Critical Issues Manufacturing/Supply Chain

Critical issues are thought provoking articles relating to strategy, legislation, technology, best practice and some of the most challenging business topics in the world of manufacturing and supply chain information technology. The articles in this section have been contributed by leading vendors, industry leaders, research analysts, trade associations and consultancies. 

This collection of articles cover a variety of topics relating to the manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, transportation and distribution marketplace across Europe. They look at market trends, improvements in technology and some thought provoking comment on all aspects of optimising and improving efficiencies throughout the supply chain from raw material to finished product.

Other important topics covered in this section concern Health and Safety in Logistics with articles from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).Taxation, government policy, climate change, recruitment and training schemes are all covered, as well as educational opportunities at various UK logistics educational facilities such at Cranfield University

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Money worries cost the manufacturing industry £85 million each year

Money worries cost the manufacturing industry £85 million each year

A combination of workers taking days off or being distracted due to financial stress is costing the manufacturing sector £85m in lost output every year.

Senseye’s top five manufacturing predictions for 2019

Senseye’s top five manufacturing predictions for 2019

By Dr Simon Kampa, CEO and co-founder of Senseye.

2019 marks an inflection point in the maturity of Industry 4.0 and the application of real-world predictive maintenance as companies move from pilots to real deployments – with significant ROI.

SATO - Embracing the IoT era in retail

SATO - Embracing the IoT era in retail

Retail is rapidly changing, with a huge increase in the use of technology across every element of the process, from concept to consumer. In particular, the increased prevalence of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) in the retail sector means businesses must adapt and invest in technologies to support this new era of network-controlled device management and automation.

Wired or wireless?

Wired or wireless?

According to Statista, there will be 30 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices active by 2024. To tap into this trend, plant managers can choose between two main methods of connecting new devices to the IoT — wired or wireless. Maria Torrisi, business development manager of industrial automation specialist JMartans Automation, suggests three questions to ask before choosing between wired and wireless technology.

Mindful consumers: Are we reaching an ethical tipping point?

Mindful consumers: Are we reaching an ethical tipping point?

The UK is a nation addicted to fashion, buying five times more clothes today than in the 1980s. But 400,000 tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year – and there is growing awareness that the way these clothes are produced and discarded is having a massive impact on the environment, from water consumption during production to marine contamination from microfibres.

3D printing is now driving the sustainability agenda

3D printing is now driving the sustainability agenda

Critics of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have long cited the technology’s reliance on plastic filament as the primary print material, and it would seem that - with the global focus on reducing plastic wastage – they have a point.

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a BluJay Solutions white paper

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a  BluJay Solutions white paper

In a world where supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in nature, managing with spread-sheets and phone conversations with carriers are no longer viable options.

Download this white paper to see how a software as a service (SaaS), multi-tenant transportation management system puts power and efficiency into the hands of any company that wants to cut freight costs, improve visibility, and optimise activity in today’s competitive business environment.

What Brexit? UK tech sector still attracting high-skilled migrants despite Brexit uncertainty

What Brexit? UK tech sector still attracting high-skilled migrants despite Brexit uncertainty

Brexit uncertainty has so far barely dented the UK’s ability to attract high-skilled tech professionals from abroad, according to new analysis by job site Indeed.

Failure to prioritise resource efficiency is costing UK manufacturers billions

Failure to prioritise resource efficiency is costing UK manufacturers billions

Manufacture 2030’s Founder Martin Chilcott, has called on manufacturers to pay closer attention to resource efficiency, highlighting that manufacturers are failing to tap into the potential to boost their competitiveness and non-labour resource efficiency.

Making the business case for digitally transforming labelling

Making the business case for digitally transforming labelling

By Ken Moir, VP marketing, NiceLabel.

With the latest wave of digitisation, there are very few areas of our lives and businesses that haven’t been digitally transformed. We see evidence of digitisation in the prototype smart cities, in our automobiles, and even in our homes.

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