2021年制造业的趋势to Improve Decision Making and Productivity


  1. 弥合技能差距

The competition for jobs in the service sector over those in manufacturing puts greater pressure than ever on manufacturers to pay more and offer attractive work environments—most notably by automating previously manual tasks—to attract and retain employees.

This is a primary driver behind enabling the connected worker. The idea is to create digital work center consoles that guide, record, and inform workers so they can quickly step into a work center, know what to do and how to do it, and take whatever manual actions might be necessary to complete a particular production run. This approach enables faster changeovers, requires less training, prevents the most common types of human errors, and significantly increases labor flexibility.

  1. ERP for Business Continuity


此外,制造商转向更精细的调整financial reportingprovided by ERP systems to better understand how stable their sales, revenue, and production forecasts are. Knowing how variations in manufacturing operations impact financial statements will be a cornerstone in measuring the company’s progress in meeting financial goals. The bottom line has end-to-end visibility across manufacturing is what’s needed most to attain business continuity. The following graphic illustrates how manufacturers are achieving end-to-end manufacturing visibility today:

Manufacturing Trends 2021: Connecting Workers Will Be Key

  1. 自动引用和定价

Demands for faster time-to-market, greater channel visibility, and more visually compelling quotes of custom-configured products using 3D images increase the use of configure, price, quote (CPQ) tools.

The most effective CPQ tools are available as part of a modern ERP system due to the accuracy and timeliness of working from the same data. This translates into improved price management and control across channels, increased margins, and reduced order errors in the process—helping speed time-to-market and preserve margins. Additionally, by adopting CPQ and ERP capabilities as part of a design-to-manufacturing strategy, manufacturers can speed new product development cycles, improve product quality, and increase yield rates. The following graphic explains why having a CPQ system integral to an ERP platform helps accelerate time-to-market.

Manufacturing Trends 2021: Connecting Workers Will Be Key
Getting more quotes done in less time leads to more sales starts with a CPQ system that’s designed into ERP.

  1. 商店地板和后台的实时洞察


Real-time process and production monitoring have been instrumental in giving manufacturers insights into capacity to take on additional business, identifying potential issues before they affect product quality or delivery times, and—when uses withmanufacturing execution system(MES)和质量管理软件运行的灯光制造业班次。

Now real-time visibility is headed into the back office as CFOs rely on ERP systems to monitor accounts payable and cash flow for a timely, accurate view of the revenues they’re generating. In 2021, manufacturers will increase their reliance on real-time insights across the organization for immediate insights into factors that could impact revenue and margins.

  1. Competing on Shorter, Predictable Production

Facing unprecedented uncertainty in 2020, customers turn to companies that can deliver quality products quickly and predictably on time. Manufacturers who can meet this demand are growing their business by 115% or more.


  1. The mainstreaming of IoT


  1. 遵守竞争资产

In the wake of the pandemic, customers in regulated industries value manufacturers experienced in gaining certifications, collaborating with regulatory auditors, and staying in good standing with compliance organizations. Compliance as a competitive advantage occurs across all manufacturing, with contract manufacturers seeing the greatest gains by offering their compliance expertise to brand manufacturers.

Providing proof that inbound supplier shipments to a manufacturing facility is clean and compliant with health and safety regulations will become an even greater competitive strength in 2021. Trace-and-trace functionality will play a central role in delivering this proof. Acumen Research & Consulting predicts that global demand for manufacturing traceability, including track-and-trace software, will reach $7.2 billion in 2026.

  1. 可持续性制造业

Manufacturers are increasingly embracing sustainability best practices. Key motivators include a desire to become a good steward of the environment, the financial benefits of sustainable practices, demands for regulatory compliance, or some combination of these drivers.


More manufacturers will also acquire energy-efficient smart machines that consume an order of magnitude less energy than older equipment. They also produce fewer scrap parts, improving profits, as well as require less direct labor.

  1. Digital Twins and Modeling


Meanwhile, modeling is the cornerstone of the design-to-manufacturing strategies proven so effective this year in accelerating time-to-market, improving yields, and most importantly, serving customers. Look for design data structures, files, and processes to become even more integrated with manufacturing, engineering, sales, and service in 2021.

Clearly, the smart manufacturing technologies that enabled business continuity in 2020 will continue to play a central role in enabling manufacturers to compete for business based on their people’s productivity. By expanding their technology investments to address the nine priorities discussed here, manufacturers can empower employees to improve decision-making and achieve greater productivity in 2021 and beyond.

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Louis is currently serving as Principal, IQMS. Previous positions include Director Product Management at Ingram Cloud, Vice President Marketing at iBASEt, Plex Systems, Senior Analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at SaaS start-ups. Mr. Columbus’ academic background includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and the Strategic Marketing Management and Digital Marketing Programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Louis also teaches MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, strategic planning and market research. Mr. Columbus currently is a member of the faculty at Webster University and has taught California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine & Marymount University.