Document Management for Manufacturing Workflows


While document management may seem like the kind of solution that works best in an office setting, that's not always the case. In fact, it's so versatile that it can fit into just about any environment where there are documents to be managed--and that includes manufacturing. Here's how document management makes workflows a little easier throughout the supply chain.

How Manufacturers Use Document Management

In many ways, documents--and the data they contain--keep our world running. So does the manufacturing industry. It makes sense that these two things would go hand-in-hand.

Luckily, there's a third variable in this relationship: document management. It's the bridge between the worlds of documents and manufacturing--a way for workers at all levels to stay on the same page.

Here's how manufacturers use document management:

#1: Standardizing data capture

Manufacturing creates a lot of data, and that data needs to be captured in ways that make sense. Document management creates solutions that work for both people and machines, helping simplify and standardize data capture so information looks the same no matter where it comes from.

#2: Storing documents effectively

Once all that data is created, it needs somewhere to live--a single, digitized location that can be accessed no matter where you are on the plant floor. With document management, manufacturers can create and personalize this document repository, including all necessary solutions for security and access control.

#3: Improving visibility across the plant

Document management doesn't just capture and organize data. It also makes it easier for manufacturers to leverage that data--for example, providing the visibility necessary to track downtime and machine breakdowns. This enables manufacturers to identify error patterns and solve little problems before they get out of hand.


Documents and manufacturing are both crucial to the modern world, and document management is the bridge that keeps them working together. From data capture and storage to utilization and improvements, document management helps manufacturers get more out of the information they create and interact with every day.

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