by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Over the years there have been many paradigms that claim to optimize production and save the world—bottleneck, forward and backward, finite and infinite scheduling models, DDMRP, Kanban—and almost all failed in some way to deliver manufacturing nirvana. One such stratagem was the Theory of Constraints (TOC). But could a fresh approach to TOC, combined with…

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

Predictions vary about when emergent technologies will become a reality. Can taking a look at the past provide insight into what’s next? No matter where you look there are predictions on when technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and driverless cars will become a reality and commonplace in our lives. Many pundits fall back…

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Plastic: from hero to zero?

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing

Are we seeing the end of ‘single-use’ plastics? Process manufacturing companies need to review their business strategies now. What started as an eco-issue has rightly gathered pace and manufacturers need to rethink their product strategy, the way they manufacture and the way they package their products as the pressure on providing alternative solutions has already…

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ERP 2028: The demise of the production planner?

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing

Imagine going forward in time 10 years. How will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will enterprise resource planning (ERP) in 2028 look like? Production planning for most process manufacturing companies has always been one of the most difficult problems for ERP solutions to solve. There has been much effort over…

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ERP 2028 part 2: traceability and digital string?

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Imagine going forward in time 10 years, how will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will enterprise resource planning (ERP) look like in 2028? The list of digital innovations moves on at a pace, with the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented…

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2018 process manufacturing trends

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

E-labeling, smart packaging and global partnerships offer new ways for companies to create more loyal customers and increase profitability. In 2018, these factors will be crucial to succeed in, for example, the food industry where customers’ demands on transparency are increasing. These are the 2018 process manufacturing predictions of Colin Elkins, Global Industry Director for…

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A day in the life of Kenny the production planner

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

Production planning is never easy, but do you have a thought for those in food and beverage where nothing is ever straightforward? This is the story of Kenny, a production planner who I once met, and number one in a three-part series of stories. Kenny the planner – Specialty Peppery Salads (SPS) Thursday PM Kenny…

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