The supply chain for manufacturers and distributors is facing challenges around increased analytics, multichannel fulfillment, talent shortages, and the use of new technologies such as wireless, augmented reality, robotics and machine-to-machine (M2M). At the same time, there is continued focus on cost reduction and sustainability.
The Industrial Internet of Things is driving a huge transformation as it increases the interconnection between connected devices and analytics. The smart manufacturing enterprise can seize opportunities to maximize efficiency and safety through networking and intuitive collaboration with its users.
By taking some practical steps following a smart material handling approach, you can reduce downtime, supercharge productivity and boost accuracy. Processes across the entire supply chain – including material handling systems – must evolve to accommodate more predictive planning and more flexible business needs.
Ultimately, supply chain managers want to:
- Build logistics and material handling facilities faster and at lower overall cost using smart, integrated automation architectures.
- Achieve greater flexibility in response to the evolving needs of their market dynamics and customers.
- Face lower overall risk with an integrated solution that is easier and more flexible for OEMs and system integrators to incorporate in their designs.
This eBook shares practical steps to follow for a smart material handling and logistics approach.