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How Industry 4.0 is changing the face of ERP for the manufacturing industry

What is Industry 4.0?

In recent years, the phrases ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Big Data’ have been industry buzzwords. Although  key phrases in technical jargon, do we really understand what they mean? And, how can we best utilise them to engineer growth

Realistically,  most technology now has computers embedded within them, complete with measuring devices and interconnectivity.

The sheer amount of measurement that takes place creates a huge volume  of information (Big Data), which due to the internet and the availability of cloud storage, can be processed and stored. This cloud-stored information is then available for us, and other devices, to access and use – which today is more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Manufacturing Matters - Alfatronix

An Interview with Keith Reilly

Managing Director of Alfatronix

Keith Reilly, MD of Alfatronix, joined us for the latest in our Manufacturing Matters interviews.

With a strong £5m turnover, Keith shared his thoughts on staying lean and agile to maintain success, as well as giving his staff the freedom to get the job done. 

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Manufacturing Matters - TDSi

An Interview with John Davies

Managing Director of TDSi

In the latest of our Manufacturing Matters interviews, we spoke to the MD of TDSi about his pragmatic approach to the current climate, not just politically but also with regard to ever evolving technologies. Currently running an integrated system, hosted in the cloud, John discussed with us the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is changing business models from that of a product supplier to service suppliers. John also spoke about the holes in UK education meaning that not enough young talent is coming through - with Brexit approaching he is open to the idea of moving more of the business into Europe to satisfy their export business, if required.  

Interview with John Davies, MD of TDSi
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Manufacturing Matters - Commercial Lighting Systems

An Interview with Phil Cutting

Chief Executive of Commercial Lighting Systems

In previous interviews for Manufacturing Matters we have discussed the UK focus on bespoke solutions rather than competing on a like-for-like basis. Phil Cutting says that Commercial Lighting Systems is no different; rather than competing with cheap Chinese supply they are focussed on supplying customised manufactured products. Focussed on improving the quality and energy consumption of lighting in the commercial industry, the company looks for alternative services to stay competitive, such as refurbishing existing lamps to modern technologies.

Interview with Phil Cutting, chief exec of Manufacturing company Commercial Lighting Systems
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Manufacturing Matters - BVM Embedded Intelligence

An Interview with Rod Clarke

Managing Director of BVM Embedded Intelligence 

BVM Embedded Intelligence are a UK Manufacturer of industrial computing solutions, from motherboards to touch screen panel PCs. We spoke to Rod Clarke, MD, about how a UK manufacturer can be competitive in the world of electronic components. As with much of the UK Manufacturing industry, it is the bespoke nature of the made-to-order business that sets BVM apart from Far Eastern suppliers. Rather than competing with high quality Taiwanese components, the business buys in these components to provide tailored solutions to suit industry applications. 

Manufacturing Matters interview with Rod Clarke of BVM Embedded Intelligence
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Manufacturing Matters - BOFA International

An Interview with Tony Lockwood

Managing Director of BOFA International

BOFA International are a leading supplier of fume extraction technology. Tony Lockwood, MD, talks about the huge growth that the company has experienced, whilst fighting to keep the core values of flexibility and innovation in the products that they provide. With significant investments in IT and R&D, such as implementing an ERP system, the willing to spend and adjust to achieve growth stems from a common mindset in the management team.

As a UK manufacturer, Tony recognises the value behind the flag. With 90% of sales going overseas, BOFA are investing in subsidiary offices as part of their growth plan. 

“To be part of a manufacturing story is wonderful."

Manufacturing Matters interview with Tony Lockwood of BOFA International
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Manufacturing Matters Aqua Cooling Systems

An Interview with Kevin Lancaster

Founder and Director of Aqua Cooling Systems

Aqua Cooling is a global supplier of process cooling equipment. With a head office in Fareham, the company currently buys in standard or made to order units, modifying them for bespoke orders. With the current high levels of growth, Kevin discusses the pros and cons of manufacturing in the UK, as well as staff adapting to change with new systems.

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Manufacturing Matters Interview with Kevin Lancaster
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Manufacturing Matters Austin Hughes

An Interview with Martin Hennessey

Managing Director of Austin Hughes Europe

The latest in our series of Manufacturing Matters interviews features Martin Hennessey of Austin Hughes Europe. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of Data Centre management and administration solutions, we spoke to their MD to find out about their balance between UK and overseas manufacture. Their fast turnaround of supply to demand is a Unique Selling Point (USP) against American competitors utilising a UK assembly team. With Brexit making the future unclear, Austin Hughes are confident that they can shift their focus as is required to continue their steady growth. 

Manufacturing Matters interview with Austin Hughes
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Manufacturing Matters - Pascoe International

An Interview with Richard Watson

Chief Executive of Pascoe International

The next instalment of our series Manufacturing Matters, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. Richard Watson is the Chief Exec of Pascoe International, the world's leading manufacturer of luxury yacht tenders. Many of you will not have the bankroll to know what that is, so here is an explanation! Luxury yachts are often too large to bring into dock, or at least prefer the privacy of being anchored off-shore. This means that they rely on smaller vessels (tenders) to transfer anything from guests to delivery of supplies. Pascoe specialises in manufacturing tenders to a level that matches the mother ship, which requires a huge skill-set. 

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Pascoe International
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Manufacturing Matters - Morgan Contract Furniture

An Interview with Rodney McMahon

Managing Director of Morgan Contract Furniture

The second in our series of Manufacturing Matters Interviews, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. We spoke with the MD of Morgan Contract Furniture, Rodney McMahon, about his views of the manufacturing industry, especially with regard to IT and technology and how it is landscaping the future of UK businesses. As the owner of the UK's foremost independent manufacturer of furniture for the leisure and corporate markets, he discusses 3D printing and the frustrations of IT when it doesn't work. 

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Morgan Contract Furniture
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Manufacturing Matters An Industry Report ICS Cool Energy

Manufacturing Matters

A major report commissioned by Dynamics Consultants will demonstrate the worldclass attributes of manufacturers based in the south of England, with a consideration of  their particular qualities and their take on technology, globalisation, the supply chain, customer expectation, and the availability of the skillsets required now and in the future.


Each fortnight leading up to publication, the latest thought-provoking interview with a director of one of the companies to be included in the report will be available here for you to download. 

Manufacturing Industry report by the software experts


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Business Software, MRP & WMS at Southern Manufacturing

We are Exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show

See Dynamics Consultants at Stand E62!

Dynamics Consultants are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show. The free to attend exhibition will run from 21st to 23rd March 2017 and showcases over 450 businesses and a range of seminars from industry experts. Based on the edge of the Farnborough airfield in Hampshire, this is the must do show for buyers, managers and business owners.

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition Hampshire
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Dynamics Consultants Proud to be PlannerOne Partners

Dynamics Consultants are the New PlannerOne Partners

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with PlannerOne so that we can provide their visual scheduling and planning solutions. As experts in Microsoft Dynamics® NAV with specialist manufacturing consultants on our team we were a perfect choice for this Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) solution. The tool is fully integrated into NAV and helps to save time and improve accuracy with a range of useful features. To partner our team was required to pass a number of stringent criteria, including in-depth training. 

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Manufacturing Matters - Thomas Sanderson

An Interview With the Directors of Thomas Sanderson 


Derek Bradbury and Andy Briggs joined us in our latest Manufactuing Matters interview.

Thomas Sanderson are the UK's largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory and window blinds, and the UK's only large significant manufacturer of wooden shutters. They believe, in order to sustain their position in the market, it's important to make sure their investment
in technology touches potential and existing customers whilst also benefitting their staff. This is evident in their streamlined process for providing clients with the ability to see how the company's products will actually look in their homes via virtual reality technology.


Interview with Derek Bradbury, Director, & Andy Briggs, Director, of Thomas Sanderson

“This is enabling us to give the customer an experience that others cannot, and the technology means we can do it consistently", says HR Director, Derek Bradbury.

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