Features

The PROS and cons of big data for manufacturers

Big data by Marius B
Posted on 9 Aug 2012 by

Big data is an area that seems almost recession-proof. It has seen incredible growth as companies feeling the pinch turn to big data companies to give them the competitive edge.

But what exactly is big data? And how can the average manufacturer use such vast swathes of complex data to its advantage? TM’s Kimberley Barber caught up with Tim Girgenti, Chief Marketing Officer at PROS to find out.

3D printing brings magic to the lives of disabled children

3D printing
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by

Lifting our arms is so much part of human second nature that many of us could not imagine what the world would be like if we couldn’t perform that most basic of tasks. But for one little girl in America that nightmare was a daily reality until 3D printing transformed her life for the better.

The enemy within

While many of the headline-grabbing fraud stories come from the financial services sector, fraud in the manufacturing sector is more common than many would think. Andrew Durant, senior managing director at FTI Consulting uncovers the sector’s underhand dealings.

Rationalising your supply chain

Efficiency and safety in the warehouse is critical.

End to end supply chain management is a dream for many and the recession has seen significant consolidation in manufacturing supply chains as companies seek efficiency. But how to you ensure that supply chain partners are maintaining a competitive offering and, crucially, how do you ditch those who don’t without disrupting a leaned out operation? Brian Templar, chairman at logistics consultancy Davies & Robson discusses.

Small batch supply

Confidence in the ability of third party logistics partners to provide flexible solutions is at a high says Tony Suggitt, joint managing director of Redhead International.