By now most people realize that mobile devices are a great benefit to any business, even manufacturers. However, most companies haven’t yet explored all the possible ways that mobile technology in manufacturing can improve productivity.
We've already talked about how mobile ERP systems give small and mid-sized manufacturers the capabilities to enter quotes and sales orders, process material transactions, and receive purchase orders while away from the office, but with a little imagination, mobile devices can also play a wider role, especially in quality management and customer service. If you're not yet using mobile ERP, but you still want to explore how to use mobile technology in your manufacturing environment, consider these 6 new ways to use mobile technology.
1. Off-site inspection
Inspections or first piece inspections at vendor sites can be expensive, and while necessary, they may slow down production. Inspectors can use their mobile device’s built in camera to snap pictures of inspected items. This may be especially helpful for components where color or finish may be critical. Attaching the photo to the inspection report provides a record of levels of acceptability that can be used as a guideline for future delivery or as a proof point during disputes.