Podcast

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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REMANUFACTURING & THE MOVE TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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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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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global erp

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Business Technology, IFS Radio Network, Manufacturing, Strategy

Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software products have the capability to handle businesses that operate from multiple sites, even when these sites are in different countries or on different continents. But in this month’s interview edition of the IFS Radio Network, IFS process manufacturing and supply chain expert Jakob Björklund discusses the finer points of achieving…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Of the many contemporary challenges facing an industry like paint and coatings, supply chain management is a critical one at a time when industry trends point to strong projected growth across the board during the next few years as economies in major markets continue to recover from the recession. My first contact with the paint…

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courthouse

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Regardless of your position on government mandates for corporate social responsibility, one thing is certain. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule, and related regulations pending around the world, are going to be a massive headache as manufacturers try to understand what is required to stay out of trouble with regulators, activist organizations and…

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