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Topic: Manufacturing productivity

Manufacturing Production Methods Explained

Manufacturing production is the process of making finished goods from raw products through the use of human and machine labour, in the most efficient and cost-effective way. There are three methods of manufacturing production: make to stock, make to order and make to assemble. In this article, we’ll look at the three types of manufacturing [& ... Read More

  April 29, 2021     

How Forge Motorsport Drives Business Success with Cloud-based Software and Automation

When you manufacture world-class car parts and supply the leading names and race teams in the world of motorsport, you want to make sure your systems can keep up with your success. Alex Harrhy, Sales Manager of Forge Motorsport, sheds light on their quest for automated and streamlined business systems — with the help of […] ... Read More

  February 12, 2021     

The Medical Device Industry in 2020-2021: Key Trends & Outlook

The medical device industry covers the manufacturing of medical, scientific, and surgical equipment. This includes devices such as syringes, thermometers, imaging devices, dental equipment, and more. These products are made with the help of medical device manufacturing software, and sold directly to healthcare providers, or delivered to wholesalers ... Read More

  December 17, 2020     

7 types of manufacturing wastes and how to reduce them

Manufacturing waste is something business owners often overlook, yet left unchecked, it can cost a business a significant amount of money. From transportation waste, inventory waste, defective products and more, waste can accrue in a range of areas across the company. This article explores the different types of manufacturing waste, and how to redu ... Read More

  October 22, 2020     

Global Craft Beer Industry Performance: The Ultimate Guide

Beer drinking has changed in recent years with the emergence of smaller breweries creating bespoke beers. Collectively known as the craft beer industry, it has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the last decade. From booming demand for high ABV craft beer, to the move to brewery software, here are some of the […] ... Read More

  September 21, 2020     

How to increase labor productivity: 13 practical tips

Increasing labor productivity can be like dealing with a bubble under the linoleum: you push down in one place and it pops up in another. Something that makes sense on paper – say, having workers complete assemblies faslaboter – can easily backfire, with higher staff turnover costs (for example) cancelling any benefits gained. Genuinely increas ... Read More

  September 18, 2020     

How To Measure Productivity – The Jargon-Free Guide

To measure productivity you divide outputs by inputs over a set period of time. As a formula that’s productivity = output ÷ input. It’s a simple equation – yet measuring productivity in the real world is never so straightforward; nor is making any meaningful improvement. In this article we’ll look at ways to measure productivity […] ... Read More

  September 11, 2020     

How To Reduce Manufacturing Costs – The 10 Best Ways

The best way to reduce manufacturing costs is to target the three areas in which costs generally fall: direct labour, materials, and manufacturing overheads. In this article we’ll look at each of those areas in detail and suggest ways in which business owners and managers can reduce manufacturing costs – without lowering their output or [&helli ... Read More

  September 8, 2020     

The Complete Guide To Calculating Total Manufacturing Costs

To calculate total manufacturing cost you add together three different cost categories: the costs of direct materials, direct labour and manufacturing overheads. Expressed as a formula, that’s: Total manufacturing cost = Direct materials + Direct labour + Manufacturing overheads. That’s the simple version. However there’s a lot mo ... Read More

  September 1, 2020     

How to Improve Productivity in Manufacturing – The 4 Best Ways

If you own a manufacturing business, chances are you will have a list of things you want to change to make your operations run smoother. You have employees and your manufacturing floors and systems in place. You know they can all be improved, but where do you start? When the options seem endless, it is […] ... Read More

  August 25, 2020     

How Food Manufacturing Software Drives Profit [w Case Studies]

Effective inventory management is crucial to reducing costs in any manufacturing business. This is particularly true in the food manufacturing industry, which characteristically has a high volume of products stored, and an urgent need to fill existing client orders to match ongoing consumer demand. Cost reductions in food manufacturing can be achie ... Read More

  August 12, 2020     

Unleashed’s customer service recognised by Software Advice

The Best Manufacturing Software With Great Customer Service Reinforcing Unleashed’s reputation for great performance, got in touch this week to say Unleashed had been ranked in their “Best Manufacturing Software With Great Customer Service” category. “So how do you know which manufacturing software provide ... Read More

  July 6, 2020     

New data: NZ manufacturers back at pre-Covid level + Aus booms

The latest data shows New Zealand’s manufacturers appearing to shrug off the ‘80% economy’, reaching pre-Covid levels of activity at the end of June. The average number of Purchase Orders, Sales Orders and product assemblies processed all reached or exceeded levels not seen since February this year, when disruptions were largely limited to co ... Read More

  July 3, 2020     

BI in Manufacturing: 3 Realistic Steps to Data Mastery

Industry 4.0 may sound exciting for manufacturers – with its IoT-enabled factories, all-singing all-dancing ERP software, and AI-powered insights – but frankly this is fantasy land for the vast majority of manufacturers. Most of the technology to power smart (or even just smarter) factories is prohibitively expensive for most SMEs. Getting acti ... Read More

  June 9, 2020     

4 Ways to Lift Manufacturing Productivity: The MFP Approach

Over the past ten years, the issue of stagnating productivity in the United Kingdom has grown to seem almost unstoppable. Each report on the issue from the country’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) offers few signs of hope — to the point that no individual solution seems sufficient to tackle such an overwhelming problem. To […] ... Read More

  June 4, 2020     

Beverage Sector Performance in 2020 – Unleashed Special Report

The beverage industry story has been particularly dramatic, with rapid expansion and growth in the last two years, followed by a turbulent ride through the recent pandemic. With shutdowns affecting retail outlets and hospitality venues in particular, some players have been hard hit – while others have benefited from spikes in consumer demand. In ... Read More

  May 26, 2020     

How To Start Your Brewery On The Path To Success

The craft beer industry has had an exciting ride, with a pre-Covid Compound Annual Growth Rate of 14.1% and a forecasted market valuation of US$107.85 billion by 2024, according to Business Wire. Knocked back just 7% in sales volumes during the height of 2020 lockdowns, according to Unleashed Software’s own data, the beer industry overall [&helli ... Read More

  May 20, 2020     

Data-driven decision making in beer brewing [expert Q&A]

As brewers ramp up production it’s critical they protect margins with data-driven decision making. Unleashed Software spoke with Maria Pearman, a Certified Public Accountant based in Portland, Oregon – the home of craft beer – who provides accounting expertise and deep operational knowledge to the brewing industry. Here she shares her views o ... Read More

  May 12, 2020     

Why We Think The Just In Time Supply Chain Isn’t Broken

As governments and hospitals work to stamp out Covid-19, manufacturers are also struggling to manage the virus’ impact on their supply chains. Many are quick to blame just in time supply chains for their lack of components and raw materials. Is the lean system and the broader just in time supply chain system at fault, […] ... Read More

  May 11, 2020     

5 Factors Affecting Lead Times for Manufacturers

Lead times refer to the time taken between the initiation of a manufacturing process and its completion. Types of lead times differ based on the product or customer but for the purpose of manufacturing or assembly, the primary four lead times are: Customer lead time Material lead time Production or manufacturing lead time Cumulative lead […] ... Read More

  January 13, 2020     

5 Causes of Inventory Waste That’s Costing Your Business and How to Avoid Them

Inventory waste can cost your business valuable time and resources. Inventory ties up capital and if you’re not managing it effectively it will quickly absorb important cash flow and worse, it can hide inefficiencies within your operations. It is crucial to optimise inventory control to help reduce your inventory waste. However, before you can re ... Read More

  December 16, 2019     

Inventory Cycle Times: What They Are and Why They Matter

Inventory cycle times are an important component in manufacturing operations, production scheduling and inventory control. Cycle times represent the speed by which your organisation delivers its goods or services to the market. The cycle time of your inventory can be defined as the total time taken from the start to the finish of manufacturing acti ... Read More

  November 19, 2019