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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense, Manufacturing

Many would argue that the Digital Thread is the next major disruptive technology, but for it to really take-off, first we must look deep into how it works within the existing enterprise and understand a workable road map. First – just what is this Digital Thread? The concept is straight forward. Digital Thread in the…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Automotive, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing

Data collected from production and better collaboration between the various parts of an organization can lead to fewer disruptions, increased utilization of manufacturing resources and more efficient planning. So says one of the founders of IFS, Ulf Stern, in an article published in Sweden’s Dagens Industri journal in November. What he was saying was that…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense, Manufacturing

In A&D, the manufacturing market is becoming more concentrated. By this I mean we often have multiple, complex relationships between contractors, based on complex contractual agreements and varying levels of capabilities. No wonder that organizations are looking to manage the end-to-end manufacturing process in a simple manner in order to operate successfully. And putting in…

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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   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, IFS Radio Network, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

General Motors has issued about 70 recalls in the course of 2014, as of this writing. These recalls are enumerated here, by CNN. These recalls affect as few as five and as many as 3 million vehicles. I am not sure that list is even complete. I myself just last week received a recall notice for…

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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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Morgan Motor Company

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Manufacturing, Supply Chain

The automotive supply chain is far more complex than it used to be, a fact Morgan clearly knows. In early September, Morgan Motor Company, the British sports car manufacturer, said they had chosen IFS Applications as their new ERP solution. The company began an 18-month implementation program in August to enable all departments within the business…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a broad concept that describes a corporate initiative to assess and take responsibility for a company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare that generally goes beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups. Generally, CSR isn’t about an immediate financial benefit to the company,…

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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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