Mobility: An efficiency tool
With mobility proving its worth as an efficiency tool within the factory, shifting from being simply a reporting implementation to becoming a transactional tool, we expect adoption of mobility on the shop floor to continue into 2013.
Companies will be seeking to realise even more efficiency gains through the application of this technology to achieve connected operations within and beyond the factory. We are forecasting an increase in machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies adoption on the shop floor for remote sensing and monitoring of shop floor process as well as equipment to create a connected operations environment within the factory.
With geo-location-enabled smartphones and tablets to track location information, mobile applications can be made context-aware for efficient task assignment and scheduling based on proximity to point of action. This will support greater fidelity in distribution channels and logistics management.
Together with the deployment of M2M technologies, manufacturers can enable process automation for productivity and efficiency gains as well as improved supply chain track and trace visibility.
William Lee is the Senior Research Manager for IDC Manufacturing Insights Asia/Pacific, based in Singapore.
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