Week 41 in Manufacturing News

The supply chain crisis and US ports: ‘Disruption on top of disruption’; UK Manufacturing Production rises by 0.5% MoM in August vs. 0% expected; Eurozone industrial output falls as supply bottlenecks take toll.

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What Is Lot Tracking and How to Use It?

Lot tracking, also known as batch tracking, is an important process for ensuring quality, most commonly for traceability and recall purposes. It is a crucial part of doing business in highly regulated industries, but it has its advantages regardless of the product.

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Week 40 in Manufacturing News

U.S. factory orders gain steam as manufacturing keeps humming; UK manufacturing growth slows amid labour shortages and supply chain strain; EU’s costly plan to close the semiconductor gap; German industrial production fell more than expected in August on supply shortages

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What Is Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) and How to Use It?

Vendor-managed inventory is a supply chain management method wherein a supplier is responsible for replenishing the inventory of the buying company. This approach can lead to better inventory optimization, reduced costs, and stronger relationships between companies.

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Week 39 in Manufacturing News

US: Markit Manufacturing PMI Edges Lower to 60.5 in September vs. 62.5 Expected; Plastics Manufacturing Employment Outpaces U.S. Manufacturing; UK Economy Bounced Back by More Than Thought in Q2 Before Slowdown.

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What Is Batch Production and What Are Its Advantages?

Batch production is a type of manufacturing process where products are made in batches, meaning that goods go through production steps in groups. Batch production allows for manufacturing goods flexibly in large quantities while reducing manufacturing costs and improving quality.

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Week 38 in Manufacturing News

The U.S. Is On Track to Bring a Record Number of Jobs Back to the Country; UK manufacturing orders gauge hits record high in September: CBI; Strong Rise in Manufacturing Jobs to Drive Australian Recovery.

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Vendor Management – An Essential Guide for SMEs

Vendor management is a set of tools that companies use to ensure profitable and efficient relationships with their suppliers. Coming a long way from traditional phone calls, faxes, and emails, today even small businesses have started to utilize software to manage their communication with vendors.

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Week 37 in Manufacturing News

Hurricane Ida, supply constraints hold back U.S. factory production; US: Empire State Manufacturing Index improves to 34.3 in September vs. 18 expected; Germany Squeezed by Supply Chains.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Using an MRP System

Even though MRP systems are quickly becoming the norm even among SMEs, manufacturers need to be aware of their advantages and disadvantages before deciding to implement new software. Apart from the general benefits and downsides that can be applied to most MRP systems, there are also aspects that can drastically vary from provider to provider.

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Week 36 in Manufacturing News

Manufacturing Slows in the U.S. and Abroad, Supply-Chain Bottlenecks, and a Look at Consumer Confidence; Supply chain issues weigh down UK manufacturing sector growth; Rebound in German factory output signals bottlenecks easing.

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Inventory Tracking – An Essential Guide For Manufacturers

Inventory tracking means monitoring stock movements to increase visibility in the company’s supply chain. This added transparency helps businesses improve their ordering and overall inventory management practices, ensure traceability, and make sure that goods reach the production floor and the customer at the right time.

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