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Blowing the roof off your factory

UK-based medical parts manufacturer Sims Portex has created an on-line storefront for its distributors, fully integrated with its own back-office enterprise system. Dean Palmer reports.

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e-CRM: knowing who your profitable customers are

The manufacturing world is changing rapidly. Customers demand more and expect to get it. Dean Palmer finds out how CRM software and the Internet can help here – and if it’s really working for UK manufacturers.

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Picking your way to e-success

Pace-setting companies, we’re told, are developing ‘e-manufacturing’ systems to complement their existing e-commerce – and putting themselves in the vanguard of those able to respond fast to changing demand and ...

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Process and IT to come together?

Last month saw the launch of a significant new offer from the celebrated Goldratt Institute, with heavyweights SAP, IBM, Mapics, Gartner and others that could at last get IT in manufacturing seriously profitable. Brian ...

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Why 'collaborator' is still a dirty word

Although the mighty in the CAD/CAM/PDM community are offering ever more powerful collaborative engineering development and management tools, industry in general is proving slow in taking them up. John Dwyer reports on ...

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Get the most from your assets: be proactive

Automating the shopfloor and gathering real-time data from your plant equipment is a good place to start for most manufacturers. But for those that are already doing this, the real business gains come from integrating ...


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