Knowledge-based management of production enables quick and efficient response

16.10.2019 Protacon Blog

If the information required for management is dispersed between different locations and strongly personalized, it prevents efficient knowledge-based production management.

It is quite typical for production-related records to be made in several systems, dedicated Excel files and squared notebooks. As a consequence, the information required for management is dispersed between different locations and strongly personalized, which prevents efficient knowledge-based production management.

In order to be usable to support production-related decision-making, the data must be readily available whenever required and analysis must be trouble-free. By knowledge-based production management, numerous benefits can be achieved, which will eventually translate into increased production efficiency and improved profitability.

This is how knowledge-based management is manifested in production

The faster and more accurate the data traffic is, the better is the production’s capability to respond to changes in sales and the customers’ needs.

Production is capable of responding to changes in sales and customer needs 

Rough production control is directly sales-dependent, for which reason production requires information on the sales situation. Naturally, the area of activity and type of production influence the closeness of the actual relationship between sales and production, as well as how close the relationship should be. 

Nevertheless, it can be stated that the faster and more accurate the data traffic is, the better is the production’s capability to respond to changes in sales and the customers’ needs. Production-related decisions and plans are based on up-to-date and accurate sales information, regardless of whether prediction of future demand or setting of a realistic production schedule for an order are involved.

More efficient production meetings

Knowledge-based management allows universal utilization of data. Open information sharing enhances the personnel’s ability for self-management and assists in focusing resources to the exactly right targets at the right time. 

For example, information displays located in production premises ensure that all production employees have an up-to-date understanding of the current production situation and of what requires attention next. At the same time, production planning can also see whether the plan is on schedule or whether there have been production delays.

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All the information necessary for determination of root causes is available

Determination of root causes is the resolution of all internal and external plant processes or of quality-related problems. The root cause of a problem detected in production can also originate outside production.

For example, all of the information necessary for follow-up calculation of the profitability of a manufacturing project launched on order of a customer is available through a single system, from working hours to material costs. This way, problems such as non-profitability of a project can be identified quickly and easily.

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Sari Suominen

Kirjoittaja Sari Suominen

I work at Protacon as a Sales Director of Digital Business and also for the development of the Business Intelligence unit. My passion is knowledge management, sales, growth and service design. Leisure time is spent practising half marathon, golfing and outdoor activities with our dog.