Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

Exemplars of co-creation

Co-creation is the concept that consumers are directly involved in the devising, and sometime delivery, of new products and services.  This is something that Vision Critical are interested in.  This is because this operation “provides a cloud-based customer intelligence platform that allows … Continue reading

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Shared services at BAESystems

BAESystems is the UK’s largest defence and security company, employing 39,000 people.  It has four main operational divisions – maritime, regional aircraft, military air & information, and applied intelligence (cyber operations).  To support these, the company has a fifth division … Continue reading

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Logistics in 2017

Always take with a pinch of salt anyone who forecasts trends for the forthcoming year.  Nonetheless it is sometimes worth looking at such forecasts, because they can tell you what is happening right now…  Here’s one CEO’s view of how … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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The cobots are coming! Actually they have arrived already

In case you did not know a cobot is a collaborative robot (a word not yet recognised by a spellchecker).  Universal Robots was the first company to develop such a machine nearly ten years ago.  Their website tells you all … Continue reading

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Supply chain analytics

The so-called fourth industrial revolution is based on the transformative effect that digitisation is having on how businesses operate.  Smart technologies and digital communication means that a large amount of data can be generated about the performance of nearly every … Continue reading

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Learn to speak robotics

For all new technologies there is a jargon specific to that context.  This may make it difficult to understand how the technology works, what it does, and whether it is performing as expected.  So this link takes you to a glossary of … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: IMI Precision Engineering

This article on the manufacturer.com website provides insight into IMI Precision Engineering and how it has developed and implemented its lean manufacturing strategy.  One of the interesting things about this company is that it manufactures both high volume/low value components, … Continue reading

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When does a defective product become more valuable than the standard product?

There are some products that are more valuable when they do not conform to the standard expected.  This applies to postage stamps, and also units of currency.  I was reminded of this when this story  broke in the news.  It … Continue reading

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No one offshores their operations any more, do they?

We define offshoring as moving operations from a high cost economy, often the ‘home’ country of the firm, to a low cost economy (page 444).  And this whole issue has had a much higher profile with the election of Donald … Continue reading

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