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Connected Supply Chain

End-to-end supply chain visibility for improved operations

With global supply chains becoming more complex and customers having more choice and expecting more tailored offerings than ever before, supply chains need to be agile, adaptable and flexible. This is where the connected, or integrated, supply chain comes in.


Connected supply chains support:

  • Individual products and service
  • Customisable offerings
  • End-to-end visibility
  • Instant responses
  • Introduction of new products

What is a connected supply chain?

A connected supply chain is one that supports complete visibility of information for every business, department and stakeholder within it. This means that every individual involved in a supply chain is communicating with one another and can know the status of stock, products and shipping.

Leveraging supply chain digitalisation and edge technologies in the ‘Make’ space (or manufacturing core), vital operations data can be collected and shared throughout the supply chain. The benefits of this end-to-end visibility include improved supply chain performance and the agility to meet changing market demands.


Benefits of an integrated supply chain
  • Supply chain visibility, traceability and transparency
  • Improved data flow
  • Better inventory and supply management
  • Reduced lead times and costs
  • Greater productivity, driven by demand rather than supply and forecasts
  • Improved business agility
  • Improved supply chain performance overall
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an artistic representation of a supply chain

Connect your supply chain and stay ahead of market demands

The traditional view of a flat supply chain is no longer effective for modern market conditions. All parts of the supply chain need to be connected and the demand understood from each upstream and downstream process.

For many years, the manufacturing core has functioned without any real visibility into what is actually happening elsewhere in the supply chain, with the exception of an initial expected demand forecast. In complex supply chains with multiple suppliers and manufacturers before the end goods are produced, the manufacturing core is an increasingly important component.

A truly integrated supply chain relies on the manufacturing core being connected, allowing improved responsiveness to actual demand signals and real market conditions. See how it all fits together here.

How can you integrate your supply chain?

Several steps can be taken to support the agile connected supply chain using digital technologies:

Within the factory
  • Integrate core manufacturing systems (MES, PLMs and ERPs) to remove barriers between operations and avoid silos
  • Use integrated production scheduling systems to close the loop on sales and operations planning
  • Use these integrated systems for full visibility into factory operations
Supply Chain Insight
  • Provide operational visibility of key processes, production, transportation and much more with IIoT devices, edge sensors and SCADA systems.
  • Gain insight from supply at the edge and share this to a single cloud-based platform.
  • Utilise predictive manufacturing to go beyond traditional analytics and provide insight into cause and effect in the complete supply chain.

Why do manufacturers talk to Cimlogic?

  • To gain a better understanding of how their products are used.
  • Shorten the time to market for new products
  • Understand what insights they can learn from their customers
  • Identify opportunities for enhanced or additional services
  • Establish end-to-end traceability in regulated industries
  • Understand the factors that affect quality and costs

 

How will a connected Supply Chain meet your business goals?

Increase productivity and performance

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Data-driven decision making

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Sustainability

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Embrace digital in manufacturing

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Enterprise System Integration

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