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Build or Buy?

Five reasons to partner with an established MIS/MES Provider

In the first half of 2023, 56 food and drink companies faced administration, accounting for nine percent of the year’s total UK insolvencies. The manufacturing sector has been under significant cost pressure over the past three years due to Brexit, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

To boost productivity and save costs, businesses increasingly develop in-house software. Yet, for true cost savings, in-house development has proven ineffective and costly. Here’s why:

  1. Managing Uncertain Risks and Costs

Developing an in-house system presents great risks of exceeding the project’s scope, budget, and timelines, which could even threaten to put the business into administration. McKinsey reveals that IT projects exceed budgets by 45 percent, timelines by seven percent, and deliver only 56 percent of expected value. Opting for customisable off-the-shelf MIS/MES solutions smartly saves time, resources and risk.

  1. Balancing Integration and Scalability

Complex factory operations require diverse improvement areas. Building homegrown systems diverts time and capital. However, comprehensive MIS/MES solutions like Harford’s deliver real-time insights across the factory, enhancing production with quality, performance, labour, wastage and energy data available in one system. In-house system development has proven time and again to be the most costly solution.

  1. Amplifying Real-Time Data Analytics

Can internal dashboards prompt action? Does a 65 percent to 40 percent OEE drop matter? In-house software often lacks root cause analysis for data-driven decisions. In contrast, Harford’s MIS/MES system tracks production end-to-end, offering granular insights for swift root cause identification. Both managers and operators leverage real-time data for instant actionable responses, ensuring lasting solutions, rather than short lived ‘quick fixes’.

  1. Ensuring Reliable Maintenance and Support

All systems demand training, but staff turnovers create extra challenges for in-house developers. Opting for dedicated solution providers, like Harford, ensures 24/7 local support across six continents. Expert engineers offer rapid responses and on-site help if needed.

  1. Focusing on Continuous Improvement

In-house advancement demands ongoing research and development, but what if the system developer has left the company? Engaging solution suppliers reallocates internal resources for innovation. Harford invests in MIS/MES systems annually, continually adapting to customer needs and market trends.

Customer Success Stories: Tangible Savings

Don’t just take our word; hear from our client: “One year after implementation and Harford has supported us in reducing our bottling losses to less than 0.1 percent and has taken our overall end to end liquid losses down by more than 50 percent. This alone has delivered sufficient savings back to the business to pay for Harford.” – Tony Brewerton, Plant Director, Loch Lomond Distillers.

Embrace Cost-Effective Transformation

Opting for a reliable solution provider is more cost-effective and offers scalable benefits: risk and cost monitoring, advanced functionality, real-time insights and continuous improvement.

Meet us on Stand B46 at the PPMA event to explore how we can drive your continuous improvement and competitive edge.

Contact: +44 (0) 1225 764461

Website: www.harfordcontrol.com


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