How to Survive Industry 4.0 as a Plastics Manufacturer

1976 – The revolution is uncontainable. Only 69 years after the discovery of the first fully synthetic polymer, Bakelite, plastic becomes the most used material in the world. It’s lightweight, strong, flexible, rigid, transparent, opaque,…

Packaging – Making the Throw-Away Profitable

Packaging is probably the least glamorous of all the manufacturing sectors. As essential as packaging is to everyday life, it doesn’t evoke emotion quite like other sectors. There’s nothing to get excited about. There are no bells and whistles,…

How ERP Can Reduce the Waste In Manufacturing

Not all waste is physical and according to lean manufacturing theory, there are seven types of it. Any action that the customer wouldn’t be willing to pay for is “muda” or waste to the proponents of lean manufacturing, so keeping these…
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What’s the Difference Between 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing?

Whether you want to call it 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM), one thing we can all be certain of is the process of building an item by joining layers of material from a CAD file is dramatically changing the face of industry. Those…
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How SYSPRO’s M.O.M Solution Improves Productivity and Efficiency

We don’t have to tell you how challenging managing your manufacturing operation is. From deciding what machines to run and whether they are running fast or slow, to what resources are available and what is causing downtime or losses, the number…
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How striving for zero defects helps to boost manufacturing productivity through process visibility

Theresa May hasn’t held back in stressing the need for UK businesses to raise productivity levels if we are to successfully trade with and operate in the European market post Brexit. In its Industrial Strategy green paper, the Government highlights…
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You and Yours - How ERP is helping drive digitalisation in UK manufacturing

Last month saw the publication of an interim report from the Industrial Digitalisation Review, with the final recommendations due to be presented to Government later this year. So far, over 200 companies from throughout the UK have been involved…

Generation X: worth their weight in gold

Have you ever thought about the age range of your employees? Take a look around and the chances are you they may range from their teens through to their late sixties. And that’s great – there’s a lot to be said for having age diversity…

ERP and business processes: Why going back to basics is crucial to moving forward…

Times are tough for UK manufacturers with trends towards robotisation, automation and mass customisation placing increasing pressure on them to up their game. Coupled with this is the pressure from OEMs to meet ever more challenging KPIs relating…
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Why Do ERP Implementations Fail

Implementing ERP is never going to be a walk in the park, even the smoothest of implementations aren’t without some turbulence. Supply chains are increasingly complex, refined and subsequently, fragile, so to prise an ERP implementation into…