Colin Elkins

Colin is Vice President of manufacturing industries and has over 25 years’ experience in ERP software solutions for the sector. Colin has been a professional consultant and senior pre-sales consultant for much of this time and has extensive knowledge of the business issues and requirements faced by manufacturers. This covers many industry sectors, from process manufacturing - Food and Beverage, Chemicals, Life Sciences and Mills and Metals, to discrete manufacturing, industrial and high tech. He is a key member of IFS Product Development and plays an instrumental role in the decisions regarding IFS product strategy. Colin completed a Mechanical Engineering apprentice and holds a BSC degree in Production Technology and Management with a further endorsement in Metallurgy. He has held senior positions within a large engineering company of Works Manager, Production Director and Global Group Systems Manager.

| | 5 minutes | Manufacturing
A View from the Bridge: Post Covid-19
2020 manufacturing predictions updated

An update on my 2020 manufacturing predictions. Earlier this year I made my three process industry predictions, one of which…

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| | 5 minutes | Manufacturing
How to identify the weak links in your manufacturing supply chains
warehouse supply chains

When a cardiologist puts a patient through a stress test, they can see how the heart functions under load, and…

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| | 6 minutes | Business Agility, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing
Use Project Thinking and Your ERP for Business Resilience and Market Recovery
ERP and Market Recovery

Regardless of the reason for an economic shock, we need to view these unpleasant situations as cyclical events that will…

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| | 5 minutes | Creativity & Innovation, IFS Applications, Manufacturing
My fridge just told me that my pizza was on recall! Really?

Is blockchain the answer to total traceability and transparency? Traceability, recall, and risk Hardly a day goes by without another…

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| | 10 minutes | Process Manufacturing
2020, the year sustainability goes from buzzword to necessity for process manufacturers
2020 Process Manufacturing Predictions

Everybody wants sustainable products, and retailers are putting pressure on manufacturers to deliver goods that satisfy consumers’ new preference for…

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| | 6 minutes | Process Manufacturing, Service
The best way to approach servitization for process manufacturing
servitization for process manufacturers

Servitization is more commonly associated with discrete manufacturers, but process manufacturers are also embracing this change in business strategy. Servitization…

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| | 5 minutes | Digital Transformation, Manufacturing
The Manufacturing Skills Gap and a Disappearing Middle

One of the hottest topics today is the skills gap, executives are worried about being able to acquire the right…

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| | 5 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing
Why Doesn’t The Chart Go Beyond Today?

One day AI systems will predict what is currently impossible, to allow us to overcome the inefficiencies in our lives…

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| | 6 minutes | Business Technology, Manufacturing
The biggest challenge to the adoption of artificial intelligence is us
The Biggest Challenge to AI Adoption

In my last blog, I talked about the use of artificial intelligence to help process manufacturers uncover the holy grail…

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| | 5 minutes | Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business
In search of the forecasting holy grail
Forecasting Holy Grail

Accurate forecasts are the panacea for food manufacturers, Is artificial intelligence getting us close to a solution, are we near…

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| | 5 minutes | Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business
Robots Versus Humans – the Rise of the Cobot
cobot

The process industry has spent billions of dollars on robots and robotic automation, but are these monoliths flexible enough for…

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| | 6 minutes | Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business
Everyone wins in 2019 – being authentic, responsible and transparent will unlock new revenues for process manufacturers
Process Industry Predictions

Near Field Communication and e-Labels will drive a new revolution in product information. The war on plastics will escalate to…

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