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: 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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| | Estimated reading time: 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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| | Estimated reading time: 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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| | Estimated reading time: 5 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing
ERP 2028: A look into the future?
futur erp 2028

Imagine going forward in time 10 years. What will ERP 2028 be like? When I was much younger, the idea…

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| | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes | Business Technology, Process Manufacturing, Service, Strategy
Breakdowns or breakdowns?
predictive maintenance

Breakdowns in a plant or just breakdowns in communication? Is your plant and business at risk? This is the story…

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| | Estimated reading time: 6 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Research, Strategy
E-labels and smart packaging to transform the process manufacturing industry in 2018
2018 process manufacturing trends

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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A day in the life of Laura the quality manager
A day in the life of Laura the Quality Manager

Quality is critical for all companies in the process manufacturing industry and an unannounced audit from a retailer can be…

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| | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Strategy
A day in the life of Kenny the production planner
A day in the life of Kenny the production planner

Production planning is never easy, but do you have a thought for those in food and beverage where nothing is…

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| | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes | Business Technology, Process Manufacturing, Strategy
E-labels: what consumers, retailers & producers need to know
E-labels: what consumers, retailers & producers need to know

E-labels are coming, but do we really need or want them? Or will they be just a marketing ploy? E-labels:…

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| | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes | Process Manufacturing, Supply Chain
Feeding the ‘evening economy’
food and beverage supply chain

How the ‘evening economy’ is bringing about a significant change in the food and beverage supply chain and the products…

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