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Key Considerations for Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturers

Posted by Nicola Mullen

Key Considerations for Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturers

The aviation market in the UK is strong. According to a report from January 2016, our aviation industry achieves an annual turnover of over £60 billion, with exports alone worth £26 billion. Of this sum, £52 billion is contributed to the UK economy.

Clearly, aviation is a lucrative and in-demand market in the UK, presenting many opportunities for aviation and aircraft manufacturers. To successfully capitalise on these opportunities, it is imperative that manufacturers within this sector stay ahead of developing industry trends in order to gain an advantage in what is an incredibly competitive sphere.

With this in mind, I will use this blog post to highlight some of the key developments and trends to impact aviation manufacturing both now and in the future.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Business


Effective Manufacturing Warehouse Management: Improving Efficiencies

Posted by Andy Gough

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


The Future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Manufacturing

Posted by Lydia Duckitt

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Manufacturing

You’ll likely have already heard the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) bandied around. However, if you’ve put them down as simply being the latest in a long line of manufacturing buzzwords, you’re very much mistaken.

The reality is that IoT isn’t exclusive to manufacturing. Rather, it’s the interconnectivity of devices—and you experience it every day. From smart TVs to intelligent kitchen appliances, these advanced features have transformed traditional tech and given rise to the interconnected home.

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Catagories: Shop Floor Data Capture, Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business, Industry 4.0 / IoT


Manufacturing considerations for car parts manufacturers

Posted by Andy Gough

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


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


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