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We’ve all been there, at the end of the day starving hungry, rushing into a supermarket (remember the good old days!) and picking up something to eat.  Consumers may give a cursory glance at the best before date on the package, just to check that the item is safe to eat.  They give no thought, and why should they, as to how much research and development has gone into the ink di ...

2020 will go down in history as a challenging time for food producers. It is vital that food supplies to supermarkets and shops are uninterrupted and rigorous hygiene maintained – but we should not forget the importance of the printed information that is provided to the consumer when it is on the shelf. There are heavy fines for batch and date codes that do not meet the require ...

The change in consumer demand as a result of the lockdown conditions imposed by governments around the world has created new problems for producers. Some industries have seen a sharp decline in demand, for example automotive, but others have seen huge increases in demand in the scale typically seen in the run up to major holidays such as Christmas. Factories in the #food, #beverage and #personal care markets are very used to managing seasonal variations in demand for their products, but this takes planning.  The unexpected and sudden change has created problems throughout the supply chain from primary producer through to retailer.

Visible, real-time data helps to improve operations.  The benefits of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is that you’re able to track live data and use it to compare and project forward.

Production and engineering managers are up against a myriad of tasks and need to have the right tools to make effective decisions.  It is imperative that manufacturers take measures to reduce production problems (and the inherent costs that brings).  By implementing the best equipment and data management possible, they will be allowed the space to focus on important innovation and improving output, making a real difference to the bottom line.

We love the word uptime especially when it’s in the positive, but how do we keep it that way and avoid the dreaded downtime? We’ve covered downtime in our previous blog (click here to see) and no company can afford to constantly have to stop their line to deal with annoyances such as poor coding quality due to a blocked printhead. Uptime is of paramount importance, and the sel ...

We all appreciate the need to squeeze every last ounce of worth out of existing equipment, but when faced with the challenge of reducing operating expenses, it may be helpful (if counter-intuitive) to look at buying new equipment. 

 

The latest developments in technology could have surprisingly far-reaching benefits and achieve the savings you’re looking for.  For example, there is the obvious energy savings of using newer technology, then add the accompanying reduction in downtime, and it’s a double whammy!

This is the second in our series looking at reducing operating expenses and here we will be examining what is ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ (TCO), why it is so often overlooked and undercalculated and what you should consider in your TCO calculations.

Let’s face facts, humans are the most likely component to add an error into a system.  They can become complacent, bored and switch off, even momentarily, leading to errors.  And when it’s a repetitive task they are being asked to perform, the chances of something going wrong is much higher.

The pressure is on manufacturers to meet greater demands, deliver on time, within budget and work to regulations – all while keeping costs as low as possible.  In the manufacturing context, a good service regime should be in place to avoid costly downtimes and keep the lines running optimally. 

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