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Manufacturing ‘suffers from poor inventory management’

The performance of factory storerooms and inventory control is too often overlooked, impacting the efficiency and productivity of British manufacturing, according to a report from ERIKS.

The report – ‘Factory stores: manufacturing’s necessary evil: Balancing productivity, inventory and management responsibility in UK factory storerooms’ – analyses the ...
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Taking care of your assets

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FLIR Systems launches low-cost IR thermometer

FLIR Systems, has launched what it describes as a powerful, affordable, compact imaging IR thermometer that lets you see invisible heat patterns, measure temperatures accurately, and conveniently store images and measurement data for reporting.

Atlas Copco’s VSD compressors celebrate two decades

As Atlas Copco Compressors is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its air compressor variable speed drive (VSD) technology, it calculates that UK industry has saved around 240 million kWh of electricity by using Atlas Copco VSD compressors.