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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. 

We are living in a connected world.  From the phone in our hands, it is possible to control smart household appliances remotely, and many of us sport the latest wearable devices that monitor our every move, and delights on reporting back to us how active (or not) we have been.

This is all possible because of the Internet of Things.  Take this one step further to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and below we can see how this technology is enabling companies to provide superior service to manufacturers.

Do you already comply with the new EU regulations that come into force on 14 December 2019?
All wholesale growers of pot, bedding and container plants will be subject to the new requirement, including the trade companies that handle these products within the EU.

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