate the related risks.
  • And last but not least, it has to be focused on producing a tangible product while meeting the clients’ ever-shifting requirements and responding quickly and effectively to outflank the competition

Let us focus on the ways in which production processes relate to achieving a sustainable supply chain.

  • In the context of product manufacturing, the supply chain covers the delivery and transformation of raw materials into finished products.
  • Turning raw materials into fully functioning products requires work force as well as equipment, which involves plenty of coordination, collaboration and decision-making.
  • Manufacturing is highly competitive, so operations must be efficient and companies have to embrace a continual upgrading and improving of their production processes.
  • Improving speed, raising quality and lowering costs is an ambition that requires cutting-edge automation and digitalisation solutions.

The key element of successful supply chains is to cooperate with reliable suppliers. We need them at every stage: planning, sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, delivery, and returns.

  • Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation technologies have been fundamental in the development of new manufacturing and production techniques, helping to ensure optimum utilisation and availability, while providing reliable and safe operation.
  • Mitsubishi Electric has been showcasing for years the ways in which its automation technologies can drive the entire electric vehicle value chain forward, thanks to robotised systems, cybersecurity solutions, smart energy and many other data-driven opportunities.

In the era of Industry 4.0, the use of new technologies such as digitalisation, big data, robotics and 3D printing, has become the ‘new normal’, an essential element needed to survive in a highly competitive market. The ultimate objective is to transform manufacturing facilities into units consisting of fully automated manufacturing (FAM) cells. In such smart production plants, robots are responsible for the physical work, while employees are given a chance to use their competencies to solve more complex tasks.

We can’t forget that modern technology allows for the production process to be more environmentally friendly. Thanks to self-learning robots, manufacturers are able to flexibly identify and avoid delivery and maintenance problems in advance as well as minimise the amount of material waste

> Mitsubishi Electric can help manufacturers increase output, reduce waste and increase production efficiency through products, services and analytics. This is delivered through the following integrated products: MES Interface, OPC UA, IoT Gateway and SCADA.

> Technologies offered by Mitsubishi Electric provide the access needed for manufacturers and end users to apply real-time production information in order to make smarter business decisions.

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