Investing in SMART Boards may be seen as a big commitment and not all manufacturers are aware of the benefits of using SMART Boards in manufacturing or the return on investment that can be achieved through using such technology. However, with most European manufacturers using production plants in the Far East, communication between the design team and production manager can be a problem, requiring long distance travel which eats into available time, delays schedules and increases expenditure. Using a SMART Board can reduce the need for travel and has many other benefits in manufacturing too. Here are a few of them.
1. Use your SMART Board to write notes and draw freehand diagrams
It’s often not easy to demonstrate a concept or make changes to a product verbally. By using a SMART Board you can view visuals, schematics and other content and write notes or draw diagrams over the top. Your amendments are embedded within the content and saved with the meeting notes, providing a lasting record.
2. Use your SMART Board to view and annotate design programs
With a SMART Board you are not limited in the content you display and annotate – anything you can open on your computer can be viewed on the SMART Board. This means you can instantly open an AUTOCad design, for example, view your 3D model and make notes directly in the software, which can be saved and distributed later.
3. Share your SMART Board with other users on a variety of devices
While interactive white boards used to be confined to the boardroom, SMART Board software can be used across a number of devices so you can invite people to your meeting without them needing SMART equipment. For example, you can use SMART Bridgit software to enable people to join your meeting via their computer or tablet. Alternatively, SMART podiums are interactive monitors which cost less than a full size board and are easy to move from location to location.
4. Use a 3D visualiser with your SMART Board for real time troubleshooting
Just as you’re not limited to using specific applications on your SMART Board, you can extend the capabilities of it by using additional hardware such as a 3D visualiser. In manufacturing visualisers are proving especially effective for troubleshooting problems on the production line. For example, you can use the visualiser to send real time images of a component from the plant to the design office. The high quality zoom feature means you can inspect parts close up and determine problems without the need to travel to the plant to solve issues, resulting in faster production and a reduction in errors.
Finally we come back to the main way to get return on investment through using SMART Boards – reducing the need for travel by hosting virtual meetings. A SMART Board gives you the ability to share and collaborate on design and data; combining the SMART Board with web or video conferencing introduces the face-to-face aspect, rendering most physical meetings redundant, and saving you time and money.
For more information on the benefits of using SMART Boards in manufacturing call us today on 0118 336 0010 and speak to one of our experts. We would love to talk you through the range of SMART 0roducts and find a solution that will work for you.