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 | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business
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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| | 5 minutes | Strategy
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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| | 5 minutes | Strategy
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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| | 5 minutes | Process Manufacturing
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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| | 5 minutes | Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing
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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| | 4 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation
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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| | 4 minutes | Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing
Plastic: from hero to zero?
Plastic: from hero to zero?

Are we seeing the end of ‘single-use’ plastics? Process manufacturing companies need to review their business strategies now. What started…

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| | 5 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing
ERP 2028 part 3: the demise of the production planner?
ERP 2028: The demise of the production planner?

Imagine going forward in time 10 years. How will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will…

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| | 6 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing
ERP 2028 part 2: traceability and digital string?
ERP 2028 part 2: traceability and digital string?

Imagine going forward in time 10 years, how will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will…

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| | 5 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing
ERP 2028: A look into the future?
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Imagine going forward in time 10 years. What will ERP 2028 be like? When I was much younger, the idea…

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| | 4 minutes | Business Technology, Process Manufacturing, Service, Strategy
Breakdowns or breakdowns?
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Breakdowns in a plant or just breakdowns in communication? Is your plant and business at risk? This is the story…

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| | 6 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Research, Strategy
E-labels and smart packaging to transform the process manufacturing industry in 2018
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E-labeling, smart packaging and global partnerships offer new ways for companies to create more loyal customers and increase profitability. In…

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