by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Process Manufacturing

Heaven Hill Distilleries explains how they’ve achieved their goals and how they became more agile. Recently, I was in conversation with Christian Hestermann, Research Director at Gartner. Christian talked about what is different with IFS compared to our competitors and how IFS is a very open company with a strong product and good customer references. I…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

Recent incidents like the horse meat scandal or McDonald’s in China offering expired meat are just the tip of an iceberg of events in the process manufacturing industry that not only jeopardize consumer health but also cause serious long term damage to the company’s brand, investors and other stakeholders. Many of these incidents could have…

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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   |    |   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   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Energy and Utilities, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Service Management

In the asset-intensive industry, usability is becoming a subject of increasing priority. If we look back at the early days of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) in the 1980s, we typically get an image of a few users on a system with green screens. Those few users were not only the experts with such a system,…

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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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