Features

An appetite for automation

High-tech engineering is not something you would normally associate with a can of baked beans or a bottle of tomato ketchup. Yet at HJ Heinz’s national distribution centre (NDC) near Wigan, sophisticated automation is used to move these and other products smoothly around the building

Green? Be seen…

With climate change climbing the corporate agenda, how important is it for manufacturers to bear the crest of their carbon reduction efforts? While real benefits lie beyond the branding, do companies know exactly what these are and is there a self-promotional motive for displaying a green badge? Becky Done finds out

Green? Be Seen…

With climate change climbing the corporate agenda, how important is it for manufacturers to bear the crest of their carbon reduction efforts? While real benefits lie beyond the branding, do companies know exactly what these are and is there a self-promotional motive for displaying a green badge? Becky Done finds out

Optimising supply chain performance

Choosing and applying the most appropriate software to optimise supply chain management performance is a big issue for manufacturers — the software is powerful, complex and costly. Globalisation has put this issue higher up the agenda. The Manufacturer asks Andrew Kinder of software developer Infor how software can improve global supply chain management efficiencies

Total protection

Adequate protection of IT on the plant floor can often be overlooked by a company’s IT security arrangements. The truth is that the dangers of fraud, electronic espionage and vandalism are just as applicable to machinery operated by shopfloor computers with internet access. TM spoke to David Robinson, general manager at Norman Data Defense Systems

The Rough Guide to Manufacturing

Redundancy is high on the agenda for many manufacturing companies. Mark Young explores the legalities firms need to consider when making redundancies and some effective instruments which can soften the blow to both employee and employer

Lean revolution

GKN Wheels, the offshore wheel making division of GKN Group, has implemented several lean practices to streamline its operations including an electronic data interchange system and visual management systems. These have enabled faster order fulfilment, among other benefits. TM talks to company spokesman Colin Hales

Rethinking the rule book

Bob Doak of W. L. Gore & Associates (UK) discusses how a high degree of creativity and innovation through flat hierarchies and unorthodox leadership concepts is what makes Gore so successful