Is Your Production Data Garbage?

“Garbage In, Garbage Out” The Impact on Your ERP, Quoting, and Operations

Many manufacturers struggle to trust data from their ERP or other systems that rely on manually entered data, because it is notoriously unreliable. This is especially true when that manual data is used to generate scheduling, quoting, or operational decisions. The phrase “Garbage In – Garbage Out,” summarizes how that usually turns out.

What Makes Data Garbage?

In one word – inaccuracy. In fact, having garbage data (and not knowing it) is worse than having no data. At least when you have no data, you know you don’t know, and you are more careful. Garbage data, that you believe is accurate, gives you the confidence to make decisions, which can go sideways quickly. Garbage data that you know is garbage means whatever effort was made to gather the data was 100% wasted. Basically, no data makes you slow, unrecognized garbage data makes you wrong, and recognized garbage data makes you inefficient.

Here is how garbage data is made:

  1. Human Error: Typos, incorrect data, and missed entries
  2. Inconsistency: Different operators interpret and record data differently 
  3. Timeliness: Manual data entry keeps you stuck in the past – and you can’t change that.
  4. Gaps: Important data is overlooked, forgotten or lost

All of these things occur at some point during a manual process and combine to create an inaccurate and/or incomplete picture of your production performance. This can be catastrophic when important business decisions are based on it.

Why Garbage Data Stinks

Accuracy matters in precision manufacturing. And the facilities that can make the transition from old manual processes to new automated ones are going to be the big winners. This is true in machining, and it’s true in data gathering and analysis. Poor data quality leads to:

  • Inaccurate Reporting: Bad data leads to incorrect reports, which lead to bad strategic decisions. 
  • Inefficiency: Decisions based on inaccurate data means you are trying to “fix” the wrong thing. This can increase downtime and drive higher operational costs.
  • Poor Quality Control: It’s harder to identify and quickly address quality issues when you don’t have real-time data. Things are going wrong for longer than they have to.
  • Reduced Competitiveness: Those “fudge factors” added when people aren’t sure exactly how long a job takes can make you lose a quote, or worse, lose money.
  • Lack of Momentum: You need your team out there making good decisions and moving on to the next thing. When they have to circle back and revisit issues that they thought were fixed or hunt down more info, that wastes precious time.

What processes do you have in place to assure accuracy of your production data 100% of the time? If it’s not automated, it’s not happening.

Take Out the Garbage – Automate Data Collection & Analysis

Using an automated process to collect and analyze data eliminates all the risks associated with manual methods. Growth-minded manufacturers who embrace automation will beat the competition and thrive. Steps to automation:

  1. Embrace Real-Time Monitoring: Use advanced production monitoring systems like Datanomix to drastically improve the quality and reliability of the information used to drive the daily decisions of the whole team.
  2. No Operator Input Required: Datanomix started the No Operator Input movement and it is often imitated, but never duplicated! We mean it when we say it, because to us it’s not a marketing gimmick, it’s a founding principle.
  3. Integration: Seamless integration between different ERPs and other systems allows for real-time data sharing that minimize the risk of data entry errors across systems.
  4. Training and Guidance: While automation is key, having a robust customer success process that includes training as well as guidance on how to use the insights to make decisions is critical. This is important because using live insights is new to the team, make sure you are set up for success!

The Datanomix Difference

At Datanomix, we understand the critical role accurate data plays in driving productivity & profitability. Our Production Monitoring software eliminates garbage data by providing real-time data collection and analysis. With Datanomix, your team can make in-the-moment decisions to help you make more. If you want to win—Datanomix can help.

  • Real-Time Data: Datanomix gathers all available data directly from your CNC machines. And we do the install. No DIY required.
  • User-Friendly Interface: Intuitive dashboards make it quick and easy to see and understand the data to direct immediate action. The visibility is INSANE!
  • Seamless Integration: Datanomix integrates with your existing ERP and other systems, ensuring accurate production data flows smoothly across the organization.
  • Quick Wins: Start out with three proven workflows to introduce the power of real-time data. THE ROI is amazing just from these three things.
  • Lifetime Customer Success Team: Onboarding, installation, training, and continuing guidance are all managed by your dedicated support team. They deliver the best-in-the-business customer experience.

Eliminate manual data entry and embrace automated production monitoring to ensure the accuracy and reliability of your data. Make better decisions and improve operational performance.

Ready to Take out Your Garbage?

We don’t send a truck; we send your dedicated lifetime Customer Success Team. They connect all the machines, discuss and set goals, train the team on using the software, and provide guidance on how to use the data to hit your goals.

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