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


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

Posted by Nicola Mullen

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: Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Bring Your Own Device: Security vs Productivity

Posted by Andy Gough

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


UK Manufacturing Statistics

Posted by Ian Jack

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 Trends, Manufacturing Business


Stock Control: An Overview

Posted by Lydia Duckitt

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 Business