End-to-end delivery across the Web

There’s more to getting into e-business than designing a sophisticated Web site. Frank Booty finds that for manufacturers its all about ‘e-fulfilment’ and ‘e-synchronisation’ – and that means investing in integration ...


Making more money on advanced control

Advanced automatic production control techniques, borne out of the refining and petrochemical industries, are becoming ever more open to all of manufacturing. Andrew Ward talks to developers, implementers and users – ...



Claus Heinrich, executive board member of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and latterly e-business software giant SAP, speaks to Brian Tinham about the world’s largest business software provider’s aspirations for ...


Heard the news on Voice over IP?

Does voice over the Internet sound attractive? More so than it did: Chris Mellor checks out the technology and finds that it could soon help manufacturers gain some surprising business advantages


Hard-nosed advice hard-won experience

Implementing enterprise systems is no mean feat, as almost anyone who has been there and felt the pain will tell you. Brian Tinham talks to seven users from across the industrial spectrum and asks them to tell it like ...


Flushed with success?

Predictive maintenance and integrated CMMS is helping American Standard, formerly Armitage shanks, to improve production and customer service, writes Dom Pancucci


Welsh seat of power turns on responsive system

Mastering ‘mass customisation’ isn’t trivial, but it is worth it. Giroflex, a leading British office seating manufacturer, made this one of its key criteria when implementing a new enterprise system. And the success is ...


Pulling potatoes for the supply chain?

The Internet levels the competitive playing field, argue some IT vendors: small suppliers once out of the EDI running can join the fray. But there¡¦s much more to competing through faster supply chains than just wiring ...


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