June 16, 2021

Cloud Manufacturing

It’s become clear that Cloud Manufacturing will play a significant role in the future of the industry. So, what is the reality of Cloud Manufacturing? And what will it mean for UK Manufacturers?

Many companies already currently have successful ‘lean’ production environments. However, this doesn’t work particularly well for value added services that enhance a product from the ‘standard’. So, while it’s great to offer a tailored product, it’s more difficult to manage. Especially when it moves into the realms of ‘Engineer to Order’ or ‘Design to Order’.

Traditional supply chains have some flexibility to support lean principles. However, they aren’t usually dynamic enough to deal with ‘Engineer to Order’, or the processes that support it.  For example, if a client wants to completely redesign a piece of large capital equipment.  This needs engineering design, 3D modelling, manufacture process design and the involvement of external suppliers and subcontractors. In short, all these elements can create delays and increase costs.

Cloud Manufacturing

Cloud Manufacturing can solve this. It’s essentially a service-oriented business model to share manufacturing capabilities and resources on a cloud platform.  Thanks to these platforms, manufacturers can automatically match their requirements to a wide range of capabilities and resources. This means, Cloud Manufacturing technology can reduce costs by getting products to market quicker. It will open and automate the supply chain, spread load, and reduce lead times. 

Manufacturing prices are heavily influenced by demand and available capacity.  So by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assign the best possible option at the best price, Cloud Manufacturing will lead to higher efficiency and lower pricing.

Of course, for this to work companies need to use ERP solutions that can meet the needs of an ‘on-demand’ service model.  At Ochiba we are adapting our Manufacturing Solution for SAP Business One to work in a cloud / service manner, to meet these requirements.  

We are breaking out the individual components of our SAP Business One Manufacturing solution. So our clients can easily pick and choose the individual elements (e.g., Shop Floor Data Collection, Production Planning etc) that they wish to trial or use. Once the process is complete all the apps and data will then be available to be share with Cloud Manufacturing platforms. This opens up a new world of possibilities for our clients.

Make the best possible decisions

This new development moves companies away from the traditional workflows where information is serial, private, and not shared.  The new integrated manufacturing platforms allow the requirements, plans and work progress to be instantly shared with all interested parties in the supply chain.  Cloud Manufacturing joins every supply and demand node available. It considers the available production processes and capacities to make the best possible decisions. Platforms like Fractory offer a wide range of services and once integrated to the ERP Cloud will become a key part of Cloud Manufacturing. It will mean engineers can immediately see feasibility and cost – even before making prototypes.

Of course, this can also make it cheaper for new manufacturing SME’s to enter the scene as there’ll be no need for the large start-up costs traditionally associated with manufacturing. After all, in this scenario, a manufacturer that owns no machines is only the same as Uber not owning any vehicles.  They are by definition, lean.

At Ochiba Business Solutions our aim is to help our clients prepare and have the correct solutions for the future.  By moving our ERP Manufacturing offering to the cloud our clients will have the best possible opportunity for growth. This is why it has our full attention.

For more information, please contact Ochiba on 0114 299 9430 or info@ochiba.co.uk.