Richard Ludlam

Cost of Living Crisis? Nuclear Fuel Investment vs. Wind Power

by Richard Ludlam

In April, the UK Government published its long-awaited Energy Security Strategy. It was launched with much fanfare but has subsequently been criticised in many quarters for its vague aspirations and lack of tangible targets, and for failing to address the current energy challenges faced by consumers and industry. Critics also point to the missed opportunities for the development of onshore wind and tidal power, the limited support for improving energy efficiency and the risks from the proposed growth in oil and gas exploration and fracking.

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Food safe seals: examples, standards, tips

by Richard Ludlam

Choosing the correct o-ring is of vital importance. When the o-rings are not food-grade, you are putting the health of your consumers at risk. Find out which seal is suitable for your application and learn how to select the right food-grade o-ring.

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Food safety: legislation and regulations

by Richard Ludlam

A handful of straightforward food safety laws are easy to deal with. But when the sector gets flooded with rules and regulations (which is the case), it becomes tricky for food professionals too.

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Food industry needs a wake-up call

by Richard Ludlam

Food safety is of enormous importance in the food processing industry. End users must be able to rely on it blindly. Every day, manufacturers of both food products and machines have to deal with a maze of rules, requirements and legislation. Many manufacturers are therefore increasingly leaning on the knowledge of their suppliers to deal with this complex subject. Is this fair? 

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FrieslandCampina - Efficient tool carts

by Richard Ludlam

Have you ever gone into the factory for a maintenance job and then forgotten that crucial spanner, did you have to go back, with all the delays (and costs) that entails. Have you accidentally left a pair of pliers behind afterwards and had to return and search for them? This no longer happens at FrieslandCampina in Veghel thanks to well-prepared and carefully equipped tool carts. The result: satisfied mechanics, no loss of time and savings of around 170,000 euros.

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Mixed messages on Green investments - Government 10 point plan and ERIKS Solutions

by Richard Ludlam

Listen to any interview with a Government spokesperson or, on the increasingly rare occasions they’re allowed to be interviewed, a Government Minister, and you’ll be deluged with statements about ‘world-beating’, ‘world-leading’ and ‘record’ levels of investment in everything from the NHS to transport infrastructure. This is especially true when it comes to the area of climate warming, renewables and green energy – subjects that are especially topical as the UK hosts the United Nations Climate Conference COP26.

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Creating a 21st Century Fulfilment Centre of Expertise

by Richard Ludlam

In the last twelve months, we’ve seen an unprecedented series of shocks to international supply chains. A crisis that began with worldwide Covid pandemic lockdowns has been exacerbated by a growing sequence of challenges, ranging from the chaos caused by the grounding of the Ever Given container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for 6 days, to a worldwide shortage of semiconductors.

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The energy crisis and supply chain disruption

by Richard Ludlam

In recent months, the cost of energy for manufacturing and process companies has risen significantly.  As recently as April, the cost of gas per therm, which had been stable for some time, was under £0.50; by October, however, the cost had jumped to over £2.50 per therm.  That’s a staggering 400% increase in gas prices in just six months; a similar, although not quite so dramatic, situation is now taking place with oil prices, which have topped $80 a barrel for the first time in three years.

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Engineering the perfect working environment

by Richard Ludlam

The speed with which customer orders can be fulfilled is an essential criterion when measuring the success of most warehouse operations.  What is often overlooked, especially in major retail warehouses, is the impact that this can have on staff.  Many of them walk ten or more miles every day, are expected to meet tough pick/hour targets and often have to work in conditions that are generally considered as being far from ideal.

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How we’re building an industrial-strength customer experience

by Richard Ludlam

We live in a world where goods and services are rapidly becoming commoditised. From mobile phones, computer software and banking to industrial equipment nand components, it's increasingly difficult for consumers to identify clear points of differentiation between products from different suppliers.

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