SMART Boards can be used to create freehand diagrams and notes. These can be saved and distributed to keep a record of an ongoing project as it develops, reducing miscommunications. By adding digital images from design programs such as AutoCad, they can be annotated and saved in real time.
Together with Bridgit, the data conferencing software, information can be shared and worked on in real time between users. This makes the experience more collaborative and less one-way. There’s no one single presenter and everyone is able to take part at any time. With data conferencing, the “back and forth” process which email communication encourages is eliminated, creating a streamlined, seamless collaboration system. Bridgit functions on a range of devices, including other SMART products, laptops or iPads, allowing notes to be added from anywhere in the world.
In addition, visualisers enable real life components to be put under a camera and the image annotated by anyone in the same room or anywhere in the world. For example, if a new chip is designed by teams working in the UK but manufactured in China, the team in China could place the chip under a visualiser. The UK team could then review the chip in real time and write any required changes directly onto the image. These notes can then be saved and referred back to at any point.
The ROI for a manufacturing company is achieved through delivery times, reducing business travel and making long-distance meetings more effective. Most businesses with more than one location in the manufacturing industry will already have some kind of communication solution, whether this is Webex or other video conferencing solutions.
Who we often work with:
- Companies manufacturing their own products
- Manufacturers with more than one location (eg a UK-based design team and Chinese manufacturing facility)
Current solutions work with these software solutions:
- AutoDesk including AutoCad images and 3D modelling
- Software for project management and lean management that is fully compatible includes www.iobeya.com
An example of how SMART technology can help with collaboration in the Manufacturing Industry: