13/11/20 – Manufacturing / Quality / Technology / InfinityQS / Software / Cloud / Digital
Manufacturers accelerate digital transformation by turning to cloud solutions
The availability and uptake of cloud technologies will ease the disruption of winter lockdown on the sector, says InfinityQS – leading global provider of Manufacturing Quality Intelligence software and services.
The manufacturing sector is continuing to overcome the many challenges presented to it in the wake of coronavirus by accelerating cloud-enabled digital transformation projects. This is subsequently ushering in the new era of smart and sustainable manufacturing at a pace faster than was predicted prior to the pandemic.
Catalysts for change
Indeed, the urgent requirement for effective remote working, operational performance improvements and increased agility, as well as protecting workers, has been the catalyst for an industry-wide change, according to Jason Chester, Director of Global Partner Programs at InfinityQS.
The firm has seen huge spikes in demand for professional services of its cloud-based Enact SPC solution, as it enables manufacturers to remotely monitor and optimise production environments and make real-time decisions from any location, including away from the shop floor or even a home office. To support this increased demand, the company has recently expanded its partner network to more than 50 highly skilled, global channel partners.
“It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and the manufacturing sector is no exception. Fortunately, the promise of cloud technologies is bearing fruit and providing manufacturers with a much-needed lifeline,” remarked Mr Chester. “Cloud solutions are changing the nature of technology investment by providing manufacturers of all sizes with powerful tools to launch tactical, cost-effective and fast-paced digital transformation projects just when they are most needed.”
He added that such innovations are proving invaluable for manufacturers trying to navigate unpredictable and unstable markets and maintaining continuity in accordance with new government legislation and safety guidelines. “Although we have seen unprecedented disruption to global supply chains, manufacturers are effectively adapting their business models and prioritising digital transformation initiatives to overcome these new challenges.
“We are living through very difficult economic times,” he continued, “but the speed with which manufacturers are adapting to these changes shows an industry embracing the cloud to drive forward effective and flexible manufacturing operations. As more manufacturers begin moving away from resource intensive manual processes and outdated legacy plant floor systems, this will also have an ongoing positive impact across the entire sector.”
Looking to the future, Mr Chester said his firm expected this rapid pace of transformation would continue, as businesses continue to prioritise their digital transformation initiatives so they can remain competitive and resilient in the months and years ahead.
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