by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

One of the perks of my role as Industry Director is that I get to spend a lot of time with customers and prospects, helping to better understand their challenges and objectives. This involves getting to visit some of the most cutting-edge and innovative factories around the globe. The factory of the future is a…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Strategy

In order for European manufacturers to prepare for this new circular economy, it’s important that sustainability is no longer considered an after-thought. I’ve spoken before about the importance of post-production services for manufacturers, to ensure they’re getting more out of every asset and better meeting customer demands. What we’re now starting to see is manufacturers…

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3D Printing

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing

While there’s a certain enjoyment about growing and picking your own fruit – or should I now say printing your own fruit. Last month I read about Cambridge-based tech company Dovetailed creating the world’s first 3D printed edible raspberry using flavored gel. That’s the picture here. The firm is also working on apples and pears and…

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Brompton Bicycle

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Strategy

The global economic crisis has had a significant effect on the manufacturing sector, with the prolonged Eurozone slump impacting demand for goods produced in the UK. However, with the economic outlook continuing to improve – and manufacturing doing well globally – the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) reported worldwide manufacturing output up by 3.3 per…

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by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

3D printing has continued to hit the headlines with some fascinating use cases, such as the architects in Amsterdam that have started work on a 3D printed house. According to Hedwig Heinsman of Dus, the architects responsible for the project, the building industry is one of the most inefficient and polluting industries out there. With…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Mobility

When a technology is not well-understood, a number of myths or urban legends can spring up to fill in the gap in people’s knowledge with perhaps less-than-accurate perceptions. Here, we review three such myths about mobile ERP solutions, and share facts that can help dispel each one. Mobile enterprise software is a security risk Well,…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

As I talk with customers at our IFS industry councils and at other professional events, I find many manufacturers and industrial organizations are already using 3D printing. As a rule, they are using this technology in the research and development setting and for prototypes. 3D printers have traditionally rendered items in plastic, but now, a…

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Manufacturing Industry

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Strategy

Over the last few months, there have been a number of surveys indicating that global manufacturing output is increasing. Last month, the Federal Reserve announced output gains compared to a year ago across multiple manufacturing sectors and another example is the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which released its latest monthly industrial trends survey, highlighting…

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IFS Touch Apps

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Manufacturing, Mobility

We’re running a series of IFS webinars looking at how mobile solutions can help business transformation across a range of industries. In our next two 30-minute webinars I will be sharing the potential of mobility in the Manufacturing Industry and how it increases productivity. And you are invited! Mobile ERP solutions are critical to increasing…

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Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Mobility, Process Manufacturing

Mobility continues to be a hot topic in the ERP/enterprise software market, but the conversations are changing from theory to optimization and practical use. In fact, mobility is one of Gartner’s nexus of forces, the convergence of social, mobility, cloud and information patterns that drive new business scenarios. This started me thinking about why manufacturers appear to be behind the curve in embracing this technology and in seeing the benefits on the shop floor.

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