The world of manufacturing is heading to an inevitable transformation with digital operating systems. Incorporating up-to-date technology in the operations of a manufacturing enterprise is a direction most businesses are heading to.

According to Glenn Leask, CEO and founder of Competitive Capabilities International (CCi), “DOS opens new frontiers for manufacturing.” He further added that DOS, appropriately executed, are already starting to bring substantial functional leaps.

Nonetheless, the promises of this digital transformation in manufacturing can only be reaped when the business overcomes the accompanying challenges.

As expected, a significant investment is required to acquire the DOS that comes with IoT applications and the Industry 4.0 cloud, which enhances the core abilities of manufacturing.

Upgrades on manufacturing with DOS

Businesses that integrate DOS in their operations benefit from its efficiency and technology-driven processes.

Although the scenario in which robotics and humanoids entering the production floor is still miles away from the present, the upgrades brought by DOS bring the industry closer than ever to this technology.

The first advantage of DOS is in terms of connectivity. As 5G rollouts are moving fast, data becomes readily available in no time.

5G can be a bit controversial, but its link-building capability, which establishes better systems, platforms, and nodes, allows faster data transfer. This upgrade warrants optimized synchronization, accurate analysis, and precise insights.

As Leask mentioned, the future may be driven by artificial intelligence (AI) designed to continuously improve and correct mistakes in the system on its own.

Another obvious benefit of DOS is its proven efficiency, mainly in the production process. The said efficiency is primarily fueled by automation in which routine procedures are performed with fewer errors at a faster pace.

Automation provides a quick response to changes during the operations, which prevents critical malfunctions and reduces downtime.

Additionally, DOS provides better planning in manufacturing and marketing, and other crucial aspects of the business. The system has simulation and analytical tools used to evaluate market problems and subsequently create viable solutions.

DOS improves financial performance

Digital maturity propels promising financial results. For example, studies have shown that companies that are digitally matured are more likely to generate three times as much net revenue increase than low-maturity companies.

In addition, the former also has net profit margins that exceed the average figures in the industry.

However, calculating the return of investments (ROI) of companies seeking DOS is not as easy as it seems. The aforementioned gains are not simply a result of incorporating DOS in manufacturing. Instead, it is primarily fueled by the day-to-day process in which the transformation is applied.

Unlike other traditional transformational strategies, DOS mainly focuses on creating better opportunities to enhance productivity which in one way or another does not establish a clear relationship with the cost of work.

Nonetheless, DOS catapults manufacturing in strengthening and modernizing essential inclusions in the business’s primary operations, which provides leverage in the hyper-competitive market.

As DOS will continue to improve, more opportunities are created to put more value on future-proofing the workforce skills and not just the equipment side of manufacturing.