PAPERLESS production? Greener, more efficient and competitive companies

The production departments are typically characterized by their dynamism and the number of people involved. This requires the need to continuously exchange data and information so that the production process moves forward and does not generate inefficiencies.

However, the use of paper and the sharing of dispersed and non-centralized information often creates slowdowns and generates losses of value that companies struggle to recognize and quantify.
By using paperless systems, commonly known as MES (Manufacturing Execution System) or MOM (manufacturing operations management), you can achieve significant benefits and generate a positive impact and improved competitive advantage.


1) More flexible production

Unforeseen events in production (from a changing customer order to material shortages) often occur and production managers and operators must be able to react quickly. They therefore need accurate information, which they can obtain in real time using MES systems. In this way, the time required to compile, share and create reports is almost eliminated, and information can be accessed by all those involved in the process, wherever they are and on whatever device.

2) Ability to react faster

In an increasingly volatile, uncertain and demanding market, you need to react quickly to maintain a competitive advantage. Reducing response times is the key to minimize losses and costs when the need arises to withdraw a product or batch from the market.
Thanks to these systems it will be easy and immediate to trace the origin and the reason of the defect, to understand the causes-roots in order to correct the error in real time and to avoid it from happening again, thus applying a recursive principle of continuous improvement of the production process.

3) More efficient and productive system

With the use of digital systems, those who deal with planning in the company will always have at their disposal useful information on the progress of orders and will be able to monitor the process with synthetic, immediate and automated reports, reducing human errors and loss of time for their compilation, but above all they will be able to dedicate themselves to activities with greater added value.
In addition, the vertical integration process (from planning to the interconnected shop floor) produces huge data sets, ensures top management has constant access to current and historical data at any time to simulate increasingly accurate forecasts of deliveries to be met, significantly eliminating waste.


4) Extensive data security and accessibility 

With digital technologies, important and confidential data/information can be stored in multiple virtual locations, access levels can be established by role and responsibility, and accurate and identifiable storage can be ensured.
5) Improved working environment

The existence of a digitized, integrated system that collects all data and allows each employee to quickly access all the information they need for their role:

  • increases efficiency
  • improves the quality of his work
  • encourages the sharing of ideas
  • stimulates innovation processes.

In addition, the collection of data and information to be used directly on the machine and the usability of the same, helps more generally the whole team to:

  • Reduce human error
  • Share and visualize in real-time information and process parameters
  • Reduce costs and downtime
  • Identify and reduce waste and unknown losses ("gray zone")
  • Improve the quality control process to promptly intercept out-of-control parameters and reduce waste downstream of the process
  • Manage documents dynamically and interactively
  • Improve predictive maintenance initiatives
  • Greater involvement and alignment on the performance of the production process as a whole.

6) Eco-sustainable approach

Eco-sustainability is an increasingly central theme that affects the whole world and to which companies are gradually adapting. The Lean Digital approach

  • simplifies processes
  • eliminates all sources of waste and unnecessary consumption
  • Digitizes information by eliminating paper
  • Reduces product obsolescence
  • simplifies logistics flows
  • it aims to shorten and integrate the entire value chain.

If the approach is applied with vision, method (data driven) and determination, the company becomes more competitive and environmentally sustainable.


The digital transformation path that companies are facing requires vision, strategy and courage on the part of management to address the changes currently underway and to prepare for those that will come in the future. As the Americans say, "Is not an option!"
For this reason, as a group, we focus our attention in accompanying companies on this path of transformation following the Lean Digital model.

Digibelt, an innovative start-up of Bonfiglioli Consulting, has developed a platform of applications for the manufacturing industry designed in Lean Industry 4.0 logic that has features much more extensive and innovative than a traditional MES. We invite you to discover them.

Contact us and we will be happy to tell you about our approach and our intervention model.

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