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IoT Problems: Are Connected Devices Secure?

IOT secure device blog

As we have discussed in great detail on our blog, the Internet of Things (IoT) has changed how manufacturers operate. While the move is undoubtedly positive, offering numerous benefits, the increased use of connected devices has made manufacturers more vulnerable to cyberattack. 

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT, Manufacturing


EEF’s Executive Survey 2018: Predicting the Next 12 Months of Manufacturing

EEF survey

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


How Manufacturing IoT Increases Opportunities

How manufacturing IoT increases opportunities

To say the Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic within the manufacturing industry would be an understatement. As we’ve discussed in depth right here on our blog, IoT is disrupting past ways of working, digitalizing processes to drive efficiencies and increase business intelligence.

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT, Manufacturing


Benefits of Preventative & Predictive Maintenance

Benefits of preventative and predictive maintenance

Machines are the driving force in manufacturing. Because they play such a huge part in the production line, it’s very tempting to ignore the warning signs of fatigue, wear and tear in the hope that issues will never materialise. After all, carrying out machine maintenance and pressing pause on production will ultimately lead to a monetary loss, won’t it?

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


The Environmental Impact Of Digital Transformation In Manufacturing

Environmental Impact of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

The very nature of manufacturing means that waste is a real issue. Whether it’s energy by-products emitted by machinery or offcuts of materials used in the manufacturing process, minimising wastage is a priority for every manufacturer and not just in terms of cost.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


The Challenges of Technology Integration In Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Integration

In this blog post, I will be discussing the cutting-edge technology of the 1870s. You may be wondering whether I’ve lost my mind— “the 1870s? That’s not relevant to me”. Before you hit that back button, hear me out; we can learn a lot more from nineteenth century manufacturing than you may think.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT, ROI


Servitization In Manufacturing: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

Servitization in manufacturing: What is it and why does it matter?

With markets becoming even more competitive and boundaries blurring further, being a manufacturer is no longer as simple as making things. The industry as a whole is in the midst of a servitization transformation, as manufacturers venture into the services field — a space that was traditionally reserved for specialist service providers.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT, HR & Training


Top 20 Must-Read Manufacturing Blogs, Sites & Resources

Manufacturing - Must-read content

As a busy manufacturer, you might wonder how much time you can realistically spare to keep up to date with industry resources and blogs. After all, it’s time that could be spent elsewhere, managing the factory floor or handling other business-critical activities. However, the real question is: can you afford not to keep up to date?

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT, CRM & Customer Service, Manufacturing


Effective Manufacturing Warehouse Management: Improving Efficiencies

Effective Manufacturing Warehouse Management

As a manufacturer, you’ll already understand the importance of your warehouse within your business. As the place where raw materials arrive and are stored, as well as where finished products are kept before shipment, your warehouse is a hub of activity. Without effective warehouse management, your entire set-up could descend into chaos — with disastrous consequences for your supply chain.

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT, Manufacturing, HR & Training


The Future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Manufacturing

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Manufacturing

You’ll likely have already heard the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) bandied around. However, if you’ve put them down as simply being the latest in a long line of manufacturing buzzwords, you’re very much mistaken.

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT, Manufacturing


Industry 4.0: The Current Manufacturing Landscape

 Industry 4.0: The current manufacturing landscape

With technology rapidly impacting all areas of our lives, it was naive to believe that manufacturing would be exempt from the digital revolution. We’re officially in the midst of Industry 4.0, dubbed the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ — but has it lived up to expectations?

Here, I take a look at how the current manufacturing landscape has been shaped by Industry 4.0:

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Catagories: Manufacturing, ROI, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Are UK manufacturing companies prepared for Industry 4.0? (Infographic)

Infographic: UK Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 termed “the fourth industrial revolution” is set to transform manufacturing over the next few years. Not a new technology in itself – instead, Industry 4.0 is a fusion of a number of significant and emerging technologies: Big Data, advanced analytics, the Internet of Things, digital modelling, additive manufacturing, computer-integrated manufacturing and so on. In short, these various technologies can come together to enable manufacturers to do things they couldn’t do before.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Is this the future of the manufacturing industry?

Future of manufacturing

A recent Oxford study estimates that by 2034, 47% of all jobs will have been taken over by a robot—either in the form of a physical robot on the factory floor, or a robot in the form of a computer program, or a combination of the two. Far-fetched? Far from it: this, say experts, is likely to be the future of manufacturing.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


The factory of the future is closer than you think: 5 innovative manufacturing technologies heading your way

5 manufacturing technologies headind your way

Technology isn’t standing still. But while all of us are used to the rapid pace of change of information technology—IT, in other words—it might be a surprise to realise just how much ordinary manufacturing technologies are changing, as well.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


5 emerging ERP software trends set to shape your business

5 emerging ERP trends set to shape your business

Here’s a thought: how competitive would your business be if it had to rely on an ERP system that was 15-20 years old? You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the answer is “probably not very competitive”.

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT, Manufacturing


Building the Smart Factory of the future

Building the Smart Factory of the future

This year, it’s been impossible to miss the buzz surrounding Industry 4.0, the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. And while the world of business is full of fads and fashions—anyone remember Efficient Consumer Response?—most observers agree that Industry 4.0 has undeniable substance. But talking about Smart Factories is one thing, and building them quite another.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Unlocking the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0

Unlocking the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0

A survey by The Manufacturer magazine earlier this year found that 62% of manufacturing businesses—almost two-thirds—were either ‘aware’ or ‘very aware’ of Industry 4.0. For a term that wasn’t coined until 2011, that’s quite remarkable.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


3 key takeaways from Gartner’s top ten technology trends

3 key manufacturing technology trends

The world doesn’t stand still. So, it’s important for manufacturers to keep abreast of emerging manufacturing technology trends—both in terms of IT, as well as core manufacturing technologies.

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Catagories: Industry 4.0 / IoT


Will the Internet of Things boost your Field Service business?

Will the Internet of Things boost your Field Service business?

Virtually unheard of until two or three years ago, the Internet of Things looks set to be a major disruptive force. Field service—and field service businesses—are squarely in its sights. Because when coupled to Big Data and predictive analytics, the Internet of Things is likely to totally transform how field service businesses operate.

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Catagories: Field Service Management, Industry 4.0 / IoT


How Industry 4.0 will help to grow your manufacturing business

How Industry 4.0 will help to grow your manufacturing business

What exactly is Industry 4.0? It’s a question that many manufacturing businesses are asking, as the phrase starts to crop up in more and more conversations. And the answer may surprise: very genuinely, Industry 4.0 could be the best opportunity you’ve had in years to grow your manufacturing business.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT, HR & Training


What the rise of the cobot means for your manufacturing business

What the rise of the cobot means for your manufacturing business

Walk around almost any automotive plant, and it’s difficult to miss the extensive use of industrial robotics. Nor is it difficult to see why. Vehicle model runs are measured in years; the parts being handled are heavy; the line is fast-paced—and for actions that are highly repetitive, but which must be performed accurately, robots are ideal.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


26 billion devices, and the zero-inventory manufacturing supply chain

26 billion devices and the zero-inventory manufacturing supply chain

Now here’s a question. Assume that manufacturing supply chains are 100% reliable, and deliver to manufacturers exactly the raw materials and components that they require, when they require them. In such a scenario, how much raw material and component inventory would manufacturers need to hold?

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


The Internet of Things - Set to transform field service

The IoT set to transform field service

Although the expression ‘the Internet of Things’ (IoT) may not yet be universally familiar or understood, its effect - how it will change the way we live and work is becoming increasingly apparent. As a technology company, the IoT and how it will affect our customers, is definitely on our solutions radar.

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Catagories: Field Service Management, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Manufacturing’s brave new future: 3D printing and the Internet of Things

3D printing and the Internet of Things

In December 2015, the crew of the orbiting International Space Station needed a ratcheting socket spanner. The only problem: there wasn’t one on board. But the space station did have a 3D printer, shipped up on a re-supply flight the previous month. And so, using CAD instructions e-mailed to the space station by NASA, space station commander Barry Wilmore switched on the 3D printer and duly fabricated the required socket spanner.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 / IoT


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