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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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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

As the person responsible for process manufacturing at IFS, I often get asked whether IFS Applications is certified for a particular standard or legislation. It’s a valid question as process manufacturers are under constant pressure from authorities and customers to comply with various quality standards or industry-specific legislation. It may be HACCP for food and…

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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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ERP Podcast Series from IFS

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

ISO standards are a lot of things. Specifications for products and services. A third party stamp of approval for quality, efficiency and best practices. And let’s face it … ISO standards can be the butt of plenty of jokes. Even Dilbert creator Scott Adams riffs on ISO standards frequently. Quality consultants Simply Quality have generated a humorous procedure…

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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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by   |    |   0 minutes Less than a minute  |  in Process Manufacturing

In this episode of the IFS Radio Network, IFS Process Manufacturing ERP expert Jakob Björklund discusses the challenges posed by REACh, HACCP and other regulations and market requirements. How can enterprise resource planning (ERP) software meet the quality control and traceability requirements of the chemicals, food and beverage and pharmaceuticals industries? LISTEN TO THE PODCAST NOW!

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

As an industry director for process manufacturing at IFS, I enjoy being in the middle of everything that is happening in this vital market space. And we get to discuss and address all of the changes and trends affecting the process manufacturing industry at the IFS Process Manufacturing Industry Advisory Council meetings, which include some…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Aviation & Defense, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is viewed as one of the key methods allowing maintenance engineers to do more with less at the same time as minimizing risk. RCM provides a greater understanding of the level of risk that an organization is currently managing, as well as supporting the establishment of capital maintenance regimes, thereby increasing cost effectiveness and equipment uptime. Implementing an RCM solution is not necessarily a complex or procedure – particularly if an organization follows seven easy steps…

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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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