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Kickstart for Manufacturers

Young people were particularly badly struck by the pandemic, with 289,000 under-25s being removed from employer payrolls between mid-May 2020 and mid-May 2021. In response, the UK Government stepped in with their Kickstart Scheme, a time-limited scheme which would provide funding for the creation of around 250,000 roles for 16-24 year olds that are on …

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Artificial Intelligence – 3 Dos and 3 Don’ts for Manufacturers

The National AI Strategy Last month, the Government published their National AI Strategy, laying out their 10-year vision of Artificial Intelligence in the UK. Curiously, two key statements caught my eye: 1)     The UK is already a global Artificial Intelligence superpower, with access to talent, a culture of innovation and a progressive regulatory/business environment. 2)     …

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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 Increase Machine Monitoring ROI

Now, more than ever, UK manufacturers need to compete with global rivals who often have significantly lower labour and energy costs. Fortunately, the recent rapid uptake of machine monitoring technology by British manufacturers is helping level the playing-field by enabling them to reduce downtime, increase efficiency and utilisation. That said,  a number of SME’s have …

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Strategic Positioning for Machining Businesses

Are you trading time for money?  We ask a lot of machining businesses what they do, and they often tell us that they trade machining time for money. Whilst this is true, I believe they are selling themselves short with this description and missing a key strategic opportunity.  What they provide to their customers is …

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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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