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Nancy Powaga
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 |  November 20, 2020

manufacturing-automationPerhaps no industry is more poised to experience the benefits of automation than manufacturing. From increased productivity to improved employee safety, experts estimate the financial impact of automation opportunities in manufacturing at nearly $2.7 trillion. By democratizing who can automate processes and removing the barriers to automation development, manufacturers can bring even their most complex operations into the 21st century.

Google Cloud’s AppSheet combines the power of artificial intelligence (AI) with the simplicity and democratizing power of no-code development to give all manufacturing teams — even non-technical employees — the ability to quickly automate existing processes and workflows without writing a single line of code. The AppSheet platform is designed to help manufacturers tap into automation opportunities (with zero coding knowledge) so they can drive further efficiencies across their entire enterprise — from facilities management and inventory control to incident reporting and employee timekeeping.

This month, we’re spotlighting no-code automation use cases by industry and this week’s focus is on manufacturing.

Incident reporting

When you least expect it, a safety incident can turn a normal manufacturing day into an emergency situation — one that requires an immediate response from management. That’s why it’s so important for manufacturing leaders to have a fast, reliable, automatic system in place for producing and submitting incident reports.

With no-code automation, you can easily create dedicated reporting apps that put your incident reporting on autopilot. AppSheet’s no-code development platform makes it simple to include forms and fields for employees to share incident data, schedule interviews with involved parties, collect evidence like photos and documents, and quickly submit accurate reports and request signatures via SMS and email.

By establishing an automatic, formalized process for incident reporting, AppSheet can help your team work safer and faster.

Managing enterprise assets

Manufacturers frequently have thousands of assets located across multiple locations, including human resources, machines, vehicles, network components, servers, and more. Maintaining visibility over all of these assets is crucial — and where the power of no-code automation shines.

You can boost the ongoing stability and profitability of your company by automating your manufacturing operations. Using a no-code platform like AppSheet, any member of your team can easily build custom apps to track HR processes, manufacturing workflows, data management, inventory, and more, and merge them into a centralized reporting app to give you a true 360-degree view of your assets.

That means you can track your assets from anywhere in the cloud and eliminate errors, giving you real confidence that you can act on today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Inventory control

Maintaining the proper balance between parts, equipment, and raw materials needed to meet demand for your final products is at the heart of inventory control. Doing it effectively lowers carrying costs and results in less waste and fewer delays.

Digital transformation is already helping manufacturers improve the visibility, accuracy, and speed at which they control their inventory. And no-code development platforms like AppSheet give any member of your team the tools they need to automate these key processes to make them even more efficient, error-free, and fully optimized.

In fact, AppSheet offers a number of free sample apps that you can easily copy and customize to get started. Explore them below, and say hello to the digital future of manufacturing:

Deliveries

For manufacturers, the job doesn’t end when your product leaves the factory or warehouse. It needs to arrive to your customers quickly and safely. With so many moving parts (literally), deliveries are another area where no-code automation can help manufacturers unlock valuable optimizations.

AppSheet enables anyone to create apps that automatically notify and update customers when their order is out for delivery — sending push notifications to both you and them as an order makes its way to its destination. And with Google Maps integration, you can make sure your drivers always have the most optimized and up-to-date routes based on current traffic conditions, putting your dispatching and delivery routing on autopilot.

Now, you can stay in total control of your products from the moment they’re made to the moment they’re delivered. Check out AppSheet’s delivery management sample app to try our no-code development today:

Workforce management

Your employees are the most valuable part of your manufacturing operations. But collecting, managing, and processing their timecards and wages can be complicated and prone to errors.

Reduce the strain on your HR teams and get your employees paid on time everytime with no-code automation. Forget manual time cards; now anyone on your team can quickly build apps that make it easy for employees to track their hours and log time in and time out, automatically calculating total wages and delivering all necessary information to HR so accounting is a breeze.

AppSheet even provides a Timesheet sample app that you can copy, customize, and start using in your manufacturing operations right now, for free.

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With Google Cloud’s AppSheet, manufacturing leaders and employees everywhere can automate their most mission-critical business processes with zero coding skills and technical background. Getting started with AppSheet’s no-code development platform couldn’t be easier, so start your business’s digital transformation today!

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Nancy Powaga

Nancy helps app creators build and learn with AppSheet.

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