Production

Coronavirus: Protect your Supply Chain from Large-Scale Disruption

It’s been dominating the news – the Coronavirus. The disease that is becoming a global pandemic. Has it affected your business? If you work with suppliers from the Far East, that answer will be a resounding yes. In efforts to contain the disease China has enforced mass travel restrictions; people have been banned from leaving

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COVID-19: Dealing with Increased Demand – Quick!

These are uncertain times. Many businesses are suffering as a result of drastic, although necessary, Government measures which have seen the UK largely come to a standstill across most sectors. If your business is fortunate enough to be in demand, that can come with its own challenges – especially with the added pressure of a health crisis! People need your products/services quickly, and in

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Bottlenecks in Breweries: Don’t Run Dry!

Let’s talk about beer; or rather, let’s talk about making beer. Bottlenecks (no pun intended…) manifest in all businesses, and breweries are no exception. Most organisations have a difficult time identifying their bottleneck but if you work in a brewery, you should find it relatively easy. The brewing process is fairly simple: the collection of

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International Women’s Day 2020: Women in Manufacturing

Women, and girls, represent half of the world’s population and by extension, half of it’s potential. It has been proven that empowering women stimulates productivity and economic growth. And yet, it remains that in the manufacturing industry, women continue to constitute a clear minority. Women make up under 25% of the manufacturing industry’s labour force,

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Production Problems: Look for the Issue in Pre-Production

You have overdue orders. The shop floor is a mess. Overtime costs are too high. People are constantly screaming for urgent responses. You have production problems – right? Not always! The root of these problems might lie elsewhere, and you need to be able to identify the heart of the problem before you can take

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Improving Non-Bottlenecks: A Waste of Time and Money?

Direct your improvement initiatives toward the right areas If you’re looking to improve your business the first area that requires your attention is obviously the worst performing one. Except, it’s absolutely not; it should be your best performing. The machine or the department that is constantly busy and turning out a reasonably high output must

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