The term manufacturing is most commonly applied to industrial design in which raw materials travel through a variety of operations and are transformed into finished goods. Such goods may be sold to other manufacturers for the production of other more complex products or distributed via wholesalers or retailers to end users and consumers. Core manufacturing planning activities focus on balancing demand with a range of supply parameters, such as machine capacity, workforce capacity, inventory and material supply, with a focus on customer service and operational costs. Connected Planning is a must for any manufacturer looking to digitize, innovate, and meet changing consumer expectations.
The Manufacturing Industry consists of four core sub-industries – Industrial & Automotive, Tech Hardware, Life Sciences, and Logistics & Transportation – each with their own objectives.