Top 5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Should Use an Automated Inventory and Manufacturing System
Discover the five major reasons why manufacturing companies should adopt and embrace automated inventory and manufacturing systems to help their businesses grow.
by Kim Koster
There are a lot of challenges to manufacturing specialized products for the government.
First is the fluctuating demand for your products. This unpredictability can make it difficult to maintain optimal inventory levels.
Second, the complexity and specificity of the products you manufacture often lead to a high rate of production errors and rework. This not only increases your production costs but can also lead to delayed deliveries, affecting your reputation and the trust your government clients have in you.
Finally, a lack of real-time visibility into your inventory and production process often results in missed opportunities for improved efficiency and cost savings. Without a modern, digital, and automated inventory and manufacturing system, it's challenging to identify bottlenecks, track product performance, and make data-driven decisions.
Let’s dive into five reasons why your manufacturing company should modernize with an inventory and manufacturing system that runs on automation.
Efficiency and Accuracy
Modern inventory and manufacturing systems automate the tracking of inventory levels, orders, sales, and deliveries. Instead of manually writing down where everything is, scanning and mobile device usage combines worker information with project information to instantly update the status and location of any item. This reduces the chances of human error and significantly enhances the efficiency of the operation.
Digitization also maximizes the efficiency of document management and file sharing, eliminating the need to print out documents. It also allows for easier auditing of records and processes. It enables you to separate materials purchased on Cost Type contracts, which helps you with reporting and compliance.
Having one place for people to update, understand, and find data makes it easy for everyone to collaborate and build trust.
By accurately tracking inventory, companies can avoid overstocking and understocking, both of which can lead to unnecessary costs. Overstocking can lead to obsolete inventory and increased carrying costs. Understocking can result in missed sales and poor customer service.
When companies optimize warehouse organization, they can reduce the expenses related to storage space. The ideal state is a “Just in Time” inventory system popularized by Dell Computers a few decades ago.
Even in this age of technology, many companies still use paper to run their factories. This can result in piles of receiving orders and packing slips. It also forces you to scan and store documents. With a modernized, technology-fueled system, you can go paperless, saving on costs.
A bonus is that going paperless also eliminates environmental waste from printing materials, reducing operational costs due to the elimination of paper-related expenses.
These systems provide real-time data and comprehensive reports that allow management to make informed decisions about production planning, sales forecasting, and other strategic areas of your business.
Automation ensures that all inventory records are accurate and current, allowing teams to make informed decisions quickly. It allows for real-time tracking of stock levels and streamlined communication between departments, enabling efficient decision-making.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
When your business operates efficiently, saving costs and making the right decisions, the service you deliver to your customers can improve. It allows you to focus less time on operations and more time ensuring your customers are well taken care of.
By ensuring that products are always available and deliveries are made on time, an automation-powered inventory and manufacturing system can help significantly boost customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Also, having a digital system allows you to respond quickly to customer questions with accurate answers – building trust and satisfaction even further.
Automation equals efficiency. Modern inventory and manufacturing systems are designed to grow with your business. As your operations expand, these systems can easily adapt to handle increased demand and the need to maintain compliance, ensuring that your manufacturing processes remain efficient and effective.
This is especially true in government contracting, where one large contract can triple your business volume or more! Having scalable systems in place means one less thing for you to worry about. Hiring and managing people is hard enough by itself. You don’t want to have to worry about implementing new systems at the same time.
Get automated today
Digitization and automation of material management and manufacturing is an invaluable tool for companies looking to improve operations and maximize profits. Embracing modern solutions can help your business stay competitive, adaptive, and successful in today’s rapidly changing market.
Learn more about how Unanet can help you automate your project-based inventory and manufacturing processes.