Upgrading to Microsoft 365 has given MG its first taste of the benefits of cloud computing.
Having the entire business on the same platform has introduced streamlined collaboration tools, IT setup and management, and sped up data sharing and access between different business operations, its customers and supply chain.
The workforce can now access vital data remotely in real-time, increasing productivity.
The most significant benefits will come from the new system integration project which allow MG to collect valuable, reliable and accurate data from its machines’ performances, giving MG visibility and control over production. This data can then be seamlessly integrated into its IT platform. This is forecast to contribute towards substantial improvements in productivity, efficiency, cost control, quality and planning.
Peter said: “To have oversight over the entire factory will be transformational. We will be able to identify problems and capitalise on opportunities much more quickly.
“By using touchscreen displays at machines job process cards including drawings, quality documents and information videos can be issued and updated electronically, eliminating paperwork, and enabling a much more efficient process.
“The digital processes automate things such as scheduling, stock control, improved production and capacity planning alleviating MG’s time, which can be redeployed for more specialised work.”
Better control of capacity planning time will enable MG to give customers more assurance on lead times, therefore enhancing customer experience.
The introduction of digital processes is a significant step towards MG’s ambitions for a paperless factory, greener practice, and a reduced carbon footprint.
Access to new data will help MG’s plan deliveries, preventing errors and reducing wasted or duplicate journeys.
MG’s workforce is fully onboard with the ambitions of the digitalisation strategy.
“At least 25% of the team at Mini Gears have been here for 15 years or more, which says a lot about how we approach our work and treat our staff,” Peter explained. “The years of experience and expertise creates a vital mentoring culture for new staff, which we anticipate will be reversed as we bring on board new tech savvy additions to the team.”