Guide to Streamlining Manufacturing Operations on Grid

Vahishta Mistry
February 13, 2024
5 mins to read
factory workers using operations management software to assess production line

Welcome! Today, we’re diving into something that could drastically simplify your professional life, especially if you're swamped with production schedules, bogged down by inventory spreadsheets, or struggling to find software that aligns with the unique processes of your manufacturing business. Let's talk about Grid, a platform poised to revolutionize how you manage your company's data.

The Manufacturing Challenge

Managing a manufacturing business involves ensuring seamless coordination across various departments and processes. Traditionally, this has meant relying on physical job tickets, countless Excel files, and an assortment of disjointed tools. Each manufacturing operation has its unique nuances, making the hunt for the perfect software solution all the more daunting.

Introducing Grid: Your Operational Efficiency Champion

Imagine a scenario where you can replace all those paper job tickets and cumbersome spreadsheets with a solution tailored specifically to your business needs. Grid’s no-code platform empowers you to digitize your manufacturing operations quickly and intuitively. Whether you're overseeing the production floor or coordinating supply chain logistics, Grid ensures you're always connected and in control.

Exploring Grid’s Dynamic Worksheets

Think of Grid's worksheets as your new digital command center. Unlike traditional spreadsheets, these are built to accommodate virtually any data your manufacturing operations might generate. Here’s a deeper dive:

Customizable Columns: Tailor each column in a Grid worksheet to capture a wide range of data types – from text and numbers to dropdown selections, images, or even locations. This flexibility allows you to document every critical aspect of your production and supply chain processes down to the smallest detail.

Practical Example: Consider you’re managing a parts inventory for your production line. You create a Grid worksheet to document each part, including columns for part numbers (text field), quantity in stock (number), supplier information (dropdown), images of the part (image upload), and a location column for where the part is stored in your warehouse. This approach not only makes your inventory management comprehensive but also neatly organized and instantly accessible.

The Grid Mobile App: Field Operations Simplified

The Grid mobile app transforms on-site data collection from a burden into a breeze. Tailored to work flawlessly with your customized worksheets, the app brings powerful features to the forefront:

Offline Functionality: The Grid app's offline mode is a game-changer. Your team can collect data in the most remote factory areas or warehouses, syncing it back to your main worksheets once they're online again. Say goodbye to misplaced notes or delayed updates.

Hassle-Free Data Entry: The app's mobile forms reflect the columns you've set up, allowing for straightforward data input, photo capture, or location tagging directly from a smartphone or tablet. This ensures data accuracy and operational efficiency, even on the go.

Advanced Data Collection: Beyond basic data entry, the app supports setting default values, marking fields as required, and utilizing the device's camera and GPS for capturing precise images and locations. This attention to detail guarantees that the information you gather is not just comprehensive but also highly relevant.

Enhancing Operations with Grid's Dashboarding and Reporting Capabilities

Beyond the mobile app, Grid's web interface offers powerful dashboarding and reporting features that have been a game-changer for manufacturing operations. Through the effective management and analysis of data, Grid facilitates a deeper understanding of production efficiency, inventory levels, and supply chain logistics.

Data Storage and Processing: Grid allows for the storage of vast amounts of operational data in a relational database, employing powerful querying capabilities for report generation. Data streaming services, REST-based APIs, and data connectors ensure efficient data injection into Grid, making real-time analysis possible.

Report Configuration and Data Visualization: With Grid, custom reports can be set up to capture essential KPIs, utilizing an advanced query engine for large-scale data processing. This capability is crucial for managing and analyzing data across manufacturing operations, from production output to quality control metrics.

The dashboarding engine supports advanced data visualization, including GIS mapping for location tracking and additional widgets tailored to manufacturing needs. Regular data export options, including to an SFTP folder, ensure that data is readily available for further analysis or integration with other systems, enhancing operational transparency and decision-making.

Inbound and Outbound Integrations: Grid's system integrates seamlessly with other manufacturing systems, including ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and SCM (Supply Chain Management), facilitating the reception and systematic dissemination of data. This ensures a holistic view of operations, from raw material sourcing to product delivery, optimizing the entire manufacturing process.

Bringing It All Together

With Grid’s dynamic worksheets, mobile app, and advanced dashboarding and reporting capabilities, managing your manufacturing data becomes a streamlined, highly efficient process. From creating digital worksheets that capture every necessary detail to analyzing extensive datasets for strategic insights, Grid revolutionizes how manufacturing operations can be managed.

Imagine completing an inventory audit or production efficiency analysis with data that's not only rapidly collected but also immediately ready for strategic action. This level of efficiency and user-friendliness is what sets Grid apart for manufacturers looking to digitize and optimize their operations.

Grid is the ultimate multitool for operational data needs, enabling businesses to enhance manufacturing efficiency, identify bottlenecks, improve logistics, and ensure quality control with unprecedented precision. If you're aiming to boost operational efficiency, reduce costs, or eliminate outdated paper-based tracking, Grid could be the breakthrough you've been seeking. Explore how it could redefine your approach to manufacturing operations today.

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Vahishta Mistry
Content Team Lead at WorkOnGrid
“Using Grid to track drill program progress and day to day expenditures has allowed VR Resources to make better decisions more quickly. The highly customizable and elegant interface allows me to track and manage all aspects of our field work and it’s clear after just a few weeks that the possibilities are nearly endless. Cost tracking estimates were consistently within expected variance of invoices received giving me further confidence in managing agile drill programs. Further the development team and customer support have been top notch!”
Justin J. Daley
PGeo, MSc, Vice President Exploration
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VR Resources
“Grid has been extremely helpful in changing the course of multiple operations, here at U-Solar. We started with one module for Materials Management, and have now adopted Grid for 3-4 more processes, all of which have been smooth and quick to implement.”
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Hotel Polo Towers
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