Time is money, and budgets can often become bloated because time has been wasted during manufacturing. Part of the problem is European manufacturers often have production plants in the Far East so communication can become difficult because of the distances and time differences. Long distance travel is often seen as the only way to resolve problems on the production line, and this can result in huge travel expenses, as well as a loss of time to the company. If this situation sounds familiar, here are a few tips for using technology to save time in the manufacturing process
Managing a project when your team are not all in the same location can prove troublesome. However, software such as iObeya can make a huge difference as it can be shared remotely, perhaps via a SMART Board, and staff can all see the schedule and make amendments on the fly. Everyone can be given the latest information, avoiding delays because of confusion over timescales.
Video conferencing is a popular tool for communicating over distances. There are a variety of platforms and solutions available, from free or inexpensive online solutions to managed systems and dedicated video conferencing suites. The latest solutions are interoperable, meaning you can use them with both high quality equipment and PCs, laptops and even tablets. This means you can keep in contact with staff without them requiring dedicated hardware.
Interactive White Boards
Interactive white boards such as SMART Boards are an ideal way to collaborate and communicate remotely. Using your SMART Board you can call up any data, including images, video, spreadsheets and documents, and share it with other participants, who join your meeting via another SMART device or their computer or iPad. Everyone can highlight information, add notes and manipulate objects on screen, and you can save the notes and share them later. SMART Boards also integrate with a number of third party products including iObeya, AUTOCad and SharePoint, increasing their functionality further still. Sharing and collaborating on data in this way means decisions can be made faster, enabling production to be kept on schedule.
For more information on any of the tools mentioned above, call us today on 0118 336 0010. We would be delighted to discuss your needs and suggest the ideal solution.