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Manufacturers, why aren’t you using cloud computing?

Advantages of Cloud Computing

Change isn’t for everyone. In long-standing businesses who have enjoyed many years of success becoming masters of their trade, there is a reluctance to move away from familiar ways of working and embrace new systems. The rationale is, if it’s worked for us for this long, why would it stop now?

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Catagories: Cloud / SaaS, Manufacturing


Annual Manufacturing Report 2017: Key Findings

Manufacturing Report 2017: Key Findings

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, staying up-to-date with industry developments is essential. Just like fashion brands will fall out of favour if they don’t keep up with the latest trends, you need to be fully aware of where your industry is heading if you’re to continue to innovate.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


Taking Stock: How to Improve Stock Control

How to Improve Stock Control

While employees may dread their annual stock checks, there’s no denying that stock control is crucially important to manufacturers. Without an effective stock control system in place, you’re blind to the assets you have. You’re not ignorant of how many employees are on your payroll, so why would you ignore the stock levels within your business?

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Catagories: Manufacturing, ROI, HR & Training


Manufacturing Software Glossary: Making Sense of the Acronyms

Manufacturing Software Glossary

Acronyms are designed to speed up communication, but if you don’t know what they mean, they can be more of a hindrance than a help!

From ERP to HCM, MES and CRM, manufacturing and software is a minefield of shortened terms and phrases. They can often put the most experienced minds to the test, so to help I’ve compiled this brief glossary of key manufacturing software terms. Make it your bible!

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Catagories: Manufacturing, CRM & Customer Service, HR & Training


Changing ERP Software: Essential Considerations

Changing ERP software: essential considerations

 

For many businesses, investing in ERP software is not a decision that is taken lightly. From considering the initial outlay to adapting working practices to accommodate for new systems and processes, implementing ERP software is something many businesses only want to do once.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


Supply Chain Security: Threats & Opportunities

Supply Chain Security

Your supply chain is a complex network of people, processes and technology that play a fundamental role in the operability of your business. Without it, productivity would cease — but is your current supply chain putting your business at risk?

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Catagories: 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


UK Manufacturing Statistics

UK Manufacturing - the statistics

Manufacturing is big business, contributing £6.7 trillion to the global economy. While misleading figures place the UK way down the list of manufacturing powerhouses, UK manufacturing statistics show that we are the 11th largest manufacturing nation, directly employing 2.6 million people.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


Stock Control: An Overview

Stock control: an overview

When it comes to stock levels, manufacturing businesses face a double-edged sword. Keeping a high volume of parts and products in stock means there’s little chance of running out of an item that could severely delay or halt the production process. This helps to keep costs down, as expensive emergency supplies are not required. While it may seem like the most logical option, it isn’t as simple as it sounds.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


The future supply chain: what it means for your workers

The future supply chain: what it means for your workers

Supply chains have always been present. As far back as we can remember there has always been supply and demand — from the farmers growing crops to the marketplace sellers and eventual end consumers.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


What exactly is ERP software?

What is ERP software?

In any business, efficiency is key. As the saying goes, time is money, so the more time your business loses through time-consuming processes, the less time you’ll be able to spend on the things that matter — driving sales, maximising profits and ultimately strengthening your business.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


7 ways that manufacturers can improve their inventory management

Improve your inventory management

Most manufacturing businesses have too much cash tied up in excess inventory—finished goods, raw materials, and work-in-progress. What’s more, most manufacturing businesses know that they have too much cash tied up in inventory.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, ROI


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


Cheers! Here’s to Britain’s Brexit bounce back!

Cheers! Here’s to Britain’s Brexit bounce back!

Few commentators were prepared for the scale of the “Leave” vote in June’s Brexit referendum. Both politicians and the manufacturing industry were undeniably shocked at the outcome, and the Bank of England lost little time in slashing interest rates to a historic low of 0.25%, and taking steps to bolster domestic demand.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


Innovation in manufacturing: 3 top takeaways from EEF’s survey

Innovation in manufacturing: 3 top takeaways

For manufacturers, innovation is crucial. Innovation drives sales, productivity, process performance, new product introductions—and ultimately, job growth and profitability. But innovation in the manufacturing industry isn’t easy. It takes time, resources, and skills, and can’t always be driven along predictable paths.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


2016 ERP Report: 8 Significant Findings [Infographic]

2016 ERP Report: 8 Significant Findings 

Finding the right ERP system and the right ERP vendor can be challenging. Once found, implementing that ERP system is an expensive proposition; not just in terms of budget, but also in terms of time and resources. It’s crucial to make the right ERP choice that fits your business.

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Catagories: Manufacturing


Growing a manufacturing business: 6 often-overlooked secrets of success

Growing a manufacturing business: 6 often-overlooked secrets of success


Growing a manufacturing business isn’t easy. And rarely is the challenge harder than it is for smaller manufacturers, where hard-pressed senior management must spread themselves thinly across multiple activities—handling finances, marketing, product development, quality control, human resources and much more.

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Catagories: Manufacturing, ROI


What are the advantages of SaaS software for manufacturers?

What are the benefits of SaaS software for manufacturers?

According to experts, manufacturers are leading the way with Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption. Despite this, there is still some confusion about SaaS deployment options.

So how does SaaS ERP measure up to the more traditional ‘on-premise’ model? And what exactly are the benefits for your manufacturing business? Here’s a rundown:

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Catagories: Cloud / SaaS, Manufacturing


7 strategies for supply chain management success

7 strategies for supply chain management success

A lot of the time, supply chain management success strategies are ‘top down’ affairs, and very—well—strategic. ‘Be a low-cost producer,’ for instance. Or ‘achieve a fast time-to-market.’ Or ‘respond quickly to changing fashions.’

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Catagories: Manufacturing, ROI


5 critical KPIs for monitoring field service engineer performance

5 critical KPIs for monitoring field service engineer performance

For any field service business, its engineers are clearly a vital resource.

And most field service businesses, it’s fair to say, have KPIs in place for monitoring and measuring performance. But are they the right field service engineer performance KPIs?

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Catagories: Field Service Management, Manufacturing


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


Pokémon Go: what can your manufacturing business learn from its success?

Pokémon Go: What can your manufacturing business learn from its success?

Pokémon Go has been the gaming success of the summer. Within days of its release, it had been downloaded 50 million times, and soon overtook popular dating app Tinder. According to analysts Techcrunch, in July 2016 it had overtaken Twitter in terms of daily users, and people spent more time on the Pokémon Go app than they did on Facebook.

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Catagories: 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


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