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.

| | Estimated reading time: 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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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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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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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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Robots Versus Humans – the Rise of the Cobot
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The process industry has spent billions of dollars on robots and robotic automation, but are these monoliths flexible enough for…

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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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Taking sustainability seriously is not an option it’s an opportunity for innovative growth
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For many years the world has seen organizations founded to drive progress in environmental sustainability. The list is long, and…

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Implementing 2-tier ERP – Making it work

The advantages and disadvantages of a 2-tier ERP strategy In my last blog I looked at the reasons why a…

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A 2-tier ERP? – Don’t rule it out!
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When a business should consider a TWO-TIER ERP STRATEGY Today’s ERP landscape is mature, with most companies having implemented some…

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Food safety and risk – Changes in BRC 8 reinforce the possible

Do the changes in BRC 8 bring increased focus on traceability, risk management and cyber security? Traceability, recall and risk …

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Smart Factories – The theory of constraints reborn?

Over the years there have been many paradigms that claim to optimize production and save the world—bottleneck, forward and backward,…

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From Acetate to Artificial Intelligence

Predictions vary about when emergent technologies will become a reality. Can taking a look at the past provide insight into…

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