Much of our manufacturing is now outsourced to Asia and the Far East and while it often makes sense economically, working with global partners poses its own set of problems. The biggest issue is often communication. When the assembly line and the design team were based in the same place it was easy for faults to be diagnosed and solved, but when there are thousands of miles between the two, it can be problematic. For example, if a part is found to be faulty it can result in the designer needing to travel to the manufacturing plant to check the part against the schematics, which is both expensive and time consuming. However, by using SMART Boards with visualisers in manufacturing many of these delays can be resolved remotely.
A SMART Board is an interactive white board which, when connected to a computer and projector, allows you to view documents, files and applications. You can share them with other users both in the same room and remotely, through additional SMART Boards, mobile boards (called Podiums) or software that enables users to access the SMART Board via their computer or tablet device. As well as viewing information all participants can annotate the screens by writing and highlighting on the board, and the entire session can be recorded and reviewed at a later date.
A visualiser, also known as a visual presenter or document camera, is a digital camera that plugs into the computer and projector to display an image of whatever is placed below the lens. Originally used to show documents rather than scan them into the computer, visualisers can show a wide variety of materials including microscopic images, X-rays and 3D objects.
By using SMART Boards with visualisers in manufacturing you can solve problems remotely. Once you have decided on the set up of your SMART Boards at each location (full size boards, access via computer and so on) you can have a permanent communication link so you can not only share voice and text but also display any object on the white board (via the visualiser) and zoom in to show every detail. You can then write on the SMART board, for example instructions to rebuild a part, and save and share the meeting, complete with the visualiser images and your notes. The benefit of working remotely in this way is that manufacturing problems can be resolved quickly and without the expense of travel, resulting in you being able to stick to product launch schedules more easily.
To find out more about how using SMART Boards with visualisers could benefit your manufacturing business, call us today on 0118 336 0010 and speak to one of our experts. We would be delighted to talk you through the SMART range of products to find the ideal solution for your needs and your budget.