In the manufacturing industry, paperwork is a constant burden and a particular problem. The average manufacturing worker may handle upwards of 100 documents a day relating to the orders they are working on or other matters. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it creates all sorts of problems for the manufacturing industry, resulting in inefficient, slow and sometimes incorrect processes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With content management and document digitisation, manufacturing businesses can create more efficient processes, improve quality control and free themselves from the burden of paper-based documentation.
Improved Quality Control
When it comes to manufacturing, few things are more important than quality management. If they aren’t putting out a high-quality product, then they’re dead in the water. And one of the key components in maintaining high quality is through document digitisation and workflow automation. Documents that contain evidence that quality has been maintained throughout the manufacturing process, from when the raw materials arrived to when the final product leaves the logistics bay. But with document digitisation, all of the heavy lifting is done for you. Documents come into the business digitally, are automatically detected, scanned and routed according to your pre-defined rules. This means it can be analysed to see if it meets your set criteria, and if it does, it is then sent to the next stage in the process. If it doesn’t, it can be sent for manual approval, saving huge amounts of time and energy all around and significantly improving quality control.
Reduce Error Rates
In any manufacturing process there are going to be imperfections. Errors in production, wrong specs given or flaws in product. But every error costs manufacturing firm’s money, and so the focus has to be on reducing errors across the board. As technology advances, human error becomes more and more visible every day. Human error is responsible for more than 80% of process deviations in manufacturing environments, and a large amount of those errors boil down to paperwork problems.