5 Reasons to consider IFS Cloud for High-Tech Manufacturing

The IFS Cloud solution contains industry best practices and business processes you can adopt “as is” or configure to meet your exacting needs.

These processes are embedded into IFS Cloud and augmented by specific business accelerators for the High-Tech manufacturing industry. For example, forecasting, planning and scheduling, inventory, quality management, warehouse management and shop floor data capture are all available as embedded components.

Manufacturers can look to IFS Cloud for a broad solution footprint that is proven in the most demanding global environments, with embedded Equipment Asset Management (EAM) and Service Management (SM) IFS Cloud delivers a complete business solution by having all the data in one place and providing a single version of the truth.

1. Complete Business Solution

End to end life cycle support from design to engineering to production, and delivery to service and repair With IFS Cloud everything is in one place and you have a single version of the truth. This means getting your product to market faster, producing a higher quality product, improving product safety, increasing sales opportunities, and reducing errors and waste.

2. Advanced Scheduling Techniques

Demand forecasting with embedded AI (Artificial Intelligence) Artificial Intelligence is an integral part of the IFS Demand Planner to help identify patterns and trends. It can also be linked to external sources to improve forecast accuracy.

Demand Driven MRP (Material Requirements Planning) certified by the Institute of DDMRP (Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning). IFS buffer levels are set by algorithms approved and certified by the DDMRP institute as part of instilling best practices.

3. Integrated Project Management

Full project management for resources and costs. IFS Cloud includes full project resource and material planning. This means that forecast costs, capacity and time can be tracked closely, making the project as cost effective as possible.

Control of project specific inventory Controlling and protecting parts purchased for use on a specific project is always a challenge. With IFS Cloud, project inventory is protected and cannot be used without permission, which reduces shortages.

4. Operational Intelligence

Industry specific Lobbies are available immediately, so users can ‘get up and running’ with less training. The IFS Cloud user interface contains Lobbies that guide users to the correct screen, as part of a process flow. These are in the product as standard, so users can quickly find the screen they need to carry out their role.

Manufacturing KPIs are available straight away, giving insight to actions needed. KPIs are usually set up after a product has been installed. But with IFS Cloud, industry standard KPIs, by process, are available as standard, saving weeks of set up time. It also means that users have access to actionable information from the outset.

Manufacturing Visualizer that shows available resources against predicted and forecasted demand. Users are shown graphical views of operational resources, making it easier to visualize where available capacity is under, or over resourced during a period. This provides valuable information for improved decision making.

5. Integrated Quality Management and Document Management

Quality management, including compliance, audits, and quality plans Reporting production build deviations, or Non-Conformance Reports, is possible at any point in the manufacturing process by the person finding the issue, at the time the issue is found. This could be a machine operator or someone in “Goods Receiving” capturing the issue at source, which in turn saves time and builds a picture of where quality issues are happening. These issues can then be dealt with through a fully auditable and consistent quality process.

Document management with full access and revision control. Full revision-controlled document management is available across IFS Cloud. This means no more searching through physical archives for hard copies and saves time by reducing ad hoc requests to find information or paperwork. For example, all safety documents or measurement reports can be attached to the goods receipt record so anyone can access the information if they need it.

Would you like to know more about IFS Cloud for high tech manufacturing companies? Contact us!

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