“A Factory of the Future” is an Organisation that benefits all its stakeholders and improves its global performance with the help of 7 fundamental changes. The framework implemented serves to optimise the overall functioning of the company and accordingly leads to impressive results within internal sectors such as sales, production, human resources and innovation.
The 7 transformations achieved by all “Factories of the Future” are:
PlanningForce is a planning and scheduling solution that deals with both physical assets and human specific characteristics. It helps you optimise performance as it favourably matches projects with competent resources. In the case of the “Factory of the Future”, PlanningForce has three main pillars
that can aid the transformations.
The first pillar presented by PlanningForce is the Model. It simulates potential scenarios in order to improve decisions and manage activities and resources. It does so through an automated, integrated and collaborative method that can be applied to a broad range of activities, from sales to operations.
The second pillar is the Data System. The Data System helps organisations by linking and orchestrating exchanges. The exchanges can be between objects, human beings or information systems (e.g. the ERP system).
Finally, the third pillar is the Scheduling Engine. This feature helps to distribute and optimise the flow of operations along the entirety of the value chain. The Scheduling Engine does so optimally as it considers factors such as capacity constraints, priorities, incidents, costs, etc.
The combination of these three components, united with the help of PlanningForce, accelerates the 7 transformations. It provides an intelligent and effective transition for companies. Assisting the company, it identifies worthy projects to invest in, in order to increase its performance. This is done by calculating potential return on investment, projects are then prioritised accordingly.
Managers adapt and present the stakeholders with a motivating vision of the future for the company. Employees, they too, are happy. Thanks to the new vision, they overcome their fear and opt for new tools and behaviours. Investors and partners are impressed and therefore revise their opinions of the company. Finally, customers benefit alongside the market as regular improvements are made by reliable and high performing companies.
To conclude, with the help of PlanningForce, the seven transformations necessary to be qualified as a “Factory of the Future” no longer loom over organisations as impossible changes to make. Instead, the transformations appear as a sum of attainable goals that will gradually deliver greater results as the process goes on.