Use Case #1: Integrating Suppliers' Quality & Production in Real Time to OEM Operations
In a typical tiered system of multiple suppliers, the OEM incurs cost because every batch delivered needs inbound quality control. This may be due to the subjectivity and variance in supplier quality and/or the need for suppliers’ conformance to the OEM’s quality plan. This use case illustrates a Smart Manufacturing implementation that established a real time Digital Thread between the supplier and the OEM, (a) eliminating the subjectivity and variance and (b) ensuring 100% conformance. The OEM can now access supplier quality inspection data in real time to evaluate batch quality and conformance before dispatching the batch from the supplier. As well, production delays at the supplier’s end are flagged in advance.