Optimizing processes using technology is common across business segments, and in manufacturing, this becomes important to ensure the full potential of a production set-up. Today, manufacturing is moving towards an era of a full-scale automation, and effectively monitoring and managing the production process is key to an efficient and effective manufacturing set up. Globalization has enabled companies to set up manufacturing units around the world to aid in effective distribution, cost advantages, optimum resource allocation, and most importantly, increase production. The existence of manufacturing set ups across the world has made it even more difficult to effectively administer their functioning. With reduced infrastructure costs due to cloud computing technology and penetration of high-speed broadband internet increasing every year, using web applications to monitor and oversee manufacturing operations spanning different locations can help an organization realize its full production potential. There has been a great interest in using manufacturing operations management solutions at the production level of many organizations. Organizations have looked at building web applications for their manufacturing set ups for enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management, and quality control. Due to the ever-evolving manufacturing processes and technologies, it is important to choose the right framework to build your applications in. A framework that can develop and build a solution within time constraints, and more importantly, a framework that has the ability to quickly adapt to changing production processes and technology. Supported by the fast growing adoption of the framework in building web solutions, Ruby on Rails is the perfect choice for building an online application for manufacturing set ups and can support organizations across ERP, supply chain, and quality control functions. Manufacturing companies constantly strive to get the most from their production set ups, and the Ruby on Rails framework can aid in reaching this level of optimization.
Enterprise resource planning & management is an integral part of any top of the line manufacturing set up. Being the backbone that supports the basic internal business processes of a company, a strong ERP solution is an important piece in building an efficient manufacturing set up. The Ruby framework allows organizations the right boost to set up online applications for large-scale ERP solutions; furthermore, this solution can be built in the Ruby on Rails framework with a quick turnaround time as compared to other web frameworks. As ERP frameworks give an integrated view of core manufacturing and business processes such as production, inventory management, and resource allocation, it is important for the ERP solution to be agile as organizations evolve or change their production process, technologies, and resources. ERP solutions built in the Ruby on Rails framework can allow for a quick adaptability to account for any changes in the production process. Being an open source and an economical option, this framework can be suited for SMEs and emerging manufacturing companies as well. With the advantages that Ruby has to offer, it can certainly give strong competition to traditional ERP solutions companies such as SAP. A robust ERP solution can help a company monitor their production and through the use of web solutions, put the organization in a better position to makequick changes and fill any gaps or inefficiencies within the system and processes.
Apart from enterprise resource planning, the efficient management of the supply chain is the key to generating the full potential of a manufacturing set up. The supply chain management needs to be monitored and controlled with care as its mismanagement can lead to a severe drop in the production potential of a manufacturing unit; furthermore, the supply chain is one of the most complex aspects to a manufacturing process due to the need of customization of each step from procurement to inventory management to consumption. The ability of Rails to offer a quicker and cost-effective customization and maintenance makes its selection to build a supply chain solution a no-brainer! A strong supply chain solution will empower the company to design, plan, execute, and control the flow of goods from raw materials to consumption in a well-organized method. A web solution for supply chain management can also support in remote monitoring of several manufacturing set-ups from a distant location. This would prove to be great advantage for companies having several units spread across different geographies. The monitoring and data notifications can be sent to any communication device for instantaneous eradication of inadequacies within the supply chain. In addition, authorization and verification of changes in the supply chain can be now reduced to minutes due to the real-time monitoring the web solution provides. A well-oiled supply chain can lead to great manufacturing process, and Rails can help facilitate this level of proficiency.
Planning resources and managing supply is important, but the quality of your product gives your business a sustained long-term value. A set of procedures, policies, and processes that ensure the quality of a manufactured product is, today, leading to the success of businesses globally. Along with automation, system and process quality is becoming increasingly important. Certifications such as Six Sigma and ISO are becoming pre-requisites in the business environment. However, rather than just being a paper certification, most SMEs and even larger organizations are now looking at improving their processing by going paperless.Rails applications can provide the perfect leverage to sanction such systems because of its flexibility, faster development and lower costs. Besides helping to improve the manufacturing process, an improvement in quality output will lead to an improved market share, increases sales growth and competitive advantage. Due to the cost efficiency of building solutions in the Ruby framework, quality assurance web solutions built in Ruby framework can be availed by a variety of manufacturing companies regardless of their size.
With every manufacturing company aspiring for the highest levels of efficiency and productivity, Ruby on Rails can be a great choice to build web solutions to help businesses generate their full potential. The returns on using the Rails framework can be identified across a variety of parameters. The most apparent advantage of using the Rails framework is the time the solutions can delivered in, which in some cases, can be within a quarter of the time taken using other frameworks. Additionally, the language framework provides a cost effective method to build solutions around key manufacturing aspects such resource planning, supply management, and perhaps the most important in today’s competitive scenario, quality assurance. These returns will combine to result in an optimum productivity of the manufacturing process, and hence, directly affect the bottom line of the organization. Compared to traditional frameworks, Ruby provides all the ingredients to help manufacturing companies build high performance solutions for overall organizational success.
Gautam Rege is the Director of Josh Software, a leader in building innovative solutions for businesses around world focused on the Rails framework.