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The Ultimate Guide to MES Systems in 2021

Connected Manufacturing & Production Test Systems

A MES System helps guide production operators step by step, through all the tasks required to transform raw materials into finished goods. It does this using digital work instructions, production routings and by connecting to production machinery to build a traceable record of the manufacture of products within a factory.

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How Data Helps Sustainability & Reducing CO2 in Manufacturing

Reimagining local Manufacturing through sound - Andrew Bishop

How do you successfully bring manufacturing back to the UK when the sole source of sound equipment has been produced abroad for decades? How do you survive a lockdown when speakers are…

How Data Helps Sustainability & Reducing CO2 in Manufacturing

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I spoke to Manoli Yannaghas, who is the CEO and co-founder of VoltVision, to find out more about what sustainability in manufacturing means, and how we can use data to reduce our corporate carbon…

Leadership Strategies To Get The Best From Your Manufacturing Team

Leadership stratagies to get the best from your manufacturing team

What would you give to be able to effortlessly gain the wisdom that others have spent decades earning? What would the guidance of an industry leader mean to you as a professional…

How To Change Your Business Culture

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Many components of business culture have changed over the past few decades. It is a lot more informal, and there is a substantial focus on including various departments in business developments…

Sustaining Good Manufacturing Practices

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When it comes to sustainable manufacturing practices, the keyword is “sustainability”. You need some level of consistency. In other words, you need to formulate a strategy, explain it to the team, test the plan…

Safety Practices in the Workplace

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Safety in the workplace is perhaps one of the most important parts of running a business – especially if it calls for staff to work on dangerous manufacturing equipment. Though workers are adults and should be…

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Visual Work Instructions for Manufacturing Processes

Visual work instructions

Visual work instructions for a manufacturing process. What are they and why are they useful? Firstly, having things explained in a clear visual way, can speed up the training process, reduce errors and help to standardise processes across…

Tools for the Manufacturing Daily Stand Up Meeting

Manufacturing Daily Stand Up Meeting

Having regular and effective daily management is one of the key things to make sure that you hit your manufacturing goals and achieve your production target –  weekly, monthly and quarterly. Within daily management, one of the first things…

Creating Digital Manufacturing Travellers

Digital Manufacturing Travellers in Factory

Digital manufacturing travellers in a manufacturing process are required for traceability purposes. It’s where you record every stage and every operation in the manufacturing process that’s been completed…

How to Reduce Machine Downtime

Machine Downtime in factory

Machine downtime can have a big influence on everything in your manufacturing process. In fact, not only does it affect the manufacturing process, but it can take a toll on your business operations as a whole. We have outlined five key steps you can take…

Get Started with a Manufacturing Execution System

Get started with a manufacturing execution system

How would you get started with implementing a Manufacturing Execution System? There’s quite a lot already happening in manufacturing, and the process itself is complicated enough as it is. But what really affects the bottom line is…

How To Do Manufacturing Capacity Planning

Manufacturing Capacity Planning on production line

Every successful business has its own methods of achieving. More likely than not, if you have a successful business, you probably have high demand and make excellent profit from it. However, you can have as many clients lined up as you wish, but are you…

Reducing Variation in your Manufacturing Process

Reducing Variation in Manufacturing Processes

Control is an imperative part of any manufacturing process, and reducing variation is a big step in ensuring control. Why? Because variation is a clear indicator that your manufacturing process is out of control…

Improving Production Visibility

What does it mean to have good visibility of your production processes? Well, simply put, you need to know exactly what’s going on in your production process in order to make the right decisions when it comes down to the crunch. When companies don’t have…

How to Improve Visual Product Inspection

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Visual product inspection is critical, but we’re all only human – and humans are prone to error. While your factory likely has plenty of verification testing and automated inspections in place, it’s not uncommon for problems to continue slipping through…

Ways You Can Improve Your Machine Productivity

Machine Productivity in Manufacturing Processes

There’s little worse than having a slow production process. You can easily talk to unproductive employees, but slow machines are a different story altogether. Do you know what you call a process that has one thing slowing it down? A bottleneck…

How to Detect and Prevent Manufacturing Mistakes

Car manufacturer Toyota had to recall 1.7 million vehicles due to airbag faults that Takata supplied. This not only posed huge safety risks for drivers but could directly affect Toyota’s reputation. Because of Takata’s manufacturing mistake…

The Low-Down on Manufacturing Travellers

Manufacturing travellers are product document packs where every single manufacturing process is recorded for tracking and component purposes. These travellers have always worked well in terms of tracking and quality assurance but…