Essential features for Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)

We review the must-have features of an advanced planning and scheduling solution for manufacturing environments…
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Five must-have features for your next shop floor data collection system

Investing in any new system for your business can have far-reaching consequences. Apart from the direct costs involved, you will be cons…
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Revenue per full-time employee – why it’s a waste of your time…

The chances are that the way you measure the productivity of your workforce is to calculate revenue or profit per full-time equivalent, o…
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Performance improvements

Seven shop floor ‘hacks’ for better performance

If you’re responsible for the smooth running of the factory floor, you will face a multitude of tasks. Planning work schedules, settin…
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Establishing KPI data for small batch manufacturing

If it suits your business, producing goods in small batches offers some significant benefits, helping to support your manufacturing KP…
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Reduce manufacturing costs with no access to capital

Are you one of the 67% of UK manufacturers who needs to invest in new IT but don’t have the capital? Data published in The Manufacture…
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Manufacturing boom or bust: Why KPIs can fail to deliver

After 10 years in the doldrums, UK manufacturing output has bounced back. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), manufa…
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Transparency: the key to KPI success in manufacturing

Key performance indicators, or KPIs, are useful when managing any business. However, when it comes to the factory floor, having a set of q…
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Advanced planning and scheduling capability primes Mestec solution for Industry 4.0

The latest addition to Mestec’s plant optimisation suite joins up several critical business processes to support factories aiming f…
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cloud-based MES

Four ways that cloud computing boosts labour productivity

There is little doubt that digital technologies now play a central role in modern manufacturing. A recent study from management consult…
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