Fife Business Week Industry 4.0 Workshop In Great Demand

Monday 28 October 2019

THE Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) is hosting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) workshop at Fife Fabrications in Glenrothes on Thursday 7 November as part of Fife Business Week’s events programme.  This event is now fully booked but if there is significant demand, another event will be scheduled for a later date. Manufacturing in Scotland is experiencing increasingly rapid technological advances that are transforming our ability to understand and manage operations, supply chains and customer experience.  However, our engagement with these technologies still lags behind many other countries in the developed world.Our workshop will continue to simplify the message behind 4.0 but, specifically, will focus on how an effective ERP system is the hub that connects your products, people, plant, business and supply chains. Fife Fabrications in Glenrothes is an exemplar of effective use of Enterprise Resource Planning to affect business and support growth.  Its Epicor system provides a ‘manage by exception’ platform using short interval control based on real time data. This vision creates head room for the Team and staff to contribute more time to Value Add activities and embed an approach to Continuous Improvement that becomes part of the day job. David MacNicol, SMAS Practitioner, Scottish Enterprise commented: “We have been overwhelmed with the demand for bookings for this event. This workshop is an interactive and practical group activity, designed to increase your knowledge of how data can help business performance and growth.  We will also discuss the barriers to the uptake of new technologies, so that we can begin to understand how we might navigate them.“In addition to the plant tour, delegates will also undertake a diagnostic to consider the investment decisions required to increase productivity, maximise margins and deliver performance and value to your customers. You can also access specialist support available to help you deliver current plans or those arising from the diagnostic. Technology is rapidly becoming less expensive and more accessible.  We want Scotland to re-establish itself as a global manufacturer. Industry 4.0 can provide the technological platform that means you will be part of Scotland’s continued growth.” If Fife businesses are interested in booking on a future Industry 4.0 workshop, contact David MacNicol at  The full calendar of events at the tenth anniversary of Fife Business Week which runs from 4th to 8th November can be found at Hosted by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team and Business Gateway team under the Fife Economy Partnership, Fife Business Week is designed to support businesses to succeed and flourish whilst making Fife the best place to do business. Pamela Stevenson, Enterprise & Business Development Manager for Fife Council added: “The demand for this event is great news and that people see the importance of embracing Industry 4.0 for the future competitiveness and long-term sustainability of their businesses.” For more information on Fife Business Week please email