Autonomous manufacturing has arrived. Just as industry 2.0 electrified factories and industry 3.0 introduced robotics, within a matter of years, fully autonomous processes will be the norm in many sectors – the essence of industry 4.0. Demand-driven MRP will enable factories to efficiently fulfill orders without the need of human control on an operational level.

Autonomous production will enable companies to create self-controlled, self-regulated and optimized material flows and shop floors. Intelligent, decentralized robots will communicate and adapt to one another, each performing a role, but all aligned to a common goal. Imperfect human intervention will be eliminated, allowing talent to be channeled towards more meaningful, creative tasks. 

Achieving autonomous production systems requires data to be identified, accessed and contextualized, relevant use cases to be found, and the overall business value to be defined. It is a step-by-step process, and businesses that embrace the transition will gain a distinct competitive advantage. The only question remains: what are the steps required to make autonomy a reality?

Resource & Capacity Management (RCM)

RCM includes the implementation of lean production methodologies (e.g., KOVP, Kaizen, Obeya) as well as the optimization of production strategies (e.g., MTS, MTO, ETO, CTO) and integration with sales.

Shop floor control and material management

Shop floor control and material management are essential to meeting customer requirements in a manner that maximizes quality and minimizes cycle times in manufacturing or retail environments while minimizing costs through improved planning, execution, and management of resources and materials. BearingPoint supports Industry 4.0 and IoT-based optimization of shop floors and machines.

Quality Management

Whether product or service-based, managing quality is pivotal to customer experience and sustainable business performance. Reviewing and identifying opportunities within all components that play a part in the quality of a product or service is business-critical.

Maintenance

BearingPoint's intellectual property consists of operational and informational resources that can be deployed by organizations to keep an asset performing to the required standard while minimizing impactful downtimes.

Aftersales

BearingPoint's Aftersales solution assists clients in understanding and capitalizing on their market position with competitors and in designing a roadmap to improve all aspects of customer and dealer related processes – from identifying and defining opportunities to the design, rollout, and training.

Service Management

Supply chain servicing management encompasses service logistics, service parts and overhaul, as well as customer support and is tailored to the need of the organization:

  • Service parts and overhaul contains the functions, processes, and systems involved in the management of complex capital equipment, sub-assemblies, and components
  • Service logistics provides processes and systems for flowing returned or obsolete products through the reverse logistics network in a cost-effective and efficient manner
  • Customer service is the ability to manage customer connections and information flows within service management interactions

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