One of the biggest challenges with IT systems for manufacturing is usually reliability. Especially when manufacturing operations are dependent on IT systems to function, a loss of any part of the IT system may result in down time and lost revenue.
Performance can also be a concern. Usually these two go hand in hand, so good performance will also provide better reliability.
Other factors will be important depending on what the business manufactures and Compliance may play a bigger role, but in general, reliability and performance are the biggest IT risks to a manufacturing business.
Manufacturing IT Priorities
The PC Comms Solution:
When it comes to reliability, having redundancy is key!
Redundant systems reduce time by duplicating critical systems and allowing regular maintenance to be performed. By duplicating critical components one part of the system can be down while the other takes the load.
Our approach is to map out each business function or process and identify any critical systems, single points of failure or bottle necks. A risk assessment is then completed to assess how important those systems are and what impact they may have.
We then work with our customers to review what can be done to mitigate the issues, working with them to provide a solution that will provide an affordable acceptable solution.
Where a solution is not available a manual process may be proposed.
The whole process is then well documented, and responsibility and priorities are agreed and assigned to the correct resources to ensure the process is seamless when triggered.
This process is then tested to make sure it is fit for purpose.
“TMB Patterns is a cutting-edge thermoforming toolmaker with diversification into sub-contract machining for the nuclear and automotive sectors. Working with PC Comms has allowed us to address potential security and reliability risks within our IT systems, helping reduce down time and increase productivity, dual redundant servers were a major improvement from our previous single server environment as recommended by PC Comms.”
Andrew Rodd – Sales & Systems Manager