Tech Challenges for Today’s Manufacturing and Distribution Industries — and How to Manage Them

Manufacturers are under pressure to enter the process of digital transformation in order to remain competitive.

Innovations in technologies along with consumer demands and the impact of the need for increased physical and digital security often cause companies to patch together digital solutions on an as-needed basis.

Not only can this tendency impact efficiency through poor integration between new and older infrastructure, but it can increase staff frustration and lower productivity as well as incur additional costs that affect bottom line health.

Some of the most compelling challenges to manufacturers include:

Unique Printing Requirements

Manufacturers consistently produce and work with documents in a variety of formats. Everything from designs, drawings, blueprints, and other oversized documents can be required in the course of a business day.

Plus, a typical specification for these documents is that they’re able to withstand the elements and rough use, necessitating the printing of this content on durable materials for better accuracy.

Fortunately, Managed Print Services (MPS) can assist manufacturers in the cost-effective printing of wide-format, durable documents using cutting-edge hardware and weather-resistant papers for plans and blueprints that withstand the rigors of use.

Unique Printing Requirements

Accounts Payable Issues

Cash flow liquidity is a critical component of competitiveness in the manufacturing industry.

To remain solvent, companies must take advantage of net payment discounts and keep abreast of accounts payable days outstanding. This can be exceedingly difficult using error-prone manual entry and other cumbersome in-place accounting procedures.

Managed Print Services can provide powerful tools to assist organizations in getting the most from their accounts-payable workflow, such as:

  • Flexible payment scheduling and “hold and release” invoicing
  • Electronic funds transfer
  • Cash analysis and payment history reports
  • Automatic posting of processed payables
  • Automatic invoicing
  • Recurring invoicing
  • Expense distribution entry
Accounts Payable Issues

Physical and Data Security

Manufacturers and distributors deal with large volumes of sensitive data on a daily basis, in particular, trade secrets that can be mission critical.

To protect this valuable content, organizations need a combination of barriers that integrate with each other for maximum protection and effectiveness.

Using both Document Management, Managed Print and Network Services provides a first-line defense against cyberattack and unauthorized physical access. In general, these technologies offer:

  • The reduction of human errors
  • Increased authorization controls, even remotely
  • Encryption for additional data security
  • Appropriate backup and recovery

Besides the obvious digital security measures, employing DM, MPS, and MNS offer critical countermeasures to physical threats of theft and vandalism. Surveillance and image capture through the application of digital solutions becomes effortless and cost-effective with:

Physical and Data Security
  • Door access controls that have single click operability and instant lock-down
  • State-of-the-art cameras offering augmented visual capabilities for detailed capture of images
  • Visitor management systems that use smart ID cards, database integrations, and visitor screening protocols

Going Digital

Big data, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing the face of manufacturing and distribution all the way from supply chain to the enterprise and shop floor.

However, manufacturers face significant challenges ranging from changes in consumer expectations to disruption from competitors who have already transformed their core processes.

Providers of Managed Print and Managed Network are experts in the area of digital transformation, and consulting with them can help organizations fine-tune their transformational goals, streamline workflows and processes, get a firm grip on analytics for increased profitability, and double-down on competitive strategies.

With cost-effectiveness and productivity as baseline necessities, MPS and MNS can transform the productivity and profitability of manufactures through integrated processes and better data utilization.

Going Digital

Targeted Solutions for the Manufacturing and Distribution Industries

At Perry proTECH, we are aware of the challenges facing these industries and we have put together a suite of targeted technologies that will help our clients regain competitive advantage and achieve business success.

Our solutions begin with spotlight on proper infrastructure utilization, integrating processes for maximum efficiency, streamlining workflows for increased productivity and the reduction of total cost of ownership. We also offer state-of-the-art security applications to mitigate physical and digital risks and provide disaster recovery.

Just a few of the services we offer include:

  • Cutting-edge Printer Hardware
  • Managed Print Services
  • Document Management
  • Managed Network Services
  • Visitor Security Solutions (Door Access Control/Cameras/School Gate Guardian/Visitor Management System

Our experts can provide an in-depth assessment of your current infrastructure, then develop a detailed plan based on the specific goals and needs of your business and your current budget to provide the right kind of advantage for success in today’s competitive markets.

If you’re looking for ways to take your institution to the next level, contact a Perry proTECH representative today.

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