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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


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


5 emerging ERP software trends set to shape your business

Posted by Barry Thompson

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


Will mobile technology transform chemical manufacturing?

Posted by Barry Thompson

Will mobile technology transform chemical manufacturing?

The UK’s chemical manufacturing industry is something of an unsung success story. According to the Chemical Industries Association, chemical and pharmaceutical businesses in Britain contribute over £15bn a year to the UK’s GDP, and make up the country’s largest manufacturing export sector, with exports of nearly £50bn each year. But despite this impressive performance, is the chemical manufacturing industry making full use of mobile technology? 

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business


ERP Systems: Manufacturing Business Intelligence Software

Posted by Andy Gough

ERP manufacturing software: Business Intelligence made easy

Business Intelligence software is all the rage. The problem? It’s not exactly inexpensive, nor is it always easy to use, which, of course, impacts on ROI. The relatively high cost of Business Intelligence software can make it difficult to generate a return high enough to justify the investment.

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, ERP


3 areas of your manufacturing business where real time information is vital

Posted by Andy Gough

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Mention real-time information these days, and thoughts are likely to turn to the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and the communications and data access opportunities that are opened up by networks of intelligent devices. But actually, access to real-time information is much simpler than that. Much, much simpler than that.

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Catagories: Shop Floor Data Capture, Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Business, ROI


Future-proofing your business: the role played by manufacturing ERP software

Posted by Ian Jack

Future proofing your business

Yesterday’s superstars can easily become tomorrow’s has-beens. And that’s true in business, as well as in sport and popular culture—which is why it’s vital for businesses to take prudent steps towards becoming future-proof. Top of the list: considering the role played by a business’s choice of its manufacturing ERP software.

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business, ERP