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  • Vikas Karulkar

Benefits of Digital Transformation at Manufacturing Companies

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Manufacturing companies are facing various challenges that are making it difficult for them to be efficient and optimize. To overcome these challenges, companies need to leverage digital transformation. In this article, we will discuss the challenges faced by the manufacturing sector, the benefits of digital transformation, and managed services for manufacturing digital transformation.



Manufacturing companies face macro challenges such as environmental consciousness and ESG commitments, global supply chain disruptions, and a shortage of workers. Additionally, companies also face internal challenges such as accurate demand forecasting, good inventory management, and improving manufacturing plant efficiency while minimizing waste. Adapting to technological changes is another relevant challenge, and this is where digital transformation comes in.


Digital transformation in manufacturing involves leveraging automation and AI to address the challenges faced by manufacturing companies. Valenta's digital transformation engagements and services typically involve three main technologies: RPA, Conversational AI, and Cognitive AI. RPA provides software bots to execute business processes, Conversational AI allows humans to speak with and chat with software, and Cognitive AI is technology that can recognize and process text and documents and learns as it performs tasks.


The benefits of digital transformation in manufacturing can be leveraged in almost every business process of a manufacturing company. It can help alleviate shortages of workers by automating repetitive office tasks so existing employees can do more productive and high-value work. AI can assist with demand forecasting, inventory management, and identifying threats coming from supply chain challenges. RPA bots can ensure that all business data is captured for analysis, help with compliance and documentation issues, and automate finance and accounting tasks such as PO processing, invoice, and expense processing.


Small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses and enterprises have been slower to realize the benefits of digital transformation due to the high cost of enterprise and seat licenses, outsourced SME subject matter experts, and COE centers of excellence. To overcome this, companies can opt for managed services for manufacturing digital transformation. 


Conclusion

The benefits of digital transformation in manufacturing are immense and can help address the challenges faced by manufacturing companies. Managed services for manufacturing digital transformation are a viable option for small and medium-sized businesses that cannot afford expensive enterprise and seat licenses. By leveraging digital transformation, manufacturing companies can optimize their operations, improve efficiency, and increase profitability.






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