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Features

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

Forking out on fuel

There are three main power sources for forklift trucks – diesel, gas and electric – as well as emerging fuel types, experts say. But does one trump the rest? Adam Offord investigates

Changing times

It’s time to think seriously about joining the Fourth Industrial Revolution before UK manufacturers get left behind by more progressive nations, warns Chris Beck

Keeping guard

When it comes to machine safety, failure to adhere to regulations can be an expensive business, but compliance need not be such an onerous task, as Mark Venables explains

Taking stock

Investing in warehouse automation should depend on your application and volumes, says sector experts. But is this really the case? Adam Offord reports on a growing trend in today’s materials handling industry

Under pressure

Chris Beck learns how, when it comes to compressed air savings, even a small change can make a big difference

All aboard!

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems' Strip & Clean Optimisation Team used 5S, visual management and relentless teamwork to transform a bottleneck into a £2m revenue boon. Chris Beck meets the Manufacturing Champions award-winners.

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