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How to adapt to customer needs through digital agility

Learn how flexible manufacturing helps small and medium businesses stay agile

A business that can stay agile in changing markets is more likely to be successful in the long term. Too often, short-term software solutions inhibit small and medium businesses (SMB)s from remaining competitive as their larger counterparts find ways to penetrate the low-volume, high-mix production market – an area that small and medium businesses have long dominated. Integrating software solutions that scale with your business is the most practical solution to remain agile. Here’s how you can integrate flexible manufacturing into your business.

End-to-end digitalization improves processes

From the very beginning of your supply chain to the delivery of a job to a customer, your manufacturing process must remain flexible but if your data is locked in silos that are not accessible to the whole company, you will face roadblocks.

With an integrated PLM process, you gain end-to-end traceability, enabling you to reuse data, improve BOM management, and manage configurations for more complex assemblies to accelerate the order to manufacturing. Through the collaborative digital environment, you can better protect your investment in machines, equipment, and technology with production and machine analysis to maintain efficiency and minimize interruptions.

Agile manufacturing adapts to customer needs

As an SMB, you require a more agile manufacturing environment that will allow you to switch between customers as demands change, increase visibility into your supply chain to avoid surprises, and improve data tracking. In addition, the ability to respond quickly to design changes and minimize downtime will give you a competitive edge.