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Manufacturing in the COVID-19 era: Overcoming challenges - Part 2

Part 2 - Production planning & maintenance

As we look to address the top 3 challenges that manufacturers faced during COVID-19, it is important to take a holistic approach to overcome them. In the last article, we discussed how Novacura helps manufacturers improve production execution. Now we'll take a closer look at how Novacura can help with production planning and maintenance.

Improve downtime with Novacura's manufacturing suite

Here's a look at Novacura's complete manufacturing suite that can help manufacturers overcome some of the most common challenges of COVID-19.

In the last article, we discussed the first two areas around production execution. This article will dig into areas three and four to highlight our production planning and maintenance solutions.

Mfg downtime Solution Overview


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3 Quickly react to production plans with real-time feeds

Real-time feeds from each department provide planners with an accurate view of the factory to help them react more quickly. In addition to being a dedicated work center for shop floor operators, warehouse and quality control crews can also use the mobile app from Novacura to:

  • Report activities
  • Pick materials and confirm delivery
  • Report deliveries from suppliers to display stock levels in real-time
  • Manage quality control to identify issues as soon as they arise

3 - Real-time planning

4 Integrate planned maintenance into production plans

Manufacturers can minimize unnecessary downtime by planning scheduled maintenance in connection with production plans. By incorporating maintenance into production plans, planners can: 

  • Visualize all planned production and maintenance activities
  • Shift maintenance as-needed to cover production downtime
  • Limit disruptions caused by unexpected downtime

4 - CMMS

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Real-time visibility is vital

Real-time visibility is vital for planners to respond to production changes rapidly. Any information delayed can lead to unnecessary downtime. Novacura's manufacturing suite ensures that information is relayed to planners in real-time to help avoid unnecessary downtime.

In the next article: Manufacturing in the COVID-19 era: Overcoming Challenges - Part 3, we'll discuss the importance of data collection, monitoring and B2B supplier/customer portals.

If you would like to learn about all of our solutions for manufacturers, you can download the full report: Manufacturers in the COVID-19 era: Top 3 challenges and how to overcome them

Download the report

*To learn how we can improve downtime in your manufacturing operations, contact us

Posted by: Fredrik Rosendahl

Experienced Sales & Business Development Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and automotive industry. Skilled in Business Development, Sales Management, Project Management and Software as a Service (SaaS). Strong business development professional with a Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education and a BSc in Engineering.

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