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John Yates

Finding the sweet spot for CNC machining data

There is no great art to masking shopfloor inefficiencies and poor productivity when order books are bulging: but, as anyone who machines precision engineering components for the oil and gas industry will know, the last decade has been a roller coaster ride of breath taking highs and lows. It is when the downturn in the …

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How to Optimise a Small-Batch Shop Floor

Here at FourJaw, we speak to manufacturers running small-batch production on a daily basis.   In these production environments, a batch of 10 components is considered high volume, and one-off jobs make up a significant quantity of the work.   The types of industries these small-batch manufacturers serve varies hugely, but the same question keeps popping up…  “How can we implement continuous improvement when we …

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10 Hurdles for Industry 4.0 Uptake

UK manufacturers are still playing catch up on the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and processes. Yet the levels of investment required are not as big as cost-conscious managers think. The prize, however, could be a massive £325 billion additional revenue for SMEs and £145 billion extra economic output as a result of improved productivity, supporting 2.7million …

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Three key trends for manufacturing in the age of COVID-19

We have all seen changes in our lives catalysed by the pandemic, from the rise of remote working to the accelerated decline of the high street. In this article, we want to discuss the big changes happening in the world of manufacturing and the opportunities they present for your business. Proximity Manufacturing  From the Amazon …

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Five key trends for manufacturing in the age of Industry 4.0

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of many Industry 4.0 technologies. Here we highlight five key trends as the UK seeks to build back better with an emphasis on zero carbon and economic resilience. On-shoring and ‘proximity’ manufacturing  This trend was also visible before Covid, with a growing emphasis on green credentials in the market …

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Free Pass to Industry 4.0

The cost of entry into productivity boosting Industry 4.0 technology has been slashed to under £200 following the launch of a secure cloud-based smart app by tech start-up FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics. The launch of the app – and easy to install MachineLink sensors – enable precision engineering firms that supply the aerospace, defence, medical and …

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The Pandemic Pivot to Data

Much food for thought for manufacturers in a new McKinsey report into the impact of the pandemic on their operations. A survey of 400 firms across the world revealed that 94% said Industry 4.0 technologies had helped keep their shopfloors running during the crisis, while 56% said these technologies are critical to their ability to weather the crisis. While …

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