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“Manufacturers in general have a lot of data but they don't use it very effectively.” These are the words of Dan Meier, a manufacturing IT expert who we recently interviewed. Dan has been working with manufacturing data for more than 20 years, and we enjoyed hearing more about the industry from him.
Manufacturers can use data to monitor workflow, orders, shipping rates, and the amount of yield they’re getting from materials—and that’s just to name a few potential uses. The importance of data, Dan explained, is that it can get to the root-cause of an issue. And when everyone’s operating from the same source of data, then efficiency and compliance can also improve.
“We slice and dice the data all the time," Dan said, "and through slicing and dicing the data being able to turn it upside down on its head we frequently find insights.”
We enjoyed speaking with Dan (don’t forget to check out the full Q&A) and also got to interview two manufacturers from around the world:
To learn more about J. Zimmer Maschinenbau and Arauco, watch our German-language interview with Thomas or check out the Spanish-language interview with Luis. Then, explore what other manufacturers are building with Tableau.
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