Bespoke machinery: Weighing up the pros and cons

Manufacturers are often stuck in a limbo between standard automated machinery that is seemingly easy to install and maintain, and machinery that is tailor-made but that risks causing hassle down the line through time-consuming repairs and soaring costs. It is widely acknowledged that off-the-shelf machinery has allowed the manufacturing sector to make significant strides over…

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Boost Manufacturing Productivity with Real-Time Software

Boost Manufacturing Productivity with Real-Time Software

Manual spreadsheets and systems are commonly used by many organisations within the manufacturing sector in order to collect and analyse data. The recording of this data is used to determine the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which is the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity. The ability to manage and improve the overall performance of a…

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Changing consumer behaviour: Is your food production facility ready?

The overall picture of food consumption is one that is ever changing. Agricultural advances and an increase in food availability have led to a change in dietary patterns and nutritional transition. What we eat, how we eat, where we eat, and when we eat has changed beyond recognition from what would have been known by…

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Food Waste Reduction Roadmap 2030: How food producers can play their part

It is estimated that approximately one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to more than 1.2 billion tonnes per year. 10 million tonnes of this food and drink waste, which arises post-farmgate, comes from the UK. Worth over £20 billion each year, it has been suggested that 60%…

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How efficient is your processing system? 5 KPIs to measure and monitor

When producing anything in a factory or similar setting, it is essential that the processing systems in place are of the utmost efficiency. Failing to do so will result in an inferior product and could considerably – and unnecessarily – increase overheads which ultimately could affect the viability of the product or even the manufacturer.…

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