Manufacturers turning to cloud solutions at a faster pace

The manufacturing sector is looking to overcome the many challenges caused by the coronavirus situation by turning to cloud-enabled digital transformation projects. This is ushering in the new era of smart and sustainable manufacturing at a pace faster than was predicted prior to the pandemic, according to software firm InfinityQS.

Jason Chester, Director of Global Partner Programs at InfinityQS, believes that 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. He said: “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.”

He added that cloud solutions are changing the nature of technology investment by providing manufacturers of all sizes with tools to launch tactical and rapid digital transformation projects at an important time of change.

InfinityQS says it has seen large 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.

“These 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,” said Chester. “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 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 As more manufacturers begin moving away from resource intensive manual processes and outdated legacy plant floor systems, this will also have an ongoing positive impact across the entire sector.”

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