The days of documenting inventory or production data on paper, collecting it, and manually collating it are over—at least they should be. Unfortunately, many manufacturers still rely on manual processes, when the combination of mobility and cloud provide a better alternative.
Many of our customers, however, are taking advantage of a few important trends. First, mobile devices are becoming very inexpensive. Second, they’re getting very powerful. Third, they’re more versatile and connected than ever. And these factors come together with the help of the cloud to help manufacturers innovate and increase efficiency on the shop floor.
The combination of cloud and mobile devices enable new levels of flexibility and freedom. One manufacturer, PKC Group, has moved to an almost entirely mobile plant floor. Workers use Microsoft Surface tablets to access cloud ERP using nothing more than a Web
Contrast this with the old way of doing this, which would require workers to
Another manufacturer, EG Industries, uses consumer technology to devise a very low-cost method for shop floor scanning and tracking. The company uses inexpensive Apple iPod Touches coupled with a Bluetooth case that has a built-in scanner. They access cloud ERP on the iPod (via the Plex Mobile app), connect the scanner to the iPod via Bluetooth and for very little money have a scanning device that inputs information directly into Plex via the iPod.
These customers saw the opportunity to take advantage of the flexibility of a browser-based cloud ERP system coupled with lightweight, inexpensive consumer mobile devices to create a simple yet powerful solution.
With cloud ERP as the backbone
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