The Single Source(s) of Truth in Manufacturing Ecosystems

Though it may seem counterintuitive, it’s common for manufacturing ecosystems to have multiple systems that serve as a Single Source of Truth (SSOT). The following are examples of SSOT systems in manufacturing ecosystems…

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

PLM systems manage the design and development of goods, tracking design changes, requirements, versions, technical specifications and much more.

Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

An MES tracks the production process in real-time, delivering production teams current data on operations status, machine efficiency, maintenance schedules, etc.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

ERP systems integrate numerous business process, including inventory management, order processing, accounting, human resources, and others into a single unified system to ensure accurate info is available cross-department.

Quality Management System (QMS)

A QMS centralizes monitoring for quality standards, compliance, and audit processes.

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

SCM systems oversee activities including procurement, production scheduling, and logistics.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

CRM systems can serve as a SSOT for customer-related data like order history and preferences.

Document Management System (CMS)

A DMS stores, manages, and tracks electronic documents, which is essential for maintaining consistency in SOPs, safety guidelines, technical specs, work instructions and other manufacturing docs.

Business Intelligence (BI) Tools

BI and analytics tools are often used to aggregate data from various sources within a manufacturing ecosystem for insights and reports that drive data-driven decisions.