What does a lightbulb have in common with a monster truck?

When it comes to data, quite a lot. Whatever product you manufacture, data is an intrinsic part of getting your product from ideation to reality – and ticking all the right boxes on its route to market.

It doesn’t matter if that product is something as small and (relatively) simple as a light bulb, or as large and complex as a monster truck. The data needed to create both to standard needs to meet the same, stringent benchmarks.

Of course, this is nothing new. Long before digitisation and Big Data, accurate information still had to flow through the manufacturing supply chain – from raw materials to production, testing to distribution – for any product to be made.

What has changed is the sheer amount of data collated and collected at every step, as well as the way that data is handled, shared and used by manufacturers. With this change comes significant potential for manufacturers to go beyond box-ticking with data, improving efficiency and uncover new commercial opportunities with data.

Let’s go back to our lightbulb and monster truck. The manufacturing process – and the number of components – is obviously very different for each. But the basic data touchpoints remain the same.

  • Raw materials need to be fully traceable, for sustainability, product safety and regulatory control.
  • Assembly processes need to be communicated and followed across every plant.
  • Measurement criteria must be precise.
  • Regulations need to be met in production, testing, and end-user information.
  • Test results – from raw material to final product – need to be communicated and acted upon.
  • Uniformity needs to be maintained throughout the process, to ensure that the product meets the same safety and quality standards no matter which factory it is produced in.
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But a good data strategy should do more than meet the minimum requirements. Effective data management should enable you to get greater insight into every step of your manufacturing process, unearthing opportunities to take action and drive positive change.

  • Costs can be reduced by addressing inefficiencies, identifying alternative suppliers and streamlines processes
  • Sustainability can be improved with greater transparency revealing the environmental impact of materials, production and distribution – and helping manufacturers to make informed decisions on alternatives
  • Standards can be improved with more effective communication of data – and a consistent data language
  • Customer demand can be met with analysis of trends, satisfaction scores and feedback being used to create better product.

To make the most of the manufacturing data at your disposal – whatever your objectives – you need to know that it’s accurate, consistent and reliable. The best way to guarantee this is with a combination of technology and wraparound data services that address how data flows through your business, and the quality controls it is subjected to on that journey.

  • Master data management (MDM) technology brings all of your data together in one place.
  • Data Quality puts vital procedures in place to ensure that all data being input meets strict criteria.
  • Data Governance changes the way your organisation interacts with its data, communicating data goals and how to achieve them throughout the business.

We’ve worked with manufacturers at every stage of their digital journey, driving them to achieve their data goals through data quality, data governance, technology implementation and data migration services. We connect data and people to create sustainable, long-lasting data strategies that make manufacturer’s ambitions a reality.

If you want to talk about your data targets (or data troubles) you can contact us on +44 1926 911820.