Editor's Pick Guests Talk Machine Learning, Updating Your Website and Educating the Next GenerationMade News
On Wednesday 15th September The Made in Group hosted their bi-weekly LIVE stream Made LIVE TV: The Editor’s Pick. Focusing on Yorkshire manufacturing news, Editor Marie Cooper, Managing Director of CBE+ sat down with Fredrick Okaroh from Cimlogic, Monica Green from The Partners Group and Jo Stephenson from OPM Labels and Packaging.
Streamed LIVE across the Made in Group social channels, Made LIVE TV sees the chosen editor discuss the compelling stories around a relevant topic with the manufacturers who published them. The guest star editor, hand selected from the Made in Group membership, can choose up to four articles published to the Made platform.
First up on the Editor’s pick was Frederick Okaroh Predictive Manufacturing Consultant from Cimlogic to discuss their article ‘How can Machine Learning solve your quality challenges?’.
Cimlogic supports blue-chip manufacturing companies worldwide to maximise production capacity, improve quality and drive profit through innovative Digital Manufacturing Solutions and Services.
Many manufacturers can relate to the fact that quality issues in batch processes can be extremely expensive. Not only that but it can be even more detrimental if the whole batch is penalised, especially as many hours or even days may have been dedicated to the project.
Frederick said: “Using machine learning, Cimlogic is able to build models that can understand these complex relationships, learn from the outcome of historical batches, and what combination of factors result in good or bad quality.
It helps take the guesswork away from what you are trying to achieve, with cost saving benefits of 25-25% as long as your business process is effective and efficient.”
Up next Marie spoke to Monica Green, Director at the Partners Group, to discuss their article: ‘Time to refresh your website?’.
The Partners Group have been helping manufacturing and engineering businesses use PR and digital marketing to grow, attract staff, customers, launch new products, communicate change, and much more, for over 30 years.
It's easy to overlook your company website, especially for manufacturers who don’t have an e-commerce website. However Monica says: “Your website is the shop window to your business. It's important to ask yourself does our website reflect the business we are today? Is the content that is there engaging and interesting?”
The last 18 months have brought about many challenges for businesses, forcing them to diversify their products and services. Since The Partners Group have updated their own website, the team is getting more targeted enquiries. Monica added: “some key things to focus on could be your SEO rankings, design and content. Also ensure your website sticks to EAT: Expertise, authority and trust.”
Last but not least Marie spoke to Jo Stephenson from The Partners Group to discuss their story: “Teachers taking time out to visit for a factory tour of OPM to gain valuable insight into the Print Industry”.
OPM are multi-award winning printers of high quality self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging solutions including laminates, sachets, lidding film, flow wrap and flexible packaging.
OPM recently opened up their doors to Business Study Teachers at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College to provide them with insight into potential future career paths. The teachers were surprised by the new technology available at major printing firms such as OPM who provide labelling to known brands such as Nestle and L'oreal. The story resonated with Marie who also regularly encourages the sector to take part in educating the younger generation in engineering and manufacturing.
Whilst teachers were able to take back valuable information to their students - such as real life processes for lean manufacturing, OPM were delighted to inspire young talent and found that the tour was motivating for staff who had to show the teachers around. Jo said:
“The average age in the print industry is 50 and as an aging society, we are keen to work with schools and colleges to change perspectives of working in manufacturing. It's important that the industry engages young people in real life working environments, we have a responsibility in industry to bust the myths.”