Manufacturing is back and booming after the U.S. recession. A renaissance is in full swing as plants around the country push their production capabilities and speed product to market. Even though 3 million jobs were lost when the economy tumbled, the manufacturing sector has recovered faster than the rest of the economy, creating 334,000 new jobs in 2 years.
Costs are down, productivity is up, and technology is becoming more automated and advanced. As the industry confronts these realities – and hires a new generation of workers with different skills and expectations – manufacturers must reinvent the way they create and innovate.
OVERCOME CHALLENGES BY INTEGRATING PLANT COMMUNICATIONS
Manufacturers face another set of challenges in this rebounding market. More companies are shifting from outsourcing overseas to “next shoring” their products closer to where they are sold to improve efficiencies. And consumers, emboldened by social media, expect instant gratification and faster delivery times.
Whether it is filling job positions or filling customer orders, manufacturers need strategies to stay competitive. According to a Motorola Nationwide Manufacturing Survey, companies are looking for an integrated communications platform to help them increase workforce productivity, improve worker safety and reduce downtime. They want plant communications to connect all workers and devices seamlessly, and expedite communications between machines and people automatically.