Recipe for Success – Paperless Production

by Debra Garls

Paperless-Word-Cloud Recipe for Success – Paperless Production

Paperless production means that companies move toward the goal of eliminating all paper from their processes and convert to an all-digital environment. This means using a system to keep track of the things you would normally store in a filing cabinet or folder, like vendor information, documentation, user manuals, time sheets, work orders, reports… the list goes on and on.

People’s perception of what constitutes the paperless shop floor may vary from individual to individual and indeed from company to company, but if you are looking to get all the benefits from going ‘paperless’ it needs to be much more than displaying documents that were formerly printed and held on the shop floor.

SEAL Systems Paperless Production provides companies with real-time access to production changes  helps companies eliminate the old paper shop packets, or travelers, and gets you real-time access to changes in the production schedule.  With this, you are able to manage customer expectations, helping to improve overall customer satisfaction.

Error alerts and necessary notifications are an essential element of any production management system. They let you know of any errors in the production process, giving you the opportunity to manage personnel and shop floor operations in a timely manner.

Managing the entire digital process from design data, through revision control and work instructions and bill of materials to final dispatch, along with control of revisions and engineering changes, is the real path to paperless enlightenment.

Companies spend on average:

  • $20 in labor to file a document
  • $120 in labor to find a misfiled document
  • $220 in labor to reproduce a lost document
  • 5 percent of all documents get lost; 3 percent of the remainder get misfiled
  • Professionals spend 5 – 15 percent of their time reading information, but up to 50 percent looking for it .

In the automotive industry, it is estimated that downtime can cost as much as $22,000 per minute, which equates to $1.3 millon per hour.

With paper, it’s always a challenge to make sure the old versions of instructions are replaced with new, current versions. Papers get wrinkled. Notes get smudged. Travelers get misplaced. Humans are fallible.

By going paperless, instructions are changed on the network, everyone gets the changes and there are no old versions available.

Important paper documents must be physically stored, often under lock and key, with SEAL Systems Paperless Production, documents can be stored in numerous virtual locations, and can also have tiered access to information depending on role and responsibility.

The question shouldn’t be whether you can afford Paperless Production. The question should be whether you can afford not to have Paperless Production.

At SEAL Systems, our motto is To have the right information, at the right time, at the right place.

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