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Andy Gough

Andy Gough
Andy is General Manager at Datawright.
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Effective Manufacturing Warehouse Management: Improving Efficiencies

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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.

So what are the principles of effective warehouse management? In this blog post, I will examine the key focus points for manufacturing warehouse management before commenting on future technology that is set to impact the sphere.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Business, Supply Chain, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Manufacturing considerations for car parts manufacturers

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Manufacturing considerations for car parts manufacturers

The UK’s automotive manufacturing industry has an annual turnover of £69.5 billion, contributing £15.5 billion to the economy. Over 30 vehicle manufacturers produce more than 70 car models in the UK alone — a process that wouldn’t be possible without the support of the automotive aftermarket including over 2,000 car parts manufacturers.

As Britain explores hybrid and electric vehicle capabilities, and continues the drive towards more efficient cars, it’s crucial that car parts manufacturers stay ahead of the curve. With that in mind, in this blog post, I will be analysing the key trends impacting the automotive aftermarket both now and in the future.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business


Industry 4.0: The Current Manufacturing Landscape

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 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, Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business, ROI, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Bring Your Own Device: Security vs Productivity

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Bring Your Own Device: Security vs Productivity

In a world where we are surrounded by modern technology and advanced devices, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is not a new phenomenon. Employees have adopted a more relaxed attitude to IT for years now, using their own personal laptops and mobile devices to carry out a range of workplace tasks.

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Catagories: Field Service Business, Field Service Trends


The future supply chain: what it means for your workers

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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 Trends, Manufacturing Business, Supply Chain


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

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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 Business


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

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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 Trends, Manufacturing Business, ROI


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

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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 Trends, Manufacturing Business, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Building the Smart Factory of the future

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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 Trends, Manufacturing Business, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Unlocking the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0

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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 Trends, Manufacturing Business, ERP, Industry 4.0 / IoT