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Challenges for chemical manufacturers

Posted by Ian Jack

Challenges for Chemical Manufacturers

Challenged with meeting difficult regulations and a saturated, cut-throat market, chemical manufacturers operate in a notoriously difficult sphere. Manufacturers operate to tight deadlines with tight costs and even tighter regulations. As such, it’s very easy for chemical manufacturers to become creatures of habit and confine themselves to manufacturing processes that get the job done but at a cost to overall productivity.

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, Manufacturing business


Communication In Manufacturing

Posted by Dave Cann

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Let’s talk: communication in manufacturing

As you’ll already know, manufacturing is all about supply and demand. Unfortunately, the systems we have in place often make this process significantly more complex. From managing a lengthy supply chain to monitoring the key production processes, many steps are involved in manufacturing — and visibility and awareness of each is key.

Of course, a lot of this comes down to communication. It’s of vital importance to all businesses, but especially to manufacturers when each individual step of the process depends on the last and is crucial to the next.

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Catagories: Manufacturing business, Customer Service


Manufacturers, why aren’t you using cloud computing?

Posted by Ian Jack

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?

The reality is that manufacturing moves quickly — just look at the Internet of Things for example. Just a few years ago, it’s seemed a long way off. Nowadays, we take advantage of this advanced technology to refine efficiencies and capture business-critical data on a daily basis.

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Catagories: Cloud, Manufacturing business


What Is CRM Software?

Posted by Barry Thompson

What is CRM Software?

As markets get tougher and competition increases, businesses are doing all they can to streamline internal processes, maximise efficiencies and ultimately improve the overall customer experience. To do so, many are investing in specialist software to improve the day-to-day running of their business.

CRM software is one tried-and-tested method of improving information-flow and communication across businesses — but what is it and how does it work? Here, I answer the burning question: what is CRM software?

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Catagories: CRM


Annual Manufacturing Report 2017: Key Findings

Posted by Nicola Mullen

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.

The Annual Manufacturing Report 2017 is one publication that should be on your radar, as it provides an insight into current attitudes to key trends within the manufacturing industry. 

Standing at a mighty 44 pages in length, you may not have time to read the full report from cover to cover. 

To help, I’ve done the hard work for you. In this blog post, I discuss the report’s key findings, covering the opportunities and threats facing manufacturers.

 

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Catagories: Industry trends, Manufacturing business


Taking Stock: How to Improve Stock Control

Posted by Dave Cann

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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 business, ROI, ERP


Manufacturing Software Glossary: Making Sense of the Acronyms

Posted by Lydia Duckitt

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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 business, CRM, ERP


Changing ERP Software: Essential Considerations

Posted by Ian Jack

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.

However, if you’re not fully informed during the research stage, you risk choosing an incorrect solution that over time may become unsuitable.

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Catagories: Manufacturing business, ERP


Supply Chain Security: Threats & Opportunities

Posted by Barry Thompson

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 business, Supply Chain


Industry 4.0: The Current Manufacturing Landscape

Posted by Andy Gough

 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 expectation?

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

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, Industry trends, Manufacturing business, ROI