Achieving operational excellence with real-time plant floor visibility

IDC White Paper: Sponsored by Zebra Technologies Corporation


This IDC Manufacturing Insights' White Paper discusses the results of our most recent research analyzing the trends of manufacturing operations management. We conducted a survey of over 240 European manufacturing enterprises across multiple sectors including consumer packaged goods (CPG), high-tech/electronics, discrete manufacturing, and process manufacturing.

Among the key findings presented in this White Paper we highlight the following:

  • Fostering operational excellence is back at the top of manufacturers' agendas. This shows a profound mindset change and rethinking of some of manufacturers' recent priorities, which over the last 10–15 years, were essentially focused on production outsourcing to low cost countries.
  • European manufacturers believe that the most compelling approach to achieving operational excellence is through gaining higher levels of plant floor visibility.
  • One of the key results of this study is that about 65% of European manufacturers believe that the importance of plant floor visibility will increase over the next three years and they are ready to launch initiatives to achieve that.
  • Survey results confirm that information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT) have a fundamental role to play in supporting companies achieving operational excellence in manufacturing through a higher level of plant floor visibility.

This White Paper can support manufacturers to define their plant floor visibility strategy by providing:

  • A definition of what plant floor visibility is, along with attributes that define business benefits and technology support.
  • A maturity framework that identifies five incremental steps to achieving an advanced level of plant floor visibility.
  • A benchmark of where European manufacturers are today along the maturity framework and where will they be three years from now.
  • A description of the technologies most invested in to support plant floor visibility, including 2D barcodes, intelligent automation/robotics, Internet of things and RFID.
  • A series of recommendations that will guide manufacturers towards increased plant floor visibility

View the video from IDC analyst Pierfrancesco Manenti and download the White paper from the Zebra/IDC iView site at:

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