Logistics & Planning
We recognise that in line with the increasing manufacturing technical demands to move towards more effective manufacturing methodologies such as Additive Manufacturing and technologies such as simulation tools, the supply chain activities are critical to ensuring that we achieve a holistic approach to the business performance.
As the demands for lead time reduction increase, the need to support the business technological investments and manufacturing advancements it is essential to create a robust supply chain that can deliver products and services between customers and suppliers in an ever widening and global market place.
Converting the sales strategy into deliverable project operations plans to encompass the engineering and business activities are needed, particularly as the collaboration demands are increasing between suppliers and customers to be able to achieve faster to products to markets. The factory of the future and the ‘Internet of Things’ sees the operations of the future as being fully integrated and requiring not just collaboration within operations but a level of transparency of information between upstream and downstream supply chain partners that would require a major cultural as well as the technology shift.
Although many companies have adopted for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems it is often unclear how many have effectively integrated these into their own business, and have the associated the inventory accuracy and bill of materials accuracy needed to use these effectively and may need support. Whilst we focus as AMAP on developing the high end capabilities within manufacturing, we recognise that to achieve the margins and the effective use of the technology, many organisations need to also address basic competencies such as using their current systems effectively (ERP or otherwise) to achieve on time and in full delivery, concern closure and problem solving, bill of materials accuracy, inventory and warehouse accuracy and importantly the panning of the work flow through facilities to maximise outputs using minimum resources.
Many OEM’s may be technologically advanced and well versed in lean having streamlined operations using lean techniques for many years but as we move to more integrated supply chains and global deliverables, we also need to address the capability of the lower tiers of the supply chain to ensure we provide the support they need for the sustainability and profitability of all. Our vision is to integrate as many of the smaller manufacturing companies as possible into the AMAP productivity and maintenance forums, as well as providing other direct training and support the SME sector to develop the flow of information and technology for competitive supply chain advantage.