Developing Roadmap Towards Sustainable Manufacturing Digital Continuity (SMDC) Implementation
In our previous blog, we talked about the importance of sustainable manufacturing digital continuity strategy. It is a key success factor for companies to remain competitive and meet their sustainability goal.
Recap of top 5 SMDC strategies discussed in the previous blog:
- Adopt a circular economy approach
- Implement a digital supply chain
- Deploy a manufacturing execution system (MES)
- Utilise data analytics
- Explore AI use cases
However, implementing SMDC requires careful planning, coordination, and execution to be successful. In this blog post, we will discuss the key steps and considerations required to develop a roadmap for SMDC.
Why Develop a Roadmap for SMDC Implementation?
A clear and well-defined roadmap is essential to successfully implement SMDC and achieve sustainability goals. The roadmap should be broken down into manageable phases, with each phase having its own set of goals and timelines. By taking a phased approach to implementation, it ensures companies stay on track and avoid any delays or setbacks.
Collaboration and communication across all departments and stakeholders are crucial for effective implementation of SMDC. The roadmap should involve input from all relevant stakeholders, including manufacturing, engineering, quality, supply chain, IT teams, and your supplier partner in software solution and equipment automation. By involving all stakeholders since the beginning, companies can ensure that everyone is aligned and committed to the SMDC implementation process.
Step 1: Assess Your Current State
Before embarking on an SMDC implementation journey, it’s important to assess your current state and identify areas for improvement. This assessment should include a comprehensive review of your existing manufacturing processes, supply chain operations, and sustainability practices. Some key considerations to keep in mind during this assessment include:
- What are your current manufacturing processes and how can they be optimised for sustainability and efficiency?
- How are your supply chain currently structured, and what opportunities exist for greater collaboration and transparency?
- What sustainability metrics are you currently tracking, and how can they be improved or expanded?
- What digital tools and technologies are you currently using, and how can they be leveraged for SMDC implementation?
- By conducting a thorough assessment of your current state, you can identify areas of strength and weakness and develop a clear understanding of the steps required to achieve your SMDC goals.
It is always preferred to perform such assessment across different functions in an organisation and involved experienced solution provider to bounce ideas.
Step 2: Define Your SMDC Goals and Objectives
Once you have assessed your current state, the next step is to define your SMDC goals and objectives. These goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, and they should align with your overall business strategy and sustainability vision. Some potential SMDC goals and objectives to consider include:
- Improving manufacturing efficiency and reducing waste
- Enhancing supply chain collaboration and transparency
- Increasing visibility into sustainability metrics
- Reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
- Enhancing product traceability and quality control
By defining your SMDC goals and objectives, you can create a clear roadmap for implementation and ensure that all stakeholders are aligned around a common vision.
Step 3: Identify Key Software Solutions
- Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Modular MES software can help you optimise your manufacturing processes by providing real-time visibility into production operations and performance metrics. This can help you identify areas for improvement and implement more efficient and sustainable practices.
- Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) software: S&OP software is an innovative technology solutions that support industrial for their planning and execution needs in all functions of Supply Chain Management. This maximises business profitability and facilitates collaboration among different departments and plants across the enterprise to transform and optimise all processes along their supply chain.
- Quality Control and Assurance (QCA) software: QCA software can help you enhance product traceability and quality control by providing real-time visibility into product testing and inspection results. This can help you identify quality issues early and take corrective action before products are received to the factory as Supplier Quality Control (SQM) and before it reaches customer’s factories as Customer Quality Control (CQM).
- Data Analytics and AI software: Data analytics and AI software can help you analyse large volumes of data to identify patterns and trends, make more informed decisions, and optimise your operations for sustainability and efficiency.
By identifying the key software solutions required for SMDC implementation, you can ensure that you have the necessary tools and technologies to achieve your goals and objectives.
Step 4: Develop Your SMDC Roadmap
Once you have assessed your current state, defined your SMDC goals and objectives, and identified the key software solutions required, the following step is to develop your SMDC roadmap. This roadmap should include a detailed plan for implementation, including timelines, resource requirements, and key performance indicators (KPIs). Collaboration and communication across all departments and stakeholders are crucial for effective implementation of SMDC. The roadmap should involve input from all relevant stakeholders, including manufacturing, engineering, quality, supply chain, IT teams, your supplier partner in software solution, and equipment automation.
Success Stories in SMDC Implementation
The company already deploys photoluminescence and electroluminescence analysis in the existing factory and plans to increase deployment of these automated techniques to monitor its processes and product quality. The manufacturing process includes a series of digital control systems and sensors that give the workforce an overview of the evolution of energy consumption, singling out glitches in production. The assembly process follows a similar approach. “We are pushing more and more for automated inspections with increasingly sophisticated AI-based image recognition systems,” said Gerardi, Head of Innovability, 3Sun Gigafactory.
Another unnamed global leader in energy management and automation has seen significant improvements in sustainability, efficiency, and cost savings since implementing SMDC. These companies have reduced energy consumption by 2 – 10%, reduced water consumption by 5 – 20%, and increased recycled waste up to 20%. Another unnamed manufacturing solutions provider has also experienced similar success, achieving up to 50% reduction in water usage and around 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
In conclusion, SMDC implementation is a crucial strategy for companies seeking to remain competitive and meet their sustainability goals. By following the key steps and considerations outlined in this blog post, companies can develop a clear roadmap for SMDC implementation, and achieve significant improvements in sustainability, efficiency, and cost-saving.