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Features

Rise, Kings of the North

Scottish manufacturing has the potential to lead the world again, a Works Management roundtable heard – it just needs to believe in itself. Chris Beck reports.

The results are in...

Firms value their forklift trucks and know what they want from them, WM's market report reveals. But, could they be doing more to get the most out of their equipment? Adam Offord reports

A fruitful partnership

Heineken’s cider mill has incorporated a Brammer Insite™ service into its plant, which has optimised its procurement and stores management process. Adam Offord toured the facility to see first hand how this ‘pear’ work and what makes it so ‘grape’.

Future maintenance: transitioning from digitalisation to Industry 4.0

What is involved in delivering the factory of the future? Will there still be a role for the plant and maintenance engineer once factory components are intelligent enough to intercommunicate? Mark Venables explores the practical challenges of implementing Industry 4.0 and visits an automated factory where people are central to success.

CI Dilemma: ‘Help me with hoshin kanri’

Strategy deployment goes up in smoke the moment the heat’s turned up on production

Rise of the machines - the future of robotics

By Neil Gallant, managing director of Neutronic Technologies

The thin blue line

Thousands of police, fire and ambulance vehicles are kitted out at Vauxhall's Luton plant. Adam Offord walks the beat with Dick Ellam to see the production challenges and asks if UK manufacturers should be on high alert to this market.

Watering down energy costs

The manufacturing industry is one of the biggest users of energy in the country. Chris Beck investigates how manufacturers can maximise technology to minimise their energy costs

Opinion

Low productivity? Take a look in the mirror

Greig Walker, director, Unleash & Engage

CI Dilemma: Not meeting with expectations

A lean-style morning debrief distorts into an excuse to down tools in this month’s dilemma

CI Dilemma: The post-consultant crash

It doesn’t take long for anarchy to ensue after a CI guru leaves his disciples to it…

Game time for engagement

Robert Dagge, managing director of Dynistics

The 5S fanatic who’s gone too far

Bill will do anything to keep his work area spic and span, even ignoring stricken colleagues
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Battling the workplace winter blues

Neil Pickering, marketing & industry insights manager at Kronos

Why productivity matters

Dr Pietro Micheli, associate professor of organisational performance at University of Warwick Business School

Let the games begin...

An intra-factory competition ends up causing severe rifts between the teams

Interviews

Employment Law SOS

Tracey Marsden of Nabarro LLP looks at redundancy pay and malicious staff rumours.

Employment law

David Beswick, employment law partner at Eversheds, explores a rogue whistleblower and bullying amongst trainee staff

Meet the Champions - Gary Ashby

Process technician, Gary Ashby transformed an unfancied factory area into the pride of the site. Here is the tale of a true unsung hero

Meet the MMS Sponsors - Brammer

Visit Brammer on stand C19 and see how Insite?? can boost your bottom line says Richard Raybould

Employment Law SOS

David Beswick of Eversheds on return to work request for injured employees and redundancy

Meet the MMS sponsor - Medatech UK

Phil Nicholls, MD at Medatech on why it's important we champion UK manufacturing excellence through events like MMS and his admiration for Reginald Joseph Mitchell, the engineer who helped create the Spitfire.

Meet the MMS exhibitors: 123 Insight

In November Works Management is launching the Manufacturing Management Show (MMS), the only UK event to bring everything you need to know about running a successful manufacturing site under one roof.

Meet the champions: Will Haynes of De La Rue

Meet the winners of our 2015 Manufacturing Champions Awards who embody the innovation and flair for adding value that sets UK manufacturing apart. First up Will Haynes of De La Rue