Logistics & Materials Handling

IT in manufacturing: Delivering excellence with hi-tech IT systems

in most cases, the major ERP providers can’t actually offer track and trace at a sufficiently granular level to appeal to logistics service providers, with a number turning to specialist software companies such as Inatech for ‘bolt on’ solutions.
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 by

In the world of logistics, hi-tech IT systems are becoming increasingly important, finds Malcolm Wheatley.

Order a barrel of lubricating oil from lubricant manufacturer Fuchs, or a barrel of beer from drinks supplier Matthew Clark, and there’s a common link between the trucks that will turn up …

Going mobile: SCHAD case study

Posted on 18 Nov 2011 by

Roberto Priolo on the advantages of automation and why lean should embrace technology.

Reducing downtime is a very important part of any attempt of a company to improve its operations. The effects of downtime can be devastating: if a piece of equipment stops for a few minutes it’s bad enough, so it…

Plastic packaging company makes firm UK investment

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Tim Brown

Danish plastics packaging producer Faerch Plast A/S has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the North East of England. A large part of its production for the UK market will be moved to the new Durham-based plant as part of an on-going strategy to secure costs, impro

UKLED makes partial move back from China

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Mike Parker and Colin Griffiths, directors of Wirral-based LED lamp manufacturer UKLED, recently invested in advanced SMT (Surface Mounted Technology) machinery at their Headquarters in Wirral, while keeping labour-intensive work such as soldering in China.

At a time where China is often abl…

Cheesed off – dairy leads food and drink export boom

Scotch barrels

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew to £5.8bn in the first half of 2011 – a rise of over 13% on the same period in 2010, Food and Drink Federation figures show. 

Food and drink exports to the EU increased by 12.6% to £4.4bn with most markets showing growth, according to the FDF’s researc…

AgustaWestland cuts 375 jobs in its UK operations

Although many of the job losses are to be in management and corporate functions, fears over the future of many defence contractors are growing, as the UK’s defence budget shrinks in the face of hard economic times.

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy praised the workers at AgustaWestland&#…