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Manufacturers run the risk of penalties and fines, hindering their reputation, losing customer engagement and loyalty, and even facing product recalls and loss of market access.

What makes them most prone to these risks actually becoming a reality? Non-compliance to ISO standards.

Across every manufacturer around the world, these standards are recognized. Many who adhere to ISO compliance see the benefits and deal with minimal obstacles in implementing the steps that go into the process. While some undoubtedly see the value of being compliant, they may be faced with the challenges that come in reaching it, at a different scale. These can include anything from financial responsibilities tied to reaching and maintaining the standard, the lack of complete knowledge, internal auditing processes, and commitment from the top-down and floor-up.

Whether currently ISO compliant or not, manufacturers must understand where they are positioned and the limitations they’re facing, in order to know how they can get where they want to be, and in a more efficient manner. For those already compliant, there are even structured and measured processes that go into upholding the systems in place for the maintenance of standards.

Regardless the stage a manufacturer is in and the relative challenge that accompanies it, concerns of non-compliance can be diminished through an effective operational intelligence business solution.

The three most common concerns and focus areas across manufacturers are that of quality, health & safety, and environment. Producing quality, reliable products in a manner that mitigates operational risks and monitors environmental impact requires a strong business strategy and committed team to see it through.

Reaching ISO in Real-Time

With the proper tools in place, meeting ISO standards can be a much more achievable goal that results in a worthy investment of saved time and resources. An operational intelligence business solution works with manufacturers in monitoring, measuring, and controlling every process of production that results in the status of one’s compliance. A business intelligence solution provides unique value in streamlining the journey to being compliant, as well as enhances the benefits that result from reaching the standard itself.

How Dashboards Provide Additional Value

Eliminate end-of-month reporting

Manufacturers can display live dashboards (through LCDs) on the floor that show, in real-time, every critical KPI of their production line being assessed for compliance. By having constant, immediate awareness to processes the moment they occur, they are no longer delayed by waiting for the end of the week or month to summarize their performance and make outdated changes. iDashboards supports the ability to customize an on-demand or scheduled report that captures every necessary metric when it needs to be analyzed.

Increase organization awareness

In addition to more efficient reporting, dashboards provide businesses with an overall greater level of transparency into the standardized metrics being tracked. With everyone on the same page, employees will be held accountable for the actions that influence the rest of the product life-cycle, and in turn improve employee productivity.

Centralize systems

With all the moving parts of a manufacturing system, it can quickly become overwhelming trying to manage data for every aspect of the business being monitored for ISO compliance. A business intelligence solution works to combat the challenges that come with data silos. Instead of pulling reports and assessing metrics across multiple data sources at a time, iDashboards brings it all together. Manufacturers can automatically integrate and connect disparate data from as many sources as they need, providing them a single source of truth for their data management system.

Reduce time of transferring information

Now that everything is compiled in one intuitive interface, dashboards and data visualization eliminate the need for constant back-and-forth communication of analytics and what that means for the business in reaching its goals. Internal auditing and meetings become more data-driven, and as a result, more time efficient when decisions can be promptly made on evidence.

The Benefits of ISO Compliance (and the dashboards that get you there)

Mitigate mistakes

By becoming ISO compliant and implementing a dashboard solution to do so, businesses will have proper systems in place to proactively catch and lessen the amount of mistakes or defects throughout production. With the correct metrics at the forefront (e.g. Yield, RMA, On-Time Delivery) in place, quality control becomes a central focus and customer satisfaction can be better met.

Improve customer retention

By becoming ISO compliant and implementing a dashboard solution to do so, businesses will have proper systems in place to proactively catch and lessen the amount of mistakes or defects throughout production. With the correct metrics at the forefront (e.g. Yield, RMA, On-Time Delivery) in place, quality control becomes a central focus and customer satisfaction along the entire supply chain can be better met.

Reduce waste

ISO compliance (specifically that of ISO 14001) also works to minimize waste throughout processes, inventory, and overhead operations. With greater data clarity, manufacturers can improve OEE and become more lean by analyzing factors like energy usage, as well as correlations between metrics like downtime and throughput rate.

Enhance reputation and competitive edge

All in all, carrying the standing of ISO compliance brings a level of respect and recognition for manufacturers who are taking proper action. Not to mention, it also gives them the means to remain competitive and stay adaptive to industry changes they can more easily adhere to. Adding the technology value of a cost-effective operational intelligence solution can also play a major role in helping manufacturers stay ahead of their competitors.

 

Responsiveness is critical for all manufacturers. Operations cannot afford to have delayed decisions built on inaccurate data and becoming ISO compliant requires aggregating and comprehending this data from start to finish. In order to reach the critical level of responsiveness, it is in the best interest of manufacturers to ensure they have accurate, quality data that is all visualized in real-time.

Learn how iDashboards can guide you in effectively reaching ISO compliance. We want to see you succeed, contact us today to get started! 

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Adam Holden Business Development Representative

Adam Holden is on the new business team at iDashboards.

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