Let’s commit to embracing it.

In today’s fast-paced world, the drive for innovation in manufacturing begins at the highest levels of leadership. This is not merely a matter of business strategy; it reflects a profound recognition of technology’s pivotal role in meeting evolving consumer demands, enhancing operational efficiency, and mitigating risk factors.

Innovation enhances efficiency

I have seen firsthand how embracing innovative technologies has revolutionized operations and enhanced efficiency within the day-to-day functions of our manufacturing processes.

At Midlab, leading our digital transformation initiative is the strategic integration of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including deploying our proprietary I-Batch app alongside cutting-edge radio frequency (RF) and application programming interface (API) technologies. By harnessing and customizing current technologies, such as tablets and app-based project tracking, we’ve successfully transitioned our manufacturing plant to a completely paperless environment. This evolution streamlines our operational processes and minimizes waste, part of our sustainability initiatives.

Innovation adapts

Rapidly shifting markets make a company’s ability to adapt to ever-changing trends vital for success quickly. In tandem with IoT, we’ve leveraged Microsoft’s Power BI for real-time analytics, allowing us to monitor business metrics closely and make data-driven decisions swiftly.

Disruptions in the supply chain and increased demand for goods can lead to delays and shortages, requiring companies to reassess and adapt their supply chain strategies for resilience. Our custom-developed program, Tsunami, embodies the commitment to resilience and foresight in supply chain management. This tool is a robust end-to-end supply chain risk mitigation framework and utilizes predictive analytics to offer a comprehensive view of our complex supply chain. Developing your own proprietary tools or sourcing available emerging technologies is essential to maintaining a competitive edge in a rapidly changing market.

Are you willing to embrace it?

Innovative and emerging technologies can undoubtedly offer benefits, enhancing efficiency, communication, and productivity—however, their effectiveness hinges on leadership’s willingness to embrace and integrate them. Even the most advanced technologies cannot realize their full potential without proactive action and decision-making.

The transformative power of innovative technologies in manufacturing cannot be overstated. A successful organization’s journey exemplifies that embracing cutting-edge solutions can revolutionize operations, enhance efficiency, and fortify supply chain resilience. This takes proactive leadership.

I urge leaders within ISSA to recognize the critical role of technology in meeting consumer demands, improving operational efficiency, and mitigating risks.

Let us commit to embracing innovation, leveraging technology, and driving positive manufacturing changes. Together, we can unlock new opportunities, improve competitiveness, and build a more resilient future.

Matt Schenk is the president of ISSA. With over 40 years of industry experience, he is the CEO and president at Midlab, a manufacturer of quality cleaning products. This information was sourced from ISSA Today, a bimonthly publication by the The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. You can learn more at issa.com or by following Midlab on social media.


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