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The future demand for IT in manufacturing

As the manufacturing industry is looking to boom in the near future, businesses within the sector will need to keep up with the expansion and rely on their IT system more than ever before. By having a more stable and robust system, it will allow manufacturers to increase their speed to market, quality and cost-effectiveness of their products as well as achieving greater flexibility and individualism – separating themselves from the competition.

 

‘The big data trend’

As any good marketing or sales guide will tell you – data is key! However, as more and more data is collected by the manufacturing industry, the need for a more reliable IT system is greater. The data will need to be stored on a secure and resilient system where they are able to abide by the new data protection laws (GDPR) as well as hold that amount of information without crashing their systems.

 

System Upgrades

As well as hitting this big data trend, we are also well into the digital revolution. Inevitably, that means there will be more manufacturers looking to upgrade their IT infrastructure for improved speed and productivity.

With an integrated MRP system, firms will be able to manage all aspects of their business in a more unified, constructive manner; from customer relationship management through to stock control and delivery, there are solutions available to provide them with the cost-effectiveness and flexibility they need.

Larger investments into a new IT system may seem daunting or costly but the impact across a manufacturing business could be more than just saving you time and money in the long run, it will increase productivity and efficiency.

The future of manufacturing growth heavily relies on IT and the impacts of technological advances are going to be more obvious to businesses within 2017 than ever before.

 

For further information or assistance, please contact Minster on 01562 68211 or email sales@minstermicro.co.uk

 

 

Minster marks 15-year partnership with BITO

Minster are proud to announce that we have renewed our long-term contract with a global storage equipment firm.

We are now into our 15th year supporting Warwickshire-based BITO, a specialist supplier of storage, racking and material handling systems.

Providing software and IT infrastructure, last year Minster played a key role in BITO’s move to its new purpose-built offices and warehouse in Nuneaton – implementing the SAP Business One system which has improved BITO’s management of its stock control network.

Nick Marlow, managing director of Minster Micro said: “We are extremely proud to have played a key role in the growth of BITO, one of the most respected market leaders in their sector.

“Since we helped BITO move to a new building and implemented a new, efficient system, they have gone on to record sales of £16 million.

“It is 15 years since we started working together, and to renew what has been a first-class partnership is a big milestone for us.”

As part of the contract renewal, Minster will continue to provide BITO’s full IT infrastructure – including cyber security, telephone and communications networks, hardware and continue to support BITO with their SAP Business One ERP system.

Edward Hutchison, managing director of BITO, added: “Our partnership with Nick and the team at Minster has been a long relationship, founded on trust and expertise.

“Thanks to Minster a major change in the life of our business and the move to new premises went smoothly, while the capability of our IT systems are now second to none.

“We have seen a period of sustained growth across the business and our IT infrastructure has been a big factor in that success.”

Founded in Germany in 1845, BITO now has more than 70,000 customers, providing storage solutions for the likes of Amazon, M&S, Asda, Lidl, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.

MRP Manufacturing – What Can It Do For You?

MRP ManufacturingManufacturing Resource Planning software is used to integrate inventory control and production planning – to manage all aspects of manufacturing efficiently. When managing your business it is important to keep costs low and efficiencies high which is where an MRP system may just become your new saviour!

The three main objectives of MRP Systems are;

To ensure materials are in stock for production and products are available for delivery to customers,

To ensure the lowest possible material and product levels are maintained,

To plan manufacturing activities, delivery schedules and purchasing activities effectively.

How could an MRP System benefit you?

MRP Systems are designed to make business operations smooth and efficient which allows the business an economic advantage. The system does this by planning and scheduling production operations which reduces money spent on waste materials, as this is a struggle for some manufacturers. Planning production also helps to see the number of finished goods for the future to improve planning of sales. The lowest material and product levels need to be maintained for warehouse storage and cash flow implications. Daily schedules and manufacturing activities need to be planned so the manufacturing of a product goes smoothly to ensure there are no complications which could impact on the production of the product and the delivery of the product to the customer.

It is important for a business to control the types and quantities of materials they purchase, products that will be produced and the quantities in which they will be produced. This is to ensure the business continues to meet customer demand at current and in the future, at the lowest possible cost. An MRP system would help to control this and would create reports on financial status and areas in which the business could improve on.

Why would an MRP System benefit your customers?

An MRP system will improve shipping performance to ensure goods are delivered to the customers at the correct time.  It will also reduce the amount of late orders, create higher levels of productivity and helps the company adjust to changes in demand quickly; greatly improving customer service.

Overall, an MRP system is a great way not only to stay organised, but to also save time and money. All aspects of the business will integrate into a successful management solution with many benefits to the business.


If you’d like to find out more information, take a look at the popular SAP Business One or contact us on 01562 68211 or email us at sales@minstermicro.co.uk

Minster Are The Cover Feature For Chamber of Commerce!

Chamber of CommerceMinster are proud to be the cover feature for the latest edition of Business Direction (Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly magazine).

We were chosen for the cover feature due to our reputation of excellent service, quality and long-standing commitment to local businesses. We were given a series of questions to answer in order to highlight the importance of IT and how relevant it is to a companies growth.

Labelled as ‘Industry Leaders In IT Solutions’ , Nick and Susan Marlow answered questions such as ‘What are the main IT issues Minster deals with on a regular basis?’ and ‘Is legislation helping or hindering sector development?’, hoping to have given the readers more knowledge on how important it is to keep IT systems up to date and how a supportive IT company can help businesses.

Please feel free to click the link below, have a read and let us know what you think!

 

Events

Opera 3 Event – Get Started!

As you may be aware, the end is in sight for Opera II with Pegasus advising that they intend to make an ‘end of life’ announcement within the next 24 months.

With this in mind, Minster have organised an Opera 3 event to go through details of how you can save money by upgrading early as well as the benefits your business will gain.

As well as Opera II customers looking to upgrade, this event is also suitable for those who are looking for an overview on Opera 3 as well as those who currently use it and would like to hear about future developments.

This complimentary event will include a run through of the added features of Opera 3 from both the Minster Team and Pegasus’s Product Specialists Steve Power and Sue Flavell.

For further information or the agenda please contact marketing@minstermicro.co.uk.