Addressing Business Challenges with Power Apps in-a-box for Manufacturing | OnActuate
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Improve the operational efficiency of your manufacturing business with a light-weight digital solution  

The challenges of the world today 

Did you know that 64% of manufacturing workers have cumbersome manual processes or don’t have the right technology to help them succeed? Now just think about navigating all those challenges, while also dealing with supply chain issues and worldwide inflation. 

A survey of nearly 100 executives working in manufacturing and distribution stated that the industry was facing labor market, supply chain and cybersecurity challenges. The survey also found that 69% of the executives want to upgrade facilities, while 22% plan to expand existing facilities.  

If you are one of these manufacturers who are looking to upgrade or expand, but also know that your current processes and IT systems would not be able to keep up with your growth, then you might just need to find an implementation partner to help you before you begin your journey. Check out our blog on how to find the right implementation partner here. 

Common challenges before the pandemic 

Manufacturing businesses often focus on the bottom line and maintaining stability, with the pandemic creating a sense of urgency and greater emphasis on these concerns. We believe it is crucial to implement solutions to address business challenges head-on, especially in today’s current economic climate. 

The top 5 typical challenges we’ve seen include: 

  1. A lack of automation, leading to lengthy manual processes
  2. Difficulty managing the physical storage of designs and version control 
  3. Absence of a collaborative digital solution to address changes on a real-time basis in a manufacturing set up 
  4. Paper-based approvals which are difficult to keep updated, organized, and properly filed 
  5. Numerous primitive applications, creating complex IT landscape 

OnActuate solutions are designed to address these common challenges by leveraging the Microsoft Power Platform. 

OnActuate Power Apps in-a-box for Manufacturing Solution 

At OnActuate, we’ve been building custom apps for as long as we’ve been in business. Our solutions are built using Power Apps, Power BI, and Power Automate.  

Power Apps is a platform specifically designed to facilitate business app development. The OnActuate Power Apps in-a-box for Manufacturing Solution is a collaborative platform with apps designed specifically to carry out day-to-day operations for a manufacturing organization. Driven by the specific needs of our global customer base, this simple, light weight digital solution can be customized to meet any pre-production or production needs.  

Benefits include: 

  • Engineering change orders  
  • Deviation control 
  • Equipment maintenance  
  • Digital mockup creation 
Real-life benefits your peers experience with this solution 

We’ve implemented and designed apps for purchase requisition, timesheet approval, and expense management for many of our global enterprise customers to enable total mobility across their entire business. Customizing apps to meet the unique needs of your business can quickly boost efficiency, employee productivity, and market share. OnActuate has developed several custom apps that are available for download on Microsoft AppSource. 

OnActuate’s Power Apps in a Box for Manufacturing meets the needs of a global leader in the capital goods sector, CNH Industrial. A key feature for them is the ability to respond to design changes in an agile manner. In addition, we are working with CNHi to implement demand forecasting and planning. 

We also custom-build apps based on customer needs. For example, after implementing OnActuate’s Field Force Manager (FFM) app, India’s largest interior infrastructure company Greenply saw improvements in both internal operations and customer experience with the help of Field Force Manager (FFM), a mobile app that was developed by our team. FFM is a mobile field service management solution designed to increase communication between your field service workforce and improve how they interact and serve your customers.

Start your Power Apps in-a-box journey

Finding ways to stay innovative, while mitigating risks during unprecedented times of great uncertainty can be challenging. However, the businesses that understand the need to always be steps ahead and prepared for anything (as the many disruptions from the global pandemic has shown us) are the ones who continue to be successful throughout. 

Download our no-cost informative handout to learn more about OnActuate’s Power Apps in-a-box for Manufacturing solution, comprised of custom apps that were designed specifically to meet the evolving needs of manufacturing organizations like yours.