Here’s a dialogue of questions and answers from Conrad and the crowd. You can download slides from the presentation here..
A_Crowd: Optimized and connected supply chain
A_Crowd: Having capability to have shop floor run itself: near real-time scheduling, etc.
A_Crowd: Adapting and self-correcting; make sure there is calibration at all times; more autonomous
A_Conrad: All those answers are great and all fit into the MESA definition:
“Smart Manufacturing – The intelligent, real-time orchestration and optimization of business, physical and digital processes within factories and across the entire value chain.” -MESA Smart Manufacturing Working Group
A_Crowd: Putting RFID on inventory so that it knows the parts and the quantities coming into the factory; and it can react accordingly. Right now we have to do that manually to setup the line to make the 20 flavors.
A_Crowd: Fulfillment center to deliver products to the packers rather than pickers to the part. Deliver entire shelves; to orchestrate those moving parts.
A_Crowd: Cross schedule adherence and upstream manufacturing -- they were able to calibrate an almost just-in-time contract with their suppliers as the information was shared with their logistics and suppliers.
A_Crowd: Observation on what crowd agreed on: Being able to define strategies; how is it linked to value drivers, and tie to a roadmap. It was business-driven ways to improve.
Example: we want connectivity into the supply chain and for it to be structured information: xml, etc.
A_Crowd: Start in small groups and then expand it out