What is low code and why should manufacturers care?

Low code is a way of building custom digital solutions that do exactly what you need them to and nothing else. It's affordable, it's fast and ongoing support is lightweight.

Common manual processes in manufacturing

Every week the team spends about two days collecting and presenting shop floor data. The reports they produce are always a week or more out of date and open to human error. The management team have spent about ten years on and off looking for a way to automate this process and get the data in real time

They found lots of solutions that are small part of a large system with unnecessary functions and expensive ongoing costs. They’ve carried on working with the manual processes because it’s better than getting tied into big budget solutions with features they don’t need.  

So what’s low code got to do with it? 

Low code is a new way of building bespoke digital solutionsThey’re ‘low code’ because a lot of the coding traditionally required is automated. This means low code is cheaper and solutions that used to take months to develop are ready in a couple of weeks

Think about a line operator who needs an app where he can enter the data from the production line. Managers need dashboards where they can see the aggregated data. the line operator enters the info, they push a button and get the report in real time. They can use the dashboard to split the data and report on exactly what they want to know. How many widgets failed at X point on the line in the last month? Push a button. How much is waste at Y point costing us every month? Push a button.  

Solutions ready in weeks not months 

Using a combination of low code and Business Intelligence (BI) tools Fluid can build a solution that’s ready in a couple of weeks. It’s tailored to meet the requirements, no more and no less. Implementation costs are a fifth of off-the-shelf solutions and the ongoing licensing spends are hundreds not thousands of pounds a year. Fluid built a solution for an SME manufacturer that was 80 per cent cheaper to implement in year one (than the best stock solution) and represented a £29K saving in licensing fees every year after that.  

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