In today’s manufacturing enterprise, executives and line of business managers are constantly bombarded with information, making it difficult to weed through all the available manufacturing metrics to figure out what business issues need to be addressed.

This has prompted many companies to rely more heavily on their BI software applications to track the Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) of their organizations.  KPIs are financial and non-financial measures that help decision makers pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of their businesses and show whether they are in line with their strategic objectives.

Each year, the MESA organization (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) sponsors research to help the manufacturing marketplace identify the most important manufacturing metrics, and help decision makers understand metrics improvements and their relationships to metrics programs and the use of software solutions. As part of their most recent metrics survey, the following manufacturing metrics were identified as being the most utilized by discrete, process, and hybrid/batch manufacturers.

I thought I’d share these metrics with those of you who may not have seen the published results of this research.  From Silvon’s perspective, it further validates many of the core measures that are included in the Stratum BI solution suite for manufacturers.

Customer Experience & Responsiveness Manufacturing Metrics

Quality Manufacturing Metrics

Efficiency Manufacturing Metrics

Inventory Metrics

manufacturing metrics that matterCompliance Metrics

Maintenance Manufacturing Metrics

Flexibility & Innovation

Costs & Profitability Manufacturing Metrics

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BONUS: Manufacturing Metrics to Track for Logistics (Full blog post coming soon!)

NOTE: As a Cerasis shipper, you have access to all the below metrics at your fingertips within our web-based transportation management system, the Cerasis Rater.

What manufacturing metrics are important to track that is missing from this list?

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