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Don’t Allow Your Bottlenecks to Damage Your High Delivery Performance!

This article is the third in our four-part series detailing how to deliver on-time, every time. Click here to read a holistic article which will walk you through the 4 steps you need to take – in the best sequence – to achieve high OTIF (on-time, in full). For the first step in more detail,

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Automation is the Future for UK Manufacturing: Here are 5 Considerations Before You Invest…

UK manufacturers seem set on accelerating the installation of automation and robotics in their production plants. As well as looking for efficiency gains, this seems to be a natural consequence of the labour shortages brought about by Brexit and various lockdowns over the last couple of years. This is driven by a strong desire to

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Are You Looking to Deliver Faster? Set the Right Priorities!

This article is the second in our four-part series detailing how to deliver on-time, every time. Click here to read a holistic article which will walk you through the 4 steps to take – in the best sequence – to achieve high OTIF (on-time in full). Click here to read the first step: ‘Release Dates

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Capitalise on Your Competitors’ Challenges…

A news story which keeps resurfacing in the UK (and worldwide) is the continued shortage of the microchips and semiconductors required to manufacture new cars.  A modern, electric car can use thousands of microchips – they’re used within the engine management, the entertainment system, the emergency braking system… the list goes on. It won’t be

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Release Dates Are the Key to Reducing Lead-Times.

This article is the first in our four-part series detailing how to deliver on-time every time. Click here to read a holistic article which will walk you through the 4 steps to take – in the best sequence – to achieve high OTIF (on-time in full). The following instalments to this series will be uploaded

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Production: Big Vs. Small Batches

Manufacturing organisations have always faced the same dilemma over what is the appropriate batch quantity to manufacture – whether that is a Minimum Batch Quantity (MBQ) or an Economic Batch Quantity (EBQ) or quantities that match customer orders exactly. These terminologies can be heard in planning meetings around the world… This tells us there is

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High OTIF, DDP, DIFOT… Whatever Your Measure Is, Here’s How to Deliver On-Time.

It doesn’t matter how good the quality of your product is, customers will not buy from you if you cannot deliver their orders. Very few – if any – businesses can deliver to their customers significantly late and maintain a good relationship. Reliability often translates to customer loyalty. What’s more, whilst companies are fighting fires

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What Gift Can You Give Your Customers This Christmas?

What is the best gift you can give your customers (and yourself…) this Christmas? You might be surprised at our answer – it’s the opportunity to have a moan. Chances are, as you read this, your business does not have a monopoly in your industry sector. You don’t have 80%+ market share, and you’d love

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Agile Principles in Waterfall Projects (Part Two)

To read the first part of this two-part series, click here. We discussed how many waterfall projects fail to be delivered as promised due to the planning process taking too long. Either the project deliverables are missed, or they are completed in the wrong order. In addition, there is also often no system for making

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Synchronise Your Supply Chain, Get Ahead in Sales.

Synchronised supply chains can give Britain a head start in sales as the world economy recovers following the pandemic. UK manufacturers and their customers have always focused on cutting costs which has led to strained relationships within supply chains. This has been detrimental to Britain’s ability to compete on the world stage. The UK has

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