Article by Anke Schnedler, marketing manager, Adobe Systems
According to Gartner Group more than 35 per cent of the top 5,000 global companies will “regularly fail to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business and markets in 2012,” because of lack of information, processes, and tools. Indeed, for many years managers have been telling employees that they should ‘work smarter, not harder’ when seeking improvements in productivity. This is all very well but for design professionals and engineers in the manufacturing industry, collaborating and exchanging plans with colleagues, suppliers, partners and agencies is part and parcel of the job. Having so many people involved in any one project means document review cycles can add days — even months — to project timelines, impacting productivity and the bottom line.
As a result, it’s more important than ever that engineers embrace smart working principles and equip themselves with document collaboration tools that not only increase efficiency through the review process, but enable them to protect company information, even when documents travel outside of the document management system and corporate firewall.
Gone are the days when designs are hand drawn and sent by stagecoach or post for review. Advances in software packages have automated paper-based processes and remote working has revolutionised the way that manufacturers work with dispersed project teams, remote suppliers, offshore production facilities and customers worldwide.
Given the impact of the recession on the UK manufacturing industry, now more than ever, manufacturers need to have a tight end- to-end document management process and collaboration tools to bring products to market quickly. Adobe is committed to helping manufacturers to connect, interact, and engage in powerful new ways. For example, Acrobat X Pro allows organisations to not only combine files from multiple applications which streamlines the design review processes, but also includes features that allow designers to add dimensions as well as rotate, zoom, cross-section, measure, and create 3D markups. The ability to review documents in real-time allows large teams to interact and interrogate rich 2D drawings and 3D designs. Being able to compare plans with previous versions ultimately helps organisations reduce costs, drive innovation, minimise design cycles and improve product quality — while bringing products to market faster than ever.
Another key challenge for manufacturers is how to maintain the integrity of networked systems whilst mitigating the risk of exposing critical data in an environment where the threat landscape is constantly changing. Indeed, manufacturers across the globe (Boeing, Allgaier Automotive, Electrolux, and Samsung) rely on products like Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader software. By using PDF, manufacturers can protect and manage sensitive information through document controls and security rules so only those with permission can access documents and control who opens, views, prints, copies, and modifies files — both inside and outside the firewall.
The old adage time is money is now more relevant than ever before. Modern day manufacturers need to embrace technology if they are to achieve operational efficiency. To see how Adobe and its partners can help manufacturers prepare, protect, and deliver professional PDF communications click here.