Effectiveness is no longer enough to stay ahead of the competitors; efficiency is the new goal of the companies. After a clear understanding of the dynamics of the market as well as sustainability trends and best practices, many companies seek for the most efficient solution to keep up with all the requirements. The answer for many is the innovation and MIS solution, which without doubt qualifies to be at the top of innovations in the company nowadays and a way to more sustainable business.
MIS solution is more than just an ERP, it leads to sustainable development. The company not only knows the detailed information about the production processes, including the consumption and waste but also allows analysing company’s profitability. The industries are able to monitor the pillars of sustainability, such as environment, for instance, manage energy consumption within the company or monitor eco-efficiency. Another solution contributing to increase of efficiency is maintenance management, which results in the improvement of the planning as well as the raise of equipment life-cycle.
To conclude, MIS helps increasing profit by lowering operating costs, saving time, facilitating access to the data and optimising the use of resources. The companies have the critical information about the operations and procedures which allows the managers to make better decisions.
Challenges of Printing Industry Companies
The incentive to technological advancement, as well as the continued development of different forms of engagement enables a better overview of the challenges that the companies of various printing industry sectors are facing in the already challenging global scenario. It is essential to emphasize that monitoring of consumer preferences assume important positions in the establishment of vertical relationships between the hierarchies. The organizational level, the constant dissemination of information positively affects the correct prediction of the development guidelines for the future. Increasingly, companies reach the conclusion that the perception of difficulties leads to the improvement of strategic knowledge to achieve excellence. Many of them decide to branch out from the orthodox solutions and seek for innovations and the means to increase the efficiency that ensures sustainable growth.
Our industry and market knowledge lead us to define that MIS tools not only allow the efficient work within the company, they lead to sustainability. This paper will give a brief idea of the four main tools contributing to innovation and efficient company growth.
Manufacturing Execution System (MES) - the right information at the right time
The technology solutions of data acquisition, industrial supervision, planning and production control allow the users to monitor and supervise the data acquisition devices of various participants in the manufacturing process and may act in the field by controlling remote inputs/outputs or programmable logic controllers - PLCs. It also allows one to plan job orders on time, monitor real-time production process according to the preset routing, to control the movement of materials and hence make a production control more efficient. The tool turns out to be a complement to the management systems and production control. This system involves the placement of collection points, with the installation of industrial consoles (e.g. for groups of machines or for each machine), registered by barcode or by touch, the number of job orders, operations, incorporated materials, machine identifications, operator identifications (and other) and also the elements for quality control.
Energy management - taking into account economic and environmental objectives
Once, power was considered abundant, nowadays companies consider it a resource that must be carefully managed. In a company the implementation of an energy management system may result in a 10% improvement in energy consumption. It ends up serving as an implementation of a new energy source. An energy management system, informs the user when, where and how the energy resources of a company are spent.
The system provides real-time information of a set of parameters related to the power monitoring by equipment or by machine and the possibility to monitor the energy analyzer placed in each machine.
Maintenance management – keep the equipment running at high capacity
Applying maintenance management becomes essential as companies are increasingly using technology and modern equipment to increase the production, carrying a huge investment at this level. Using MIS maintenance management tools help controlling the equipment maintenance of the company, either machines or components, starting with the setting of maintenance plans, records of preventive maintenance and corrective action up to the release of the maintenance orders. In any production process, the use of resources such as machines, materials subsidiaries, etc. is a constant.
Eco-efficiency – transform unsustainable development to sustainable
Eco-efficiency unites two “eco” dimensions - economy and ecology, to relate the product or service value to environmental influence. The primary goal of eco-efficiency is to increase the net value of the company /process/product “Do More With Less”.
Eco-efficiency can be performance metrics of sustainable companies and organisations, in order to show the economic and ecological progress, translated by contribution (value) for the welfare and corresponding more or less efficient use of environmental, economic and human resources.
The quantification of eco-efficiency stimulates business valorisation, either by revenues of the effective cost reduction (of materials, energy and environmental damages), or by transparency in the communication of product/processes features.