Managing production data effectively can yield significant benefits for manufacturers. As the volume of useful data grows, the right PIM tools can enable quicker decision making across businesses.

Product Information Management should now be part of any manufacturer’s data strategy. Making use of the data generated by increasingly complex and connected production systems, test facilities and marketing departments can help to drive efficiencies and boost bottom line profits.

PIM brings information together and gives users a consistent view of relevant details as they change. It eliminates the need for many manual updates, and that frees up personnel to add value elsewhere around the organisation.

Most product information has value. Customers want detail, and informing buyers as updates occur creates stronger relationships and builds trust and confidence.

When information is out-of-date or inaccurate, business opportunities can be missed.

Are data volumes increasing?

Linking machines and capturing information is nothing new. Data has been generated for decades. The volume of data isn’t necessarily increasing, but manufacturers are realising how important it is to unlock the value of information that has for years been siloed within their business systems.

For too long many systems have been stand-alone. In some cases they have also required additional input from users to extract and utilise the data generated by production line machinery and other connected systems downstream.

Changes to product specifications have been managed on spreadsheets stored on computer hard drives – not servers. Online catalogues have required website specialists to amend hard-coded details, and cross-country data such as currency rates that affects exports has gone unchanged.

When information is out-of-date or inaccurate, business opportunities can be missed.

The Internet of Things has kick-started change. Machines and devices are starting to talk to each other and centralised PIM systems. The flow of data is constant and easier to harness.

The issue for manufacturers of complex parts and machinery has been the inability of users to access information up and down the production and supply pipelines.

Data capture devices in the production facility have often only been visible to operatives in that area. Other personnel across the business have missed out.

While some sources of information might be relevant to a specific operations, other data could have significant value to key functions throughout the wider organisation, and for customers.

The same data can and should be updated simultaneously and then made available as appropriate to users with the right edit and viewing permissions.

Users across organisations are empowered. They are given access to more information that enables them to make better decisions – quicker.

How can PIM connect users?

PIM allows manufacturers to centrally manage their technical and marketing data. Systems are connected. Valuable information is not left isolated.

Customer feedback, sales information, stock levels and CAD data is kept accurate and consistent to feed relevant details to multiple users – at the same time, even across time zones.

Users across organisations are empowered. They are given access to more information that enables them to make better decisions – quicker. Even CAD files can be translated using convenient viewing tools on PCs, mobiles and tablets.

Products, assemblies and parts are easily searched and located. This benefits designers, production managers, sales teams, dealers and customers.

Files are shared, updated by authorised personnel and viewed by others – all from the latest, synchronised data files.

Epitomy Solutions has developed bespoke Product Information Management tools to address data storage and sharing requirements across a number engineering and manufacturing functions for a wide range of companies.

Whether that’s marine engines, parts for mobility vehicles or components for agricultural machinery, product information has been synchronised to give factory managers, sales teams, distributors and dealers a consistent view of the data.

…it is increasingly important that manufacturers and sellers maintain up-to-date data that can be access via the Internet.

 

Economies are made and efficiency increased.

The phrase “customer is king” is much-used, but with so many transactions now made online it is increasingly important that manufacturers and sellers maintain up-to-date data that can be access via the Internet.

Epitomy Solutions offers a range of powerful data management tools that integrate other business systems to give all users consistent access to product information as and when they need it.

For further information about the Epitomy Platform, email the team on enquiries@epitomy.com or call 0114 258 0404.