Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

Operations Insight: selling ice cream in the winter

I’ve not blogged about seasonality recently and given the weather we are forecast I thought I should.  Ice cream seems to be the obvious product to talk about at this time of year.  So where better place to look than … Continue reading

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The IoT provides a data fest, but what to do with it all?

Apparently an oil rig has 30,000 sensors on it, but only 1% of these generate data that is analysed.  This is because most sensors are reporting, as frequently as every second, that the device or machinery being monitored is performing … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Hurel – suppliers to the haute couture industry

I’m always looking to bring you something you may not have seen before, and trying to cover the broadest range of topics and industry sectors. So here is a fascinating 3 minute ‘factory tour’ video, showing the craft skills of … Continue reading

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Disrupting an entire industry – from the heart

This 35 minute video shows Jay Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors talking about his operations.  In it he discusses how his company is reinventing the automative industry.   At the heart of this are co-creation, micro-manufacturing and the … Continue reading

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Subaru’s 30 year secret gaff

Earlier today in Tokyo, Subaru’s President and and CEO apologised for failing to ensure that final inspections of its motor vehicles were carried out by properly certified employees.  This had been going on for 30 years!  It appears that “the … Continue reading

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The £850,000 seventeen minute delay

Earlier in the week, the House of Commons Business Select Committee invited representatives from the UK’s automotive manufacturers to explain to them the impact of Brexit on this sector.  Honda UK’s representative gave a fascinating insight into his operation’s just-in-time … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Quality control of precision engineering products

This Zeiss promo video gives great insight into how a company manufacturing engines for high performance race cars uses technology to monitor the quality of its components.

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Life at Lego

This three minute video gives insight into Lego’s organisational culture.

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Operations Insight: Sunseeker

This video provides insight into how upscale leisure boats are manufactured.  The last time we blogged about Sunseeker was in September 2012.  Over these last five years, the company has faced some difficulties, due largely to the global financial crisis, … Continue reading

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Made Smarter Review – is the UK ready for 4i0?

The government has just published the Made Smarter Review.  This 231 page industry-led report explores “how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits from increasing adoption of digital technology (IDT)”.  The adoption of industrial digital technology, over the next 10 years, “could … Continue reading

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