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  • Chris Perry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Martin We have recently started a project to change ERP systems, as a business we have outgrown not only our incumbent system but the approach, direction and support of our provider. Rather than go it alone and run the gauntlet without a specification/requirement for providers to really tender against we have engaged the services of John Haslam at the ERP advice centre, he is very well versed in ERP across many different manufacturing disciplines and he is very well connected in the world of ERP. Yes there is a cost involved in this, however we took the view that the approach and expertise...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Hi Wrbridgman What would you say was your greatest challenge so far in this area? Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    21-05-2018, 10:17 AM
    Hi Phil Ball It's fantastic to have you involved on the Network. If you have any questions I'm here to help. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Phil Ball's Avatar
    21-05-2018, 10:14 AM
    Hi, I am the Operations Director Metsawood based in Boston Lincolnshire. The company manufactures and distributes timber construction products into the Retail, Builders Merchants, and housebuilder sectors. My hobbies are in personal development coaching, skills development to support manufacturing, supporting Leeds University Technical College and generally supporting the growth of manufacturing in the UK. Areas of strength and interest are: organisational development, lean, six sigma, education and skills. Please reach out if I can help. Phil
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    21-05-2018, 10:05 AM
    Hi @Ben Carpenter Merritt James Cash on Linkedin shared this article that may be helpful/useful http://natwest.contentlive.co.uk/content/3f085041-7fe8-bbae-a766-83849c1f2c22 Thanks Amy
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  • Robin Cairns's Avatar
    18-05-2018, 04:16 PM
    Industrial Technologies Ltd has been set to innovate, incubate, and develop new technologies in a variety of B2B sectors. The first is an automated means of measuring the core temperature of cooked meats as part of HACCP as they exit steam cookers and ovens which will remove the need for a person to manually carry out this risky procedure typically every 30-60 minutes. We are seeking an Automation builder that has experience in designing and building measuring and control systems within the food production sector. This conveyor-based system will be installed in the high care area of...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    18-05-2018, 03:06 PM
    Hi @Martin Coldbeck Many thanks for posting your challenge. I encourage Members to share their feedback with you on using these systems. We will also highlight your question to Members in our next newsletter due out on 30 May. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    18-05-2018, 01:02 PM
    Hello everyone, I wanted to share an event taking place next week on 23rd/24th May that may be of interest. Details below: Following the announcement that the UK will be approaching OCCAR with a view to re-joining the BOXER programme, Rheinmetall and KMW invite potential suppliers of systems, sub-systems and materials to this Supplier Engagement Event. The format will be introductory presentations about the vehicle and the supplier opportunities, followed by a networking opportunity.
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  • Martin Coldbeck's Avatar
    18-05-2018, 11:57 AM
    We are a business currently using two differing ERP Systems (Fourth Shift and Microsoft AX) and are currently in the early stages of a project to replace with a single modern system. We have had on site presentations of JD Edwards, Microsoft Dynamics and IFS and I'm keen to hear any feedback from users of these systems relating to implementation and use.
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    15-05-2018, 03:51 PM
    Hi Robin Cairns Welcome to the Network. It's fantastic to have someone with your experience join the Network. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Robin Cairns's Avatar
    15-05-2018, 03:29 PM
    Hello All, I'm Robin Cairns, a technology entrepreneur. In my career I have developed several world first’s some with patents filed including, - a battery powered solid state memory module, (what we know now as a memory stick) that’s was used to record data from remote weather stations. - an electronic means of recording temperatures throughout refrigerated road and rail containers of chilled and frozen foods for Christian Salvesen and Marks and Spencer that reduced the rejection rates when arriving into supermarket stores. Now a legal requirement on all trucks. - a collaborative project...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    14-05-2018, 10:42 AM
    Hi Denise Taylor hope the workshop went well. Would you be able to share some highlights with the community? Amy
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    14-05-2018, 08:59 AM
    Hello Everyone, This week (14-18th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, with a focus on stress. Research has shown that two-thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. Within EEF we have a Wellbeing Champion placed in each location to organise activities to educate staff about ways they can have an impact on their own health and wellbeing. I am the Wellbeing Champion in our...
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  • Emily Lawrence's Avatar
    11-05-2018, 03:25 PM
    Recently I was told that the portion of energy bills made up of non-energy costs - often referred to as third party charges - are on the rise. In fact third party charges now equate to more than 50% of a business’s total electricity bill and are predicted to exceed 60% of the bill by 2020! In light of this, I thought I’d share this third-party cost calculator provided by Inprova Energy, an EEF partner. The calculator will help estimate the potential impact of each charge using your annual consumption profile, region, voltage and sector, making it easier to keep a handle on...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    10-05-2018, 02:39 PM
    Hi Ben, Interesting request. @Peter Davies or Luke Parker do you know anyone that may be able to help? In the meantime, I encourage other members to share their experiences. Amy
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  • Ben Meadows's Avatar
    10-05-2018, 01:53 PM
    Hello, We have a member who is looking to purchase a CNC machine but would like advice from people with experience in this area for the best brand / machine to buy. The general criterial is below. Criteria: It can accept up to 1300mm x 1300mm sheet size. Will mainly be used to CNC plastic (Petg, Apet, Acrylic) but would be happy if it could do wood and other materials too. Sheet thickness range from 1mm – 6mm.
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