Top 5 reasons why the manufacturing industry should build mobile apps

Robby Gupta

The manufacturing industry has witnessed tremendous evolution over the past few years. However, companies still struggle to find smart solutions to improve their processes and minimize their costs. They want increased employee productivity, efficient resource management, and they want to make and implement decisions fast. Operating in an environment that is particular about time-to-market requires that processes are kept moving efficiently with minimum downtime.

Manufacturing companies are well aware of these challenges and the forward thinking ones have already jumped on the bandwagon of leveraging technology to their advantage. However, there are still several players in the manufacturing industry who are simply not sure why innovating on technology is critical. Which quite frankly, is ironic. The manufacturing industry essentially pioneered the usage of RFID and barcode technology in their plants and warehouses.

Both customers and tech innovators agree that the manufacturing industry, with its desperate need for high efficiency and uptime, is an ideal candidate for harnessing mobile technology. We’re in fact starting to see all kinds of apps – apps that deliver real time information, mobile inspection apps, inventory tracking apps, and so on.

 

Mobile speaks for itself- it enables manufacturing companies to manage inventory more efficiently, simplifies work orders, and streamlines inspections.

Let’s take a deeper look at how mobile apps are adding value and significantly improving methods and processes in the manufacturing industry.

  • Cost effectiveness: Manufacturing processes have modernized so much that building mobile apps for popularly used devices is actually much cheaper than it is to create the large cumbersome devices and machinery, that were used to accomplish the same tasks, in the past. .
  • Improved productivity: A Motorola survey puts the need for mobile into clear perspective – it reveals that manufacturers who use mobile applications in their daily processes saved an average of 42 minutes per employee. If you’re into the manufacturing business, you will know that this one area that manufacturing companies are always clamoring to improve upon. Mobile technology also allows for a more efficient and transparent process to measure employee productivity. It enables an access to accurate data and in real-time, on-demand. Mobile also eliminates human error in the data that is collected and most importantly, makes the data available to all employees and employers no matter where they are. Mobile also simplifies the long, arduous and repetitive processes that the manufacturing industry is rife with.
  • Increased employee visibility: GPS allows employees to be tracked which is of particular advantage in the manufacturing industry. Whether on a daily or hourly basis, this technology helps to ensure that the employees are at the right worksite and for the right duration. Dispatching workers and shipments to their work sites and locations is simplified and made more visible to everyone involved. GPS location tracking allows organizations to plan routes in a more efficient manner – taking date and time of arrival, traffic, weather, and other factors into consideration. In supply chain management especially, mobile proves extremely valuable.  Not only does it increase the speed of delivery, but it can also result in tremendous cost savings in terms of fuel, time, and number of vehicles dispatched for a specific purpose.

As companies increasingly make the move towards the mobile, we expect bigger and better innovation to happen. This, of course, means increased productivity and better efficiencies across the manufacturing industry.

The question is no longer about whether a manufacturing company should consider adopting mobile for their industry. Rather, it’s about how soon you can do it, and more importantly, how the mobile strategy is crafted implemented.

There are several ways in which mobile can be incorporated into manufacturing processes to produce incredible results. Although the process of building such mobile apps can be a complex, and slightly expensive effort, the results definitely far outweigh the costs.

Are you ready to jump on the mobile bandwagon?

about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, and Bangalore with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.