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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


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


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


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


The future supply chain: what it means for your workers

Posted by Andy Gough

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


Is this the future of the manufacturing industry?

Posted by Ian Jack

Future of mnaufacturing - blog header.png

A recent Oxford study estimates that by 2034, 47% of all jobs will have been taken over by a robot—either in the form of a physical robot on the factory floor, or a robot in the form of a computer program, or a combination of the two. Far-fetched? Far from it: this, say experts, is likely to be the future of manufacturing.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business


2016 ERP Report: 8 Significant Findings [Infographic]

Posted by Nicola Mullen

2016 ERP Report: 8 Significant Findings 

Finding the right ERP system and the right ERP vendor can be challenging. Once found, implementing that ERP system is an expensive proposition; not just in terms of budget, but also in terms of time and resources. It’s crucial to make the right ERP choice that fits your business.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Trends, ERP


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

Posted by Andy Gough

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