The ability of automatizing, as much as possible, the preliminary coordination and negotiations activities involved in setting up supply chains for specific needs, in an open marketplace-like fashion, could greatly improve the ability of factories to quickly react to external challenges and driving forces.
Sharing product and production data with other actors in the supply chain (sub-manufacturers, suppliers) seldom occurs and, when this happens, is generally on an ad-hoc basis. Where specific systems have been developed in actual factories, they are often bespoke, non-transparent, inflexible, and provide few if any client-side feedback.
Suitable tools to track production efficiency (scrap, re-work, available capacity, resources and energy consumption) are missing or lacking features in most enterprises. For SMEs the scenario is even worse as they seldom adopt such tools and mainly rely on personal abilities of involved employees. Even within multinational manufacturing facilities, the ability to accurately compare production indicators, e.g. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), across value streams and across multiple sites is still quite uncommon.